Monday, 9 March 2009
Curator's Choice (1) Pot of the Month
CURATOR’S CHOICE - POT OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2009
Julian Stair's Teapot with two cups
Stuart Dickens is the Gallery at Bevere’s Ceramic Curator.
He admits to this being his third career and arguably the most satisfying. Initially working in the pottery at Bevere after his retirement, it was his lifelong interest in ceramics and his knowledge of pots and potters that led to him becoming a member of the Gallery team arranging the Gallery’s extensive programme of exhibitions.
His choice is clearly a personal one but hopefully it will always feature an exceptional and distinctive voice in studio ceramics.
JULIAN STAIR'S CERAMIC TEAPOT AND TW0 CUPS
This porcelain teapot with wisteria handle and stoneware cups on a square hand-built ground is an iconic piece within the minimalist movement of the late 20th and early 21st century British ceramics.
Julian Stair is able to make the purely functional an object of high status whilst still retaining that sense of the everyday.
Julian’s work is instantly recognisable and will always be a feature of public and private collections worldwide. We can admire the skill, for he is an accomplished thrower, and the aesthetic whilst respecting these everyday objects as something very special.