Sunday, 16 May 2010

- Chris Carter -Monograph - 'Of This Earth'

This booklet - a monograph written by the Ceramic Curator, Stuart Dickens, to accompany the
Chris Carter Exhibition, which runs throughout May, has illustrations of some of the pots in the show and exclusive images of his workshop.

Printed on high quality paper by
The Gallery at Bevere

12 pages and 15 plates including the cover
Measures approx: 21mm X 15mm
Cost £4 
UK - Free P & P
World wide shipping not included in the price  - Charged at cost

Further details  and to order -  Contact The Gallery

Additional Notes- Lots more in the book

‘The farming landscape has always been the inspiration for my work. Today's pots have moved closer to the source of that inspiration. In them is reflected both my landscape now and a search for those ancestors who farmed it thousands of years ago. The new pots fill my benches like Coptic jars preserving the viscera of this landscape’.

Chris is a singular potter. He is not remotely concerned about the craft mainstream but highly focused on what he calls a ‘sense of rightness’. His journey, which he hopes has some way to go yet, is a potent mix of landscape, memory and high craft. His standards are exacting and his search for ‘rightness’ underpins the continuous development of his work.

 Chris visited the Gallery to talk about his work

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Henry Sandon Drops in

Well known Television personality from the Antiques Road Show dropped in to the Gallery

He, together with Stuart Dickens our Ceramic Curator admired the work of ceramic legend Lucy Rie

Some pieces were brought in by the collector/potter Lorraine Gilroy - Lorraine's work was exhibited  in  the Midlands Potter's Association Show last month April 2010

These pieces included cups and Saucers made jointly by Rie and Hans Caper


                               Chris Carter's Waisted Stoneware - thrown and altered

We really are spoilt for choice this month. Almost any one of
the fifty six pieces in this show could have been selected. However
there is one vessel that stands out for me and it is this Waisted Stoneware. It
is 37.5cm high with a burnished flinted copper glaze. 

It needs to be touched. It has a genuinely sensuous quality and Chris Carter’s passion for throwing and his undoubted skill as a thrower are reflected in the volume and lines of this wonderful pot. 

As with so many of the pieces in this show, the interior is matt
black and this gives the illusion of added volume – a sense that the pot has
the capacity to be even greater than it is. Chris Carter’s talks about a‘sense
of rightness’ when a pot is finished and if objective evidence of this sense
were needed then I think that this pot will do very well.

Stuart Dickens - Gallery Ceramic Curator