Saturday, 29 June 2013


  Yoga In the Garden
A full day Workshop with Alix Jones
In the garden at Bevere Knoll, Worcester
Wednesday 12th August 2014

10.00am – 11.45 am     Yoga on the Lawns
11.45am – 1.00pm     Lunch on the Lawns                                                                        followed by time to wander in the                                                       woods and gardens
1.00pm – 4.00pm                  Yoga on the Lawns

Bring layers of clothing and your usual yoga equipment,
Water will be provided

The yoga day will be led by Alexandra Jones, whose emphasis is unwinding tensions and stress through movement , breath work and meditation.  A day to recharged our batteries , with a variety of practices to support body, mind and our spiritual self.

Yoga translates as "to unite" this day will be uniting all sides of ourselves and meeting others in a beautiful environment.

"No previous experience of yoga is necessary, this yoga session is open to all , and inclusive practice  to share.

Alexandra has been teaching Yoga for eight years, in Malvern and London, she runs a yoga centre in Malvern.

The style of yoga is based on the ideas of Vanda Scaravelli.  See my website <>  for more information.

"I look forward to sharing a wonderful day,   Alexandra"

£45 per person inclusive of picnic lunch from Bevere CafĂ©
(If the course leaders need to cancel due to inclement weather, a full refund will be given)


To book your place please call Kim on 07770 980 620 or email her at
Once your dues have been received confirmation will be sent to you
 including directions and parking details

Monday, 17 June 2013

Pot of the Month - June 2013


We have chosen this piece by Ashraf Hanna for several reasons. It is one of a number of pots in the current show – CERAMICS NOW - which I have found quite mesmeric. It has great presence; the cushion like quality of the work gives it an ‘otherness’ which I find difficult to define. Secondly, there have been more conversations with visitors to the gallery about this piece than any other. I should also add a statement of the obvious - it is technically superb.
Ashraf’s new vessels are very different from the familiar Hanna sculptural pieces which are tightly controlled and so often geometrically patterned. Here we have the antithesis; organic simplicity, elegance of line and neutral colour with a hint of shading to emphasise the form. Its shape-shifting quality from the rectangular base and vertical to the ovoid body is nothing less than alchemical. This is hand building of the highest order – and yet how it is made is irrelevant. This is ceramic art at its finest.
You will surmise that Stuart, our Ceramic Curator is smitten with this wonderful object – you would be right!

Mid Month Message from Our Ceramic Curator

Only two more weeks before the end of Ceramics Now - if you haven’t yet been able to see this show and are looking for the best in contemporary studio ceramics, then try to visit before the 29th June.

All those who have visited so far have commented on the range and quality of the show. I was delighted with the look of the exhibition from the outset. It was particularly satisfying to see, for example the luminescent wood-fired pots of Clive Bowen sitting comfortably alongside the outstanding new work of Ashraf Hanna. Ashraf and I have had many conversations about showing at Bevere over the last few years and at last he is here with his stunning vessels which are the product of his time at the RCA undertaking an MA. We have had so many comments about these pieces and they clearly appeal to people of all tastes.
Another talking point has been the completely new style of pot now being made by Gabriele Koch – long admired for her elegant smoke fired and burnished pieces. The black pots with white porcelain inlays make striking punctuation marks in an exhibition which has quality written all over it. This is the ceramic lovers ‘Desert Island’ show.
Incidentally, I am also delighted that one of the exquisite John Ward vessels has been sold to the Director of an eminent art museum in the USA. Good to know we are on the international map as well as confirming what we already know – John Ward is a world class ceramicist.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the fine outdoor ceramics which are now in the newly developed Gallery Outback and will be showing June through August. The scale and undoubted quality of this work, most of which feature as part of the Ceramics Now show, makes these vessels and sculptures ideal focal points, even in the small garden. Whilst I am reluctant to single out individual makers, I am in awe of the technical skills involved in the making of some of the huge pieces we have on show. Try to make time for a visit ‘Outback’ as well as the main gallery.
Do come and see for yourself before the show closes or indeed come again and enjoy the experience one more time.
Stuart Dickens
Ceramic Curator – 16 June 2013