If you have read this blog before then you will know that diversity and quality are important elements in the gallery’s ceramic programme. We are featuring the work of three very different ceramicists this month. Two of them are previous Graduate Show winners and the third has become an internationally established artist since she showed here first in 2006.
Emma Rodgers may now be familiar in Paris and New York; however we value the long held relationship with this exceptional ceramic sculptress. Some may remember the life-sized bronze ballerina that graced our courtyard some years ago and this time we have a bronze falconI could say more, but that would be no substitute for seeing them for yourself in the gallery or on line.
Chris Taylor has had work at Bevere since he won the Graduate show award two years ago. His ability to embrace the contemporary with traditional decorative approaches has had a surprisingly wide appeal across all ages and tastes. I say surprisingly, because it is something that is difficult to achieve.
If these featured makers were not enough, we also have new bodies of work from Matt Horne whose rich crystalline glazes are applied to beautifully thrown vessels; two indoor pieces from Kathy Shadwell whose larger work was in the Gallery Outside in the summer and a new name to Bevere - Rob Fountain - whose original three dimensional landscapes are well worth a view.
We believe that contrast and diversity in ceramics contributes to the good feelings that so many visitors have about Bevere Gallery. We are able to show month on month that the best of ceramics can add so much pleasure to everyday living. I know from my personal experience that the desire to own is driven by that more than any other motivation.