THE CURATOR’S VIEW - January 2015
Happy New Year!
We embark on another year of exciting ceramic art and craft. New Year is frequently perceived as the time for renewal and fresh beginnings - although it can often feel like a triumph of hope over expectation. No such feelings here as we launch the year with our Annual Ceramic Graduate Show. It is already evident that we have selected exhibitors who will make their way in studio ceramics. The work submitted by the chosen graduates demonstrates the creativity and diversity which is the well spring of the craft and the hallmark of Bevere Gallery.
It would be invidious to pick out one maker from another. They have been selected because of their impact on us when we saw them at New Designers 2014 after graduation. For me, the initial response – intellectually and emotionally - is a good guide and these ten exhibitors tick the right boxes. Incidentally, I would not be so arrogant as to say that these are the best of the 2014 crop however, as in previous years, they are amongst the most stimulating, skilled and creative. Some already have great design skills and clearly studio ceramicists/designers are making an important contribution to the wider commercial sector.
One name I can mention is Neill Curran. He won the visitors vote as the favourite in the 2014 show. He has continued to make and exhibit and we are delighted to see his work as it has developed one year on.
Once again we will be asking everyone who sees the show to name their favourite maker. The one with the most votes will continue to show at Bevere over the coming year. Additionally a voting paper will be drawn from the many that will be completed during the three weeks of the show and the lucky individual’s vote will earn them a £100 voucher to spend at Bevere. Yet another good reason to come and see the show, which will open on Saturday 10th and run until Saturday 31st January.