Friday, 27 March 2015

The Curator's View - April 2015

Diversity has become an overworked word in the gallery – at least by me – because it succinctly describes the ethos of Bevere in demonstrating, month on month, the almost limitless creativity of the ceramic universe. This month is a classic example. The styles and approaches of the three/four makers are markedly different but they share one important characteristic; the passion with which they work with the same base materials to produce pieces that are distinctly theirs.

Paul Smith is a ceramic sculptor who is new to Bevere. His skilled and bold modelling produces a sideways look at the relationship between animals and humans.  Sister Wendy Beckett described his work as ‘

magical art, pure, humorous and strong’. His individual pieces communicate his intentions so clearly and I particularly like the elegance of line in his work. Ceramic sculpture has grown in popularity and it is the ability to communicate at different levels that attracts so many of our visitors.

Robin Welch is an elder statesman of the world of abstract expressionism in ceramics. We are proud to have shown his work over a number of years. - the passage of time affects even the most creative and we are delighted to have another group of pots from him. Hope you enjoy as much as we do.
We have a new body of work selected by us from his workshop. He is now producing less pieces than in the past.

Wied and Deiderik Heyning
work wonders in fine porcelain. The quality of the potting and decoration is very fine and it will be good to see them back after a long absence. When they were first shown at Bevere the work was very well received and if you have never seen their work before you are in for a treat. There decorative style varies from abstract / painterly, engraved to botanical free-hand design. It is this versatility that gives voice to their creativity. 

 Stuart Dickens

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