Thursday, 24 March 2016
THE CURATOR'S VIEW – APRIL 2016
As our regular web site readers will know, we are sadly without the sculptures of John Maltby who was one of our planned featured makers for April. After illness, he may not be making again and we are very grateful to have had so many opportunities to show his work over the last ten years.
However, notwithstanding John's reluctant withdrawal we have three makers of outstanding quality Ingrid Saag is a new maker to Bevere and I am delighted to be showing a fine group of her painterly vessels whose colour and flair will be just right for the first feature of Spring. I am attracted to artist / ceramicists as they bring an added dimension to their work. Colour is one of Ingrid's motivations and her figurative and floral designs bear testament to her enthusiasm. What better harbinger of the season.
Emily Myers is a well known presence in the gallery and we are delighted to be having another group of her latest work. We have many conversations with visitors about her pieces and it is the elegance of design, subtlety of
Matthew Horne has just returned from working in the USA and although he has been extremely busy of late, we have the pleasure of showing the work of another of our regular makers. Two features of Matt's pieces are outstanding – the quality of his thrown porcelain and the crystalline glazing which must rate amongst the best of those makers currently using this long established and difficult technique. This latest group has been a pleasure to handle. I speak as someone who was never a great fan of crystalline glazing until, that is, I came across the work of Matt Horne. It was the combination of glaze and pot shape which did it for me and I know he is a favourite of so many now.
I am also hoping we will have some new work from John and Jude Jelfs. It has been too long since we last showed their distinctly contrasting styles and I look forward to some surprises.
As always I hope there is much here to stimulate hand and eye and to get you talking about the joys of contemporary studio pottery.