Thursday, 26 January 2017

THE CURATOR'S VIEW – February 2017

Firstly, I need to comment on the 11th Annual Graduate Show which filled the gallery for the first month of the year. I was heartened that so many people enjoyed the show and were impressed with the quality of the selected graduates.
As always, it was an exciting start to our year and thanks to everyone who voted for their favourite  :-

In February, we have three featured makers, one of whom is exhibiting with us for the first time.
 Scott Wilson graduated with a ceramic degree in 2015 and has made a an impact since then with his wonderfully textured pieces and the  interplay of monochrome light and dark. Not difficult to see how he made an impact at New Designers One Year On.

 He is also joining us for the Curator's Lunch being held on Friday 3rd February – not too late to book as we have one or two places still available.

 Jack Doherty is one of our regular exhibitors. We will see again his luminescent work which resonates with the Cornish blue which has been even more evident since his move to Mousehole.   This group is distinctly Jack's work and his soda fired glazing and skilled throwing gives each of his pieces a quality which is so pleasing to the eye. I have always admired his ceramics.

 Jade Crompton

was in our Graduate Show in 2015 and her computer aided design created quite a stir then. She has now been acknowledged for her innovative approaches to mould making and ceramic design and we are delighted to be showing her latest work. This small group of her work is in white semi-porcelain, if you prefer other colours we are able to commission pieces directly from her. It is always encouraging to see the work of someone who featured in our Graduate Show and that our judgement in selecting her is underpinned with subsequent successful making. She would have been with us at the Curator's Lunch, but she has a ceramic project in New York at that time.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

                     Lunch with the Curator and Maker


                                              Bevere Gallery, Worcester         

                                              Friday 3 February 2017
                                                        Noon - 2pm

We are starting this years featured maker programme with an opportunity to preview the new display with our ceramic curator, Stuart Dickens and featured maker Scott Wilson, then over lunch discuss the makers and their work

Places are limited to 10 persons and cost £10
email to book your place
or call 01905 754 484

Monday, 2 January 2017

11th Annual Graduate Show

THE CURATOR'S VIEW – January 2014

"It is always surprising how quickly the Annual Graduate Show comes round. It seems but a short time since I was extolling the virtues of new and emerging talent. I am trying to ignore the possibility that this may be a phenomenon related to the ageing of the curator!

Regular visitors to the Show will know that we select graduates from across the country. The message isn't that these are the best from the 2016 crop – best is such a subjective word – rather that they are makers who attracted Clare Macfarlane and I when we saw the large numbers of graduates at New Designers last July.

What is noticeable is the small group amongst the graduate population who at an early stage recognise that becoming a professional, post university, requires a range of skills and experience beyond making. The ones that truly impress have a clear head about what they will show, early completion of paperwork and images and of course the timely delivery of the exhibition pieces. If only this were the norm. On the other hand we are only too aware of the pressures on graduates to get work to pay their bills and to live life.

This show has a number of interesting and immensely creative makers and we hope that visitors will derive great pleasure from looking (and buying!) pieces and importantly casting a vote for the graduate that is best liked. As in previous years we will be supporting the maker who gains the most votes.

One innovation this year is to add an exhibitor who is still at university and due to graduate next year. Under the banner of One to Watch we are showing the latest work of a Hereford College student. We will certainly be keeping an eye on her development during her final year.

Do come to see the Show – stretch the legs after Christmas  - let us know what you feel about these new exhibitors."

Stuart Dickens