Wednesday, 22 March 2017
THE CURATOR'S VIEW–April 2017
The new ceramic year is well advanced and Spring – yes I think it has arrived – brings with it opportunities for renewal and looking again at our world. This group of featured makers brings together experienced and skilled makers and I have no doubt that the light which the gallery now enjoys from increasing sunshine will enhance this engaging range of pieces.
Good to have Kate Schuricht back in Bevere again. Her small scale, finely made pieces shown in groups, make attractive installations. Her concern for texture, light and shade adds to the interplay between her pieces. After graduation Kate worked for some time in Japan and, I have to say, that experience is reflected in her work and the attention to detail.
John and Jude Jelfs will need no introduction to regular visitors to the gallery. Notwithstanding that they have lived and worked together for many years their styles are so contrasting. Jude is contemporary and sculptural with a stimulating use of colour and shape. John is a more traditional potter with high level craft skills - his pots have always been much admired. His design skills are self evident and he is arguably the best teapot maker in the business!
Janet Halligan is fascinated with different surface textures, her pieces often emulate, leather, metal, cardboard, with an extraordinary likeness to the real thing. She also experiments with functionality in the shape of jugs, vases and cups that incorporate her fascination with fastenings, ties and fixings, juxtaposing a seemingly ordinary vessel with an extraordinary identity for the piece.