Thursday, 12 April 2018


 May 4th until  June 26th 2018

The meteorologists may be less able to foretell the onset of summer, but our featured maker programme absolutely does with a two-month feature involving six high quality makers who will bring us much needed sunshine. Two of the makers are new to Bevere and are very much part of our endeavour to continue to bring new and stimulating talent to our visitors.

Rebecca Appleby is the first of our new names. She has come to the attention of ceramic enthusiasts over the past two years and has made an impact with her abstract ceramics and paintings. We are always delighted to show the two-dimensional work of ceramicists, which gives a different perspective on the creative drive of the maker. 


Midori Takaki was a child in Japan with ambitions to become a writer. As it happened her vivid imagination turned to ceramics to express the almost continuous flow of ideas and images that are in her head. This is finely made ceramic sculpture with a strong oriental influence – not surprisingly.

Mark Dally is one of the best slip decorators we know. The confidence and precision of his black on white vessels and his design talents have been much admired on previous occasions at Bevere  - great to have him here again. He will also be joining us for the Makers Lunch on Saturday 5 May.

Christiane Wilhelm who lives and works in Germany produces meticulously designed and made pots, which we always welcome in the Gallery.  She is highly respected for the quality of her making and the original perspectives she brings to all of her work.  

Elly Wall  is our second new name. She makes distinctive vessels, which are often minimally glazed with marks and flashes of glaze. In her own words, she wants to maintain the freshness and rawness of her materials. Her work will contrast most effectively with other featured makers.

Carolyn Genders has an established reputation as a maker and teacher producing intriguing and colourfully decorated vessels from the small to the very large. She has not shown here for a while and it will be good to see her work here again along with her paintings. Carolyn will also be joining us for a Makers Lunch arranged for Friday 1 June

So there we are  - I hope that it brings our visitors as much pleasure as it does the Bevere team in setting up this stimulating show.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Maker's Lunch - PENNY FOWLER - April 2018

This was a fully booked lunch event which gave us all the opportunity to explore the elegance, precision and effective use of colour in Penny Fowler's porcelain and bone china pieces. Penny was last at Bevere when we held the CPA at 50 show which feels a long way back now.

Influenced by her sculptor grandfather, she developed turned thrown pieces originally, but became more and more interested in developing fine, precise pots that would show her carving to best effect. When she decided to make moulds and cast her pieces it was that point at which the voice we now recognise as distinctly hers, began to emerge.

All of us were particularly impressed with the structure of her small pieces and the apparent simplicity of her decorative design which belies the subtlety of her undoubted design skills. Penny sees herself as a City potter  - having lived and worked in London for may years – and her work reflects her interest in architecture, design and the world around her.  It was evident from the detailed processes she described that even the smallest of pieces could take several hours to complete. We can so often underestimate how long it takes to make high quality studio ceramics.

Over an excellent lunch we discussed a range of questions about Penny's work and the wider ceramic market. All round a very satisfying event and thank you to Penny for coming up from London for the day.

Stuart Dickens
8 April 2018


Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Curator's View April 2018


At the time of writing, it feels that Spring has not yet sprung and Winter still has a few remaining teeth, nevertheless we have featured makers in April that will certainly augur the change of season. Two of our featured ceramicists have shown here before and as always we are pleased to be showing a maker for the first time.

Sally Streuli is the new maker to Bevere. We are delighted to see her work which is inspired by her archaeological background. Sally's stoneware pots reflect the robust style of their ancient predecessors. The dark exteriors purposefully contrast with the highly detailed interiors where flora and fauna-rich decorations are derived from classic china patterns and adapt traditional decorative techniques, including hand painting, transfers and lots of gold.

Christopher Taylor is a previous winner of our Graduate show who has become an established ceramicist with a growing reputation. He brings together traditional ceramic decoration and contemporary abstract art. His vessels have presence and in various sizes and forms bring pleasure to his many admirers. Good to have him here again.

Penny Fowler works in cast porcelain which is the canvas for her clean, precise decoration of finely made pots. She is more interested in form rather than function and bringing together opacity with the translucency of porcelain. She describes herself as a London based potter whose work reflects 21st century living and the city in which she lives and works. She has kindly agreed to take part in this month's Makers Lunch and I am delighted that all of the available places have been taken up it should be a most enjoyable and stimulating event.

Stuart Dickens

Wednesday, 7 March 2018



7 APRIL 2018  -  1200

In April we are delighted to have Penny Fowler as our Maker's Lunch guest. She is a London based potter whose work reflects 21st century living and the city in which she lives and works. It is characterised by clean, precise lines and forms using a strong palette. Her objective working with clay is to create beautiful dynamic forms.

Penny has shown her work at Bevere before and regular visitors will be aware of the impact that her elegant and contemporary work has on viewing. We are in no doubt that this will be an enjoyable and stimulating event. Do book your place for lunch before all the available places are taken.


An opportunity to preview the new display with our ceramic curator, Stuart Dickens and featured maker Penny Fowler, then over lunch enjoy an informal discussion
Places are limited to 10 persons and cost £15
email to book your place or call 01905 754 484

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Valerie is  running a Drawing Only course on 
Saturday March 10th at the Bevere Gallery Stable Studio.
 She will be teaching various techniques and subjects on the day. You can bring along your own materials but she will provide materials on the day and as usual she will have extra, pads and pencils etc to purchase at discounted prices. 

There will be a minimum of 4 people on the course and an absolute maximum of 6. 

The cost will be £50 for the day including refreshments and a lovely light lunch from the Bevere Gallery Cafe. The day will run from 10am to 4pm.

To book or for further details
phone Valerie on 7538 173070 or


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

THE CURATOR'S VIEW - Featured Makers - 3rd to 31st March 2018

At the risk of repeating myself – once again – I am delighted that the featured makers this month maintain our reputation for diversity. That is the curatorial challenge, to ensure that each maker's work is enhanced by the contrast with other exhibitors. The individual voice of each of our chosen makers, speaks powerfully notwithstanding the  wide range of work in the gallery.
Jane Abbott is a newcomer to Bevere. She is undoubtedly a three dimensional abstract artist. The combination of slab building and inventive decoration produces pots which are bound to attract attention. Her early pots were influenced by Alison Britton and Elizabeth Fritch, potters working in the 1970’s. She is also an admirer of Ben Nicholson. However, notwithstanding such influences she has developed her own voice which is evident in the work we will be showing this month.  Interestingly, she feels that her work as a teacher of ceramics and the necessary research that this demands, acts as as a further stimulus and inspiration. I am delighted that Jane has agreed to join us on 3 March for our maker's lunch and if you would like to understand her work and its origins more closely I am sure we will be having and enjoyable and stimulating two hours with her.

Anna Silverton was last at Bevere some years ago.  She will be remembered for her elegantly designed vessels and subtle decoration. All her vases and bowls are wheel thrown. She likes to interrupt and repeat structures, through cutting, joining and reshaping on the wheel, to discover new forms and hone them. She places particular importance on the ceramic surface which she works on the wheel until very smooth then burnishes (low fired clay bodies) or polishes (vitrified stoneware bodies.) She uses a combination of incised and/or inlaid detailing to enhance volume and punctuate profile. Elegance is the word I have to use to describe her work and I am sure that this group of pieces will bring much pleasure.

Christy Keeney needs no introduction. He is the doyen of ceramic sculptors who has work in so many private and public collections. This is distinctive ceramic art which is instantly recognisable. He  sees his work as three dimensional painting. The form is built up and flattened like a canvas ready to take the drawing. When he works he tries to let the moment dictate his progress and the themes that he is dealing with are not as important to him as the overall form they inhabit. His figurative ceramics are an investigation into the human condition and his forms are stretched to the point where sculpture and drawing overlap. WE have shown his fine work over a number of years and never tire of his boundless creative energy.

Hope you will enjoy this month's makers - I know I will!!  

 Stuart Dickens

Monday, 5 February 2018

Maker's Lunch - JANE MUIR

This was the first Makers Lunch of the Gallery year and it established a high standard for those to come in our future lunch programme.

        Jane Muir has exhibited with the gallery over the last few years. She has previously brought so much pleasure to our visitors with her sculptures both large and small. They are pieces that  make an immediate impact. It is their anonymity that allows us to identify for ourselves familiar individuals. Subtle colour and seductive surface textures are key elements in her work; immensely appealing but never sentimental. Importantly her work always generates a smile, which should never be underestimated in these times. It has been said that Jane's work offers an uncomplicated and idiosyncratic view of the world.
Jane gave a helpful and insightful introduction to her sculptures. She emphasised that she had always preferred making sculpture rather than other decorative or domestic ware. She enjoys drawing and painting but much of what emerges in clay comes straight to hand. The small male and female figures which she has been making for a long time started life as test pieces for her glazes which are predominantly made by her. They have clearly become a feature of her range of work and she has probably made a few thousand of them , which are spread across the world. Rather incredibly, each one appears to have its own personality!
Jane emphasised the value of discussions of this kind with ceramic enthusiasts generally as well as admirers of her work. Making is a lonely and singular activity and the feedback that comes from such contact  is supportive and helpful in terms of perceptions of her pieces whatever they may be.
She sees herself continuing to make for a long time and although she is currently exploring more abstract work currently she did not see any major shift in style. In any event her name is well established through the response to her figures and their distinctive voice and change could impact on her ability to sell her work – bearing in mind she has made a living from making and selling over a good many years.
Everyone who attended the lunch engaged so easily with Jane and the two hours spent together had considerable mutual benefit I suspect. For my part I am extremely grateful for the effort she made to join us travelling from London.
Stuart Dickens
Ceramic Curator
5 Feb 2018


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The Curator's View February 2018

Here we are again – the first featured maker month of our year following on the Annual Graduate Show. Which according to the considerable feedback we have had this year was much enjoyed by our visitors. The show continues until 30th January so I am not able to advise on the graduate with the most votes or the lucky name drawn from the hat. We will be letting you know as soon as the show closes.
There are three makers featured from  February 3rd  to 28th. Once again, we have tried to ensure that there is a stimulating contrast between the makers.

Sophie Southgate has exhibited at Bevere before and regular visitors will remember her use of vivid contrasting colour which enhances her geometric pots – all made with great skill and meticulous concern for detail and precision. They are very distinctive.

Sarah Jenkins is new to Bevere. We were impressed when we saw her work for the first time at Ceramic Art London in 2017. Her sgraffito decoration is clearly contemporary abstraction, but with an interesting primitive feel. Her monochrome decoration adds to the presence of each of her pieces. We are  confident that Sarah's inspirational work will have the same impact on our visitors as it it did on us.    

Jane Muir is our third featured maker. She has previously brought so much pleasure to our visitors with her amusing sculptures both large and small. They are  pieces that  make an immediate impact. It is their anonymity that allows us to identify for ourselves familiar individuals. Subtle colour and seductive surface textures are key elements in her work; immensely appealing but never sentimental. I am also looking forward to hosting the Makers Lunch on the first Saturday, when Jane will be talking informally about her sculpture and her creative spirit.
Stuart Dickens