Schloessingk : The Language of Clay - Earth, Fire and Salt - Llantarnam
Grange, Cwmbran - April 4th to May 27th 2017
Wood fired salt glazed domestic ware at its very best.
Hjortshøj at the Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutlandl
- November 19th to December 18th 2016
4 years work, 379 wood fired pots, Goldmark is the only place
to see Anne-Mette's work in the U.K.
The Blood - Somerton Old Town Hall - October 8th to November 19th
In The Blood features the work of Simon Leach, Jeremy Leach,
John Leach, Philip Leach and Dylan Bowen who are all descendants
of Bernard Leach, also showing are pots by the great man himself.
Malvern - The Pottery Collective - October 2016
A pop-up exhibition at Stitch45, Malvern's sewing centre, featuring
pots from two major collections and work by local potter Fleen
Pottery - Trevor Corser : 40 Years a Leach Potter- September 10th
2016 to January 9th 2017
Trevor joined the Leach Pottery as a packer and clay mixer in
1966, he later became a potter working on standard ware and producing
his own individual pots.
Pottery - Amanda Brier - September 10th to October 30th 2016
An exhibition of of new work by Amanda who worked alongside Trevor
Corser and Joanna Wason before setting up her own studio in Falmouth.
Wason - Inside Out - The Lemon Tree Gallery, Truro - September
10th to October 9th 2016
A wonderful exhibition of Jason's pots and bronzes.
Gallery - Ray Finch 80th Anniversary Tribute - Winchcombe May
7th to May 21st 2016
To mark the 80th anniversary of Ray Finch joining Winchcombe
Pottery in 1936, John Edgeler has organised three exhibitions
running alongside each other - a selling exhibition of Ray Finch
and Michael Cardew slipware, a display of wonderful old Ray Finch
pots from the Winchcombe Archive Collection and a selling exhibition
of Joe Finch pots.
Pottery - 90th Anniversary Celebration - Cheltenham April 19th
to June 5th 2016
Winchcombe Pottery is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
This exhibition at the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen shop in Cheltenham
features the pottery's current range of wood fired stoneware pots.
Noel: The Language of Clay - Telling Tales - Ruthin Craft Centre
April 23rd to July 10th 2016
The first of The Language of Clay exhibitions at Ruthin features
Anna Noel's folk art sculptures.
Cardew - The Winchcombe Years 1926-1939 - Court Barn Museum, Chipping
Canpden April 16th to June 5th 2016
An exhibition featuring the work of Michael Cardew at Winchcombe
Pottery between 1926-1939 commemorating the 90th anniversary of
his arrival in Winchcombe
: Six Decades of Pots - Leach Pottery - St. Ives - September 12th
to November 22nd 2015
Robin Welch was one of the young aspiring potters taken on by
Bernard Leach to help with standardware production way back in
the 1950s. The Leach Pottery welcomes him back to celebrate his
60 year career.
:Industrial Devils and Standard Ware - Leach Pottery Cube - St.
Ives - September 12th to November 22nd 2015
Features individual pots and standard ware produced by David
Leach, first at the Leach Pottery and later at his own Lowerdown
Sandon Charity Roadshow - Long Room Gallery, Winchcombe - May
Henry discussing and valuing pots in aid of The Childern's
Society. Winchcombe Archive Collection of slipware on view.
Cardew and Winchcombe Pottery - 1926 to 1939, Long Room Gallery,
Winchcombe - November 23rd to December 20th 2014
A retrospective exhibition of Michael Cardew's Winchcombe Pottery
slipware. Many important pots shown alongside Cardew's kiln logs
and contemporary photographs and letters.
Fair - St. Edward's School, Oxford - October 25th-26th 2014
Over 60 of our best potters at a really good venue, a great day
and Margaret Frith - Oakwood Ceramics at the Thoresby Gallery,
Ollerton, Notts - October 4th to 12th 2014
The latest Oakwood Ceramics exhibition at the Thoresby Gallery
near Ollerton, Notts features the work of David and Margaret Frith.
Shima E- Leach Pottery, St. Ives - September 13th to October 12th
The latest exhibition at the Leach, Shima Kara Shima E, in English
From Island to Island, is an East West venture with Ashley Howard
and Risa Oghi working together.
Doherty - Harbouring - Newlyn Art Gallery - 19th July to September
Harbouring is an exhibition of Jack's soda fired porcelain pots
from his pottery in Mousehole near Penzance.
Leach: Artist, Leach Pottery, St. Ives - 15th to 23rd March 2014
Bernard Leach originally went to Japan as an etcher and if he
hadn't attended a raku party in Japan he might not have become
a potter. This exhibition shows the full range of work that Leach
produced. There are pots of course but also a range of artwork
including a lovely impressionist style painting of his first wife
Dodd - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - 15th to 23rd March 2014
First exhibition of the year at the Leach Pottery features one
of my favourite potters - Mike Dodd. Reduction fired stoneware
at its very best.
Malone at Oakwood Ceramics, Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire
- 15th to 23rd March 2014
The work of a master potter at the top of his form, Jim Malone
has produced a truly memorable exhibition with some great pots
including a series of tall porcelain bottles with beautiful fish
of Pots - The John O'Meara Collection - Rufford Craft Centre,
Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - March 17th to April 21st 2014
Potter and collector John O'Meara has bequesthed his collection
to Rufford Craft Centre. A rare opportunity to see a group of
Ewan Henderson pots close up.
Darbyshire: The W.A. Ismay Collection - Oct 12th 2003 - Jan 26th
For this exhibition, Matthew Darbyshire has created an installation
which has the same footprint as Bill's terrace house in Wakefield
and includes 700 pots with examples by all the makers that Bill
Wobage Makers Christmas Exhibition - November 21st until Christmas
Wobage Makers Christmas Exhibitionis open Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays until Christmas. Work by potters Sheila Casson,
Patia Davis, Jeremy Steward, Sheila Herring and Andrew McGarva
is shown alongside woodwork by Ben Casson, indigo dyed textiles
by Clare McGarva and jewellery by Clare Hodgson.
Beard - Rufford, Nottinghamshire - June 21st to July 21st
The wonderful gallery space at Rufford has been used to
great effect by Peter Beard in this major exhibition which
represents two years work.
Hamada - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - June 15th to July 15th
This exhibition features pots created at the Hamada pottery
in Mashiko, now fully restored after suffering extensive
damage in the 2011 earthquake.
Hamada - Workshop at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives - June
Tomoo gave a two hour throwing demonstration in the Leach
Pottery studio. In the first session he threw a number of
small pieces off the hump - yunomis, sake bottle, bowls and
chawans. After a short break he threw some vases and a very
Modern Masters of Studio Pottery - Long Room Gallery, Winchcombe - May 18th to
Thiis exhibition features studio pottery from Britain and
Japan includes the work of a number of potters including
Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Ray Finch, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie,
William Marshall, Hamada Shoji and Ken Matsuzaki.
Fellowship of the Fire - Oakwood Ceramics at the Thorseby Gallery, Nottinghamshire
The Fellowship of the Fire is an exhibition of work by Bruce
and Estelle Martin, Nic Collins, Peter Swanson, Mark Griffiths
and Stephen Parry featuring anagama style ceramics.
- A Celebration - Part 1 - Bevere Gallery, Worcester -
Cornwall comes to Worcester in this, the first of two exhibitions
featuring the work of members of the Cornwall Crafts Association.
Figure, Form and Material - Ashraf and Sue Hanna - Rufford,
Notts - June/July 2012
Its 4 years since Ashraf and Sue's last exhibition at Rufford,
time has moved on, their styles have evolved but top quality persists.
Marshall - Kestle Barton, Helston, Cornwall - May/June 2012
The collection of Paul Vibert, over 300 Bill Marshall pots,
a unique opportunity to admire the full range of skills of a
true master craftsman.
- York Art Gallery - October 2011 - December 2012
Excitations features pots that inspired Gordon Baldwin whilst
he was a student and led him to move away from painting to become
one of the great British sculptural ceramicists.
Malone - Oakwood Ceramics - Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire-
A memorable exhibition of the work of a true master potter.
Fitch - Oakwood Ceramics - Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire-
A great display of traditional slipware pottery including a
wonderful harvest jug.
Swanson - Oakwood Ceramics - Thoresby Gallery, Nottinghamshire-
A range of ash glazed stoneware was exhibited alongside a small
number of pots from Peter's wood fired anagama kiln.
- Rufford Craft Cantre, Nottinghamshire - June 2011
Rufford's excellent exhibition space and Peter Hayes' wonderful
pots, a great combination.
Summer Exhibition - May 28th to June 5th 2011
The wonderful old Cathedral Barn is host to pots by the Wobage
makers - Sheila Casson, Patia Davis, Jeremy Steward, Sheila Herring
and Josh Redman shown alogside Ben Casson's woodwork, Claire McGarva's
indigo dyed embroideries and Lucy Casson's sculptural pieces.
Marshall: First Apprentice - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - April 16th
to July 16th 2011
The pottery was packed with people at the exhibition preview.
They were not disappointed, there are some wonderful pots which
demonstrate the consummate skills of a master potter who is remembered
with great affection by all who knew him.
Welch - Bevere Gallery, Worcester - April 2011
A small exhibition of ceramics and paintings by Robin Welch at
Bevere Gallery, Worcester.
Casson Retrospective - Wobage Farm, near Ross -on-Wye, Herefordshire
- September 2010
The warmth and affection felt for the late Mick Casson at the
preview of the retrospective exhibition at Wobage livened up a
wet September evening. A goodly crowd of people braved the elements
and were rewarded by a great display of Mick's pots in the Cathedral
Bowl - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - July 4th - Aug 1st 2010
Featuring the work of Matthew Blakeley, Sheila Casson, Jane Cox,
Jack Doherty, Thomas Hoadley, Peter Lane, John Leach, Jim Malone,
Phil Rogers and the Australian Steve Harrison.
- Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - June 15th
- July 4th 2010
A major exhibition of work by Eddie Curtis including some very
large handbuilt and wheel thrown pots shown alongside work by
25 Years - The Gallery Upstairs - Henley-in-Arden - Summer 2010
This year's Summer Exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs in Henley-in-Arden
marks 25 years of exhibitions and features paintings, ceramics,
glass, sculpture and woodwork.
Passion - The Pottery of Edward Hughes - Manchester Metropolitan
University - April to June 2010
A truly wonderful exhibition featuring the life and work of Edward
Hughes who lost his life in a climbing accident in 2006.
Potters' Association - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - Spring
Celebrating 30 years of the Midland Potters' Association and
featuring the work of 19 current members and alumni.
- Newlyn Art Gallery - Spring 2010
The Newlyn Art Gallery provides a great exhibition space with
an abundance of the natural light that this area is famous for.
Jason's sculptural vessels, some with a metallic lustre seem to
glow in the sunshine.
Leach : Her Life and Work - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - Spring/Summer
An exhibition featuring around sixty of Janet's pots accompanied
by a timeline display of text and images which documenting her
life and work.
Flower Show - Leach Pottery Cube, St. Ives - Spring 2010
Features work by Nic Collins, Lisa Katzenstein, Amanda Brier,
Katerina Evangelidou, Jonathan Phillips, Simon Hulbert and Whichford
Pottery. The exhibition is enhanced by Hiromi Bunday's Ikebana.
Speaking - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - Spring 2010
Featuring sculptural work by Michael Flynn, Mo Jupp, Christy
Keeney, John Maltby, Claire Murray and Emma Rodgers.
British Potters - Goldmark Gallery Uppingham, Rutland - February
Modern British Potters features the work of 24 of Britain's leading
potters. In alphabetical order they are Gordon Baldwin, Clive
Bowen, Sandy Brown, Neil Brownsword, Carina Ciscato, Claire Curneen,
Ken Eastman, Philip Eglin, Daniel Fisher, Michael Flynn, Geoffrey
Fuller, Jane Hamlyn, Walter Keeler, Dan Kelly, Jennifer Lee, Carol
McNicoll, Jim Malone, Sara Radstone, James Robson, Emma Rodgers,
Phil Rogers, Daniel Smith, Annie Turner and Tina Vlassopulos.
Winter Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs,
Henley-in-Arden - November 2009
The 2009 Winter Exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs in Henley-in-Arden,
Warwickshire features the paintings, ceramics and sculpture of
over 40 makers and runs from the 10th to 28th of November.
Clive Bowen - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham,
Rutland - November 2009
Clive Bowen works in the English slipware tradition producing
a wide range of colourful earthenware pots from his wood fired
kiln in deepest Devon.
Exhibited at the Goldmark Gallery are 218 pots ranging from simple
tiles through to majestic lidded jars and huge platters.
British Studio Pottery - The Collection of
a Discerning Academic - Autumn 2009
The Monnow Valley Arts Centre is a little gem
tucked away in the Welsh borderland near Abergavenny :difficult
to find but well worth the effort. Their Autumn 2009 exhibition
features 64 pots from the collection of an anonymous academic
including works by a number of major potters including Bernard
Leach, William Staite-Murray, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper.
- Leach Pottery Cube, St. Ives - September 2009
This exhibition at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives shows the work
of 6 potters whose work has been influenced by the philosophy
of Bernard Leach.
Jack Doherty - National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny,
Ireland - August - September 2009
This major solo exhibition of vessels at the National Craft Gallery
of Ireland in Kilkenny brings Jack back to his roots.
Concordia - David and Margaret Frith- Rufford
Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - June-July 2009
David and Margaret Frith have been working together for over
45 years. Concordia is a major exhibition of their work at Rufford
Ken Matsuzaki - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham,
Rutland - June 2009
This exhibition of the work of Japanese potter Ken Matsuzaki
is a joy to behold with forms and glazes not often seen in the
Jill Fanshawe Kato - The Gallery at Bevere,
Worcester - June 2009
Jill Fanshawe Kato's pots are decorated with designs that
are inspired by nature. She trained as a potter in Japan and has
held many successful exhibitions over there. Around 50 pots are
included in the Bevere exhibition.
Summer Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs,
Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire - June 2009
2009's Summer exhibition brings together the work of over
40 artists, ceramicists and sculptors with 677 items in total
displayed. I visited on a lovely sunny day and so was able to
take time to enjoy the wonderful garden where many pieces were
South Wales Potters Association - The Gallery
at Bevere, Worcester - May 2009
The SWPA was established way back in 1964 and has over a hundred
members. The Bevere exhibition features the work of 15 members
A Celebration of Woodfiring - Octagon Gallery
at Whichford Pottery, Cotswolds - Spring 2009
Svend Bayer, Charles Bound, Ben Brierley, Nic Collins, Ray Finch,
David Garland, Mark Griffiths, John Jelfs, Gas Kimishima, Adam
Keeling, Jim and Dominique Keeling, Stephen Parry, Phil Rogers
and Robert Sanderson took part in a special woodfiring weekend
and accompanying exhibition.
Lisa Hammond - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham,
Rutland - May 2009
Top quality venue, potter and pots, a really special exhibition.
Hamada St. Ives - The Founding of the Leach
Pottery 1920 - Leach Pottery, St. Ives - Spring 2009
On August 24th 1920 Hamada Shoji and his friend Bernard Leach
arrived in St. Ives to establish a pottery. This exhibition shows
early work by Hamada, Leach and Cardew together with pots that
may have influenced their work and a fascinating commentary describes
the early years at the Leach Pottery.
Tomoo Hamada, Leach Pottery, St. Ives - Spring
In March 2009 Tomoo made the same journey from his pottery in
Mashiko, Japan to make some pots and open his exhibition at the
restored Leach Pottery.
John Maltby, Rufford Ceramic Centre - Spring
exhibition featuring 140 of John Maltby's sculptural ceramics.
Together, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
- April 2009
A themed exhibition featuring the work of pairs of artists and
makers who have shared their experiences and studios over many
Ruthanne Tudball, La Borne, France - March-April
A major solo exhibition, Ruthanne has sent in some images of
The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden, Reg
Moon - A Celebration of Life - March 2009
A celebration of the life of Reg Moon who established Torquil
Pottery in Henley nearly 50 years ago.
Paul Rice Gallery, London - Recent Aquisitions
- February-March 2009
Something for everyone, a wide range of potters will be exhibited.
Mike Dodd - Oakwood Ceramics at the Thoresby
Gallery, nr. Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - November 2008
A good number of people attended the preview of Oakwood Ceramics'
latest exhibition. Mike Dodd is one Britain's most respected traditional
potters and it was good to see a selection of around 60 pots including
some salt glazed work fired over at Marcus Mahoney's pottery in
Winter Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs,
The Gallery Upstairs has two major exhibitions each year, one
in Summer the other in Winter. Each features the work of a wide
range of contemporary art and craft and there is always a good
selection of ceramics.
Phil Rogers - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham,
Rutland - November 2008
A Phil Rogers exhibition is always something to look forward
to and the latest at the Goldmark Gallery does not disappoint.
The main exhibition of 180 pots is enhanced by two display panels
where 100 yunomi and 100 guinomi are displayed making this Phil's
biggest show to date.
Form, Tone Texture - The Gallery at Bevere,
Worcester - Autumn 2008
Form, Tone and Texture features sculptural ceramics by Regina
Heinz, Tim Andrews, Matthew Chambers and Lisa Ellul exhibited
alongside artwork by local artists Ian Cruickshank, Rod Willis,
Trevor Smith, Linda Judkins, Beth Fletcher, Sarah Whapples, Jules
Smith and Thelma Ayers.
David Frith - Oakwood Ceramics at the Thoresby
Gallery, nr. Ollerton, Nottinghamshire - Autumn 2008
A wide range of pots from small yunomis and lidded boxes through
to wonderful large chargers and a couple of huge wheel thrown
pieces show the tremendous ability of David Frith who with his
wife Margaret established Brookhouse Pottery in Norh Wales over
40 years ago.
Clive Bowen - Octagon Gallery at Whichford
Pottery - Autumn 2008
Clive Bowen's wonderful traditional slipware is fashioned from
local Fremington clay and fired in a wood burning kiln. His pots
fill the Octagon with an array of rich autumnal colours just right
for teh current season.
A Harvest of Jugs - Barnstaple Museum - Autumn
A rare opportunity to see some of the best of North Devon's harvest
Leach Pots - Tremayne Applied Arts, St. Ives,
Cornwall - September 13th 2008
Tremayne Applied Arts specialise in twentieth century design
and always have some interesting studio pottery in stock. At the
2008 St. Ives September Festival, a selection of Leach Pottery
Standard Ware was exhibited on the second Saturday.
An English Tea Ceremony - Leach Pottery, St.
Ives, Cornwall - Summer 2008
An English Tea Ceremony - Contemporary Pots for the Tea Table
includes the work of eight potters and features some Jack Doherty's
first pots from the new kilns at the Leach Pottery.
Peter Swanson - St. Ives Ceramics, St. Ives,
Cornwall - September 2008
The show coincides with the St. Ives September Festival, opening
on September 6th and running until October 3rd. Tenmoku and ash
glazed pots from Peter's gas kiln together with wood fired pots
from his anagama kiln.
Summer Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs,
Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire - July 2008
Each year their Summer exhibition features the work of many artists,
ceramicists and sculptors, included in 2008 were over 650 items
from 40 makers. As always the exhibition flows over into the garden
behind the gallery where many sculptural pieces were displayed
to great effect.
Peter Hayes - Rufford Craft Cantre, Nottinghamshire
- June 2008
It was good to see the Rufford exhibition space hosting another
great ceramics exhibition. After firing his raku forms, Peter
develops their surface textures with techniques such as lengthy
submergence water, sanding and burnishing. The work exhibited
ranged from small burnished forms through to large totems and
a wonderful water feature in the form of a large raku disc form
with a central turquioise resin band.
Malone - Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland
- May 2008
A truly wonderful exhibition featuring 180 pots by master potter
Jim Malone, the most impressive display of Jim's work tht I have
Hamada Shoji, Shimaoka Tatsuzo and Hamada
Shinsaku - Phil Rogers - Marston Pottery - March 2008
Full marks must go to Phil and Lynn Rogers for their efforts
in staging this wonderful exhibition of pottery by Hamada Shoji,
his apprentice Shimaoka Tatsuzo and his eldest son Hamada Shinsaku.
Long will I treasure the experience of being able to touch and
feel these very special pots, to see so many pieces in one place
outside Japan was a rare privilege.
Phil Rogers - St. Ives Ceramics - March 2008
A selection of Phil's latest work was exhibited at John Bedding's
St. Ives Ceramics gallery in March 2008. The exhibition was scheduled
to coincide with the re-opening of the Leach Pottery and provided
visiting studio pottery enthusiasts with a welcome extra attraction
to see during their visit to St. Ives.
Collector's Choice - Oakwood Gallery, Thorseby,
Notts - March 2008
Collector's Choice looks back over the last twenty years and
features the work of a number of Britain's top flight potters,
the pots are complimented by the Leach inspired calligraphy of
Goldmark Gallery Potter's Day with Phil Rogers
Film Premiere, February 2008
A wonderful Potter’s Day at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham,
Rutland. A mixed show of pots Phil Rogers, Lisa Hammond, Svend
Bayer, Mike Dodd, Ken Matsuzaki and Clive Bowen was complimented
by the premiere of the Goldmark sponsored film profile of Phil
Rogers and talks by Phil and collector Alistair Hawtin.
Totally Tea Bowls III - Oakwood Gallery, Thoresby,
Notts - October 2007
The third Totally Tea Bowls exhibition staged by the Oakwood
Ceramics team. Visitors to the preview had the privilege of learning
about the Japanese tea ceremony from potter Yo Thom who resplendent
in her kimono made Japanese green tea and explained the significance
of the ceremony and the bowls.
Jim Malone - Bevere Gallery, Worcester - October
A great set of pots from one of Britain's foremost traditional
William Marshall - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood
- September 2007
This sellout exhibition features work from what turned out to
be Bill Marshall's last firing in December 2006 before his death
in May 2007. Bill was taken on as an apprentice at the Leach Pottery
by Bernard Leach way back in 1938 and was later to become the
mainstay of the pottery before leaving in 1977 to set up he own
workshop in Lelant just up the road from St. Ives where he worked
with his son Andrew.
Peter Beard - Rufford Ceramic Centre, Notts
- May to July 2007
A collection of 80 recent works featuring ceramic vessels together
with ceramic, stone and bronze sculptural forms.
The CPA at 50 - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
- June/July 2007
A celebration of the first 50 years of the Craftsman Potters
Association. The exhibition features the work of 40 CPA members
and is accompanied by a sculpture trail around the gardens with
large scale work by 20 ceramicists.
Phil Rogers - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
- May 2007
I agree with Henry Sandon who opened this exhibition, Phil Rogers
is one of our best studio potters. His work is continually evolving
and in this exhibition he shows nearly a hundred pots which demonstrate
his skills to good effect.
The team at Bevere are working hard to become a top class ceramics
venue. Their exhibitions are beautifully staged and future ceramics
events at Bevere include >The CPA at 50 with over 40
CPA members participating and a Jim Malone exhibition.
Bevere is just a couple of miles from junction 6 of the M5, well
worth the short detour if you are passing.
Pots From France - Rufford Ceramic Centre,
Notts - March 2007
An exhibition of contemporary French ceramics curated by the
Pots From France team of Jack Blackburn and Margot Bartlett.
Mark Griffiths and Peter Swanson - March 2007
A joint exhibition featuring salt glazed stoneware from Mark
Griffiths and ash glazed stoneware by Peter Swanson
Janet Leach Retrospective - Crafts Study Centre,
Farnham - March 2007
A major retrospective exhibition and symposium covering
the life and work of Bernard Leach's wife Janet.
Mark Griffiths - Christmas Exhibition - December
Mark Griffiths is a highly skilled potter and woodturner
based in Shropshire, England. His Christmas Exhibition features
new salt glazed wood fired pots together with bowls turned from
Joanna Howells, Jack Doherty, Chris Keenan
- Bevere Gallery, Worcester - November 2006
An exhibition of beautiful porcelain pots by Joanna Howells,
Jack Doherty and Chris Keenan accompanied by still life oil paintings
by Chris Howells.
Jim Malone - Oakwood Ceramics, Thoresby, Notts
- October 2006
Jim Malone is one of Britain's most respected studio potters
and this, his first exhibition for a couple of years did not disappoint.
A wonderful collection of 67 pots were exhibited by the Oakwood
Gallery and most were eagerly snapped up by enthusiastic and knowledgable
collectors at the very well attended preview event.
The pots formed the first firing of Jim's new two chamber climbing
kiln built by with his own hands at his Lessonhall Pottery in
the English Lake District.
The exhibition was beautifully staged and the Oakwood team are
to be congratulated for providing a first class venue.
Ruthanne Tudball - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood,
Hampshire - April/May 2006
Ruthanne's soda glazed stoneware is complimented by Julie
Herring's seascape paintings in the new Bettles Gallery in Ringwood.
A major inspiration for Ruthanne's contorted pots is the creative
forces of nature that she remembers from her childhood in California.
Unlike most potters Ruthanne's pots are finished on the wheel
rather than being assembled when hardened off. Fifty three pots
were exhibited, mostly domestic ware - bottles, platters, jugs,
teapots, dishes and lidded jars with tea ceremony yunomis and
Lisa Hammond - Oakwood Ceramics, Thoresby,
Notts - March 2006
After a number of successful exhibitions featuring the work
of potters such as Jim Malone, Phil Rogers, Mike Dodd and Nick
Rees the Oakwood Gallery in Edwinstowe, Notts closed in 2004.
Since then David Binch has developed a successful website - Oakwood
Ceramics. This has been good news for studio pottery collectors
all over the world but until now the special atmosphere of an
Oakwood exhibition provided by David, Ausma and his team has been
Until couple of years ago Lisa Hammond specialised in soda glazed
domestic ware. In 2004 she took the opportunity to work in Japan
with shino expert Rizu Takahashi and this exhibition shows how
Lisa's work has moved on in both form and decoration. Included
were a range of traditional Japanese drinking vessels, some specially
commissioned for the event, lidded caddies, bottles, jars and
vases. The exhibition was beautifully staged, the minimalistic
setting providing just the right background for Lisa's work.
The preview was very well attended and the profusion of red spots
soon confirmed that Lisa's pots met with widespread approval.
I am already looking forward to the Jim Malone exhibition in
Reuben Batterham - Bath November 2005
Reuben Batterham's Poterie D'Aval is near St. Claude in Eastern
France. This exhibition was very much a family event, the venue
was the doctor's surgery where his sister works, the surgery buildings
being designed by his brother. The influence of his father Richard
is evident in Reuben's ash and salt glazed stoneware. The exhibition
consisted of around 150 storage jars, bowls, plates, casseroles
and vases. The preview was well attended and the lively atmosphere
was generated in part due to the french wine and food provided.
Fired Up - York City Art Gallery 2005
One of three exhibitions opening in September 2005 featuring
studio pottery from the 13,000 pieces held by the York Museums
Fired up features the the journey of a pot from the
clay in the ground to the plate on the table. Ceramics from Iron
Age times through to twentieth century studio pottery are shown
in themed displays - posh pots, from the kitchen to the table,
tippling, tea or coffee, construction : bricks and mortar, construction
- keeping the roof over your head, beliefs and idols, pots for
shops and home comforts - illustrating how potters have responded
to the demands of the population.
Modern studio pots includes work by Hans Coper, Shoji Hamada,
Bernard Leach, Liz Frizsch, Jim Malone, Michael Cardew, William
Staite-Murray, Michael Casson and the local potter David Lloyd-Jones.
Although the valuable pots are in cases or behind wired alarms,
the exhibition includes a display of pots to be handled, these
include work by Ray Finch and Ursula Mommens.
A Passion for Pots - Wakefield Art Gallery
One of three exhibitions opening in September 2005 featuring
studio pottery from the 13,000 pieces held by the York Museums
A Passion for Pots celebrates the life and studio pottery
of Wakefield librarian Bill Ismay who amassed a 3,500 piece collection
which filled his small terraced house in the city. Bill died in
2001 and bequeathed his pots to the museum trust.
The exhibition is in two rooms. One exhibits large pots by Shoji
Hamada, Hans Coper, Svend Bayer, Ladi Kwali and Barbara Cass together
with the 80th birthday plate created by Eric Mellon featuring
Bill Ismay with some of Mellon's usual characters! A video in
which Barley Roscoe, Jim Robison and Chris Keenan talk about Bill
and the Coper and Hamada pots and huge enlarged images of some
of Bill's letters are also included together with some pots to
be handled including work from the Leach Pottery in St. Ives and
Svend Bayer. The second room tries to give the visitor an idea
of what Bill Ismay's house must have been like. Cased displays
of Bill's pots are surrounded by wall sized images of how the
pots were stored in his house - stacked on top of each other and
covered in dust.
Matsuzaki Ken - Ruthin Craft Centre - May
Matsuzaki Ken is one of Japan's leading potters studying under
Tatsuko Shimaoka before setting up his own studio near Mashiko
over thirty years ago. In 2002 Ken was invited over to the UK
and took part in a number of events including Clay Art 2005 at
Ruthin in North Wales. An exhibition of Matsuzaki Ken's work was
held at Ruthin Craft Centre to accompany the Clay Art event.
Totally Teabowls - Oakwood Gallery, Nottinghamshire
- March 2004
The second Totally Teabowls exhibition at the Oakwood Gallery
in March 2004 featured 449 (yes, 449) teabowls by 48 different
A Leach Family Exhibition - The Gallery Upstairs,
Henley-in-Arden - September 2002
The Gallery Upstairs is above Reg Moon's Torquil Pottery
in picturesque Henley-in-Arden. The selling exhibition featuring
pots by David and John Leach, sculpture by Ben Leach and paintings
by Elizabeth Travis (Ben's wife) was enhanced by the appearance
of a number of pots by Bernard and David Leach loaned from private
The preview was attended by all four artists and was opened by
local pottery expert Henry Sandon.
David Leach - 20th Century Ceramics 2002
As I write in June 2004, this major retrospective exhibition
of the work of David Leach is near to completing it's tour of
David made his first pot as a boy in Japan in 1917 and he is
still potting well into his nineties. The exhibition included
over 130 pots showing how David's work has evolved over the years.
The accompanying book simply entitled David
Leach contains a biography by Emmanuel Cooper as well as photographs
of the exhibition.