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.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

THE MAKER'S LUNCH FRIDAY 3rd MARCH



We have just held our inaugural Maker's Lunch and given the very positive feedback from the participants, we anticipate that it will be the first of many.

The idea of setting aside a couple of hours over lunch for informal and insightful discussion between one of our featured makers and ceramic enthusiasts, is seen as part of the Bevere ethos of promoting, educating and informing about studio ceramics, as well as showing and selling. This first event involved Jin Eui Kim – the Korean ceramicist who now lives and works in Cardiff.

Jin was an excellent choice for the first event. He responded so well to a wide range of questions about his making technique, the philosophy that underpins his brilliant pieces and wider issues about his influences and interests. His masterful work was viewed at length along with the work of two other featured makers – Ali Tomlin and Martin Pearce. Whilst their pieces could not be more contrasting,  their evident design and making skills provided further discussion points – there were no uncomfortably pauses as the questions and opinions continued unabated throughout our meal together.

It is always salutary to hear a Master Potter – and Jin has to be deserving of that title – say that he is still learning. I suspect that, despite his young age, he will be saying that throughout his making life. Such is his innate modesty and his creative curiosity.

Thank you Jin for getting the programme off to such an inspirational start.

Stuart Dickens
Ceramic Curator
4th March 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Ceramic Curator's View -March 2017



"The passage of time is sometimes bewildering, I can hardly believe that we are now preparing for the March featured makers, when it seemed but yesterday that we were putting out the February exhibitors. Enough of this existential musing and on to the important business of who we are featuring during March.

We have two makers who are new to Bevere, Martin Pearce and Ali Tomlin and the work of

 Jin Eui Kim who has been showing at Bevere for some time. I am particularly pleased that Jin will be here for the Maker's Lunch that we have on 3rd March. His beautifully crafted pieces have such a distinct quality that having him here to talk about how he approaches the design as well as the making of his exceptional vessels will be a special start to the month.  His interest is in tonal effects and spatial illusions and each piece impacts on our senses as we take in the elegance of his design and the immaculate skills inherent in his decoration.






Martin Pearce  brings an entirely different perspective.  In his own words '….....the development of form is at the root of my work; the interplay of shape and surface creating the individual character of a piece. Non-figurative in nature, the pieces present many points of reference.....'  I am certain that these handbuilt pieces will generate strong and positive responses from our visitors  and I am excited at the prospect of showing this stimulating work for the first time.

Ali Tomlin  provides yet more contrast in  design, choice of materials and decorating technique. The use of almost paperthin porcelain provides the most effective vehicle for her mark making. I like the way in which she demonstrates a spontaneity in her approach and yet creating pieces that have that 'complete' look.


Once again I am delighted that we are able to feature a small group of makers  that epitomise the range and diversity of the craft. "

Stuart Dickens - Ceramic Curator

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Lunch & Chat at Bevere with Potter JIN EUI KIM


Join us for lunch and discussions with the      Maker  
Friday 3 March
2017, Noon - 2pm
 The Maker's Lunch is a new event designed to provide 
an opportunity for informal discussion over lunch
about the latest featured makers

March is an interesting month because two of the makers - Martin Pearce and Ali Tomlin -  are new to the gallery and will be seen alongside Jin Eui Kim whose work will be familiar to Bevere regulars 

It is a particular pleasure that Jin has agreed to join us for this lunch to talk about his work
The work of these three makers will provide an opportunity to reflect on the way in which individual ceramicists approach the creation of their individual pieces 

The lunch promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable experience - do join us

Inevitably there will only be a limited number of places available so do make your reservation now by telephoning 

01905 754 484 or emailing kim@beveregallery.com 
Tickets are £10 each
       

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

                                                                          at

                                              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 kim@beveregallery.com to book your place
or call 01905 754 484

Monday, 2 January 2017

11th Annual Graduate Show

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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