After the buzz surrounding the
Graduate Show - our opening event of the year - we always need an exciting
group of featured makers in February to sustain interest and to provide several
good reasons to keep visiting Bevere as the year advances. This month’s makers,
two of whom have never shown at Bevere before (yes, there are still potters
that haven’t), do just that. Each month, we try to ensure that diversity and
contrast, two of Bevere’s defining characteristics, are sustained; so it is
that we have a talented ceramic sculptor, a maker who has mastered the making
of refined raku ware and the doyen of print on clay.
makes idiosyncratic painted figures which offer a
whimsical take on the world. There has been an increasing interest in
sculptural ceramics and once again this is because there are a number of
original voices which produce work of continuing interest and often raise a
smile. Jane is one of them and I am pleased that she will be showing her work
in the gallery and outside pieces in the courtyard. Jane studied at Central St
Martins and the Royal College of Art and has exhibited widely here in the UK
originally trained in textiles and only later trained
in ceramics which has been her life -long interest. She uses naked raku firing
techniques to produce decorative wares which demonstrate the early influence of
fabric design. It was the quality of the decoration which first attracted me to
her work and I am sure that you will enjoy and appreciate her strong and
confident designs. She says that she enjoys the hands on element of raku which
demands the close attention of the potter throughout the process from start to
Paul Scott has shown at Bevere before. He is one of the leading
exponents of print on clay techniques and has written extensively on the
He is one of those makers that brings together contemporary and
traditional aesthetics to produce pieces that are uniquely his own. I have
admired his work for a long time. There are seminal qualities here which are
the hallmark of the thinking potter – that he is an academic may be a factor. His
work is redolent of times past whilst clearly looking forward. I know that many
visitors will enjoy this work which is predominantly blue on white. He has just
returned from New York where he has been exhibiting.
So that’s February. I hope you
agree that we have just the right makers to maintain the momentum that the
Graduate Show has generated.
From time to time, we have marked
significant gallery milestones.On
this occasion, I am pleased to highlight the 12000thpiece that we
have shown over the past nine years. It is particularly appropriate that the
work should be made by one of the exhibitors in our 9th Annual
Graduate Show which opens on 10th January 2015; an emerging talent
that we hope will continue to develop and grow in reputation.
It is an impressive, overprinted
porcelain sculpture by Alison Shanks.
Kate Moss Idol is a classic
graduation piece; bold - in your face even – demanding our attention. I suspect
that no-one will be indifferent about it. The work is lit by LED and UV lights
to give an aura to the bust of this famous fashion model in a way which seems
entirely right. It is also interesting that Alison has shown a split image
which suggests – at least as I see it – that celebrity has a public and private
face. You may take a different view; that is the joy of art.
I am delighted that the milestone
has occurred at this time when we look to the future of ceramics and reflect on
continuing human creativity. Enjoy!
We embark on another year of exciting ceramic art and craft.
New Year is frequently perceived as the time for renewal and fresh beginnings -
although it can often feel like a triumph of hope over expectation. No such
feelings here as we launch the year with our Annual Ceramic Graduate Show. It
is already evident that we have selected exhibitors who will make their
way in studio ceramics. The work submitted by the chosen graduates demonstrates
the creativity and diversity which is the well spring of the craft and the
hallmark of Bevere Gallery.
It would be invidious to pick out one maker from another.
They have been selected because of their impact on us when we saw them at New
Designers 2014 after graduation. For me, the initial response – intellectually
and emotionally - is a good guide and these ten exhibitors tick the right
boxes. Incidentally, I would not be so arrogant as to say that these are the
best of the 2014 crop however, as in previous years, they are amongst the most
stimulating, skilled and creative.Some already have great design skills and clearly studio ceramicists/designers
are making an important contribution to the wider commercial sector.
One name I can mention is Neill Curran. He won the visitors
vote as the favourite in the 2014 show. He has continued to make and exhibit
and we are delighted to see his work as it has developed one year on.
Once again we will be asking everyone who sees the show to
name their favourite maker. The one with the most votes will continue to show
at Bevere over the coming year. Additionally a voting paper will be drawn from
the many that will be completed during the three weeks of the show and the
lucky individual’s vote will earn them a £100 voucher to spend at Bevere. Yet
another good reason to come and see the show, which will open on Saturday 10th
and run until Saturday 31st January.
We look forward to seeing you, as will
those makers who are able to be with us for the opening.