I had a delightful commission before Christmas. Close friends Tessa and Nigel got married in January 2018 and I was asked to make something for the table decorations. The colour scheme was white and navy.
Tessa and I put our heads together and came up with hearts impressed with lace that could be tied around the napkins with some blue ribbon.
Here’s one in the wedding photographs……
porcelain heart with lace imprint for wedding napkins. photography www.guyhearn.com
2018 has come racing in and it’s February already. Here are some events that R&B Ceramics will be taking part in during the first part of the year. We might not be at each one.
Wednesday February 14th, Richard and I will be manning and demonstrating at Bucks Craft Guild shop from 1-4. You can find it at Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville (The Goat Centre) Further dates to be confirmed.
March 8-11th, Battersea Affordable Art Fair and May 10-13th Hampstead Affordable Art Fair with The Doorway Gallery.
March 24-25th, Art on the ,Brill, Brill School.
April 14th Buckinghamshire Pottery and Sculpture Society Exhibition, The Church Hall, All Saints Church, The Causeway, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2AA
Time has whistled by. We have been busy with getting a solo show sorted and up in Dublin. It ran from August 3-23rd and we managed to get over for the opening. It has been very exciting.
A-Z of Animals
So here we are in October, and making like mad. Here are some events and exhibitions you can find R&B Ceramics at.
Until October 7th Wooburn Arts Festival is on www.wooburn.com. We have some Female figures and some Raku heads.
We are exhibiting with Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild at The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted from October 10th-20th. www.dcpg.org.uk
Doorway Gallery are taking some pieces of work to the Edinburgh Art Fair which is on the weekend of November 17th-19th. www.artedinburghcom
London Potters (www.londonpotters.com) annual exhibition is taking place at The Morley Gallery , Westminster Bridge Road from November 20th- December 13th.
Amersham Artisans in on December 2nd at St. Michaels Church, Amersham from 10-4pm. One or both of us will be manning a table for the day.
Bucks Open Studios starts on June 10th and runs until June 25th. We’ll be opening the doors at beautiful Broomfield Farm, Rignall Road, Great Missenden, HP16 9PE at 10.30 on that Saturday. Roger will be showing new and old favourites from his amazing landscape photography. Richard and I will be bringing Raku animals with quirky character, thrown functional pottery, and sculpture.
We are open on June 10th,11th,16th,17th,18th from 10.30-5.30. It is the tenth year that Roger and I have taken part in Bucks Open Studios- seems hard to believe. So, it will be a bit of a celebration. We are thinking of taking a break next year, so possibly a farewell, too.
Near us in Rignall Road are Wendy Johnson and friends in Broomfield Hill and Fin Orrom Carr at Rignall Lodge.
We are looking forward to seeing you.
female figure on wood, approx 75cm
small porcelain bowls with glass, approx 6cm diameter.
Agate thrown porcelain bowls, various sizes.
We have got to that busy time of year. Exhibitions currently taking place are at the Odney Club in Cookham – Sculpture in the Garden. It is organised by Lucy Irvine of the Barn Galleries. See previous post for dates and times. We have several pieces on display around the garden. It is an amazing space with some gorgeous sculptures on display.
New figurative work. Stoneware clay, glazes, oxides and stains. Approx 50cm high.
The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead is on this weekend- May 11-14. See the Doorway Gallery stand at H2. We are also massively excited to be heading to Dublin in August to exhibit at the Doorway Gallery. Heidi Wickham will be showing her paintings at the same time.
Bucks Open Studios is fast approaching. It starts on June 10th. We will be exhibiting at Roger’s lovely studio in Great Missenden. It is the 10th year that Roger and I have done Bucks Open Studios together and feels a bit of a landmark. I think we may be taking a break next year. We will be open on June 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th. Richard and I also have work at Obsidian Art and Claydon House. It is also a year since I stopped nursing to do the ceramics full time. It has been such an amazing year and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to follow a dream.
Agate ware bowls, porcelain and porcelain with cobalt oxide.
The exhibition- Korn-u-Kopia starts at the Upstairs Gallery Berkhamsted tomorrow March 28th.
Richard and Carol’s ceramics
Sally Stocker textiles
Yvonne Cornes ceramics
Jeremy’s work with Sally Bostock painting in the background
Lucy Hausman work
A collection of artworks by Sally Bostock, Lucy Hausman paintings/prints, Sally Stocker -textiles and ceramics from Richard Ballantyne, Jeremy White, Chantal Fordham, Yvonne Cornes and Carol Read.
Demonstrations by the artists confirmed – Sally Bostock will be in the gallery on April 5th. Carol Read and Richard Ballantyne will be in the gallery on April 11th (11-1.30ish), Sally Stocker will be demonstrating her textiles April 4th (to be confirmed)
See website for directions and opening times www.upstairsgallery.co.uk
Affordable Art Fair Battersea starts tomorrow. We are exhibiting with The Doorway Gallery on stand F2. The show is open 11-21.30 on Thursday and 11-18.00 Friday/Saturday/Sunday.
We delivered a car full of ceramic heads, figures, hares, whippets and more today. affordableartfair.com
Ceramic figure with gold leaf details
Here we are in February already. There are various projects on the go. It has been so cold, it takes a big effort to get out to the studio.
the view from the studio
Events coming in the next couple of months.
February 16-22nd. Prince and Pilgrim pop up gallery 32, Seymour Place, Marylebone. www.princeandpilgrim.com
March 8th-12th Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Doorway Gallery. www.thedoorwaygallery.com
March 18-19th. Art on the Hill, Brill www.brillart.org
March 27-April 15th Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted.
This figure is part way through being made. I am thinking of adding a head or face………
We have been working hard to get things made for all the up coming events.
A strange commission. This is a dung beetle with its dung ball. It was interesting to work out the construction.
On December 3rd, we took part in the Amersham Artisans event at St Michael’s Church, Amersham on the Hill. It was part of the Christmas festival in Amersham with stalls, carols, Christmas lights being turned on. The church was buzzing with local artists and visitors. Homemade cakes and drinks also brought people in from the cold.
The display at Amersham Artisans
Yesterday we braved the train and tube and hoards in London carrying two huge Ikea bags containing precious ceramics to deliver to the Morley Gallery. It is the annual London Potters Exhibition. The show starts next week and here is a link to the flyer.
POTTERY invite 2 – Copy
Next Saturday is Amersham Artisans exhibition in St Michael’s Church, Amersham on the Hill 10-4 ish. There are some talented local artists selling ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, and more- that’s your Christmas list sorted.
Look forward to seeing you.
Porcelain Christmas tree decoration