We are off to St Ives, with a car packed full of ceramics and photographs. Looking forward to a week of fun, sun, sea and exhibiting at the Salthouse Gallery.
Jeremy White, Godfrey Thorpe, Chris Read, Chris Inder, Chantal Fordham, Richard Ballantyne, and Bernard Faricy are all taking part our 4th exhibition here.
Male figure. Crank clay with oxide and glaze. Approximately 65 cm high.
Bucks Open Studios is rapidly approaching. We are opening on June 17th from 11am at Broomfield Farm, Rignall Road, Great Missenden, HP16 9PE. We are exhibiting with Roger Longdin who takes large format photographs and prints in both colour and monochrome in his home studio. Open Studios starts from this Saturday June 11th and there are over 300 entries in the directory.
At the same time as Open Studios, Richard and I are taking part in the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead June 16-19th . The kiln is working very hard to keep up.
We love working with the Doorway Gallery and hope to be at the private view next Wednesday evening.
Chris took this photograph of one of the male figures I have made. It will go to one of the exhibitions. They are high fired so can be in the garden or house. Emerging from the greenery seems to be an effective way to display the garden sculpture.
We set up the exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted today. It is looking good. Peter’s lovely landscapes and portraits on the wall and the ceramics of Chantal, Chris, Jeremy, Richard and I around the gallery. The exhibition starts tomorrow, February 16th.
Richard and I will be demonstrating this Friday, February 19th, from 10am for a couple of hours. We will be making some of our Raku animals. Peter Keegan will also be demonstrating his painting skills. Hope to see some of you there.
Looking forward to this exhibition starting next week on February 16th and running until March 5th.
Micro penguins. Raku fired smaller penguins.
This Saturday (5th December) Amersham Artisans are taking part in the Christmas fun at Amersham-on-the Hill. We will be in St Michael’s Church from 10-6pm. There are some talented local artists showing their work such as jewellery, textiles, photography, metal art, glass, and much more.
The high street will be pedestrians only and there will also be a number of outdoor stalls and activities, including ice skating, carols and switching on the Christmas Tree lights.
I have made a few items with a Christmas feel, but there will also be the usual animals, bowls, mugs and jugs. Richard and Alice are enjoying the Christmas markets of Bruges this weekend, so Chris may need to be persuaded to lend a hand.
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Cheeky micro chicks
Richard and I are exhibiting with the London Potters annual exhibition. This takes place at The Morley Gallery, 61, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT. We were delighted to see that our piece from last year features on this years flyer.
We had another great week in St Ives at the end of July. The gallery was busy with interesting visitors including a seagull. Chantal Fordham joined us this year for the first time. She handbuilds fine earthenware vessels decorated with ceramic buttons.
Form an orderly queue please. This photos shows Chantal’s vessels, Chris’s photos and my thrown pottery.
Chris successfully exhibited his photographs this year. Bernard Faricy joined us again and entertained the gallery with his guitar playing and singing. He drew a crowd busking on the harbourside, too.
Highlights for us, apart from being in the gallery, were a visit to the spectacular Tremenheere Sculpture Garden and a night at the Minack Theatre.
Busy most of Friday with “Throw a Pot” customers….
This year’s Art in Clay at Hatfield House has so far been blessed with sunshine and hazy blue skies. Once again I have joined a group of five potters running the “Throw a Pot” tent. For a small fee of £2 we help anyone from 2 to 92 years of age to have a go. Such fun and amazingly grateful customers. Everyone goes home with a pot, however it looks!
…but there was time for a few short breaks during the day
Hatfield House is a lovely venue for the event. The grounds are huge – we managed to get lost in the one way system on set-up day, getting on the wrong side of The Lady of the House! The exhibitor tents house the main show, however the “Throw a Pot” potters also have their own work on display.
View from the display
Jeremy shows a customer how to make a……. can you see what it is yet?
I’ll be there all weekend, with Richard looking after the display. So please come and see us between10am and 5.30pm on Sat or 10am and 5pm on Sunday.
Here are some more images from my iPad of new sculptures:
The first sculpture (above) is crank clay fired to stoneware with oxides and glazed. This was sold by Barn Galleries at a recent exhibition at The Odney Club, Cookham.
The next is a commission going to By Gillian Gallery in Bourne End. It is imprinted clay with, leaves, lace, stamps, found objects and added stains and glazes.
The third is going to an exhibition at Stewkley Gardens run by Lendon Scantlebury, same as above for glazing, but also has gold leaf additions.
The fourth is another one made of crank clay, destined for Bucks Open Studios to be displayed in Roger’s lovely gardens at Broomfield Farm in Great Missenden.
2015 Bucks Open Studios will be open from tomorrow. We hope to see you there.
The Affordable Art Fair took place between March 11th and 15th in London’s Battersea Park. This is a well organised annual event, with everything from free shuttle buses between Sloane Square and the Park, to great tea and cakes and a Laithwaites wine bar. We were there as part of the Doorway Gallery display.
Doorway Gallery had a successful show with an imaginatively displayed mix of 2D and 3D art
The work on offer has to be priced from £100-£5000, although some might question that £5000 is “affordable” for many. In reality there was very little priced at under £1000. It’s fun to imagine how some of the darker wall pieces (paintings?) might ‘brighten up’ the walls of a London condominium.
Each stand is taken by an established Art Gallery and most of what is on display is 2D art. A few galleries, including the Doorway, made more of the 3D work, but for many it seemed to me to be a token gesture to pretty up the display.
It was a great weekend for R&B Ceramics and we sold well on all four days. At one point extra pieces had to be transported on the tube from Amersham up to London. Denise, of Doorway Gallery, is an amazing seller!
Our next show with the Doorway Gallery will be the “20/21 British Art Fair” at The Royal College of Art in London, 14-17 May 2015.