Press and News – Slipware – Two Masters – The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester

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Slipware – Two Masters Clive Bowen and Michael Eden

Ceramics and Art Exhibition – 3rd June – 24th June 2006
Featuring slipware pottery by Clive Bowen and Michael Eden.
Also paintings by Gary Walton and Sue Howells;
wood turnings by Mark Hancock
and glass and etchings by Frans Wesselman

The Galley at Bevere continues its exciting new programme of ceramics exhibitions with a display of the works of two of the nation’s leading slipware potters, Clive Bowen and Mike Eden. The exhibition opens on Saturday, 3rd June and runs through to Saturday, 24th June.

An acknowledged master of the art, Cardiff-born Clive Bowen was initially a student of painting and etching before taking up an apprenticeship at Yelland Pottery, Devon in 1965. He set up on his own pottery near Holsworthy, North Devon in 1971. Clive said, “My pots are made in the local Fremington clay, a red earthenware clay in use for centuries for traditional North Devon wares. They are almost all wheel thrown with the exception of a few hand-pressed dishes. The double-chambered kiln holds 1000 pots and it can take five days to pack for the 30 hour firing. The pots are decorated by a variety of methods; slip-trailing, using different coloured liquid clays, combing and sgraffito. Most of the work is raw glazed, that is. The glaze is applied to the decorated pots without a preliminary biscuit firing The combination of the simple materials and the smoke and flame of the wood firing impart a great richness and depth to the finished pots.”

Cumbria based Mike Eden provides a more contemporary take on slipware decoration, demonstrating how traditional techniques can be used in a contemporary context. He says, “I have been making slipware since 1984. Throughout this period I have striven to make pots that contain the essential essence of slipware yet reflect something of myself and the world in which we live. This has been achieved through continuous research and regular travel in order to understand the history, culture and craft skills of the medium. … I recently started using CAD/CAM to assist my investigations into form and proportion.”

The Gallery at Bevere was relaunched in May by ceramics critic David Whiting as a regional centre for ceramics. The monthly series of ceramics exhibitions run from the first Saturday to the last Saturday of the month, showcasing the richness, diversity and high quality of contemporary studio pottery. Gallery owner Kim Taylor said, “Functional and decorative pots feature strongly in our daily lives, as they have for thousands of years, but most of us take their presence for granted as we drink our coffee and eat our meals. Through this series of exhibitions, The Gallery at Bevere has set out to demonstrate that pots and ceramic art are far from mundane and provide a source of visual and tactile pleasure and stimulation. These ceramicists demonstrate how simple jugs, cups or containers are undoubted works of art.”

Regular visitors to these exhibitions will be able to appreciate the wide range of techniques, designs and decoration both functional and non-functional that represent ceramic art today.

In addition to ceramics, The Gallery’s refurbished and rebuilt space will continue to feature paintings and other works of art. From May 6th until July 29th, this will include original watercolours by Birmingham based Sue Howells, the top selling female artist in print as reported by the Fine Art Trade Guild, and Worcester born Gary Walton; works by internationally renowned wood turner Mark Hancock, who now lives in Pershore; and glass and etchings by Shropshire based Frans Wesselman.

Self-taught artist Sue Howells has providing work for Harrods and John Lewis, as well as for galleries abroad from the USA to New Zealand, and she also provides paintings for TV programs and advertisements. Sue says, “I like to paint solely in watercolours, because I think it lets me produce pictures which are both energetic and which have a strong compositional value.”

A former pupil of King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-upon-Avon, and one time payroll assistant, the award-winner and prolific exhibitor Mark Hancock has been a full time woodturner since 1990 when he gained his Woodturning Certificate of Achievement (NROVA). Since he turned professional he has exhibited widely in Great Britain, America and Europe and his work is held in many collections, public and private around the world. Commissions have included 17 sycamore vessels for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for presentation to European Union Foreign Ministers.

Artists in Residence:
June 10 – Pascale Bigot (Pastels);
June 17 – Linda Judkin (watercolours and oils);
June 27 – Valerie Briggs (graphite and watercolours).

2nd October – 31st October 2010

New Creations

4th September – 26th September 2010

Eric James Mellon – Potter and Painter

7th August – 29th August 2010

The German Show – an exciting mix of styles and approaches in German studio pottery

3rd July – 1st August 2010

In the New Space – The Bowl

5th June – 27th June 2010

The Summer Show In the New Space

30th April – 30th May 2010

Of the Earth – Chris Carter – A solo show by one of the singular voices of studio ceramics

6th March – 28th March 2010

The Salt Show – An exhibition to demonstrate the growing interest in salt glazing and the diversity of the styles and approaches

6th March – 28th March 2010

The Salt Show – An exhibition to demonstrate the growing interest in salt glazing and the diversity of the styles and approaches

6th February – 28th February 2010

Figuratively Speaking – The first figurative / sculptural ceramic exhibition that has been mounted at the gallery. It involves a number of the most exciting artists in contemporary ceramics

9th January – 31st January 2010

The Graduate Show – brings together some of the most promising ceramic and applied arts graduates from the 2009 graduation

5th December – 31st December 2009

The Christmas Show – Across the galleries a diverse range of ceramics, paintings, prints, jewellery, glass, floral designs and wood with Christmas in mind

7th November – 29th November 2009

Out of the Fire – An exhibition of ceramics by potters for whom the firing process is more than the final stage of the making process

3rd October – 1st November 2009

Print and Clay – An exhibition of ceramics and original prints

5th Spetember – 27th September 2009

Out of America – An exhibition of ceramics and original photographs

8th August – 30th August 2009

Pattern, Colour and Form

4th July – 2nd August 2009

Art Europe / John Piper

6th June – 28th June 2009

The Glass and Wood Show / Ceramics by Jill Fanshawe Kato

2nd May – 31st May 2009

South Wales Potters Association Group Show

4th April – 26th April 2009

TOGETHER – An exhbition of ceramics, bronze and paintings

7th March – 29th March 2009


7th February – 1st March 2009


10th January – 1st February 2009

THE GRADUATE SHOW 09 – Featuring work by 21 Graduates from 2008 in Ceramics, Glass, Wood, Textiles, Metal and Painting

6th December – 28th December 2008

THE CHRISTMAS SHOW – An exhibition of Ceramics and Paintings

1st November – 28th December 2008

Christmas Courtyard – selling locally made individual stylish decorations for Christmas and beyond

4th October – 30th November 2008

Form, Tone and Texture – An exhibition of Ceramics and Paintings

6th September – 28th September 2008

MASTERS OF THEIR ART – An exhibition of Ceramics and Paintings by highly regarded experts

5th July – 31st August 2008

SUMMER EXHIBITION – Sculptures, Ceramics and Paintings

7th June – 29th June 2008

Henri Matisse at The Gallery – An exhibition of Henri Matisse Original Lithographs

5th April – 1st June 2008

The Art Of Dining – An exhibition of Paintings and Ceramics

1st March – 30th March 2008

From The Same Earth – An exhibition of Pastel Paintings and Ceramics

12th January – 24th February 2008

The Graduate Show – update

12th January – 24th February 2008

The Graduate Show – Work by 17 of the best graduates from 2007 in ceramics and glass

1st December – 30th December 2007

Full Circle – Greece and Bevere – an exhibition of original paintings by Christopher Hughes

3rd November – 25th November 2007

Individual Voices – an exhibition of Ceramics and Paintings

6th October – 28th October 2007

Tradition and Talent – an exhibition of Ceramics and Paintings

1st September – 29th September 2007

Peninsula Exhibition – an exhibition of Ceramics and Paintings

4th August – 25th August 2007

Exploring new boundaries – an exhibition of Ceramics and Paintings

1st July – 28th July 2007

If you go down to the woods today……

2nd June – 28th July 2007

The Craft Potters Association at fifty – a veritable who’s who and A-Z of style, technique and expression

5th May – 26th May 2007

“New Pots” solo exhibition featuring stoneware pottery by Phil Rogers

7th April – 28th April 2007

“Spring Surprises – New Vessels” featuring John Jelfs with Claudia Lis and Françoise Dufayard

3rd March – 31st March 2007

“Figures, Objects, Abstracts” featuring John Higgins, Jude Jelfs and Christy Keeney

3rd Feb – 24th Feb 2007

“Difference and Diversity in Clay” by Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Clare Crouchman, Ninna Gøtzsche, Annabel Faraday and James and Tilla Waters

6th Jan – 22nd Jan 2007

“New Faces, New Work” by 2005 Degree Show potters from Harrow and Wolverhampton Schools of Ceramics

2nd Dec – 30th Dec 2006

“Raku – The Spirit in the Fire” works by Tim Andrews, David Jones and Emma Johnstone

4th Nov – 25th Nov 2006

Porcelain – A Capricious Beauty” by Chris Keenan, Jack Doherty and Joanna Howells

7th Oct – 28th Oct 2006

An exhibition of Ceramics by Emma Rodgers and Tina Vlassopulos

2nd Sept – 30th Sept 2006

“Now and Then” by Jitka Palmer and Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain by Roger Lewis

5th Aug – 26th Aug 2006

“Ceramics by Two Potters”

1st July – 29th July 2006

Solo ceramics exhibition by Paul Jackson.

3rd June – 24th June 2006

Ceramics and Art Exhibition – Featuring slipware pottery by Clive Bowen and Michael Eden.

5th May – 27th May 2006

Ceramics Exhibition – Featuring the works of Jane Hamlyn, John Pollex and Gilda Westermann

The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
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