Press and News – Now and Then – The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester

Press and News - Now and Then - The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester - The Gallery at Bevere is a major centre for modern and contemporary studio ceramics and pottery - along with quality paintings and original prints, glass artworks, woodwork, metalwork and jewellery by well known British and International Artists - Framing, Café and Summer Sculpture Trail.

“Now and Then” – Jitka Palmer
Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain by Roger Lewis
Sat 2nd Sept – Sat 30th Sept 2006

Also paintings by artists Duncan Macgregor and Richard Pargeter; glass by Martin Andrews garden art by Nigel Edmondson, Sarah Walton, Christine-Ann Richards and Katie Green plus new works by local house artists.

Escape and moving from place to place are the inspirations behind the works of two leading potters who will exhibit at The Gallery at Bevere from 2nd to 30th September.

“Now and Then” by Jitka Palmer

Escape is an ongoing theme for the work of Bristol based Jitka Palmer, and this exhibition features her latest distinctive work in clay and on paper.

Jitka was born in Czechoslovakia, where she qualified as a doctor of medicine, taught anatomy and set up her first studio. In 1985 she married an Englishman. She says, “There and back” is a formula, which has been in practice for the last 20 years of my life, and since I moved to Britain, I have been mixing homes, cultures and countries. I managed to get used to going there and back with freedom and frequency, without becoming paranoid. I have learnt how to do this on many different levels. The process, or art of “escaping” would be the common denominator to many of my favourite activities. Escapes are extensions to my life.

“My origins and situation strongly influence my work. My work is figurative, narrative and expressive and is inspired by stories and themes. I love watching people, their body language and facial expressions. Music, dance, theatre and poetry are important sources of inspiration for me. I draw on personal experiences, with a view to reflect the spontaneity of ordinary human life. I make large earthenware vessels and treat them as my canvases. I use slips in very painterly way, building layers of colours with slips, oxides and stains. I am trying to create tension between the outside and inside surface in order to give each piece another dimension. At the present I work both in clay and on paper, combining drawing skills, with my knowledge of human anatomy and clay technology.”

Jitka is a member of the Craft Potters Association. She first studied ceramics at Croydon College of Art & Design, receiving a Crafts Council Setting-up Grant to start her first studio in London in 1990. She set up her current studio in Bristol in 1998. Her distinctive work was on show at the Royal College of Art in London in March. She lists a large number of solo and group exhibitions in her CV, at home and abroad including Paris and New York.

Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain by Roger Lewis

Bradford-based ceramicist Roger Lewis creates decorative non-functional or functional forms in earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. His hand built bowls, dishes, vases, jugs, small planters, and containers constructed from sheets of stoneware clay or porcelain can fulfil a utilitarian function but are more often used as a focal point in an interior. Roger was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Ceramics at Bradford and Ilkley Community College from 1971-97 before he became a full time ceramicist in 1997. He is a member of the Craft Potters Association.

Roger says, “I see my work in ceramics as continuous development where one piece or period of work naturally flows into another. It is rather like a journey where you always want to see what is round the next corner. Of course, you sometimes stay in one place for a while and also go back to places when you feel you can see them afresh.

“The ideas for my ceramic forms come out of work sessions where I experiment, explore, and invent with clay. Periods of refinement are needed to improve and develop the work but once I have taken a form as far as I can it is time to move on. If later I feel that I can push the idea further, I will go back to it.”

Other Artists

From 5th August to 28th October, also on show will be glass by one of the UK’s leading glassmakers Martin Andrews; Garden Art by Nigel Edmondson, Sarah Walton, Christine-Ann Richards and Katie Green; and paintings by the UK’s celebrated marine artist Duncan Macgregor and by Richard Pargeter. New works by local house artists will also be exhibited.

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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