Press and News – Raku – The Spirit in the Fire – The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester

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Ceramics and Art Exhibition
Sat 2nd Dec – Sat 30th Dec 2006

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

The ceramic art of Raku, the origins of which lie in the Japanese tea ceremony, is the focus of the December exhibition at The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester. Featuring the works of ceramicists Tim Andrews, David Jones and Emma Johnstone.

The exhibition also features new works by Worcester artist Claire Yates and other house artists. Clare currently lives in the Costa del Sol, but she was born in Birmingham and studied at Stourbridge College of Art and West Surrey College of Art and Design. Her artist father, Alan Yates, lives in Worcester and they exhibited together at The Gallery at Bevere in 2003. Claire works in enhanced water colour, acrylic and mixed media.

Raku is the product of a battle between the elements of fire and smoke. The exciting technique, while an age-old tradition in Japan, has found many followers in western ceramic communities. It is the fastest and possibly the most dramatic method of firing taking less than an hour, then placed in bins containing a variety of substances ie sawdust. As the temperature of the pots reduces they go into thermal shock which manifests itself in fine cracking in the body of the clay which is the main characteristic of Raku.

Tim Andrews has gained an International reputation for his distinctive smoke-fired and raku ceramics. He makes individual Raku work in black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips. His pieces have been acquired for both public and private collections and are exhibited widely across the UK and abroad.

Tim is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of England and a full member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen (he was Chairman of the selection Committee 1996-98) and a Member of the West Country Potters Association.

Leamington Spa based David Jones graduated in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick in 1974. He has been a Senior Lecturer in the Ceramics Department at the University of Wolverhampton for the past fifteen years and is a Fellow of the Crafts Potter Association.

David says, “My work starts from humble origins, made from clay, and refers to millennia old traditions of containment and pot making. It is informed by the tradition named after the firing process – “Raku”. The work is thrown on the potter’s wheel because that activity brings with it a quintessential pottery skill that is popularly associated with the medium. I use the marks of process left by throwing and turning the soft clay, before cutting the hard pot.”

Emma Johnstone is a London-based contemporary ceramicist who creates work using the dramatic firing process of Raku. Each piece is a unique hollow-thrown vessel, which is Raku fired and gilded with three types of gold and copper leaf. “My life is now spent in my studio doing what I love best, working with clay. These are highly finished pieces, incorporating ground, polished and gilded surfaces, evolved from work started while living in Jerusalem, where I was influenced by ancient pottery and archaeology, becoming involved with the concept of fragments, glimpses and half remembered images. My interest in the bowl form is enduring and the clay itself and the secrets it holds both above and below the surface lead my work.

“All pieces are thrown, then slipped and burnished with terrasigilatta. When leather hard, I cut the base out of the centre of the bowl creating a ring and a disc. When bisque fired, I break the centre disc which is glazed and the whole piece is then raku fired and re-assembled. The rim is often ground back to reveal fine black cracks against a ground of soft greys. I am learning to control this effect through different reducing methods. The small bowl area in the centre of the form is gilded with gold, silver or copper leaf.”

2nd October – 31st October 2010

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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

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