Press and News – Difference and Diversity in Clay – The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester

Press and News - Difference and Diversity in Clay - 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.

You are invited to view our February Exhibition

Difference and Diversity in Clay

Featuring the ceramics of Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Clare Crouchman, Ninna Gøtzsche, Annabel Faraday and James and Tilla Waters
and a selection of new works by our professional house artists especially featuring modern and abstract acrylics by artist Mike Healey
Join us for light refreshments and meet some of the makers

on Saturday 3rd February 2007 from 11am – 2pm

Gallery open 10.30am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday 4th February

Ceramics and Art Exhibition
Sat 3rd Feb – Sat 24th Feb 2007

“Difference and Diversity in Clay”
Featuring Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Clare Crouchman, Ninna Gøtzsche, Annabel Faraday, James and Tilla Waters
Also new works by house artist Mike Healey and others.

The Gallery at Bevere near Worcester continues to bring the best in studio pottery to new audiences with works by six leading ceramicists.

Bethan Lloyd Worthington

Bethan lives in Old Trafford, Manchester. A winner of the New Designers Contemporary Applied Arts Award at Manchester Metropolitan University, she was selected from around 3000 graduates.

Bethan combines precious, playful and intensely worked surfaces with clean, domestic forms. Working spontaneously, she layers her illustrative drawing style to darkly charming effect. Bethan takes inspiration from whatever is bothering her, be that cynical corporate image, rabbits in neckercheifs or the trials of self-employment; The “Wish You Were Here” set was made prior to 5 months of solo travel. Projected onto its surfaces are a jumble of national stereotypes, train journeys, anxiety and an Agatha Christie novel.

Clare Crouchman

Clare works out of her studio in Bourn, Cambridgeshire. In 1993-5, she lived in Japan and studied ceramics with a Japanese potter, Masanobu Izumihara. On her return, she achieved an MA in Ceramics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. In 2003, Clare was elected to the membership of ‘The Society of Designer Craftsmen’. She has exhibited in the UK, South Korea and Japan.

Clare uses many different types of clay including T-material, crank and Limoges porcelain. The clays are layered and inlayed into each other to build up a richly textured image. Fine lines are etched directly into the clay and a subtle use of oxides and glaze further enhances the surface quality.

Clare says, “I am fascinated by the intricate shapes and asymmetrical forms found in the landscape, both occurring naturally and as a result of human intervention. I am particularly attracted to rhythmical and repetitive patterns that repeat themselves naturally on both a large and small scale. Recently, a trip to New York has drawn my attention to configurations within the urban landscape created by modern cities. With the utilisation of purposefully composed rhythms and textures in my work, I aim to harness a balance between order and disorder and therefore create a dynamic between the carefully selected elements.”

Annabel Faraday

Annabel’s work epitomises the debate about pottery – is it craft or art?

Annabel Faraday

This exhibition of her work places her work squarely in the fine art category, although for most of us such questions are far less important than the sheer ingenuity and creative flair that is the hallmark of her work. Cliché it may be but this work is excitingly different and uses techniques which she has taken years to perfect. She attended Winchester School of Art and Croydon College of Art in the late 1960’s followed by a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology and a PhD at Essex University. Annabel completed a Fine and Applied Arts (Ceramics) course at the City Lit, London in 1991. She exhibits extensively in the UK.

“I make illustrated stoneware vessels which explore a sense of place. I am fascinated with maps and their relationship with landscape, earth and clay. My work brings together vintage maps on the inner surfaces and collaged images from my own photographs of contemporary street art/graffiti on the outside, exploring the interplay of constraint and spontaneity, history and modernity. The forms of the vessels retain a simplicity which provides a ‘canvas’ for the rich surface imagery.”

“Instead of applying transfers to a constructed pot, I print before I build the vessel, using a printing method developed over several years and utilising both sides of the unfired flat sheet of clay, which I’ve painted with coloured slips. I then hand-build and fire to 1180 degrees, producing a slightly raised metalicised image which forms an integral part of the ceramic body. I have copyright permission from the publishers whose maps I reproduce. I welcome commissions.”

James and Tilla Waters

James and Tilla Waters set up their pottery in Carmarthenshire in 2002, where they produce finely thrown stoneware vessels with fine line surface detail. Tilla says, “Our work is a collaboration of our individual skills. Having trained together, there are many cross-overs. The refining and development of our personal style is an organic and continual process. In general terms, James throws the pots and I am concerned with their surface quality.”

“For us, ceramics offers the possibility of making objects to be used and enjoyed every day as well as more individually conceived vessels: it’s the perfect blend of function and aesthetic.”

The final ceramicist is Ninna Gøtzsche. Ninna, who lives in Denmark, produces thrown functional porcelain with inlaid lines.

Ninna says of her work, “I like my pots to be harmonious and simplistic – because I then have the freedom to play with them. Make one lean one way, have an unusual detail one another. I try to work with simplicity in order to give those details more room. My work is white porcelain with inlaid lines of colored clay. The lines play with the simple, yet often surprising forms.”

The featured local house artist for February is Mike Healey. He is a painter and Mixed Media Artist based in Worcestershire.

Mike says, “For many years I painted landscapes in the traditional manner, mainly using oils. Since I retired from my work as a Social Worker I have enjoyed more time to explore other forms of expression. Working at abstract design in mixed media I have explored the possibilities of combining stones with metal objects, rags, paper, canvas pieces and other paraphernalia using acrylic paints, U.V.A. as a binding agent. I use watercolours and inks where these seemed appropriate.”

“There was a period when I made pictures using mosaics and coloured glass. I have also created large murals (15ft x 20ft) in ceramics and other items in a contemporary theme. My recent paintings are abstract impressionist works in acrylics.”

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

HUMOUR AND THE SURREAL

7th February – 1st March 2009

UP-FRONT! and BEYOND THE TRADITION

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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