Press and News – Spring Surprises – New Vessels – The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester

Press and News - Spring Surprises - New Vessels - 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 April Ceramics and Art Exhibition

Spring Surprises – New Vessels

Sat 7th April – Sat 28th April 2007
Featuring Ceramists
John Jelfs, Claudia Lis and Françoise Dufayard
Also new works by Michael Salt and other professional house artists

Join us for light refreshments and meet some of the makers on Saturday 7th April 2007 from 11am – 2pm

Gallery open 10.30am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday 8th April

Ceramics and Art Exhibition
Sat 7th April – Sat 28th April 2007

“Spring Surprises – New Vessels”
Featuring John Jelfs with Claudia Lis and Françoise Dufayard
Also new oil paintings by local house artist Michael Salt and others.

The Gallery at Bevere near Worcester celebrates the end of its first year as a regional centre for ceramics with the twelfth of its monthly series of exhibitions. During April, the impressive stoneware vessels of John Jelfs are contrasted with the luminous slipware of Françoise Dufayard and the minimalist tableware of Claudia Lis.

Gallery owner Kim Taylor said, “We’re proud to have welcomed some of the most talented studio potters in the UK and abroad to the Gallery over the past year – and the programme for the rest of this year is just as exciting, offering something for everyone! And alongside the ceramics, we have exhibitions of original paintings, glass and other works of art, so there is always something new to see.”

The Ceramicists exhibiting in April

John Jelfs was born in 1946 and studied ceramics at Cheltenham College of Art. His pots are all hand-thrown, and the focus has always been on pure form. John uses celadon, ochre and shino glazes, made from wood ash and clay, ingredients local to the studio. Decoration is kept to a minimum. He says, “I am excited most by the work of Bernard Leach, Hamada Shoji and the Eastern School of pottery. The strength of their pots lies, I feel, in their quietness. A newly built kiln has enabled me to start soda-firing.”

John’s work has been widely exhibited in leading galleries including Gallerie Besson, Contemporary Ceramics and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Alpha House in Sherborne, Primavera in Cambridge, Rufford Ceramics Centre in Nottingham, as well as other important galleries. It is included in many collections at home and abroad. John is a Fellow of the Craft Potters’ Association (CPA), and a member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

John’s aim has always been to make simple heart-felt work. It is that simplicity which is the mark of the master potter.

A diverse range of influences have informed the work of Françoise Dufayard. Born in France in 1960, Françoise studied ceramics at the Ateliers de Fontblanche in Vitrolles in the late 1970s, before travelling in Asia in 1981-1982. From 1983-1987 she worked for Gustave Tiffoche and Suzy Atkins. In 1988 she set up her studio at Rennes (Brittany) where she makes open platters, big vases, large dishes and witty teapots, using slipware techniques.

Françoise uses a red earthenware clay fired to 1040C° in a gas kiln. She has developed a very personal interpretation of terre vernissée, or slip ware, which creates a translucent quality that gives her decoration painterly qualities not often found in this medium. This can be attributed in part to her exploration of Eastern ceramics as found on visits to Nepal, India, Burma, Thailand, Japan, Korea, China, Uzbekistan and Tibet. Her evident brushstrokes can be read as personal reflections of this Eastern influence.

Françoise has exhibited in U.K., France, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and India. Her work gained the Sotheby’s Award at Potfest in the Park 2006.

Françoise’ colour sense and painterly decoration produces warm tactile pots which positively ask to be handled. This is contemporary slipware at its best.

Claudia Lis works out of her workshop in the historic market town of Montgomery, Powys. Her carefully thrown functional ceramics reflect her attention to detail and the importance that she attaches to form and clarity of shape. The subtle shades of her celadon glazes emphasize the tranquil nature of her work. She says of her work, “My ceramics are primarily wheel-thrown in small batches using porcelain or white stoneware. I develop my own glazes through an ongoing process of experimentation and testing. I currently work with a range of iron-rich celadon glazes that need to be gas-fired in order to develop their subtle green colours.”

Claudia underwent a traditional apprenticeship in ceramics in Germany, from 1993 to 1996, after which she worked with a number of highly-regarded German ceramic studios, including Keramische Werkstatt Margaretenhoehe under Young-Jae Lee, which was famous for its association with the 1920s Bauhaus style.

The clean lines and elegant design, which are the hallmarks of Claudia’s work, make for a strong contemporary feel whilst embracing the ceramic influences of her training and experience.

In 1997, she moved to the UK to work as personal assistant to renowned British ceramicist Rupert Spira in his Shropshire studio, a position that she held for seven years. A start-up grant from Powys County Council allowed her to launch her own ceramics studio in Montgomery. Just a year later she received Wales Trade International support to enable her to show at the Ozone Design Centre Exhibition, in Tokyo, Japan and to include her work in the design project Casa Foa, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was a first-time exhibitor at Chelsea Crafts Fair, London in 2005, where she received a UKTI Export Award.

Featured Artist

Michael Salt was born in 1955 in North Worcestershire and studied at Stourbridge Art College. After working in Jersey and Wales as a graphic artist, he returned to his own town of Stourbridge, to concentrate on painting. He finds inspirations in varying subjects, the British countryside, whether rural or coastal, buildings, railways and aircraft. He works in oil, acrylic, pen and ink and pencils but it is oils which have a particular appeal to him.

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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