Press and News – Form, Tone and Texture – The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester

Press and News - Form, Tone and Texture - 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.

Form, Tone and Texture

An exhibition of Ceramics and Paintings

4th October – 30th November 2008

Paintings – Ian Cruickshank, Rod Willis, Trevor Smith, Linda Judkins,
Sarah Whapples, Jules Smith

Ceramics – Regina Heinz, Tim Andrews, Matthew Chambers, Lisa Ellul

Kim Taylor Gallery Owner says of this exhibition “We have brought together an exciting mixture of creators from the region. Sarah Whapples, from Solihull, creates glass and enamel pictures whose textured work compliments perfectly the tonal watercolours of Malvern based artists Ian Cruickshank and Trevor Smith. Birmingham’s Jules Smith’s watercolours embody peace, calm and contemplation, which nestled alongside the bolder, textured oils of Worcester’s Linda Judkins’ landscapes should provide any visitor to the gallery plenty for visual fulfilment. The ceramics in this exhibition have a strong sculptural theme – the emphasis is on form, whether it is in the burnished raku of Tim Andrews, the clay tubes and cones of Lisa Ellul or the organic shapes of Regina Heinz and Matthew Chambers.”

Artist and Makers Information and Quotes

Ian Cruickshank started his second career as an artist in 1994 soon after arriving in the UK from Southern Africa. With no formal art training, but a great desire to draw and paint, he set about learning to paint in watercolour. The Cotswolds, Lake district and the coastlines of Pembrokeshire, Devon and Cornwall are where he finds scenes that most suit his traditional approach and where he strives to capture on paper, the ever-changing moods and a sense of space. He particularly enjoys painting historic buildings, trees and boats.

Rod Willis. The theme that runs throughout Rod’s work in oil and watercolour is his intuitive feel for light and atmosphere. He will often venture out before sunrise and at dusk-the times of day when shape and form meld and retain an air of mystery – to capture the changing, often ethereal effects of the light. He says “Oil paint will sit there and wait to be told what to do, whereas watercolour can run away from you if your attention wavers for a moment. Each watercolour is a process of discovery.”

Linda Judkins says of her work “In my flower studies my aim is to paint, not botanical portraits, but to capture the character of an individual group of flowers in a painterly way. This is usually done by using watercolours, which I think expresses a sense of their iridescence and translucency. In my landscapes, I often include figures. Not only does this lend a sense of scale to the picture, but also expresses how an individual may feel overwhelmed by a sense of the power and grandeur of nature. I enjoy working predominantly in watercolours and oils – the former a means of rapid expression, the latter when I wish to make a bolder or more personal statement.”

Trevor Smith is the author of Sketching Wild Birds. Trevor’s work involves sketching and painting in the field. His subjects are those he can study personally, the birds and wildlife of Britain, painting what he knows and loves.

Sarah Whapples has been working with stained glass for the past 7 years & more recently with enamel. The enamel canvases comprise several layers of different coloured enamel (glass dust), which are built up onto copper sheets to create unique designs they are then kiln fired with her ‘signature’ millefiori cane.

Jules Smith. While remaining essentially abstract, her current work draws on landscape and architectural forms for points of reference. Colour is used as a metaphor for landscape, to suggest rather than state. These pieces attempt to be contemplative in nature rather than challenging and the intention is to invite the viewer to offer a personal interpretation of the works’ meaning.

Regina Heinz is an award-winning ceramicist, best known for the “pillow” forms she creates as individual abstract sculptures or as part of a wall panel series. Inspired by the mountainous landscape of her home country Austria and constructed from soft slabs of clay, Regina Heinz’s pieces display an organic and sensual quality. Reminiscent both of the intimacy of a body and the flowing lines of a landscape, her work, equally, can be seen as purely abstract – dealing with form, volume, line and colour. Precisely constructed forms echo geometric designs, which are painted on in vibrant colours and contrast with the soft clay surfaces.

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

Lisa Ellul produces sculptural vessels and bowls, tiles and framed artworks. The pieces are inspired by natural forms, structures and textures found in plants, bark and corals. All pieces are handmade. Lisa says “I have been making sculptural ceramic vessels and forms for over ten years and currently have my studio in a converted Victorian Cotton Mill in Lancashire. With huge windows overlooking distant hills it has become a perfect, though chilly, place to work!”

Matthew Chambers explains “I am influenced by geometric and constructivist art, architecture, and design. I use these interests in abstract to explore shape and form by building constructed sculptures in clay. The aim on completion is that each individual piece will convey unique properties of space, light, and colour, and will sustain an expression of abstract and rhythmical beauty from the pattern of the shapes within.”

Forthcoming events and exhibitions

6th – 28th December

The Christmas Show

CeramicsCarolyn Genders, Vivienne Ross, Sarah Hillman, Sine Jespersen, Akiko HiraiPaintingsJohn Harris and Richard Tratt

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

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