Press and News – HUMOUR AND THE SURREAL – The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester

Press and News - HUMOUR AND THE SURREAL - 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.


Saturday 7th March – Saturday 29th March 2009

Humour is described as the tendency of particular cognitive experience to provoke laughter and provide amusement. Many theories exist about what humour is and what social function it serves but people of most ages and cultures respond to humour.

We hope that this exhibition proves to be the antidote to a long and dreary winter. Each of these artists and makers have a special way of looking at and representing the world.

Words such as surreal – bizarre or dreamlike, humour and whimsy come to mind – anything but dull. To be taken seriously but certainly not without a smile and maybe a few questions.


Henry Walsh, Victoria Benns and John Wood


Consuelo Radclyffe, Amanda Popham, Ross Emerson, Prue Cooper and Ronnie Fulton

Furniture maker

Hollie Wright – Hereford School of Arts Graduate 2008

Quotes From And Information On The Exhibitors

Consuelo Radclyffe
Says of her work…. “I make figurative three-dimensional sculptures from clay, wire, paper and found objects. My work expresses a range of narratives based on my country of birth, Brazil. The main theme is based around childhood; exploring nostalgia and memories.

My clay figures are individuals, each with carefully crafted identities. Whether collectively or individually, they represent aspects of playtime that we all remember as adults, whilst embodying the underlying sadness and difficulty of each scenario.

The expressions on the faces remind us of the frustrations of being a child, the joyful play mixed with sibling rivalry and childhood insecurities. I explore the difficult moments where we felt lost or alone and parody the ‘perfect’ upbringing.

We are often told that childhood should be the ‘happiest’ time of our lives, when we felt most free, most excited and uninhibited. The reality is often different.”

Amanda Popham
Narrative ceramics, which may seem at first glance, decorative and playful but like all good stories, can be ambiguous or sinister or have an air of thoughtful melancholy.

Amanda explains…. “Using the clay with a combination of formality and spontaneity with detailed modelling, painting and surface decoration, including words, I continue to strive for clarity and fluency of ideas and feelings. Starting with the vessel and the figure as symbols and as objects and following where the ideas lead.

The journey from mud to beautiful glazed object is enchanting and you never know where you’ll end up.

The work is all hand-built earthenware decorated with underglaze colours, oxides and lustres.”

Ross Emerson
Says of his work…. “All my work has to be a pleasure to make and hopefully conveys that sense of fun as a finished piece. They are about nothing in particular and everything that interests me at the same time. Don’t look for deep and meaningful although you may find it if you know how to make sense of fantasy. There are certainly surrealist echoes of Dali, Echer and even Heironymous Boche. Perhaps Lewis Carrol is there too. I use themes such as trompe l’oei and distorted perspective to deceive the eye and create illusions. Into the mix I add visual metaphors and non-sequiturs and use plenty of colour, partly as decoration and partly as painting in it’s own right, but all adding to the visual richness of the final piece.

I don’t use moulds and every bit is modelled or built from scatch, so no two finished pieces are ever the same. When you buy a ceramic clock or sculpture from me, you buy the genuine article: original and unique.”

Prue Cooper
Says of her work…. “My dishes are meant to be used and enjoyed; slip decorated press-moulded earthenware is an approachable and friendly medium. The designs reflect my view of life, celebrating friendship and the sharing of simple pleasures.

Some dishes have inscriptions, which are not separate from the designs but integral to the whole both in form and meaning. The overall design echoes the sense of the words (as a tune echoes the sense of the lyric). The lettering is done freehand, fairly fast.”

Ronnie Fulton
Says of his work…. “Having moved from Portpatrick on Scotland’s west coast to North Berwick on the east in 2005, I am slowly adjusting to the lack of rain, the cold east wind and salt’n’sauce with my chips!

Most of my work is hand built, I enjoy a direct relationship with clay. Recently I have been throwing sculptural pieces, although still influenced by the sea and man’s relationship with it. Inspiration is never far away, with the Bass Rock and busy shipping lane from the Forth to the North Sea visible from the studio. I have been exploring this theme for over 20 years and hope that the work is still fresh, vibrant and distinctive. I hope that some of the pleasure I derive from making it is reflected in the finished work.”

Hollie Wright
Hollie Wright is a designer and craftswoman who uses reclaimed wood and fittings to make quirky functional furniture. Her influences come from the allotment and smallholding lifestyle she grew up with in rural Oxfordshire. Chickens have always been a central part to her daily life, and so have become the leading characters of her work.

Her work ranges in scale and complexity, from small boxes to bespoke large-scale furniture. Every piece has a function, with cupboards, drawers and compartments, making them entirely useable and designed for everyday life.

Henry Walsh
Says of his work…. “I’m sure most people have been entertained at one time or another by simply sitting back and watching society walk by. Whether in a coffee bar on Oxford Street, a tube train under London, a pub in the British countryside or a rooftop in a foreign land, I find myself drawn to just staring at the wonderful array of faces, cultures, fashions, body language and the simple differences that make us all unique. London of all places is one of the richest in diversity. Whether due to our history of invasions or our Mecca-like attraction for immigration, this nation has become a celebration of humanity in all its forms.

This habit of ‘people watching’ is only a fraction of the tale. The imagination of the viewer is a key to the simplistic strength of my work. There is within all the works, and also in their obscure titles, a half narrative. I’m telling just enough of the tale for imagination to take over, or, as the title of the exhibition suggests, the strangers upon the canvas are seeking the empathy of the viewer.”

Victoria Benns
Victoria lives in an isolated location within farmland that epitomizes our immediate countryside. Natural forms play a large part in her inspiration and she is currently investigating the eccentric and playful nature of animals.

She captures a vibrant and humorous understanding of her animal subjects giving an insight into their world and invariably a glimpse of how they may be looking back!

Her style is direct and confident and is influenced specifically by the character of the subject from the precise and sedate to the energetic and excitable.

John Wood
In the millennium year of 2000 John returned to art and a new beginning as an Artist in the ever-unpredictable world of fine art. John States “If I had to make a statement on my approach to art I would probably say that I strive for the presence experienced, when a work ceases to be ordinary and becomes extraordinary ?? a work of art”

John has exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibition, the RBSA galleries and many private galleries and venues across the Midlands. He works in soft pastel, pencils and watercolours that have been endorsed with many awards and commendations.

Forthcoming events and exhibitions

Saturday 4th – Sunday 26th April


Frank and Janet Hamer, Jane and Ted Hamlyn, Nigel and Libby Edmondson, Alasdair and Sally MacDonell, David and Margaret Frith, John and Jude Jelfs

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 31st May

South Wales Potters Association Group Show

Opening Hours

10.30am – 5.00pm Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays
Plenty of free parking and free admission

For further information please contact

Kim Taylor
The Gallery, Bevere Lane, Worcester. WR3 7RQT:01905 754 484E:[email protected]

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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