Press and News – What’s on in November – The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester

Press and News - What's on in November - 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.

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

7th November – 29th November 2009

Peter Hayes – Ardine Spitters – Nic Collins – Ben Brierley

We have often remarked that one of the extraordinary aspects of ceramic art and craft is that all makers are basically using the same material and yet the end product seems infinitely diverse. Potters tend to focus on different elements in the process – for some it is the need for deft modelling skills, in others it is the decoration and then there are those that use the firing and post firing process as the means to express their art.

The final stage has always been full of anticipation and apprehension – has the firing been successful – how will the pots look? Opening the conventional gas or electric kiln is not without hazard but witness a raku firing or the licking flame in the large wood-fired kiln and it is clear that this is something else altogether.

This exhibition brings together four eminent potters for whom the firing process is much more than the end stage.

New work by artists Richard Sorrell (PPRWS RBA NEAC) and Patricia Saddington will accompany the ceramics in the New Space this month (see below)

Peter Hayes is well known for his innovation and creativity but is also remembered for his raku demonstrations at the major ceramic festivals. His bravura performances add much to the excitement of making and the anticipation of the beautiful objects that emerge from the fire. The process doesn’t stop there and Peter’s use of the river and shoreline to weather and finish the pots is now legendary.

Ardine Spitters is a French potter whose firing processes epitomise what this show is about – the pots are treated with sulphates after the first firing; then the kiln is filled one third with wood and sawdust; the pots are placed on this layer; then there comes another layer of sawdust and again more pots. Afterwards the whole kiln is filled with sawdust. Then it is lit on the top, and it burns slowly down. The firing process lasts about 48 hours. The outcome is unpredictably beautiful vessels.

Nic Collins says that since the early 90s his pots have dramatically changed, mainly due to the influence of the effects of the kiln. For example, when side stoking the Anagama kiln, inevitably pots would be knocked over, falling into the fire box areas and buried in ash and embers. In the early days these pots would be discarded as failures, but now this type of pot is his goal. He builds several kilns a year to suit changing pot styles and firing ideas. The alchemy of wood firing still fascinates him and each firing brings fresh ideas for new pots and new kilns. An endless journey!

Ben Brierley’s work is wood fired to 1400°C in an anagama kiln for three to five days. There is no wall separating the fire from the work and through the duration of the firing the ash from the fire lands on the pots and at top temperature this ash melts to form a natural ash glaze. Only a small proportion of his work is conventionally glazed with glazes modified again to respond to the atmosphere within the firing chamber. The majority of work relies on the interaction between ash, clay and fire.

Ceramics Curator Stuart Dickens says “So here we have work which is truly ‘Out of the Fire’ and it is that firing process that adds so much to the frisson of the end stage as well as producing such fine pots.”

New work by artists Richard Sorrell (PPRWS RBA NEAC) and Patricia Saddington will accompany the ceramics in the Gallery this month

Richard Sorrell was born in 1948, the son of Alan Sorrell, the historical draughtsman and painter and Elizabeth Sorrell the watercolorist. He studied at the RA Schools (Post Graduate Course) 1968-72, having also attended Walthamstow Art School and Kingston College of Art.

Richard was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 1975, where he was Vice-President from 2002-05, and President from 2006-09.

Richard Sorrell’s work is held in the collections of the V&A Museum, Museum of London, the National Trust, Norwich City Council, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, Basildon Arts Trust and in private collections in Britain, Europe and US.

Patrica Saddington says of her work, ” Although my ideas and inspiration come from the Cornish landscape, especially West Cornwall, people often say my paintings remind them of other landscapes, usually a place or a time that has a special meaning for them. This is not unexpected as when we look at an abstracted image we bring to it our visual memories. So for each of us it has its own meaning.”

In addition to the featured show above in the New Space, we will have a wide variety of work on show in the Coach House Gallery by a variety of makers and artists and featured in ‘The Space Upstairs’ will be Worcester artist Linda Judkins.


Available from the Café Upstairs; we are back inside upstairs now but when the sun shines we are happy to serve you in the Café Garden.

Opening Hours

10.30am – 5.00pm Tuesday – Sunday
Please enquire for Bank Holiday openings
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

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