JOY

Our next exhibition JOY has been postponed to November/December 2020.

Public opening dates: 11-5pm on the following weekends:

21,22, 28, 29 November, 5,6,12,13 December 2020

JOY presents an international group of established and emerging ceramists exploring spontaneity, improvisation and intuitive making techniques. Encompassing sculpture, vessels and wall-mounted ceramics, this selection of work affirms the high status of contemporary ceramics as firmly rooted within the global art scene today.

The exhibiting artists are:

Sandy Brown
Priscilla Mouritzen
Sten Lykke Madsen
Afsaneh Monemi
Robert Cooper
Paul Young
Virginia Graham
Chris Barnes
Philomena Pretsell
Katie Netley
Kay Aplin

Sandy Brown’s work is created entirely through spontaneous “playing”, expressing the immediacy of the moment; the vibrancy of being alive; the joy of being. Sten Lykke Madsen’s work is defined by his improvisational method of hand-building coupled with random and thrilling effects achieved in the wood kiln. Each of his forms encapsulates joy in the purest sense. Priscilla Mouritzen is also a woodfirer; she applies slips spontaneously to achieve intricate patterns that vibrate on the surface of her pinched pots. Afsaneh Monemi’s playful creations allude to fantasies and daydreams; transformations that emit positive energy and joie de vivre.

Chris Barnes’ method is wheel-throwing, intuitive by definition. Random application of sumptuous bands of colour energises his designs. Robert Cooper employs recycling as a mode of working, often using found objects as a starting point. The complex, alluring surfaces of his pieces convey new narratives harnessed from previous histories. Virginia Graham’s forms reveal an eclectic amalgamation of nostalgic form and imagery; the juxtaposition of contrasting hues and shapes radiating with intensity. Paul Young is an earthenwarestoryteller, each piece imbued with a narrative that brings a smile to the viewer. Philomena Pretsell’s creations are designed to evoke emotion; laughter and tears inform her working practice and, she hopes, those who view it. Katie Netley’s ebullient stoneware sculpture effervesces with colour and pattern and exudes humour and good cheer.

We are honoured to host this eminent selection of artist at The Ceramic House for our eighth exhibition. The vibrancy of the artwork on display is mirrored with the extraordinary, textured and colourful background of Kay Aplin’s ceramic installations that pervade the interior and exterior.

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