Ceramic Art York is a three day selling fair featuring some of the most talented makers of British studio ceramics working today, from those using traditional processes to others utilising the latest 3D printing techniques. Here are ten to look out for
Antonia Salmon - Sheffield
Antonia Salmon has been making handbuilt clay sculptures for the past 30 years, experimenting with smoke fired forms and surfaces. Her work, which is held in collections within UK, Europe, USA and Japan, aims to capture the sense of an inner stillness and structure, as well as movement, poise and presence – qualities inherent within the natural world.
Clare Crouchman – Cambridge
Clare Crouchman’s contemporary, ceramic wall panels are inspired by rhythmical and repetitive patterns in the rural and urban landscape. Her pieces are created using inlays of different types of stoneware and porcelain clays and fine lines are etched directly into the surface. The subtle colours are enhanced with a sparing use of oxides and glaze preserving the natural stone-like clay textures.
Lisa Hammond - London
Lisa Hammond has been creating vapour glaze vessels for many years, concentrating on producing functional high temperature soda glaze pots. Raw glazing using slip and a pallet of firing schedules gives the work its rich colour and texture. In recent years she has developed a series of “Soda Shino” work, inspired by Mino pots of Japan. Her intention she describes is ‘as always to find my own voice’.
Jin Eui Kim – Cardiff
Jin Eui Kim’s work explores how the perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms can be manipulated by the applications of tonal bands on their surfaces. Jin works in-between the concepts of illusion and reality and the work attracts viewers by visual phenomena as well as physical confusions appearing on the surface of the ceramic forms.
Anna Lambert – Crosshills, North Yorkshire
Anna Lambert’s most recent hand built earthenware pieces explore new ideas about place, in particular the local moors, woodlands and valley bottoms, undergoing transformation as land use and climate changes. New forms include sculptural/platter pieces for display on walls, tables or shelves. Each slab built piece is painted with multiple layers of coloured slips with embossed, inlaid and modelled surfaces.
Fitch & McAndrew – Castle Douglas, Galloway, Scotland
Fitch and McAndrew are slipware potters, partners in life and business, creating work in their two workshops situated in both Devon and Galloway. Passionate about traditional English country pottery, their pots have a distinctive voice capturing the essence of the wonderful historical pieces which they admire so much. The pots are made by throwing and press molding with a range of traditional materials.
Emily-Kriste Wilcox - Birmingham
An interest in the sense of repair and assemblage has informed Emily-Kriste Wilcox’s method of construction over several years. The result are multi-faceted pots, rich in movement, energy and aesthetic value. Drawing and painting is integral to the development of the surface treatment of these pots. Their soft colour palette draws inspiration from the clouds and landscape whilst the surfaces evoke misty skies, memories of a walk, or a view across the sea.
Chiu-i Wu, York
Chiu-i Wu’s lovingly hand built stoneware ceramics feature imaginative creatures – either personified or purely fictitious, but all originating from her pen and ink drawings which reveal how she’s feeling. Originally from Taiwan but now living in England her work is strongly influenced by her love of English summers, blackbirds and sheep. Each piece is made with a huge amount of care and a large injection of adventure and fun!
Joan and Jack Hardie - Cockermouth, Cumbria
Joan and Jack Hardie combine art, craft and technology to create their fascinating ceramics, using 3D printing to design and produce forms that cannot be made in any other way. With inspiration drawn from nature they work in both porcelain and glazed stoneware using a home-made 3D printer which extrudes very thin coils of soft clay and presses them down in layers, a process which draws on all their accumulated pottery know-how.
Katharina Klug - Cambridge
Katharina Klug creates timeless vessels from porcelain using the potter’s wheel. The decoration features naïve, spontaneous pencil strokes, graphic simple patterns that create movement and direction. Every line is drawn by hand preserving the moment of making with the narrative coming from observed snippets in her environment from stripes on cloth, wires and cables, to plants, grasses, architecture and streets.
- Where: Ceramic Art York, Museum Gardens, Museum Street, York YO1 7FR
- When: Fri 9 Sept & Sat 10 Sept (10am-6pm), Sun 11 Sept (10am-5pm)
- Tickets: One Day ticket £12 (£10.80 advance) / 4 Day Ticket £18 (£15 advance)
- More info: www.ceramicartyork.org