stories & memories 7 March – 18 April 2009
Behind so many pieces purchased over the past 50 years from the Bluecoat Display Centre, there is a story. A gift of a handmade work often commemorates a special time in the life of the recipient, perhaps for a milestone birthday, wedding, anniversary or birth.
This exhibition will present works which have special meaning for the people who own them. Here, individuals tell the tales that their pieces have encapsulated for them, and the artists who created them will show current work.
Neil Bottle is a printed textiles specialist who since 1989 has designed and manufactured fashion and interior accessories. Neil’s current research focuses on the possibilities of combining traditional and digital design methods utilised in recent commissions for The British Museum and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Stephen Dixon studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1986. Early exhibitions established a reputation for ceramics with a biting political and social satire. His recent work is more graphic in content and embraces looser, softer forms.
Nuala Jamison’s contemporary jewellery combines precious metals with brightly coloured acrylics or ‘perspex’ to create sculptural pieces.
Chris Keenan’s work is thrown Limoges porcelain, glazed using combinations of tenmoku and celadon and fired in a gas kiln.’ The pots will do a job if you want them to – beakers, teapots, pots for flowers – but I don’t ascribe a function to all of the pieces.’
Gabriele Koch was born in Germany and now lives and works in London where she uses pinching and hand-coiling techniques. It is a primitive technique and it allows the artist great freedom & opportunity to build pots of prodigious size.
Emma Rodgers aims to capture a moment in time, ‘I aim to interpret drawn qualities into clay and remove the work from pure representation, choosing appropriate ceramic textures thus enabling a dialogue to develop between drawing and expression in clay.’
Guy Taplin has been carving wooden decoys for over thirty years. From the tiniest wren, smooth and polished as a beach pebble, to a magnificent flight of shorebirds, wings outstreched and dappled, his sculptures have become objects of desire.
Winchcombe Pottery was established in 1926 on the site of a pottery dating back to the early 1800’s makes it one of the longest running craft potteries in the country making some of the finest and most practical domestic stoneware pottery in the world.