Sunday, 29 November 2009

Karen Bunting

Karen Bunting lives and works in East London producing domestic ceramics. Mostly she likes to make jugs, bowls and platters. These are usually thrown initially, and are then worked upon and decorated by incising or painting with oxides, often drawing upon geometrical patterning. She exhibit and sells throughout the UK and abroad.


Large vase

Large bowl

Philip Wood

Trained at Farnham School of Art (76 to 79) followed by Royal College of Art.

He is well known for his detailed sprigged pots and tableware with their softly washed exteriors. Playful and thoughtful the work has its roots in the slipware and earthenware traditions found in Britain and Europe.


Lidded jars


Nicola Tassie

Makes a selected range of domestic ware forms, including bottles, bowls and most especially jugs.

She works both in stoneware and earthenware, using the wheel and firing in an electric kiln. Much of her work consists of one-off pieces which incorporate incised or grooved lines and contrasting glazes to explore the relationship between form and surface.

Stoneware jug

Stoneware jug

Matthew Blakely

Born in the UK, studied at the National Art School, Sydney, Australia in 1993 and returned to the UK in 2002. His work is thrown softly in porcelain and often altered or distorted to give the pots energy and movement. They are glazed in rich aqueous glazes that enhance the softness of the forms.
Square dish

Stoneware vase with porcelain slip.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Peter Smith

Initially a research chemist, Peter Smith turned his hand to ceramics and started a pottery in Cornwall. He aims to combine the ‘feel’ of traditional earthenware with contemporary ideas and forms. The basic form is often thrown on the wheel in a heavily grogged brown clay. One can see where the potter has used his hands to shape the material, pushing and pinching the clay, the marks of making deliberately left to suggest the process.

Jug form

Jug form

Anne James

Makes thrown porcelain forms, sometimes modified by beating. Each piece is covered with coloured slip and burnished while still slightly damp, after biscuit firing further slip decoration is applied and fired, often several times adding extra lustres. The work is taken hot from the kiln and smoked in sawdust.
Smoked fired vessel.

3 small bowls

Sotis Filippides

Born and trained in Greece now living and working in London. Makes simple shapes with textured surfaces. By using a lot of copper and iron oxides he is trying to achieve a natural look. All work is thrown with the simplicity of the shapes being the first priority. Sotis' inspiration for shapes and texture is drawn from nature (trees, dry leaves and roots).

Large bowl

Brown bowl.

Black bowl.


Originally from Japan where he trained as an oil painter. Was influenced at this time by Gaugin - the use of colour was carried across into his ceramic work, with texture remaining an important element. Pieces are slab built using porcelain. He now lives and works on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.

Porcelain vase.

Porcelain vase.

Tony Laverick

Tony Laverick has been a full time potter since 1988.

His work is mostly thrown porcelain decorated with precious metal lustres. The surface treatment and execution of his pots display extraordinary mastery of technique. Complex surfaces are
created by working with layers of iridescent colours that mesh and intertwine.

Black clay bowl with lustres

Round bowl, black clay, lustres.

Christmas at Contemporary Ceramics

Christmas at Contemporary Ceramics
We are beginning to feel very festive here. With the skating outside, trees, baubles and a beautiful selection of work inside. We continue to show new makers: Tony Laverick, Nicola Tassie, Philip Wood, Matthew Blakely, Taja, Sotis Filippides and Richard Phethean. Plus new work from all our regular makers.