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News Release - Issued by Ceramic Art York

Ceramic Art York

11 – 13 September 2015

Ceramic Art York, presented by the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain and York Museums Trust, is an exciting new showcase of contemporary ceramic art. The selection panel have chosen 50 accomplished exhibitors drawn from the UK and beyond. This new event is taking place to mark the opening of the new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) at York Art Gallery.

Ceramic Art York is a major selling fair and exhibition targeted at an enthusiastic and art-loving public. A daily programme of talks, discussions, demonstrations and films – by well-known figures in the ceramics world – is included to attract a wide spectrum of collectors, ceramics enthusiasts and to establish new audiences.

Ruth King, renowned ceramic artist and Chair of Ceramic Art York says:
"building on the success of Ceramic Art London, Ceramic Art York offers ceramists a unique opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a prestigious central York location and to network with new audiences, collectors and gallery owners and provides the public with an invaluable opportunity to network with makers and experience ceramics in the 'flesh'."

What do people do with a lump of clay? Exhibitors include:

  • Zoe Clare

Zoe Clare is drawn to texture, iterative surface pattern and structural forms. She is influenced by the natural world and the survival behaviour of exotic floral species, interpreting these behaviours and visual resources into abstract vessels.

  • Jin Eui Kim

Jin Eui Kim explores how the perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms can be manipulated by the applications of tonal bands on surfaces. Depending on the arrangement, using gradients of width, interval or tone, illusory spatial phenomena can appear and thus significantly influence the actual three-dimensional forms. The duration of viewer’s attention, viewer’s position, tone or colour of the background are also crucial influencing factors for the creation of such illusions.

  • Phil Rogers

Phil Rogers is largely self-taught, he was determined to pursue the craft further and after five years of teaching art and pottery in England he eventually moved to the small, Welsh town of Rhayader, where he opened his first pottery studio and shop in 1978. Rogers has since had numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and has works represented in over fifty museums and public collections.

  • Anna Lambert

Anna Lambert uses various techniques including altering clay slabs, modelling and painting with slips and under-glazes, Anna has developed her hand built forms to reflect a connection with the fragile and constantly changing environment, responding to places as diverse as wild bleak moorland and bird filled hedgerows.

  • Dylan Bowen

Dylan Bowen makes slip decorated earthenware using both traditional and contemporary materials and techniques. The clay can be thrown, hand-built, carved or moulded depending on what is needed. Slips are poured, trailed or brushed on. He aims to capture some of the spontaneity and action of the making process in the finished work.

  • James Hake

James Hake makes wheel-thrown stoneware ceramics decorated with oriental glazes. His work ranges from huge platters and bottles to delicate bowls and tiny lidded jars. Many of his glazes are made using local materials, gathered from quarries and clay seams in the countryside around his studio.

  • Demonstrators and Speakers

Phil Rogers will demonstrate the complete process of making Chawan (literally "tea bowl") Originating in China then adopted by the Japanese, for more than 400 years this celebrated clay form has challenged potters to create a perfect vessel to “simply” enjoy a cup of tea.

Hannah McAndrew will demonstrate her use of classic techniques of slip-decorating to produce a contemporary range of pots. Slip is a liquid suspension of clays and other minerals that is brushed, poured or trailed onto the unfired leather-hard clay body.

Sara Moorhouse talks about the development of her work and how it is informed by Colour Theory.

Ian McIntyre talks about his latest project involving a ton of clay and his experience of being shortlisted for the 2015 Jerwood Makers Open.
Ceramic Art York will represent the best in contemporary studio ceramics, with the selected work exhibited in an exhibition pavilion in the beautiful surroundings of York Museum Gardens.

Ceramic Art York
Museum Gardens
Museum Street

Friday September 11, 10am – 6pm
Saturday September 12, 10am-6pm
Sunday September 13, 10am-5pm

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Notes to Editor:

About the organisers:

Craft Potters Association of Great Britain established in 1958 is the national body in the UK representing studio potters and ceramic artists. Our flagship event is Ceramic Art London, we publish Ceramic Review and you can visit us at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre in central London.

CoCA at York Art Gallery: Following the £8 million redevelopment programme of York Art Gallery, CoCA highlights and celebrates their collection of British studio ceramics, which is the largest and amongst the most important in the UK and covers the entire British studio ceramics movement. CoCA is housed in two beautiful new gallery spaces on the first floor of York Art Gallery.

Media Contact:
Michelle Molyneux
Director at Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
Mobile: 07426 185795

For more information on the partners:
Ceramic Art York:
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Craft Potters Association of Great Britain:
Ceramic Review magazine:
Ruth King:
For more information on the speakers:
Phil Rogers:
Hannah McAndrew:
Sara Moorhouse:
Ian McIntyre: