Greenspace Gallery & Tea Room welcomes the South Wales Potters with their Christmas Selling Exhibition at the Visitors Gallery within Greenspace Gallery. Situated in King Street, Carmarthen the exhibition is on from Thursday November 17th to December 24th. Greenspace Gallery is open Tues – Sat 10am- 4pm. What an ideal opportunity to buy your friends & family the most wonderful ceramic for Christmas, that will remain a constant reminder of your gift.
In the wake of the BBC’s ‘Great Pottery Throwdown’, the popularity of pottery has increased, with evening classes full and the public intrigued by the pottery process.
South Wales Potters, now a group of 180 members, was formed in 1964 “to share skills, experience, technical knowledge and indefatigable enthusiasm” (Walter Keeler, honorary president). This Christmas selling exhibition showcases the work of eleven members, illustrating a diverse range of pottery, from functional to sculptural, currently produced by members.
Sue Carr expresses her love of the vibrant, rich colours of exotic flowers, butterflies and birds in the decoration of her large porcelain dishes. These are useful as serving platters or can be wall hung. In contrast, the delicacy and translucency of porcelain is seen in Cathy Yeates’ brightly coloured boats, that are inspired by her many sailing adventures.
Fascinated by the native birds around Llanddeusant and the textures and colours of the surrounding wild flower meadows, Carole Spackman makes bird sculptures that interpret the hunting habits of owls watching for prey or the loud song of the tiny wren. Her practical tableware is decorated with the colours of meadow flowers. Birds also feature in Andrew Trimby’s whimsical cockerel and jug forms. Using coiling, throwing and piercing techniques, Andrew exploits the opposing plastic and leather hard qualities of the clay during construction to make thin, lightweight free standing forms.
Disguise is the central theme for Helen Higgins’ animal and human ceramic figurines, as they each take on their own personal characteristics and mannerisms. Wearing hoods or masks, these creatures seem to be hiding their fragile self-esteem behind robust façades.
The work of Paul Taylor, Jane Blair and Widge Thorpe shows different innovative uses of the traditional terracotta clay. Paul Taylor takes slabs of textured terracotta, assembling and firing many times. With the final smoking, he aims to transform very simple materials into pottery vessels with a timeless quality. Jane Blair decorates her terracotta with white slip to highlight relief and texture. These individual sculptural pieces are incised with characters taken from her sketches while out walking. Widge Thorpe’s favoured materials are also white slip on terracotta, but with added coloured floral patterns. Using the medieval pottery techniques of slip trailing and sprigging these glazed dishes and mugs are both practical and decorative.
The soda glazed and wood fired pots of John West are enjoyed not only for their practicality but also as items of beauty. Functionality is also important to Trudy Ebsworth-Espie whose ‘Coal’ range tableware uses the unique colours of coal from the mines.
Exhibitors will be talking about their work and demonstrating making such items as hares, owls, love spoons or decorating tiles and plaques on selected days throughout the exhibition.
Further details can be found on the South Wales potters or Greenspace Gallery’s websites:
Details of images :-
The streeet view of Greenspace Gallery
Cathy Yeates Porcelain Boat
Carole Spackman working on her stoneware birds
Andrew Trimby Cockerel Earthenware Ht. 40cms
Paul Taylor Smoke Fired Terracotta Vessels
Carole Spackman Barn Owl 26cm Stoneware