Wednesday 8 November 2023

Oxford Ceramics Fair, 2023 - 2

Oxford Ceramics Fair, 2023 - 2

You can see the first part here

Maria Wojdat:

Her earthenware vessels and wall pieces are inspired by mid-century art and design, embodying a minimal aesthetic. Bold colour combinations which divide and segment the pieces.

Rhian Malin:

Wheel thrown, hand-painted  porcelain vessels, inspired by the Willow Pattern, with cobalt blue decoration. A successful contemporary take on the combination of blue and white.

Jin Eui Kim:

Kim's statement: 'My work plays with the perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms through tonal bands and clay arrangements to create illusory spatial effects. By manipulating the surface through removing or restricting information, viewers' perceptions shift between illusion and reality. My work explores the concept of illusion and reality, using visual phenomena and physical confusions on the surface to attract viewers'.

I had seen Kim's work many times before and liked it.

This new work using greys however, is absolutely stunning.

I kept coming back to look at it, particularly this vessel. It does things to your head, your perception. The three-dimensionality is visually confusing. Incredible.

Tony Laverick:

Vessels in porcelain which are then decorated with slips, glazes and metals.

Katharina Klug:

Porcelain vessels, wheel thrown. The shapes are strong yet simple, they are decorated with hand-drawn lines using ceramic pastels that she creates herself.

Her recent trip to Japan has had a profound impact on her and she was extremely enthusiastic about it. These last three pieces are influenced by the trip and I think we're going to see changes in her practice. I look forward to seeing them.

Moyra Stewart:

The pebbles are so tactile! I just wanted to keep on holding them. Stewart says about her work: 'I want to create shapes that feel as though they were brought to life by some force of nature'.

Paul-James Overfield:

I saw Overfield's work for the first time last summer at the Potfest and really liked it. His porcelain pieces are so minimalist, there is such purity in each form, so much skill is needed to create such simplicity, I was enchanted. So, a real pleasure seeing his work again.

Mitch Pilkington:

Hand-built ceramics using the coiling method.

Barbara Gittings:

Wonderful work. Gittings' combination of the ancient techniques of Nerikomi and smoke firing, alongside her  unusual modern shapes, places her work in a unique position within the field of Nerikomi ceramics. Japanese Nerikomi often features very regular geometric repetition, whereas Gittings' work embraces abstraction and asymmetry while still referencing the geometric.

Clare Palmer:

A variety of techniques: wheel-thrown, hand-built, in porcelain or stoneware. 


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