Friday 4 November 2022

Oxford Ceramics Fair 2022

One hundred and forty ceramicists exhibiting in the Oxford Ceramics Fair this year, and it was a real pleasure attending, even though I have to say, it was not as good as other years. Nothing truly exciting, no wow! factor - some great artists there, people like Ashraf Hanna, Lara Scobie,  Sara Moorhouse,  but most of the exhibits did not inspire and we found that after an hour, we were ready to go: usually, we stay for longer than two hours. It was nevertheless, a pleasure being there.

Helen Rondell:

Rondell's pieces are hand-coiled.

Rachel Holian:

Holian's pieces are tiny, and I wondered how she manages to make them with the wheel. 

Lara Scobie:

Stunning work, as always, by Lara Scobie. Artist's statement: 'the theme of balance is constant, significantly underlining my current work in which ideas of dynamic interplay between form and surface are explored. By integrating drawing, surface mark-making and volume I play with the balance of space and pattern alongside hue and texture on both the decoraed and void surface areas'.

Ali Tomlin:

Wheel thrown porcelain.

Justine Allison:

Hand-built porcelain.

Yo Thom:

Jo Davies:

Julie Massie:

Wall art inspired by fragile coastline which is continually under threat from climate change.

Jeremy Nicholls:

This work strongly reminded me of Walter Keeler's ceramics.

Ania Perkowska:

Sara Moorhouse:

Wonderful pots full of colour, beautifully executed.

Jane Cairns:

Rachel Foxwell:

Barbara Gittings:

Unglazed, smoke fired and waxed porcelain ceramics, made by using the nerikomi method.

David Jones:

Inspired by the Janapese chawan, Jones' pieces are raku fired.

Roger Cockram:

Rachel Wood:

Moyra Stewart:

Naked raku ceramics which seem more like stone than clay.

Ashraf Hanna:

Last but not least, Hanna's ceramics are wonderful in their minimalist simplicity. They are inspired by tribal art.

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