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Tate St Ives Cornwall Opens New Gallery Spaces

WEIRD and fantastical sculptures by Aaron Angell, one of Britain’s most radical ceramists are on display at The Studio and The Sea, a sparkling new season of two exhibitions at Tate St Ives in Cornwall which open this March. Both shows precede the transformation of new gallery spaces at Tate St Ives to be launched this autumn. The first show,  That Continuous Thing, charts the emergence of the 20th Century studio potters and the legacy of their influential ceramic-making.

The show takes its name from a quote by Peter Voulkos, an abstract expressionist artist renowned for his innovative use of tools and inspirational pot-throwing demonstrations. Highlights of the show includes work by pioneering artists, Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, innovators of the climbing kiln at the St Ives Pottery in the 1920s, experimental work from the ‘70s and ‘80s by Gillian Lowndes and Richard Slee and sculptures by 2016 Turner Prize winner, Anthea Hamilton made at Aaron Angell’s “radical and psychedelic” workshop, Troy Town Pottery, London.

That Continuous Thing: Artist and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today, Tate St Ives, CornwallBernard Leach (1887-1979), Spherical Vase c.1927, reduced stoneware, 14.5 x 14 x 14 cm.
Courtesy of the Tate and The estate of Bernard Leach

The second exhibition displays Sea Paintings by Jessica Warboys, great swathes of sea drenched canvas weathered by the Zennor coast which explore the mystery of the landscape and the artist’s approach to symbolism and form. Apart from these specially commissioned works, Warboys displays her sculptures and films, imaginary narratives that mingle fiction with myth and forgotten histories.

The artists, who works across a range of media, including performance and stained glass, explains, “I am not concerned with how the tableau looks or appears as I make a sea painting, but with the result or record of the process.”

Jessica Warboys, Tate St Ives, CornwallJessica Warboys Sea Painting, Dunwich 2015, 2015, mineral pigment on canvas, 320cm x 500 cm (x 3 parts).
Courtesy the artist and Gaudel de Stampa, Paris

Supporters of the new season at Tate St Ives include the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Idlewild Trust, and  Galerie Gaudel deStampa in Paris.

That Continuous Thing: Artist and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today, Tate St Ives, CornwallAaron Angell, Flower, Bread Knife 2015, Glazed stoneware, 40 x 35 x 26 cm.
Courtesy of the artist, Rob Tufnell, London and Studio Voltaire
London. Photo: Andy Keate


by Miranda Charalambous

The Studio and The Sea comprises the exhibitions, That Continuous Thing: Artist and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today and Jessica Warboys which open concurrently from March 31 to September 3, 2017 at Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG

Jessica Warboys’ film, Hill of Dreams was made in collaboration with the Norwegian artist, Morten Norbye Halvorsen and was supported by The Office for Contemporary Art in Norway. The film will be screened by Tate St Ives in March.


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Front page image: Jesse Wine, “I think you ought to know, I’m going through a creative stage some people find easy to connect to” 2016, Glazed ceramic, 82 x 123 x 55 cm 2 parts, Courtesy of the artist and  Mary Mary, Glasgow

Victoria and Albert Museum Remembers John Lockwood Kipling

THE designer and architectural sculptor, John Lockwood Kipling is the focus of a new show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London which opens early next year. An influential figure of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the Nineteenth Century, Lockwood Kipling is perhaps better known as the illustrator of Jungle Book and Kim, stories written by his son, Rudyard. Motivated as a young man by the fabulous displays of Indian craftwork at the Great Exhibition of 1851, Lockwood became a keen advocate of Indian craft which he later taught at the Mayo School of Industrial Arts in Lahore, India (now the National College of Art).

Overlooking the John Madejski garden at the Victoria and Albert Museum is an interesting mosaic plaque commemorating Godfrey Sykes’ decorative terracotta work for the South Kensington Museum, as it was formerly known. Lockwood, who took part in the project, is shown carrying a scroll followed by Henry Cole, the first director of the museum.

Mosaic panel after Godfrey Sykes, c.a. 1866, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Far from being an imperialist, Lockwood was concerned with the decline in traditional craft skills, a consequence of the cheap European imports infiltrating India during the Industrial Revolution. As an architectural sculptor, Lockwood inclined towards natural forms which inspired new designs for industrial art, in combination with the historical works at the Lahore Museum of which he was curator. Writing in 1880, he recorded, “I have observed that very little is popularly known of the fishes of the country; many are curious in form and beautiful in colour.”

Wood Carver from a collection depicting craftsmen of the North West provinces of
British India by John Lockwood. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The exhibition, Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab will show original displays first seen by Lockwood at the Great Exhibition of 1851, artefacts chosen by Lockwood for the Victoria and Albert Museum and furniture he designed for Queen Victoria’s homes at Bagshot Park and Osborne House. Lockwood’s fascinating collection of sketches depicting Indian wood-carvers, metallurgists, ceramists, jewellery and toy makers will also be on display. Other exhibits include a piano decorated by Edward Burne-Jones played by Lockwood’s wife, Alice Macdonald and her embroidery for the Red House, the home of William Morris.

Bracelet shown at the Great Exhibition made in Rajasthan, India, c.a. 1850, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Miranda Charalambous

The free exhibition, Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab, made in collaboration with the Bard Graduate Center, New York opens from January 14 until April 2, 2017 at The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Front page image: The Great Exhibition, India No.4 by Joseph Nash, c.a. 1851, Royal Collection Trust, Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2016

Richard Brendon Designs New Tea Set For his Arc Collection

THE latest luxury styled tea service designed by British ceramist, Richard Brendon, will be sure to infuse verve and sophistication to your afternoon tea this autumn. Exquisitely hand-painted in matte black and burnished gold, the classy asymmetrical design in fine British bone china is crafted entirely by master decorators in Stoke-on-Trent. The Art Deco-inspired tea service is a new addition to Brendon’s Arc Collection, launched in 2015 at the London Design Fair which combines traditional British craftsmanship with dynamic contemporary styling.

Richard Brendon, Arc Lifestyle Teaware © Richard Brendon Richard Brendon, Arc Lifestyle Teaware © Richard Brendon

Brendon, a keen advocate of the heritage craft industry says, “I am passionate about British craftsmanship and I am committed to producing products that are the best they can be.” The designer is inspired by ceramics from the past, including the work of twentieth century designers, Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper.

Brendon researches historical design elements and reinterprets them in surprising and innovative ways. In collaboration with “cult pattern pioneers”, Patternity, Brendon created the eye-catching Warp & Reason, a jazzy tea set design with concentric profiling in warped Regency stripes. The designer’s highly individual collection, Reflect caters for “orphaned” saucers which Brendon tracks down himself from British antique markets. Each vintage saucer is paired with a hand-crafted mirror cup to reflect its delicate pattern.

600-x-400-tease3Richard Brendon, NW RB Stoke 51 © Richard Brendon

A member of Walpole the exclusive alliance of luxury British brands, Richard Brendon also supplies restaurants, hotels and bespoke pieces for private clients. The Arc Collection is available from numerous retailers worldwide including Liberty, The Conran Shop and Bergdorf Goodman.

by Miranda Charalambous

Richard Brendon, Studio 41, Walters Workshops, 249 -251 Kensal Road, London, W10 5DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8962 8924

Front page image: Richard Brendon, Arc Lifestyle 1 © Richard Brendon

New book Tile Envy Explores the World of Tiles

Il Monile scallops by Sandra Malagoli and ceramicist Adriano Ricchetti
Il Monile scallops by artist Sandra Malagoli and ceramicist Adriano Ricchetti

INTRODUCED and edited by tile maker, curator and self-confessed tile obsessive, Deborah Osburn, the book, Tile Envy, is a fascinating and beautiful exploration of the world of tiles. A total of 60 key personalities are featured in the book, from established names to up-and-coming designers, including Rob Ryan, Timorous Beasties, Dear Human, Ruan Hoffmann, Patricia Urquiola and Raw Edges.

Osburn believes that in the same way wallpaper was rediscovered a decade ago, this ceramic form of floor and wall-covering is now pushing the boundaries of interior design in the same way and, due to the variety of materials, textures, and patterns that they allow, makes  them “fascinating to cutting-edge architects and designers” as well as product designers and illustrators. Osburn believes make them endlessly fascinating to cutting edge architects and designers.

You Bring Light by Rob Ryan, Tile Envy

You Bring Light by British designer Rob Ryan

This beautifully produced 144-page, hard-cover book, capturing the breadth and variety of work, also offers a concise overview of the history of the tile and its future, as well as a helpful list of tile-themed websites, and would be a lovely gift to any interiors or design enthusiast.

by Caroline Simpson

Tile Envy by Deborah Osburn is available now  from Cicada Books and costs £17.95