The story of modern British studio pottery encompasses a generation of innovative makers working in an array of styles and materials, creating expressive objects whose vitality is palpable.1 The work of Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, William Staite- Murray and Dora Billington can be characterised by a fascinating balance of aesthetic innovation and familiarity of form, setting the development of British studio pottery on its course.
The objects are in most cases pots: skins of fired earth surrounding voids. While often these pots have a functional purpose, for use in cooking and the storage of food, for example, these makers reveal the wonderfully sculptural possibilities of clay. Although a very British story, the development of modern studio pottery has its roots firmly within a rather different applied arts tradition – the world of Japanese ceramics.
Springing From The Earth: The Story of British Studio Pottery will trace the trajectory of modern British studio pottery from the work of Bernard Leach, whose influential output reflected his interest in the English, Japanese and East Asian traditions, through to the varied styles and techniques of modern makers, including Walter Keeler, Elizabeth Fritsch, Janice Tchalenko and Emmanuel Cooper.
Graded Objects: 200 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 01 Jan 2017--31 Dec 2017