This March 2017, Emergents supported Inverness based Ceramicist and Illustrator Rebecca Brown to visit Ceramic Art London through our Go and See funding scheme. Read Rebecca’s report of her time at the event below
Go & See Report – Ceramic Art London, 31 March – 2 April 2017
Having been recommended to visit Ceramic Art London, I was very keen to go but unsure about how I would afford travel so got in touch with Pamela and Avril at Emergents to ask about Go and See funding. The application was really simple and I was offered financial support towards travel costs soon after, leaving a month to look forward to the show!
I’d never been to an exhibition of work focusing purely on ceramics before and arriving at Central St Martins on Friday, I was in awe of all the different styles. Throughout the show I was particularly drawn to ceramics with interesting surfaces, either textured or through surface print or drawing.
The first stand that caught my eye was Eddie Curtis – still being fairly new to ceramics I was amazed at the scale, the layers of textured glazes and beautiful colours. A number of the sculptures had tiny lids that reminded me of teapots – it was interesting to see this lighthearted take on function.
My favourite artist was Sarah Jenkins, who’s work I had seen online but was even more impressed by in the flesh. Her collection of monochrome ceramics was beautifully illustrated, with layers of clay scraped back leaving scratchy raised line drawings.
In contrast, John Higgins pots were rough at the edges and covered in very free splashes of glaze, often with a combination of different clays in one piece and radiating warmth through colour.
Chris Taylor’s colourful collection was really exciting – with layers of slips, prints, drawings, glaze, decals and lustres, it was inspiring to see results that could be created by combining a number of different techniques. Similarly, Anna Lambert’s hand built pots were layered with slips, scratched drawings, collages and beautiful fresh colours.
There were live talks throughout the exhibition and I was able to attend a very busy talk with Stuart Carey aimed at early career ceramicists, which was really informative and encouraging. After walking around the exhibition many times, I was able to visit The House of Illustration and then David Hockney at the Tate. I spent the Saturday wandering through the huge ceramics collection at the V&A and had time for a quick trip to The New Craftsmen, and overall it was a really inspiring trip.
Rebecca Brown, March 2017