William Marshall – pottery master

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I admired the pots of William Marshall long before I had the pleasure of meeting him, on several occasions, during my regular springtime trips down to St. Ives in the late 1990s. William Marshall, usually referred to as Bill, was … Continued

Julian King Salter hand-built ceramics

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I first became aware of Julian King Salter and his hand-built ceramics at a solo exhibition of his work at the Harlequin Gallery in the late 1990s before taking over the gallery myself in 1999. Julian was born in 1954 … Continued

Bizen Pottery: One of Japan’s Ancient Kilns

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Bizen is one of Japan’s six ancient kilns, where pottery has been produced for over 1000 years. The area in and around Bizen City where the pottery is made is situated in the Imbe area of Okayama Prefecture. Descendents of … Continued

Jane Cairns: The Royal Iris connection

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A few miles from the Harlequin Gallery moored on the Thames is the sad sight of the former Mersey Ferry boat, the Royal Iris. A boat that was decommissioned in the early 1990s due to rising repair costs. The Royal … Continued

Young Ran Lee – ceramicist and designer

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Young Ran Lee is a ceramicist and designer, who was born in South Korea. She graduated from KM University there in Architecture and Design, where she specialized in fashion and textiles. She then won a scholarship in a national contest to study design in Italy … Continued

Deirdre Burnett – South London potter

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It gives me great pleasure to include a few pieces of work by Deirdre Burnett in my exhibition that begins on 27th April 2017. Since showing with me back in 2008, Deirdre hasn’t really produced very much work and it … Continued

Peter Fitzgerald – stoneware sculpture

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Peter Fitzgerald, who is primarily a sculptor, has for much of his career used coiled stoneware as the medium to explore his fascination with heads and faces and I include some his work for the very first time in my mixed … Continued

Patrick Sargent wood-firing potter

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Patrick Sargent was the first modern wood-firing potter, inspired by the ancient techniques of Japan and especially those of Shigaraki, that came to my attention. I have to admit that when I first saw his work I wasn’t immediately impressed, … Continued