Richard Batterham – a life with pots

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Richard Batterham, who had just turned 80 when I originally wrote this, became fascinated by pottery as a schoolboy and, following a 2 year apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery, set up his own studio in Dorset in 1959. There he … Continued

Studio Pottery from Britain and Japan – Pots in May

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Studio pottery, with an emphasis on that of British makers, will be offered in the first Harlequin Gallery of 2021. Three specific artists make up the first part of this selection of studio pottery. Then the second part will concentrate … Continued

Ursula Mommens – Form and Function

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During the time that I staged exhibitions of potters’ current work at the Harlequin Gallery in Greenwich, Ursula Mommens was one of my best-selling artists. She attracted many collectors from around the country, including the legendary, Bill Ismay. Bill, whose … Continued

Towards Abstraction: Abstract Ceramics

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The ceramics in this exhibition, beginning on Monday 14th September 2020, are moving towards the abstract, when compared to those in the last exhibition. Having said that the art historian, Herbert Reed, stated over 80 years ago that “pottery is … Continued

Into Autumn 2019

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    I am delighted to have managed to curate three exhibitions at the Harlequin Gallery this year, with this one beginning of Friday 27th September the last of the series. Being Autumn 2019 reminds me that, as someone that … Continued

Summer 2019 Exhibition

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The second Harlequin Gallery exhibition of the year is the Summer 2019 exhibition that begins at 11am on Friday 28th June and will continue until the end of August. As usual it will contain a variety of British and Japanese … Continued

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