cambridge contemporary crafts

Ceramics

Autumn Colours Exhibition 23rd September – 11th October 2017

Exhibition, Glass, jewellery, Textile, Enamel, CeramicsCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

Our upcoming show will be focusing on Autumn Colours, with work by Caroline Parrott, Helen Chatterton, Janine Partington, Freddie Crossley, Eddy Crick and many more.

Janine Partington combines the traditional craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design using intricate hand-cut stencils. Janine’s work is heavily inspired by the trees, flowers, seed heads and birds in the natural landscape surrounding her. Janine’s gorgeous rust-coloured pieces are perfect for this season and they shimmer beautifully in the autumn sun.

Caroline Parrott is a Dorset-based artist who works in anodised aluminium. Caroline hand prints the aluminium with her own unique designs. She then dyes and paints it to create a vibrant range of jewellery, home accents and sculpture. We will have a lot of fun arranging her popular animal sculptures into a forest-themed display for our autumn exhibition.

 
 

Also on display will be a beautiful collection of silk scarves by textile designer Helen Chatterton. Helen’s silk twill scarves have a lovely fluid feel. Colour is the main inspiration for Helen’s work. Her latest London map scarf features more intense hues, combining a deep-red street pattern with parks in emerald green and a turquoise Thames.

Freddie Crossley is a ceramicist whose work seeks a deep-rooted connection to the past and future of our landscape. Working in the South Downs, his motifs speak of grassy earth and windswept sea and stone, counterbalanced by refined form and sculptural presence.  The pieces on display are individually wheel-thrown, one off pieces which are suitable for domestic use.

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Meanwhile, hanging in our window are some beautiful British birds made by stained glass artist Eddy Crick.  He learned his skills at night school after an injury left him unable to pursue his career as a classical guitarist. He finds the most rewarding subjects are inspired by nature and pushes the techniques of his art close to its limits in the endeavour for accuracy. British wild birds are his forte and are all to scale and as accurate as he can achieve.

 

 

This free exhibition runs from 23rd September – 11th October 2017. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Spring Exhibition 15th April-10th May 2017

Exhibition, Ceramics, Prints, Textile, PapercutsCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

Spring is in full swing and as the seasons change, so do our window displays! Leaving the winter months behind and anticipating summer, we're celebrating the new season by giving the gallery a springtime look with lots of plants, flowers and bright colours.

We start off our spring exhibition by nodding goodbye to winter. Tone Von Krogh’s collection of contemporary tableware is strongly influenced by her impressions of the wintery landscapes during her time spent in Norway. Covered by snow, sharp edges become soft and everyday shapes become unrecognizable. The colours range between different shades of blue, white and turquoise, reflecting the many tones of snow and ice and winter skies.

 

If Tone von Krogh’s work makes us look back to winter, Brittany Delany’s Seasalt ceramics make us look forward to the summer months, conjuring up thoughts of summertime beaches and the crispy feeling of salt on your skin. Brittany’s collection consists of minimal shapes, frosted with tactile glazes in shades of teal, mint and aqua. The smooth outer surfaces of the vessels, reflective of soft skin, contrast with the tactile sea salt colours inside.

 

Ceri White specialises in one-off plant pots hand-thrown from high quality white earthenware and decorated with black and white slips and striking glazes. The playful designs and the fresh turquoise and warm yellow colours instantly brighten up the space. Ceri is inspired by a wide range of influences, from urban architecture to nature, from the aesthetics of her 1970’s suburban upbringing to her current countryside existence. Ceri’s adorable pots are perfect for cacti and succulents and we have taken the liberty of filling them with some of our own plants.

 

Helen Musselwhite’s skill at the laborious art of paper engineering is second to none. With painstaking integrity and a great eye for colour and design, Helen’s intricate, layered creations are as mind boggling as they are aesthetically pleasing. Her work truly shines when she works with natural, flora and fauna-based projects. For our spring exhibition, we’ve selected pieces with lots of exotic plants and bright pops of colour.

 

We also have a lovely range of limited edition drypoints by local print artist Alison Hullyer on display, featuring seed heads, flowers, twigs and trees. Walking her dog every day, Alison enjoys being outside in all weathers, observing the changing seasons. She loves the patterns and textures in nature, from seed heads and brambles to silver birch trunks and skeletal winter trees and these often form the starting point for a new print design.

 

Janine Partington’s work combines the traditional craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design to create framed panels and jewellery. She makes intricate hand-cut stencils which are inspired by trees, flowers, seed heads, birds and the natural landscape. A perfect match for our spring exhibition!

 

We are happy to announce a new addition to the gallery: Alex Bagenal. Alex makes beautiful hand turned wooden bowls. His style is contemporary and modern, utilising old and new methods. His work incorporates different materials such as Ash and copper leaf or Douglas Fir and metal.

 

 

To finish things off, we’ve draped some gorgeous silk scarves by Ima Pico and Helen Chatterton around the gallery. They add a pop of colour and their luxurious fabrics feel light and airy like a soft spring breeze!

Katrin Moye Exhibition 30th July – 24th August

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Katrin Moye

Daisy Candle Holders and Vase

Katrin Moye is a ceramic artist based in Nottingham who specialises in making highly decorative work using the traditional technique of slip painting on earthenware. She is the featured artist for our August exhibition, which runs from 30th July until 24th August.

 

Katrin began her career in making domestic ware in 2005. Her work is made of a mix of white earthenware and stoneware and it is mostly wheel thrown. Katrin decorates her work with coloured slips and underglazes using traditional slipware techniques such as painting, trailing, sponge printing and hand cut paper resist. In recent years, Katrin’s work has become much more detailed and complex in terms of the surface pattern.

 

Katrin Moye

Wren In Garden Platter

For inspiration, Katrin draws on memories of her childhood in the 1970s, which she spent immersed in books such as Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales, Astrid Lindgren's stories and Joanna Spyri’s classic ‘Heidi’. Katrin’s ceramics bring to life the inner world she occupied as a child, which consisted of an idealised Scandinavian rural landscape of forests, meadows, starry skies and woodland creatures. Her work also references mid-20th century design, folk art and the interior of her 1970s family home.

Katrin is fascinated by the relationships people develop with domestic items. Ordinary things can take on significance for their owner in terms of the memories and associations connected with them, thus the same object can be ‘read’ as many different objects, depending on who is looking at it. Katrin loves the way that people who buy her work embark on a relationship that is uniquely their own with something that she has created, making a full circle with the memories she references in the decoration.

 

This free exhibition runs from 30th July – 24th August 2016. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Make sure to pop in!

 

Katrin Moye

Formal Hedge Jug and Daisy Jug

Katrin Moye

Multicoloured Daisy Platter

Katrin Moye

 

Sea Exhibition 2nd – 27th July 2016

Ceramics, Prints, ExhibitionCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

Katharina Klug

Deep Sea Vessel

A brand new exhibition will be on view at cambridge contemporary crafts from 2nd until 27th July 2016, exploring the grand theme of the sea. Immerse yourself into our watery world and find out how this theme has inspired contemporary UK artists and craftspeople working in a wide range of media including ceramics, print-making, textiles and jewellery. We are zooming in on a few highlights below.

 

Cambridge-based ceramicist Katharina Klug has created a beautiful collection of ‘Deep Sea’ vessels for us, sparked by the idea of sunken ships and their lost treasures left at the bottom of the ocean. The vessels are round and smooth on the outside, as if shaped by water over long periods of time. Their colours are evocative of ancient cargo found on the sea bed, encrusted with sea-life, sand, debris and barnacle.

 

Fellow ceramicist Penny Withers, who is new to the gallery, has brought to us a lovely selection of her Ocean and Coast vases. In shades of teal and turquoise, they reflect the colour of seascapes. Some of them have a glossy light-reflecting finish, suggestive of the atmospheric shimmer of seawater. Penny’s vessels do not only capture the colours of water, but also its shapes, with surfaces that ripple and undulate like waves.

Fuelled by her love of nature, Sarah Dennis creates wonderfully intricate paper-cuts. She has produced some absolutely breathtaking work depicting the deep blue sea and all the creatures that live in it, from the largest marine mammals to the tiniest deep sea creatures. Each piece is individually hand-cut to reveal exquisite, delicate detail within the illustration.

 

Penny Withers

Ocean Vase

Sarah Dennis

Whale Spirit

 

Alison Hullyer

Fish

We are thrilled to also have a lovely range of sea-side inspired prints by local print artist Allison Hullyer in our exhibition. We love her latest drypoint, which depicts fish facing in opposite directions coloured in different shades of blue.

Local illustrator Jo Clark designs hand drawn illustrations inspired by the fauna and flora of the British countryside. For our sea-themed exhibition, she has explored some more aquatic regions, resulting in striking mixed media illustrations of clown fish, sea turtles and great white sharks.

Also on display will be new work by printmaker Ed Boxall. Ed has recently made a series of sea-themed linocuts inspired by sketches he has made at the rock pools in Hastings, where he is based.

Textile artist Lillian Bixler makes soft sculpture animals out of felt. She is inspired by a desire to capture a realistic representation of each animal she crafts. Each piece is designed, hand cut and stitched by Lillian herself. For this exhibition, Lillian has created some original one of a kind sea animals.

 

 

Jo Clark

Clown Fish

Ed Boxall

At the Sea

Lillian Bixler

Walrus

 

This free exhibition runs from 2nd – 27th July 2016. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Come and have a look!

Katharina Klug Workshop

Ceramics, WorkshopsCambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

Tea Set

Katharina Klug is a Cambridge-based ceramicist who creates elegant contemporary porcelain pieces. Her work is about simplicity of design and form. This is beautifully complemented with distinctive pops of colour, as in this stunning tea set she recently made. Katharina mixes all the glazes herself using her own recipes which she has developed and refined over many years. She is inspired by the elemental colour and shape of ancient Korean pottery.

 

At the start of the workshop

Last week we were fortunate enough to attend a workshop with Katharina and get some hands-on experience ourselves. We are extremely grateful that she invited us to her lovely studio; it was a very interesting, informative experience and we had a lot of fun too! Here is an image of some of our staff members at the start of the workshop, before we got our hands dirty.

 

Wheel throwing

The workshop focused on two different clay building techniques: slab building and wheel throwing. Most of us were new to wheel throwing, so it was a bit daunting at first, but luckily we had an experienced and very patient master-ceramicist guiding us through the basics. Wheel throwing was a lot more difficult than we had expected and we will need another few workshops before we are able to throw an acceptable pot, but we very much enjoyed it! Starting out with a lump of clay and being able to shape it any way you want is very liberating. Even if our pots didn't always turn out the way we had hoped, we loved the process of creating them. As the morning passed our respect and admiration for the ceramicists whose work we have in stock at our galleries grew even more than before, so much skill, time and effort goes into the making of even the simplest of bowls.

 

Slab building

While we focused on round smooth shapes with the pottery wheel, we used the slab building technique to try our hand at straight shapes with textured surfaces. We started by rolling out the clay into an even layer and we had a wide range of tools and objects at our disposal to create relief on our slabs; from stamps and rollers to everyday objects like lace. The possibilities were endless and Katharina inspired us constantly with new ideas. We then constructed vessels by joining the different slabs together with a slip made of clay, water and vinegar.

 

Creating pottery is a very physical activity, so we had a well deserved mid-morning break in Katharina's lovely garden, with excellent coffee and tea, fresh fruits and delicious cakes. During this time, Katharina talked to us about different kinds of materials and their properties, including earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. She enthusiastically answered all of our questions and convinced us that anyone can become a great potter, given enough practice and dedication.

 

At the end of the workshop

 

Throughout the workshop, it became apparent how driven and committed Katharina is herself. She works very hard to get the results she wants, spends a lot of time reading up on the latest developments in ceramics and forever continues to improve her technique. Katharina is so passionate and knowledgeable about her craft that it didn't come as a surprise to us that she was recently selected as a member of the prestigious Crafts Potters Association, official recognition that she is really at the top of her field. We want to thank Katharina for spending so much time with us and we look forward to passing on some of the knowledge and enthusiasm to our customers!