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Westcountry Potters Association show their studio ceramics at 45 Southside in Plymouth.

PUBLISHED: 15:27 31 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:48 20 February 2013

Westcountry Potters Association show their studio ceramics at 45 Southside in Plymouth.

Westcountry Potters Association show their studio ceramics at 45 Southside in Plymouth.

Westcountry Potters Association show their studio ceramics at 45 Southside in Plymouth.<br/><br/><br/><br/>45 Southside Gallery and Westcountry Potters Association have joined forces to show work by a selection of the association's members in autumn 2012.


Westcountry Potters Association show their studio ceramics at 45 Southside in Plymouth.


45 Southside Gallery and Westcountry Potters Association have joined forces to show work by a selection of the association's members in autumn 2012. The exhibition will feature studio pottery by Adrian Bates, Nicola Crocker, Taz Pollard and Mariette Rennie alongside association members already represented at 45 Southside including Alex McCarthy, Kati Vamos, Iris Milward, Abi Higgins, Anne Cope and Sonje Hibbert.


The work ranges widely in size, technique, purpose and colour. Mariette Rennie originally studied theatre and graphic design. She uses colour and abstract shapes to create dimensional illusions. Her work reflects a long-standing fascination with abstract space, theatrically and architecturally. She creates striking contemporary wall plaques as well as sculptures.


Adrian Bates also comes from a design background. He says: "I have long been fascinated with lines and curves and how they relate to each other in a given form, and also with vessels and the idea of containment. I love the many aspects of working as a potter; from the making, mainly throwing and coiling, through glaze development to the almost alchemical transformation that takes place in firing. I work in stoneware clays


Taz Pollard is both a teacher and a student. She lectures on Foundation Degree students at Petroc and is undertaking research for her own MA in Ceramics from Bath Spa University. She makes a large range of elegant Japanese inspired functional ceramics like tea bowls and plates or bowls. For her MA research she has embarked on very technically challenging large scale work.


Nicola Crocker is a recent graduate from Petroc (2011) and she is inspired by her coastal environment in North Devon. "Interested in the nature of the clay; the forms I can produce from it, the colours and how the two can work together." [Nicola Crocker] Her visually stunning and tactile work is the product of a very experimental way or working, particularly with surfaces.


Alex McCarthy also experiments with surfaces and the tactile qualities of clays and glazes. "Using the thrown vessel as a canvas I aim to explore gesture and expression through glaze surface and sourced clays.


The surfaces are inspired by textures that surround us such as; tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life. The thrown vessel is used as a canvas to investigate the properties of these surfaces. Thick reduction glazes add depth whilst the gold lustre a sense of opulence." [Alex McCarthy] Alex sources his own dug clay from beaches around Devon and Cornwall. He has created a personal and unique palette of glazes. It is the range of textural qualities that can be obtained from different clays and materials taken from the ground that really excites him as a ceramicist and a human being.


The exhibition runs from the 25th of October - 19th November 2012 at 45 Southside Gallery on the Barbican is free and all are welcome.


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