Ceramic Art London 2017

Ceramic Art London 2017

It’s the wheel of fortune because ceramics have become every bit as collectible as paintings. So if you're potty about pots don't miss CAL, where you'll see work from some 90 leading ceramicists

pop art tiles by ceramicist Chris Taylor
CERAMIC ART LONDON runs from 31 March to 2 April at  Central St Martin’s behind London’s King’s Cross Station. Hours: 10-6 pm and 10-5 pm on the last day. Pictured above: Group of Tiles by Chris Taylor, terracotta with slip, underglaze-print, £15 each.
Ceramic Art London, now in its 13th year, is unmissable for anyone interested in contemporary ceramic art.

And that’s a lot of us because the collector instinct is innate in human beings, it would seem; and as paintings have become unfeasibly expensive for most of us, so we’ve turned our attention to the many brilliant craft potters working across the world whose designs work is still, 

mercifully, affordable - albeit that’s a word that means something different to each of us.
Pots by Sophie Southgate
Tiny (really tiny..) pots by Yuta Segawa
Beyond Him No 6, gorilla of coil-built construction of black stoneware and terracotta paperclay, £4,000, by Nichola Theakston
Shell by Kazuya Ishida
Telling a historical tale using Elizabethan illustrations and maps - Raewyn Harrison, each vessel £120
The Land of Archaeopteryx, £360, by Midori Takaki
So if you’re in the London at the end of March, head to Central St Martin’s where you’ll see a huge variety of work from some 90 top ceramicists working in the UK, on the Continent, South Korea and Japan. You’ll meet them and can buy direct from them - why go home empty-handed?

The fair sees the return of renowned makers such as Akiko Hirai, Sophie Cook, Nichola Theakston and James Hake, as well as first-time exhibitors and rising stars including Ben Arnup, Rachel Wood, Silke Decker, Mathew Horne and Lauren Nauman. Items on sale range from contemporary twists on functional tableware to exquisite sculptural pieces and experimental work that pushes the boundaries of this ancient craft.

Large Ivory Concave Sculpture  by James Oughtibridge, £5,000
Anna Barlow’s Softening  Solace, a delicious confection
Uneathed Interiors Collection with Flowers by Zevak Zargarian, from £45
slip cast porcelain vessel with Indian pangolin by Charlotte Mary Pack, £220
Dark blue cylinder vessel by Peter Beard, H10cm, £250
Gorgeous greens from the one and only Sophie Cook, from £150
With prices ranging from £25 for a pretty tea cup by Sue Pryke to £8,000 for an original sculpture by Fenella Elms, CAL does cater for collectors of all budgets.
Key themes 
While ceramics have echoed the natural realm for millennia, urban and industrial textures make their mark too this year, with Isobel Egan and Fausto Salvi’s ceramic cityscapes. Robert Cooper takes inspiration from urban decay, creating recycled pieces with left-over glazes and ancient pottery shards found on the foreshore of the river Thames.
Traditional craft mimics virtual reality with Matt Davis’ ‘pixelated’ porcelain tableware and Ben Arnup’s 3-D optical illusions. Ceramics’ potential for the playful and even surreal is demonstrated by Yun Wook Mun’s melting Dali-esque forms. The storytelling capacity of ceramics is powerfully demonstrated by Midori Takaki’s eccentric folkloric faces and Jenny Southam’s animal and human figures in landscapes. Raewyn Harrison’s ‘Mudlarking’ and ‘Thames Estuary’ series of slip cast, thrown and hand built vessels use Elizabethan illustrations and maps to tell stories of London.
Dates: 31 March to 2 April.