Ceramic Art London: pot luck from the wheel of fortune

Ceramic Art London: pot luck from the wheel of fortune

You'll find the most thrilling ceramics at Ceramic Art London 2018, so if you're a collector or just have a bit of a thing for pots, don't miss this fair

Grainne Watts

Pictured above: Looking down into a red dotted vessel by Grainne Watts. She's based in County Wicklow and her exquisite work is inspired by a love of colour and organic geometry. Ceramic Art London runs from 23-25 March 2018 at Central St Martin's Kings Cross and is organised by the Craft Potters Association. The show offers people the chance to see and buy modern ceramics being made by some of our most talented designer-makers. 

More of us are catching on to the delights of collecting pieces of contemporary china, as designers demonstrate the what comes off the potter's wheel is every bit as much a work of art as a painting on canvas.  

If you're want to get up to date with who's hot in ceramics, and who's set to become collectible, make sure Ceramic Art London is in your diary. It runs from 23-25 March at the Central St Martin's School of Art (close to Kings Cross station), and you'll see work by some 80 ceramicists from the UK and overseas.

Dish by Thomas Bohle
Porcelain pots with interior colours and line designs on the outside by Lara Scobie
New works by Adam Frew
Margaret Curtis is interested in themes of ageing and natural decay

Exhibitors include Lara Scobie, Peter Beard, Austrian Thomas Bohle and Japanese ceramicist Midori Takaki - her works feature delicate Oriental style faces with intricate Alice band like decoration.

Adam Frew's designs too often have an Oriental influence. He says his work centres around the wheel, and he describes the act of throwing clay as an act of exuberance. He likes to mark his pieces in different ways, which gives them texture. Adam works in County Londonderry and studied fine art at the University of Ulster.

Tanya Gomez, based in East Sussex,works in porcelain and explores large thrown vessels, made in parts and then assembled
Helen Beard. Her pieces work together to tell witty stories about the British way of life
Colourful exuberance from Emily Stubbs
This beautiful vessel is by Peter Beard. He made it using thin layers of coloured clay to create a textured surface 1cm. Three firings followed
Sue Pryke - porcelain cup and porcelain spoons
Midori Takaki ceramic face

York-based Emily Stubbs' ceramics are colourful and exuberant. Working from her city centre studio, Emily makes vessels which are concerned with exploring 'the relationship between colour, form and texture'. Fascinated by the juxtaposition of contrasting elements, Emily creates conversations between vessels by placing them together or in groups. Constantly sketching, drawing and collaging to experiment with line, colour, texture and mark making, she translates this process into clay, developing the relationship between simple vessel forms and complex surface decoration.

Other designers exhibiting include Tanya Gomez, Jill Shaddock and Helen Beard.

Ceramic Art London offers a series of talks. Grayson Perry is expected to give a talk on Friday 23 March, though this has not yet been confirmed, so keep checking the CAL website.