We are back open after a short Christmas break, excited for what 2016 may bring. We thought we would kick off with a few of our tips for success in 2016. This week we concentrate on Ceramics.
In the ceramics world, which has seen much needed national press coverage with the BBC2 series 'The Great Pottery Throw Down', we have seen several makers continue to produce astounding works. Those of you who know us, will be aware that we don't follow the normal trends of pottery, preferring to extol the wonders from the whole industry rather than one form. Yes the pedigree of todays great artists owes a huge amount to Leach, Rie, Hamada and others but for us there is so much more than reworking their pieces.
Our first pick is Jin Eui Kim, the Cardiff based Korean potter who has a unique, exact style that defies many of the rules of potting!
Second is Akiko Hirai, the London based Japanese artist who continues to astound with her work rate, development and challenging designs. 2015 was a great year for her and we think 2016 will be better.
Third on the list is Albert Montserrat, the London based Spaniard who currently represents the best affordable route to large ceramic vessel ownership. We don't think that will last much longer, his stock is rising in value, our first 9 pots sold in five days and we have a growing order book. Albert wants to work large too so expect pots in the future at up to 1 metre tall!
Fourth on the list is the charming Norman Yap who very much epitomises the greatness coming through in Modern British Ceramics. A simply palette is often the mark of a great artist and we think Norman has certainly captured that in both his porcelain and stoneware pieces. Influential in his work with the London Potters Association, Norman has achieved the respect of his peers and beyond.
As one of our more local artists we have build a great relationship with Chiu-i. Her work is so original, stunningly finished and more importantly built to exacting standards. Her training back in her native Taiwan has led her to be one of Britain's finest producers. We know we get so very excited with every new batch that arrives at the gallery!
Our final ceramicist for today is Canterbury based Japanese artist Midori Takaki. Her sculptural works can't fail to make you smile, each one so individual, charming and personal yet they are universally loved by all.
All of these artists are currently on display in the gallery. We think they all represent great value, with works starting from £7 and rising to £1000.00 in the gallery. As ever this is just a small array of what is on display with nearly 1200 in stock currently from 75 artists most of whom make in the UK.
The next blog with look at sculpture.