Ceramicus - exhibition 2011 at City Space, Winchester

Press Release: 09/05/2011

Ceramicus Exhibition

The Ceramicus group will be exhibiting their latest work at City Space in the Winchester Discovery Centre along with pottery from Winchester Museums collections, covering over 4,000 years of the potter’s art, most of which was excavated from archaeological sites in Winchester and the district.

The work ranges from the unique functional ware of Veronica Jeans and Leah Brand’s porcelain to the sculptural forms of Nina Pesket and Hilary Macdonald. Simon Hunt, Fran Payne and Tim Pilsbury use wood ash to create colourful and exciting glaze effects in different ways, whilst Mike Bush develops fascinating glazes for oxidising firing conditions.

Nigel Hobbs explores the oriental technique of Raku and the even more ancient tradition of wood firing is Graham  Ellerby’s and Katerina Evangelidou’s speciality. Birds and colourful creepy crawlies find an abode in Christiane Hayles’s hand build forms. Colour and texture is the theme of Judith Anderson’s large-scale work contrasting with Shirley Shiner’s landscape inspired smaller porcelain thrown and cut pieces. All of this work is available for sale during the exhibition.

Alongside the creativity of the 21st century ceramicist, there will be an opportunity to view the work of potters from past ages. Helen Rees, Curator of Archaeology with Winchester Museums says “This is a wonderful opportunity to display part of our collections not usually on show to the public and provides a fascinating insight for the visitor into the techniques and styles used over the centuries, many of which strongly influence the work of today’s ceramicists”.

Please remember, although the library area in the Discovery Centre will be closed between Tuesday 3 and Monday 23 May, the exhibition in City Space will open to visitors from Saturday 14 May until Sunday 12 June but will be closed for the Bank Holiday, Monday 30 May. 
More information can be found about the Ceramicus group at www.ceramicus.co.uk