Nigel Swift & Robin Welch

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Two leading artists in their own field are currently exhibiting work at the Barton upon Humber gallery, Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft.

The solo showcase in the Box Gallery by Suffolk potter Robin Welch closes on Sunday November 7 and Exhibition’s Officer, Richard Hatfield, urges anyone with an interest in British pottery to visit the Maltkiln Road gallery before then.

“I have been trying to stage an exhibition by Robin for some years now and I was delighted when I was able to programme his exhibition as one of the highlights of the 2010 exhibition programme,” said Richard.

“Robin is one of the most highly respected contemporary British potters.  He started at the Leach Pottery after studying at the  Penzance School of Art and although originally more interested in sculpture, he began to take up pottery under the tuition of Michael Leach, Bernard Leach’s youngest son, and worked at the Leach Pottery at weekends and during holidays,” recalled Richard.

His work includes large vessels and distinctive bowls and vases which explore colour, surface texture, form, detail of edge and line and his current work is committed to the making of one-off pots which are followed by multiple firings for stoneware glazes, earthernware glazes, enamels, raku and lustres.

Robin’s importance is illustrated by examples of his work being found in many public collections in this country, including the V&A Museum London.

The second exhibition in Gallery One features landscapes by Grimsby born printmaker and painter Nigel Swift whose work is influenced by the experience of working outside in the fresh air.

“Nigel’s work is noted for striving to capture the sensory nature of his subject,” said Richard.  “He paints and draws in the open air and captures the emotional atmosphere of each subject.”

Nigel’s exhibition in Gallery One is a print and pastel show and closes a fortnight later on Sunday, November 21.

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