Monthly Archives: May 2016

Penny Withers

By richardhatfield |

Penny Withers is a professional ceramist with a studio in Sheffield. She has spent a long time discovering and experimenting with throwing skills; composing on the wheel and constructing forms from thrown slabs.  She enjoys the velocity of throwing and the residual energy it produces in the finished piece. The springiness in a thrown slab makes it strong and able to hold a shape to convey dynamism.

Sculptural pieces are finished in monochrome satin glazes which reflect light, softly revealing form. Complementary layers of glazes are dipped, sprayed or poured over each other and fired in either oxidising or reduction kilns. By observing the way that glazes react with each other she suggests landscapes; mountains, lakes, clouds. The vessel forms allow for the inclusion of natural plants and flower arrangements. These add elements such as shoreline reeds or scrub weeds (for example) to the overall composition. Penny is constantly developing an expressive repertoire of minerals, oxides and firing techniques to create visual references to the natural world.

“I feel the connection that reaffirms my place as a being in a world of physical laws and raw materials as a compelling alchemy in the forming, glazing and firing of ceramics. The more I learn the more there is still to know.”

 

Handmade

By richardhatfield |

Craftsmanship, originality, and innovation underpin this exhibition.

Featuring work by the following artists; Stuart Akroyd, Cath Hill, Janie Knitted Textiles (Jane Withers and Michael Hamner) and Lyn Lovitt, this body of work celebrates authenticity, difference, and the makers’ desire to create work of enduring quality.

With eclectic experiences, diverse backgrounds, and a fascination with materials and process, these exciting, contemporary artists showcase excellence with artistry in handmade glass, jewellery, knitted textiles, and ceramics.

In our current culture of branding and cheap, mass-produced goods, this exhibition aims to show that the concept of Handmade is still very much valued.

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