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  • Monumental Jar XI, 2012 mima, Julian Stair. Photo Jan Baldwin, courtesy of Oxford Ceramics Gallery

The rise of pottery and masters of the past

by Sara Khan

Pottery has become one of the most popular evening courses in Britain with many colleges reporting long waiting lists. Programmes such as The Great Pottery Throw Down have helped fuel this surge by bringing a spotlight on the craft sector, and we have witnessed the country’s enthusiasm in unleashing their inner potter through our free Hey Clay! events.

With Vogue describing pottery as the new yoga and the likes of Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Emily Ratajkowski all rolling up their sleeves; we will be celebrating the rise of the potter at Collect 2018 by introducing Masters of British Studio Pottery

The presentation will include a selection of outstanding works by prominent 20th and 21st century artists. Masters of British Studio Pottery was inspired by Things of Beauty Growing, a major exhibition of British studio pottery at Yale Center for Art, USA and opening soon at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in March 2018.

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The showcase will offer visitors to Collect a rare opportunity to enjoy the story of ceramic art from galleries including Marsden Woo Gallery, Erskine Hall & Coe, and Oxford Ceramics Gallery, and loans from The Fitzwilliam Museum and Crafts Council Collections.

You will be able to see a rare tea set from the 1930s by Lucie Rie, monumental work by Julian Stair, plus pieces by Bernard Leach, Hans Coper and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. Other makers to look out for include Katherine Pleydell Bouverie, Alison Britton, Ewan Henderson, Sara Radstone, Ruth Duckworth, James Rigler and Gordon Baldwin.

You can see these works and more at Masters of British Studio Pottery at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects from 22 – 25 February at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Tickets start at £14.

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Early Tea Set, 1930, Lucie Rie. Photo Michael Harvey, courtesy of Erskine Hall & Coe

Standpipe, 2012, Alison Britton. Photo Philip Sayer, courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

I’ll Rise to You, 2012, Nicholas Rena. Photo Michael Harvey, courtesy of Oxford Ceramics Gallery

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