Ceramic Art London
Once again Ceramic Art London takes over the galleries at the RCA for a couple of days this month (24-26 February)
This major ceramics fair is run by the Craft Potters Association along with Ceramic Review and is a must for all ceramics enthusiasts. This year they’ve got over 75 makers showing off their wares with exhibitors including several Crafts magazine favourites such as Carina Ciscato, Lowri Davies and Sasha Wardell as well as established potters such as Chris Keenan and Jack Doherty. Among the newer generation of makers look out for Fenella Elms whose work is built up out of tiny pieces of clay to make one unified sculptural pieces. Some are 3D and are based on the double helix form, while others are wall-mounted consisting of hundreds of tiny discs carefully arranged into swirling patterns like those made by the tide with pebbles on a beach. And if you haven’t seen them before, check out Anna Barlow’s deceptively realistic ceramic ice creams. She depicts these summery treats just as the toppings begin to ooze down the cones, capturing a transient (and sticky) moment in mouth-watering detail. As well as the makers’ stands, there’s also a programme of free talks and demonstrations on offer. On the menu are sessions with Rob Kesseler, Dylan Bowen and Sandy Brown as well as a behind the scenes tour of the RCA’s ceramic and glass department.