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Masters of British Studio Pottery

Siginificant British ceramics from the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Collect 2018 is presenting Masters of British Studio Pottery, co-curated with The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in recognition and celebration of the rise of collectible contemporary and modern ceramics.

Bringing together work from some of the most important and influential artists in the history of modern ceramics, as well as outstanding pieces by contemporary practitioners, this unique display features works that tell a story of ceramic art in Britain in the 20th and 21st centuries.

A curatorial collaboration between Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections at the Crafts Council, and Helen Ritchie, Research Assistant at The Fitzwilliam Museum’s Department of Applied Arts, Masters of British Studio Pottery features selected works from specialist galleries Marsden Woo Gallery, Oxford Ceramics Gallery and Erskine, Hall & Coe alongside works on loan from the Crafts Council and The Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections.

The objects on display range from landmark early-20th-century works to modern-day sculptural ceramics by bold new talents such as James Rigler. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to see – and purchase – rare pieces from some of the potters whose practice has shaped the evolution of studio ceramics in Britain. 

Highlights include a rare 1930s tea set by pioneering modernist Lucie Rie, as well as works by her collaborator Hans Coper; the ‘father of British Studio Pottery’ Bernard Leach; early work from Australian artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott; a monumental vessel by Julian Stair – whose work was featured in the very first edition of Collect in 2004.

These works are joined by two exceptional pieces chosen by Campbell and Ritchie from the collections of their respective institutions. The Fitzwilliam Museum display an Emmanuel Cooper bowl (part of the Goodison Gift to The Fitzwilliam Museum, given through the Art Fund). The Crafts Council present Stack and Stack by Tony Hepburn, which featured in the very first exhibition of the Crafts Advisory Committee, Ten British Potters in 1972, many of the works shown became the foundation of the Crafts Council’s national collection.

Artist list

Gordon Baldwin, Marsden Woo Gallery
Clive Bowen, Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Norah Braden, Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Alison Britton, Marsden Woo Gallery
Joanna Constantinidis, Erskine, Hall & Coe
Emmanuel Cooper, lent by The Fitzwilliam Museum 
Hans Coper, Erskine, Hall & Coe
Ruth Duckworth, Erskine, Hall & Coe
Philip Eglin, Marsden Woo Gallery
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Erskine, Hall & Coe
Ewen Henderson, Erskine, Hall & Coe
Tony Hepburn, lent by the Crafts Council 
Kerry Jameson, Marsden Woo Gallery
Bernard Leach, Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Jennifer Lee, Erskine, Hall & Coe
Carol McNicoll, Marsden Woo Gallery
Nao Matsunaga, Marsden Woo Gallery
Lawson Oyekan, Marsden Woo Gallery
Colin Pearson, Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Katherine Pleydell Bouverie, Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Sara Radstone, Marsden Woo Gallery
Nicholas Rena, Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Lucie Rie, Erskine, Hall & Coe
James Rigler, Marsden Woo Gallery
Martin Smith, Marsden Woo Gallery
Julian Stair, Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Catherine Yarrow, Erskine, Hall & Coe

"This display is reactive, reflective, and celebratory. Sitting at the heart of Crafts Council Collections, British studio ceramics provide a cross-generational narrative of innovation, invention and tradition, of evolving, inspiring and exceptional models for practice, contributing to curatorial, critical and creative debates through multiple areas of practice and contexts for craft." Annabelle Campbell, Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Crafts Council

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