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Ceramic Showcase – handmade in britain – 2015

Saturday 28th February 2015 – Saturday 14th March 2015

Weekdays 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm.

 

A stunning collection of ceramics from:

Hazlehurst Ceramics

A fresh and exciting new name to the ceramics industry, Philip Hazlehurst set up Hazlehurst Ceramics in 2013.

Having previously worked closely with Stoke-on-Trent based designers such as Emma Bailey Ceramics, Anita Harris Art Pottery and Lucy Goodwin Designs (creating the gorgeous ‘flowers’ range of pebble vases available at this exhibition), Phil spotted a gap in the market that he has filled with his stunning handpainted ceramic animals.

Drawing on contemporary influences and designs that give well-loved shapes a modern and quirky twist, each piece is lovingly hand painted meaning no two items are ever the same. A personalisation service is also available on request.

As well as the popular ‘Grafique’, ‘Starz’ and ‘Bufferfly’ ranges, Hazlehurst Ceramics is delighted to be launching the brand new ‘Radiant Flowerz’ range at the Ceramics Showcase exhibition here at the Wayland Dragonfly Gallery.

Anita Harris Art Pottery

Anita Harris and Samantha Johnston have a very impressive background in ceramics and between them designed for Liberty, John Lewis, Marks and Spencers, Selfridges, Harrods, Bloomingdales and Tiffany’s New York to name but a few.

Anita, previously with Moorcroft’s Cobridge Stoneware and for 10 years Head of Design at Poole Pottery, formed Anita Harris Art Pottery with Samantha Johnston where they continue to push the boundaries of glaze effects and lustres to constantly produce new designs.

With an ever growing following of passionate collectors in the UK and overseas this is a dream team in the ceramics world as both artists are well known worldwide and are artists in their own right.

Lucy Goodwin Designs

Lucy Goodwin Designs is all about individuality, style and the ability to create a unique piece of art using traditional skills that incorporates both hand and machine.

Graduating from Staffordshire University in July 2009 with a First Class Honours Degree in Surface Pattern Design she is inspired by the ever changing trends in fashion and lifestyle, alongside artists and designers past and present to create designs with an original and unique twist.

With a clear nod to the Art Deco era as shown in her use of geometric shapes and graphical linear drawings she creates her designs from hand drawn sketches, stencilling the design using spray glazes and then adding more precise detail with ceramic pens to add to the sophistication of the piece.

Each piece is as unique as the next and it can take up to four days to produce the finished decorated piece.

Emma Bailey Ceramics

Emma May Bailey is a unique ceramic artist, born and bred in Staffordshire, the UK’s home of pottery. Her work is steeped in the heritage of her hometown, with many critics deeming her to be the next Clarice Cliff with her trademark striking colour and design.

All of her work is created spontaneously by hand from a feeling rather than a plan – she does not work with drawings or prints but hand paints freely on fine bone china to create a range of original pieces that shift elegantly from traditional to contemporary, touching everything from classical to fun and funky in-between.

The nature of the work means that no two pieces are ever the same and love and colour is clear in her vibrant work along with the integrity of a true artist whose intention is to create unique hand crafted pieces.

With more than 20 years in the ceramic industry, 16 of those as an artisan of pottery for the famous Wedgwood, her experiences and influences are inspired by the culture of her life and the Potteries.

Peregrine Pottery

Peregrine Pottery was born from a passion for producing quintessentially English earthenware in Stoke on Trent. A family run business where all of the ware is handmade by Paul Deakes and hand sponge decorated by Joanne, each piece delivers full usability to the customer.

Now based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Paul formerly spent 20 years working for Emma Bridgewater and the design is inspired by the family garden and a love for all things British. Joanne’s designs come to life on the ware and the beautiful colour tones used during the sponging process are very appealing and would complement any home.

Peregrine Pottery has been approached by many artisans to produce earthenware for others and can offer a personalisation service to their ever growing customer base.

 Cityscape Ceramics – 

Designer Alison Morgan creates unique ceramic art inspired by iconic skylines and featuring some well-known and loved landmarks such as the London Eye and the bottle ovens of Stoke-on-Trent.  Each vibrant item is individually hand-decorated and signed; no two being the same, and they are equally suitable for decorative or light functional use.

Alison moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1969 to study ceramics, and remained in the city to pursue a career in the subject.  She has a degree in ceramics and is an accomplished potter, designer and teacher, having lectured and presented seminars on pottery techniques throughout the UK and Europe for over twenty years.  Her practical skills have been further enhanced by more recent studies in the USA. She is also the Curator of The Dudson Ceramics Museum in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, where her passion for the history of   Staffordshire figures has resulted in the co-authorship of a recently published book on the subject.

Alison’s vibrant Cityscapes original ceramic art is already attracting much interest from galleries, museum shops and contemporary retailers.