Sunday, 27 September 2015

Fab Exhibition - Of Brush and Clay

This exhibition which opened on 19 September, and runs until 9 December is being held on the ground floor at the Ken Stradling Collection and Study Centre at 48, Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5LH.
The permanent collection contains over 500 pieces of studio ceramics, 200 pieces of Scandinavian and British studio glass as well as many items of furniture, industrial design, decorative objects, paintings and prints. It has been likened to Kettles Yard in Cambridge, a collection kept and arranged as though it's in a lived in house.
The items in the exhibition are beautifully painted ceramics by Sam Haile, William Newland and Margaret Hine, potters 'who took British studio ceramics on a new course, rejecting the sombre Orientalism of Bernard Leach and his followers and using their pots as an artist's canvas.'
Here's the poster in the window:
 And here's the lovely piece featured in the poster:

 Preparing for lots of people coming to the private view:
 On the right hand side wall, there are shelves with lots of examples of these ceramics
 On the other side of the room were shelves with beautifully painted items:
And in close up:

We also went upstairs to look at the permanent collection where two pieces of glass caught my attention, the one on the table was hard to photograph
 and in the background of the photo above can be seen this tremendous glass stoppered bottle:
I also love this chair:
 This painting
 and the fabulous bird cage
The arrangement of items on the sideboard is beautifully understated yet works so well:
It's well worth a visit to see this lovely place, open Wednesdays from 10.00-16.00 or by appointment. Tel: 0117 329 0566 or email There is a website, but it's not working tonight.

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