Free Ceramics Talk, Friday 9 November at 12.30pm at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Mike Yates will talk about Swindon ’s hidden gem and how the ceramics collection needs to be talked of as art just as much as the paintings on the walls. His talk will incorporate an introduction to 20th Century Studio Pottery and possibly will explain why so many of the great potters lived and worked so close to Swindon in the Cotswolds.
Details of the talk can be found at: http://www.friendsofsmag.blogspot.com
Mike is a retired journalist with a passionate interest in studio ceramics and who recently hosted an exhibition of African art and carvings at Artsite in Theatre Square, Swindon. The works in the collection were mostly acquired during the 1970s and 1980s on a budget of the thinnest of shoestrings, with the additional support provided by the MGC/V&AGrant in Aid fund and the Contemporary Art Society. The quality of the collection would not have been possible without the exceptional perception and dedication of Peter Burgess from Swindon College, who acted as the collection’s advisor.
“The Swindon Collection, therefore, gives us a microcosm, as it were, of the great diversity and richness of twentieth century studio ceramics, ranging from the utilitarian and functional to the conceptual and sculptural, the clay and its possibilities being explored to the full and the only limits being the imagination and skill of each individual ceramist”
Barbara Kent (from the introduction to the Swindon Ceramics catalogue)
Fine Art Ceramics have long been the Cinderella of our culture – nobody has been sure if they are art or just a craft. But since Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003 awareness of ceramics as art has been growing nationwide, but has that awareness stretched as far as the world class collection of ceramics hidden away in Old Town, Swindon. Many people are now aware of the Swindon Collection of Art and how it is one of the foremost collections of 20th century British Art in the country. Now is more than time to start bragging about our collection of ceramics with key pieces by such great potters as Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Ivan Martin and Katherine Pleydell Bouverie.