Tuesday, October 5, 2010
British Contemporary Ceramics
This past Saturday we were so happy we went to the Mint Museum to see the British Contemporary Studio Ceramics exhibit. Drawn from the collection of Diane and Marc Grainer of suburban Washington, D.C., this exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of contemporary British studio ceramics ever assembled.
Comprised of functional and sculptural objects made between the 1980s and 2009, the show features work by 100 artists either born or residing in Great Britain, including established “contemporary classics” like Lucie Rie and cutting-edge ceramicists such as Julian Stair, Kate Malone, Neil Brownsword, and Grayson Perry. The exhibit runs through March 13 2011.
I was inspired by the diversity of ceramics I saw in the exhibit, many slab built, unique surfaces and some very large pieces. I also took lots of photos of buildings in downtown Charlotte and have several ideas for future ceramics pieces based upon building architecture.
We didn't get to spend as much time at the museum as we wanted because we had to get back to Meredith and Mark's pottery for an evening get together of the potters in the Clay and Blogs show. We plan on returning to the museum when we have more time to spend, perhaps at the end of October.
We're in Charleston, the first stop on our way back to Florida. We're traveling in our motorhome which is an economical way to travel. Even though motorhomes don't get tremendous miles per gallon, they eliminate the need for expensive hotels and restaurants, and boarding our three cats. We plan to use a motorhome to go to art fairs this winter in Florida where I can sell some of my ceramics. It will be convenient to have a motorhome especially for two day shows.
We're in staying at Folly Island County Park which has a campground for a couple of days. The park has walking and biking trails, mountain climbing, a lake, and much more we've yet to discover.
There's a tram which will pick us up here and take us downtown and back again. There's also a tram which will take us to the beach (surfing photo courtesy of Grace Beahm of The Post and Courier Staff). We won't have to worry about getting lost or looking for a parking space. What a relief that is.