inspirational artists

Naming our tables

To keep track of our bookings, we decided to name our tables, so chose names from the world of art. All our tables have been named after famous artists or ceramicists. We’ve created some lovely sample discs which can be viewed in the studio, and you can read all about these wonderful people below.

Grayson Perry is a contemporary, Turner Prize winning ceramic artist. Grayson’s vases have classical forms and are highly decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds with their attractive appearance. There is a strong autobiographical element in his work, in which images of Perry as “Claire”, his female alter-ego, and “Alan Measles”, his childhood teddy bear, often appear.Grayson also works in printmaking, drawing, embroidery, film and performance. Our table which seats 6 has been named after Grayson as we admire his use of photographs, expressionistic drawings, hand written text and stencilled lettering.

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in many other art forms. Since 1977 Kusama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution, and much of her work has been influenced by her mental health. In an attempt to share her experiences, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessive thoughts. Celebrating her 90th Birthday this year, we honour her ability to channel her mental health into the positive medium of art by naming one of our tables after her.

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He spent the last 25 years of his life collaborating with the Medoura Pottery in the South of France creating accessible and affordable works in editions of 500 or more, which were available for purchase directly from the workshop.The subjects are very creative and playful, and include Greek mythological figures, animal shapes, such as owls and fish.What began as a summer holiday hobby became a passion of his and we have named one of our tables after him in honour of his love for ceramics.

Ruth was a German born modernist sculptor who created abstract works in clay and bronze that ranged from small ceramic pieces to large-scale public installations and murals.  Having escaped Nazi Germany, she studied in the UK before moving to the USA where she taught Ceramics.  She turned to ceramics in her 40s and is most famous for her smooth ceramic works of abstract forms.  One of our tables has been named after Ruth as we admire the simple forms and textured, minimalist decoration on her pieces.

Lucie made pots that were both utterly unique and at the time captured the essence of 20th-century modernism. She drew inspiration from what she saw in the world around her: architecture, fashion and nature. She received several awards for her work and exhibited with great success. Her most famous creations are vases, bottles and bowls and were always beautifully colourful. She stopped making pottery in 1990, when she suffered the first of a series of strokes. We have named a table after Lucie as we love her subtle colour combinations and plan to introduce some gold lustres this year to decorate the rims of pots in her honour.

Josiah Wedgwood was an English potter and entrepreneur. He founded the Wedgwood company and is credited with the industrialisation of the manufacture of pottery. Josiah was exceptionally skilled on the potters wheel until an attack of smallpox meant his right leg was amputated. This however, enabled him to read, research, and experiment in his craft. He is as famous for his iconic glazes as his participation in the abolition of slavery and the introduction of workers rights. He was a good guy! Even thought Josiah died over 200 years ago, his name is still utterly synonymous with ceramics and we honour him by naming one of our tables after him.

Clarice Cliff is one of the most influential ceramics artists of the 20th Century. Her work is collected, valued and admired the world over. She was ambitious and her skills were recognised so that eventually she was given her own studio. We have named one of our tables ‘Clarice’ to honour the 40 years she spent designing and painting her colourful, art deco style for which she is so famous.

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