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Art of the Pot: Herefordshire Art Week

Art of the Pot: A memorial exhibition for potter and artist Gordon Crosby. As part of Herefordshire Art Week (h.Art), Aardvark Books presents 'Gordon Crosby: The Art of the Pot', featuring over 100 examples of Crosby's exuberant, unique interpretation of the Japanese tradition of the tea bowl. Opening and Private View, Saturday 7th September, 11am-2pm: Free entry, complimentary refreshments; thereafter the exhibition will be open every day until Sunday 22nd September.

"The Art of the Pot", a memorial exhibition

for Gordon Crosby

As part of Herefordshire Art Week (h.Art), Aardvark Books presents 'Gordon Crosby: The Art of the Pot'. This memorial exhibition will feature over 100 examples of Crosby's exuberant, unique interpretation of the Japanese tradition of the tea bowl.

Crosby's thrown and altered bowls reflect long-time influences of Voulkos, Hamada and Pierre Soulages,  but offer a fresh perspective on traditional forms. In addition to altering the usual scale of the tea bowl, he experimented with using additives, such as grog, wood ash and sawdust, wedged into the clay to lighten and strengthen the mix, allowing him to produce much larger pieces that would otherwise crack or break during firing. Crosby's bowls each have a specific personality and sense of life; some seem to still be in the act of spinning on the potter's wheel, whereas others seem to be in the process of deconstructing themselves, returning to the very earth from which they are made. Whether joyous, sombre, pensive or energetic, Crosby's bowls intrigue and engage.

Sheridan Swinson, owner of Aardvark Books and exhibition curator, says of Crosby's life and work: ‘It was obvious talking to Gordon that making pots was, after his family, the most important thing in his life. He was obsessed with the minutiae of how pots were made, and interested in how other people found answers to questions that had obsessed him.’

"Pots made by the simplest, most direct and vital means.  Without cleverness, entirely abstract and elemental, they remain as containers of real feeling and sensitivity, filled with the joy of making."   Andrew Crouch

Event starts at 11:00am.

Artists featured:

Gordon Crosby (1938-2018)

Gordon Crosby studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art, but he soon changed his focus to pottery and undertook a post-graduate year at the Institute of Education, London University , where he worked under the guidance of William Newland. Subsequently he undertook years of study at the Central School of Art, with Ruth Duckworth, Dan Arbeid and Bonnie Van Der Wettering. In the early 1990s, Crosby became reacquainted with the work of the renowned American potter Peter Voulkos, and Voulkos, together with the Japanese potter Hamada and the French painter Pierre Soulages became his biggest influences. Beginning in the 1960’s Gordon sold pots to Heals in London, and in subsequent years his work was widely shown in exhibition at leading ceramics galleries including Primavera in Cambridge and Gallery Besson.

 

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