Jennifer Meredith explores the wealth of undiscovered talent at the leading fair for contemporary ceramics.
On Friday 17th April to Sunday 19th April, Ceramic Art London will exhibit the work of 80 handpicked ceramic artists from around the world at London’s esteemed Royal College of Art. Now in its 11th year, the fair remains a respected authority for displaying the finest new ceramic art in current production.
The artists, varying from emerging talent who are showing their work at the fair for the first time, to renowned figures of contemporary ceramics, have been selected to show at the fair for their genius and creativity within this area of art; these include the well-known Peter Beard, Thomas Bohle, Eddie Curtis, Akiko Hirai and Gabriele Koch.
Suffolk’s own Annie Turner will also feature at the show, displaying work inspired by a childhood spent by the River Deben. Turner comments that her close connection with the river, which goes back generations in her family, has greatly influenced her work as a ceramicist; her pieces include warped metal grids which organically distort whilst in the heat of the kiln, mimicking the ebb and flow the river’s streams. She has previously exhibited in Britain, Germany, Austria, Spain and America, but will rejoin her peers at the College, where she obtained her degree.
The fair is a unique opportunity for art lovers to purchase beautiful, innovative pieces directly from the artists. With prices ranging from as little as £30 to a heavyweight £10,000, there are sure to be pieces available for everyone’s budget, from enthusiasts to collectors. Visitors will also be able to peruse collections crafted by current ceramic students of the Royal College of Art, showcasing the original talent that the school has to offer.
Alongside the stalls, the fair will also host a series of live events taking place over the three days of the event. Aptly title, Discovery, the series will comprise of talks, demonstrations, film screenings and panel discussions. Featuring some of the most exciting ceramicists in today’s industry, such as Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Kyra Cane and former V&A resident artists, James Rigler and Nao Matsunaga, Discovery will highlight periods of ceramics from the 18th Century, onwards. The event will inform visitors on current affairs within the ceramics industry, how the language of ceramics in Britain has spread its influence, and the high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail required in order to produce professional ceramic artwork.
Discovery aims to attract all interest and levels of expertise, from those who are simply looking to find out a little bit more about the industry, to those who are experts in their field, to collectors and new artists.
Jack Doherty, Chair of Ceramic Art London’s Organising Committee, comments: ‘The contemporary ceramics on show at Ceramic Art London testify to the vibrancy and technical diversity of work currently being created by emerging and established ceramicists both in the UK and abroad. From its inception in 2005, Ceramic Art London has worked to promote excellence in the field, and has become firmly established as an unmissable event in the international cultural calendar, enabling visitors to explore and collect the very best of contemporary ceramic art.’
The fair will take place in the Henry Moore and Gulbenkian Galleries at the Royal College of Art, and opening hours are 10am-6pm on 17th and 18th April, and 10am-5pm on 18th April. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £9 for concessions; however, you can also purchase a three-day ticket for £25. All Discovery events are included in the price of the ticket, and do not require booking.
Book your tickets by phone on 020 3137 0750, or on the day at Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU.