Ceramic Review issue 291 May/June 2018

We’re already looking forward to summer here in the Ceramic Review office. Not just because we love blue skies and sunshine, but because we’ve been inspired by the range of amazing ceramic courses that are on offer in the UK, France and Italy over the summer months. Whether you’re an absolute beginner, want to develop your skills, or simply learn something new working with a different material, we explore courses to suit everyone. The warmer weather and changing light of spring lifts everyone’s spirits after the dark winter months; our cover star Justine Allison certainly channels the light to great effect in her paper-thin porcelain vessels. Inspired by urban architecture and the way sunlight bounces between groups of tall buildings, her delicate vases and bottles create a fascinating interplay of light and shade. The shifting light also has an influence on potter Stephen Parry’s work, whose location in Norfolk is clearly reflected in his pots. As André Hess explains, Stephen’s work has an ‘expansive, East Anglian, big-sky quality’ to it that, he says, is ‘discernible nowhere else in British studio pottery.’ If the warmer spring weather doesn’t inspire you, the newly reopened Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge will. It comprises the collection of Jim Ede and his wife Helen who amassed a remarkable array of art, ceramics and found items in their home, which they opened to the public. Have a wonderful spring – fingers crossed the sun shines!

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Featured Articles

Lidded jars by Stephen Parry. Photo courtesy the artist
Ode on an East Anglian urn

Ode on an East Anglian urn

Potter Stephen Parry has been making wood-fired pots for over 40 years. André Hess visits Stephen’s studio in Norfolk to learn more about his work

William Scott, Still Life with White Mug, 1957. Photo Kettle's Yard
A collector’s life and legacy

A collector’s life and legacy

As Kettle’s Yard reopens, Colin Martin explores the Cambridge home-turned-gallery of Jim and Helen Ede, which features a wide variety of ceramics

Stephen Murfitt. Photo Layton Thompson


Potter Stephen Murfitt takes us step-by-step through the processes behind his handbuilt raku-fired vessels, featuring metallic surfaces

Oxford Ceramics Fair 2015. Photo Ben Boswell
Ask the experts

Ask the experts

Ceramists Jude and John Jelfs of Oxford Ceramics Fair answer a reader’s question on how to price functional and sculptural work when first starting out as a maker


Sculptural light and shade

Cover star Justine Allison creates paper-thin porcelain pieces inspired by urban architecture. Dominique Corlett visits her studio in Wales to find out more

Auction eye

Michael Jeffery of Woolley & Wallis auctioneers considers the work and auction results of Victorian art pottery pioneers the Martin Brothers

Potters on pots

Ceramic artist Ben Brierley discusses how a winged pot by Colin Pearson in the V&A’s collection transformed his perspective on making in clay

One to watch

We discover Canadian ceramic artist Kelly Austin’s still life compositions of functional and sculptural forms, which developed after moving to Australia

Review: A resounding success

Brigette Manion visits artist Serena Korda’s show at The Hepworth Wakefield, which responds to – and resonates with – their permanent collection of pots

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Pick of the shows

Ashley Howard: Meditations
5 April – 18 May
Guildford Cathedral, Surrey