In the detail: CAL highlights 2016

Ceramic Art London went by in a whirlwind this year, and we now have a chance to reflect on some of our highlights. The fair flourished in its new home at Central Saint Martins. Below are some beautiful detail shots taken by photographer Ben Boswell, which capture perfectly the jubilant essence of CAL 2016

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Charlotte Pack ceramics, photo Ben Boswell

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Charlotte Pack

One of 25 newcomers to Ceramic Art London this year, Charlotte hit the ground running with her vibrant display, which led many visitors to discuss and photograph her pieces. Based in Rye, East Sussex, Charlotte explores ways of drawing attention to the declining natural world through ceramics. Her new collection, entitled No time for tea, incorporates detailed hand-built endangered species on small slip-cast vessels, carefully highlighting their species name, sparking engagement with global environmental concerns.

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Justine Allison ceramics, photo Ben Boswell

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Justine Allison

We spotted Justine’s exquisite display at Top Drawer earlier this year, so were anticipating seeing her work at CAL, where she didn’t disappoint. Addressing boundaries between function and decoration, Justine creates subtle, unique variations within her body of work, prizing simplicity and a focus on the beauty of clay.

justineallison.com

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Elke Sada ceramics, photo Ben Boswell

Elke Sada ceramics, photo Ben Boswell

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Elke Sada

Many of you will have seen Elke’s dripping earthenware vessel advertising CAL on the tube or in the papers, as she was the fair’s cover artist this year. Coveted for its spontaneity and experimental employ of colour, Elke’s painterly work is crafted in her studio in Leipzig, Germany.

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Richard Miller ceramics, photo Ben Boswell

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Richard Miller

You may have spotted potter Richard Miller on television in The Great Pottery Throw Down. A newcomer to Ceramic Art London this year, Richard presented his new collection of one-off stoneware pieces, referencing British colonialism. Discover more about Richard’s new work, and career as Director of Froyle Tiles, inside our current issue.

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Jongjin Park ceramics, photo Ben Boswell

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Jongjin Park

Inside CR issue 278, we shone a light on Jongjin’s extraordinary approach to making, having seen his work at the British Ceramics Biennial. At CAL, the artist presented a rich variety of pieces which see him using tissue paper and clay slip to make ceramic forms that look like paper, playing with our perceptions of what is real. It was quite the spectacle.

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Rebecca Appleby ceramics, photo Ben Boswell

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Rebecca Appleby

The winner of Ceramic Review’Newcomer to Ceramic Art London award 2016, Rebecca’s display left us in awe. We’d noticed her ceramic sculptures at last year’s Ceramic Art York, and this artist’s work has developed excitingly in a short space of time since. Look out for Rebecca’s pieces, exploring urban structures and decay, inside a future issue of CR.

rebeccaappleby.co.uk

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Congratulations, too, to ceramic artists Kiho Kang and Fausto Salvi, new artists to CAL who were highly commended in CR’s Newcomer award. Watch our special video below for more highlights from CAL’s private view.

Keep an eye on ceramics.org.uk for details of Ceramic Art London 2017 in the near future.

Ben Boswell is a photographer working on a special long-term series of projects documenting potters and their work.
Discover more at benboswell.co.uk, and find the full range of his CAL photographs over on Facebook.

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Ceramic Art London 2016 from Ceramic Review on Vimeo.

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