A Flying Visit to York

Last weekend I finally managed to board the train from Kings Cross to York for a one night stayover with my family. The main missions were to visit the Lotte Inch Gallery where my work has been showing and the fairly newly opened Centre of Ceramics Art (CoCA) nearly next door to Lotte. We also managed to fall in love with York; with just so much character, history, atmosphere and brilliant shopping & restaurants too (!) making our short stay feel frustratingly rushed. We can’t wait to get back there again.

Lotte Inch Gallery was positively buzzing with visitors on the Saturday who were also enjoying the York Open Studios trail that Lotte had helped to organise with Kiosk. The gallery is warm and welcoming in a quirky, timber beamed Tudor building with beautifully curated works in the Life Stills exhibition currently showing. 

I converted some of my recent gallery sales 🙂 into a pair of lovely James and Tilla Waters ceramic beakers from the gallery and then we wandered off to pay a visit to Kiosk, on recommendation from Lotte, for a most excellent pot of tea while also picking up a small Jono Smart vessel with a Sue Pryke ceramic spoon to add to my own collection. Kiosk is a very friendly, relaxed cafe on Fossgate that also stocks very high quality British Studio Ceramics. They’ve had a tough time though and had only just reopened the week before our visit, after being submerged during the flooding of York over Christmas. 

CoCA was everything I had hoped it would be. All of my studio pottery idols were represented there including Lucy Rie, Chris Keenan, Julian Stair, Edmund de Waal, Louisa Taylor and Grayson Perry. The space itself is magnificent as is the central installation Manifest of 10,000 bowls by Clare Twomey. I do hope my photographs below help to convey at least some of that…

Preparing for Lotte Inch Gallery

It was great to take a break from the pottery wheel this week to meet Lotte from the beautiful new Lotte Inch Gallery in York. She’d been down to London to visit the London Art Fair and managed to find time to pop South of the river to visit my studio in Carshalton and see what I do.

So now I’m starting work on a new set of porcelain pieces, discussed with Lotte, and aiming to be ready for the Life Stills exhibition that will run from 16th March to 28th May 2016 in her gallery.   

The Life Stills exhibition will feature breath-taking work from York based painter Amy Rose Clyfan as well as Michael Kirkman, Alexandra Leadbeater and Becky Adams with special art-star guests Edward Burra and Ivon Hitchens!

The gallery is in an amazing location, being very central, near York Minster and right next door to the Centre of Ceramics Arts (CoCA) which is a world-class exhibition space dedicated to British studio ceramics …”the largest and amongst the most important in the UK”. I’m very pleased that Lotte has invited me to exhibit and can’t wait to visit York soon.