Hatfield House Art in Clay 19th -21st August 2016

Art in Clay at Hatfield House

 

Friday & Saturday 10am - 5.30pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm  Celebrating 22 years of Art in Clay at Hatfield House in 2016, this show has now become one of the most important ceramic events in Europe.The makers range from young imaginative students and relative newcomers to leading National and International makers. Some of the best ideas for ceramics in interior and garden design will be on display for you to admire and buy.

 

If you appreciate the beauty of lovingly made pots and ceramics; there will be something here to inspire you. The magnificent setting of Hatfield House and it's parklands offers the opportunity to relax in the grounds during the show and spend a full day or more at this unique event.

 

Whether you are looking for something for the 'inside or outside' forget your preconceptions about 'craft fairs' and prepare to be amazed by the sheer diversity of Art in Clay.

A number of my pieces are currently exhibited at the Craft Potters Gallery, 63 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3BF  

Clare Wakefield in her studio    


Clare Wakefield works on the Kent coast and her environment and love of the sea is clearly reflected in her ceramics. To inspire her for the day ahead, whatever season, she often has an early morning sea swim. 


Clare delves into a combination of themes from nature and our world. She is drawn to water and exploring coastlines, and has to be in or on the water wherever she visits. One of her most memorable travels was to the dramatic coastlines of New Zealand. Flowing lines evoke thoughts of ever moving oceans. Further elements remind us of the creatures that call the seas their home. Birth, regeneration and the bond between mother and child are recurring themes.

Clare Wakefield Dish

 

Clare Wakefield Globe

 Another conspicuous aspect of Clare’s work is in the challenging engineering and the desire to push the clay to its limits. Many pieces are pierced to such a degree that the body is barely there. The piercings themselves play with the piece to induce the idea of movement and growth. Her use of blue, green and white glazes on a porcelain body also draw feelings of the underwater world that inspires her.

Clare Wakefield Pods

Clare’s love of ceramics started at school. She was encouraged by an enthusiastic teacher and spent free periods and other lessons she could miss in the school pottery taking her first steps exploring the medium. After school she did a foundation year, then a BTEC course at Kent Institute of Art and Design followed by a degree at Cardiff, during which time she also studied in Limoges. Through tutorials and various course projects, with tutors including Mick Casson, Alan Barrett Danes, Peter Beard and Geoff Swindell, Clare's work began to find a natural path of progression. It was at Cardiff that she felt she could really push the boundaries and explore and develop the shapes, and methods of presentation. Sea Pods were hung from high, placed in boxes, balanced on pebbles, placed inside one another.

15th - 16th May Keramiekmarkt Swalmen, Holland

On Sunday 15 and Monday, May 16th I will be one of 100 International Ceramic Artists at the fifteenth International Ceramics Fair Swalmen. This market is a leader in European ceramics area and is distinguished by the participation of pure professionals. The participating ceramists are carefully selected considering variety, quality and innovation. The organization of this biennial event is held by the Foundation for Middle Limburg Ceramics Fair, a group of professionals from the Meuse with a rich history in the field of ceramics and pottery.

 

Lovely to be part of the Valentine Clay Calendar 2016, details of how you can buy one and donate to Lisa Hammond's Adopt a Potter below. 

Valentine Clays 2016 Calendar

The Valentine Clay's annual calendar is now on sale and is made up of 6 studio potters from our Online Gallery: 

January & February - Clare Wakefield Ceramics
March & April - Katy O'Neil Ceramics
May & June - Mark Smith Ceramics
July & August - Pollie & Garry Uttley Ceramics
September & October - Tony Laverick Ceramics
November & December - Sourdust Pottery

This year each potter will have two images displaying their talented work along with a statement and quote about what they do. 

The calendar is currently being sold for £5.07 (this includes 91p postage) and for every one sold Valentine Clays will donate £1 to Lisa Hammond's Adopt a Potter.

Click here to purchase 2016 calendar or call 01782 271200.

 

2015 exhibitions and events were:

 

7th March to 18th April - Sea Nature Exhibition at The Sea Pictures Gallery, Suffolk

 

2nd and 3rd May - Clay2day Holland

 

3rd-5th July Hatfield Art in Clay.

 

16th to 19th July Art in Action, Oxfordshire

 

11th to 13th September Ceramic Art York

 

10th to 11th October Innovations in Ceramic Art - Cambridge Guild Hall

 

14th and 15th November Art in Clay Farnham

 

Please see home page for a few examples of new work that will be available. I look forward to seeing you there!


Ceramic Art York 9th - 11th September