Contemporary Ceramics

Contemporary Ceramics Contemporary Ceramics is the leading gallery for British studio ceramics.
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Contemporary Ceramics Centre is a retail gallery showcasing the best of British studio ceramics. Situated opposite the British Museum, the gallery has an annual exhibition program featuring national and international artists. With a regularly changing display, it is always possible to see and buy a wide range of work from functional tableware to individual collector's pieces.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Karen Bunting on Wednesday 27th March 2024. We send our sincere c...
05/04/2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Karen Bunting on Wednesday 27th March 2024. We send our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to Karen’s family and friends.

Karen first began her journey with clay during the 1970s whilst working as a computer programmer. Realising her true vocation, and mainly self-taught, Karen worked briefly as a production potter in Yorkshire before moving back to London, and in 1977 setting up her first studio in Hackney, East London.

Drawn to a particular quality of stillness and sobriety found in ceramics, Karen aimed to make quiet and contemplative pieces, functional pots that revealed their qualities over time, through use and with handling.

Karen has been a member of the Craft Potters Association for many years. She was elected to join its governing council in 2009 and a year later became its chair, serving from 2010 to 2014. The Association awarded Karen an Honorary Fellowship in 2020. As an active member of the wider ceramic community, Karen was on the organising committee for Ceramics in the City, as well as being a trustee of Clay College - a training school in Stoke-on-Trent dedicated to educating new generations of potters.

Karen is survived by her husband Peter, daughter Lola, and son Johnny.

Karen Bunting 1949 – 2024.

Read more about Karen in her own words in this Ceramic Review article written in 2011. https://buff.ly/49plNrt

OPEN NOW | MATTHEW CHAMBERSThursday 28th March - Saturday 27th April 2024Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell St, WC1...
28/03/2024

OPEN NOW | MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Thursday 28th March - Saturday 27th April 2024
Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell St, WC1B 3BF

Matthew Chambers’ meticulously constructed forms draw inspiration from geometric and optical art, constructivist themes, modern architecture and design. These interests are pursued in an abstract sense, by exploring shape and making mathematically constructed pieces in clay, each built up of many different wheel‑thrown sections.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITION | MATTHEW CHAMBERSThursday 28th March - Saturday 27th April 2024Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russ...
27/03/2024

UPCOMING EXHIBITION | MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Thursday 28th March - Saturday 27th April 2024
Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell St, WC1B 3BF

Join us tonight at the preview evening for our new exhibition, Matthew Chambers.

"I am interested in the progression of pattern and how it can evoke different feelings depending on the structure, position, and flow."

Join us at Contemporary Ceramics tonight, Wednesday 27th March, 6 - 8pm for the exhibition preview. This is an exciting opportunity to take an early look at the works on display and to meet the artist.

Discover more here https://buff.ly/3PxTRe0

UPCOMING EXHIBITION | MATTHEW CHAMBERSThursday 28th March - Saturday 27th April 2024Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russ...
26/03/2024

UPCOMING EXHIBITION | MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Thursday 28th March - Saturday 27th April 2024
Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell St, WC1B 3BF

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening at the preview for our upcoming exhibition, Matthew Chambers.

Join us at Contemporary Ceramics, this Wednesday 27th March, 6 - 8pm for the exhibition preview. This is an exciting opportunity to take an early look at the works on display and to meet the artist.

"My sculpture is born from the potter’s wheel. Each piece is constructed of many sections thrown and built to create a sculpture of complex individual beauty, with rhythm and symmetry in each form."

Discover more here https://buff.ly/3PxTRe0

UPCOMING EXHIBITION | MATTHEW CHAMBERSThursday 28th March - Saturday 27th April 2024 Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Rus...
25/03/2024

UPCOMING EXHIBITION | MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Thursday 28th March - Saturday 27th April 2024
Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell St, WC1B 3BF

Preparations are underway for our upcoming exhibition with Matthew Chambers, whose
meticulously constructed forms draw inspiration from geometric and optical art, constructivist themes, modern architecture and design.

Join us at Contemporary Ceramics, on Wednesday 27th March, 6 - 8pm for the exhibition preview. This is an exciting opportunity to take an early look at the works on display and to meet the artist.

Discover more here https://buff.ly/3PxTRe0

INTRODUCING | EMILY STUBBSA balance between colour, form and texture.Through her work, Emily Stubbs explores relationshi...
22/03/2024

INTRODUCING | EMILY STUBBS
A balance between colour, form and texture.

Through her work, Emily Stubbs explores relationships between colour, form, and texture. Each vessel focuses on a colour. Emily works with intuitive brush strokes and mark-making to lead the eye of the viewer around each piece. Textures, patterns and shapes taken from wallpaper and clothing evoke feelings of nostalgia, while bold colour, strong line, and intuitive mark-making, tell snippets of a story.

Newly on display , 63 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BF.

When pared-back forms meet cool, quiet whites.Paul Philp has been making ceramics for over fifty years. Uniting refined ...
21/03/2024

When pared-back forms meet cool, quiet whites.

Paul Philp has been making ceramics for over fifty years. Uniting refined classic forms with highly tactile surfaces Paul creates pieces of strong individual identity. Recalling ancient artefacts and geological textures, his work evokes a feeling of serenity.

Visit us at 63 Great Russell Street to discover new work on display. Follow the link to shop the new collection https://buff.ly/3Pq4uzC

INTRODUCING | JANE SEYMOURInspired by bird-life and the human form.Jane Seymour makes slab-built bowls and forms, with s...
20/03/2024

INTRODUCING | JANE SEYMOUR
Inspired by bird-life and the human form.

Jane Seymour makes slab-built bowls and forms, with surface decoration inspired by her interest in birdlife and the human form, working from her studies and life drawings. She draws and engraves directly onto the surface of the unfired clay, applying layers of oxides and stains which are re-applied between firings.

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Visit us in person at 63 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BF

FINAL WEEK | JAMES AND TILLA WATERSUntil Saturday 23rd March.Running until Saturday 23rd March 2024, at 63 Great Russell...
19/03/2024

FINAL WEEK | JAMES AND TILLA WATERS
Until Saturday 23rd March.

Running until Saturday 23rd March 2024, at 63 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BF, "The work of James and Tilla Waters is a symbol of true partnership. Their work is evidence of a practice informed by a brilliant blend of art, design and craft, with their quiet yet strong pieces standing as a true reflection of the people that create them" Jessica Browne

Read about this creative partnership in the current issue of #326

Follow the link to shop the collection https://buff.ly/48hINIA

When handmade ceramics are a joy to use. James and Tilla Waters combine function and beauty, turning the everyday cup of...
15/03/2024

When handmade ceramics are a joy to use.

James and Tilla Waters combine function and beauty, turning the everyday cup of tea into a moment of pleasure.

We have new additions to their current exhibition. Follow the link https://buff.ly/48hINIA to discover new work from

Visit us in person at 63 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BF

Inspired by spring blossoms, we've curated a selection of colourful vessels from our collection at Contemporary Ceramics...
14/03/2024

Inspired by spring blossoms, we've curated a selection of colourful vessels from our collection at Contemporary Ceramics

Pretty pink and lively lemon cup by Lesley McShea

“Clay attracts and applies a form of therapy, compelling people to caress it. It drives a compulsion that seems to form a sort of addiction; Mother Earth the healer.” Lesley McShea

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Visit us in person at 63 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BF

Inspired by spring blossoms, we've curated a selection of colourful vessels from our collection at Contemporary Ceramics...
13/03/2024

Inspired by spring blossoms, we've curated a selection of colourful vessels from our collection at Contemporary Ceramics

Fresh orange and graceful green from Rachel Foxwell

“Although my pieces appear subtle on first appearance within the composition, there is a range of colour contrasts and modulations to be found.”

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Visit us in person at 63 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BF

Inspired by spring blossoms, we've curated a selection of colourful vessels from our collection at Contemporary Ceramics...
12/03/2024

Inspired by spring blossoms, we've curated a selection of colourful vessels from our collection at Contemporary Ceramics

Elegant vase for a beautiful blossom display by Penny Fowler

“I do not see my work as primarily functional, rather than as pieces in their own right which enhance the interior in which they are placed and as pieces in which form and decoration become fused.” Penny Fowler

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Visit us in person at 63 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BF

Inspired by spring blossoms, we've curated a selection of colourful vessels from our collection at Contemporary Ceramics...
11/03/2024

Inspired by spring blossoms, we've curated a selection of colourful vessels from our collection at Contemporary Ceramics.

Enchanting trees with fresh leaves and blossoms by Carol Sinclair

“I love experimenting with clay and my making process is a way to work through my ideas and communicate my thoughts. I believe that hand making is an ancient and fundamental human activity that can transcend cultural divides. Hand crafted objects express our identity, while the process of making can enhance our health and well-being.” Carol Sinclair

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Celebrating   2024 with the inspiring work of Gabriele Koch."There was perhaps a meeting of the ancient and the modern, ...
08/03/2024

Celebrating 2024 with the inspiring work of Gabriele Koch.

"There was perhaps a meeting of the ancient and the modern, the rural and the urban that led me to the making of simple forms, trying to integrate balance and tension, stillness and movement, expansion and the containment of volume, precision and spontaneity. Central to my work is the concept of the vessel, hoping to create associations with sharing, ritual and celebration, reminders of our humanity, our history and connection with nature." Gabriele Koch

Gabriele Koch
Work in Progress
Thursday 27th June - Saturday 20th July 2024
At Contemporary Ceramics

Introducing Lesley McShea.Born in Lancashire and now based in London, Lesley McShea discovered ceramics at an early age....
06/03/2024

Introducing Lesley McShea.

Born in Lancashire and now based in London, Lesley McShea discovered ceramics at an early age. When living in Australia, and first studying ceramics, the textures and colours of the landscape and terrain made a great impact, which is carried through to her work today.

Lesley's wheel-thrown jugs are decorated with bright glaze colours that contrast with the bare clay, and are inspired the vivid and rugged terrain of a formative period of Lesley’s life in Australia. The decorative details are picked out with stain and reference ancient artefacts, period garden ornamentation and architecture.

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Introducing Annabel Faraday.Since moving from London to the Sussex coast, Annabel's work has shifted in focus from inner...
04/03/2024

Introducing Annabel Faraday.

Since moving from London to the Sussex coast, Annabel's work has shifted in focus from inner cityscape imagery to the riches of the tide line, discarded objects and eroding flotsam,

The influence of the Sussex shoreline is reflected in this hand-built sculptural bottlhe, which is constructed with black stoneware clay, and fired nails and rust.

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New work from Björk Haraldsdóttir.With a background in architecture, Björk’s ceramic practice is influenced by her train...
03/03/2024

New work from Björk Haraldsdóttir.

With a background in architecture, Björk’s ceramic practice is influenced by her training and profession. Yet the references to natural forms seen in her ceramics reflect her upbringing in Iceland and her exposure to extraordinary occurences in nature. Björk sees her work as a conversation between the pseudo-perfection of geometric pattern and the tactile impurity of hand-manipulated clay.

Image: Spákona II #3
This sculptural vessel is hand-built in white stoneware clay. Hand-carved patterns in black slip are ‘draped’ over bold forms, suggesting the monochromatic landscape of Iceland in winter. It features silk thread and a piece of lava.

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Heading to Collect Art Fair today, organised by Crafts Council UK? Contemporary Ceramics is a short bus ride away, oppos...
02/03/2024

Heading to Collect Art Fair today, organised by Crafts Council UK?

Contemporary Ceramics is a short bus ride away, opposite the British Museum.

Visit us at 63 Great Russell Street to discover our recently opened exhibition, James and Tilla Waters and explore the inspirational range of ceramics on display.

Images: Exhibition details James and Tilla Waters

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Open now | James and Tilla Waters. "Their work is deeply rooted in functionality, which can be seen in the way they name...
29/02/2024

Open now | James and Tilla Waters.

"Their work is deeply rooted in functionality, which can be seen in the way they name their work; 'bowl', 'vase', 'beaker', with the design and aesthetic enhancing the beautiful subtlety of their form" Jessica Browne #326

Follow the link https://buff.ly/48hINIA to shop the exhibition.

James and Tilla Waters
Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell St, W1C 3BF
Until Saturday 23rd March 2024.

Join us tonight at the preview evening for our new exhibition, James and Tilla Waters.James and Tilla Waters’ pots emerg...
28/02/2024

Join us tonight at the preview evening for our new exhibition, James and Tilla Waters.

James and Tilla Waters’ pots emerge from a long tradition of domestic ware whilst being conceived in increasingly aesthetic terms. Classic clean lines and balanced proportions accentuate considerations of functionality - these are beautiful objects to hold and to use!

Join us at Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell St, W1C 3BF, between 6 - 8pm for the exhibition preview. This is an exciting opportunity to take an early look at the works on display and to meet the artists.

After the preview the show runs until Saturday 23rd March 2024.

Exhibition pieces will be available online from Thursday 29th February 2024.

Discover more here https://buff.ly/48hINIA

The countdown is on...We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening at the preview for our upcoming exhibition, ...
27/02/2024

The countdown is on...

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening at the preview for our upcoming exhibition, James and Tilla Waters.

Join us at Contemporary Ceramics, this Wednesday, February 28th 6 - 8pm for the exhibition preview. This is an exciting opportunity to take an early look at the works on display and to meet the artists.

After the preview the show runs until Saturday 23rd March 2024.

Exhibition pieces will be available online from Thursday 29th February 2024.

Discover more here https://buff.ly/48hINIA

Contemporary Ceramics is thrilled to invite you to the Preview Evening for our upcoming exhibition, James and Tilla Wate...
26/02/2024

Contemporary Ceramics is thrilled to invite you to the Preview Evening for our upcoming exhibition, James and Tilla Waters.

We've had an exciting day exploring groupings and colour combinations...

Join us this Wednesday 28th February between 6 - 8pm at Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell Street, London for the exhibition preview. This is an exciting opportunity to take an early look at the works on display and to meet the artists.

Discover more here https://buff.ly/48hINIA

Sunday read."The work of James and Tilla Waters is a symbol of true partnership. Their work is evidence of a practice in...
25/02/2024

Sunday read.

"The work of James and Tilla Waters is a symbol of true partnership. Their work is evidence of a practice informed by a brilliant blend of art, design and craft, with their quiet yet strong pieces standing as a true reflection of the people that create them" Jessica Browne #326

Closing today | New Members of The Craft Potters AssociationWe say a fond farewell to our current exhibition New Members...
24/02/2024

Closing today | New Members of The Craft Potters Association

We say a fond farewell to our current exhibition New Members of The Craft Potters Association which showcases sixteen artists who demonstrate the diversity of working with clay.

Visit us at 63 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3BF and discover new work from: Peter Black, Katie Braida, Anthony Dix, Ant & Di Edmonds, Barbara Gittings, Diane Griffin, Robyn Hardyman, Kerry Hastings, Lise Herud Braten, Emma Lacey, Sue Mundy, Simon Olley, Laura Plant, Jane Sheppard, Elly Wall and Yusun Won

The exhibition closes at 6pm.

Follow the link https://buff.ly/3U6EfBc to shop the exhibition.

22/02/2024

CLOSING THIS WEEK | NEW MEMBERS OF THE CRAFT POTTERS ASSOCIATION
Until Saturday 24th February.

Running until Saturday 24th February 2024, at 63 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BF, this exhibition showcases sixteen artists who demonstrate the diversity of working with clay.

Shop the exhibition here https://buff.ly/3U6EfBc

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