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Diss goes to pot with first exhibition dedicated to ceramics

PUBLISHED: 11:20 21 March 2019

Works on display as part of the Ceramics exhibition at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Simon Parkin

Works on display as part of the Ceramics exhibition at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Simon Parkin

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Works by some of the finest East Anglia ceramicists, along with studio master potters, feature in the first exhibition dedicated solely to ceramics at Diss Corn Hall.

Works by some of the finest East Anglia ceramicists, along with studio master potters, feature in the Ceramics exhibition. Picture: Diss Corn HallWorks by some of the finest East Anglia ceramicists, along with studio master potters, feature in the Ceramics exhibition. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

Ceramics, which runs until the end of April, explores the breadth of pottery as an artistic medium with curious eyes and is being staged in collaboration with Diss-based designermakers21 with careful selection and expert curation.

“I want people to be inspired by the range of different styles that artists in this field use and to go away with a greater understanding of this beautiful medium,” said Janine Oxley, the exhibition co-curator.

Featuring work from ‘The Father of British Studio Pottery’ Bernard Leach and acclaimed studio potter Lucie Rie, the exhibition also showcases East Anglian based ceramicists.

Works on display as part of the Ceramics exhibition at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Simon ParkinWorks on display as part of the Ceramics exhibition at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Simon Parkin

Featured artists include Norfolk-based Ruthanne Tudnal - recently elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics – with her range of soda glazing techniques, and Sue Maufe and her intriguing quirky miniatures.

The regional focus of the work is not lost as, in a sentimental twist; the work of inspired pupils will be displayed alongside their former tutors.

Founding member of the Suffolk Craft Society, John Chipperfield is an established craftsman and tutor having taught at Ipswich School of Art, Norwich School of Art and Central St Martin’s in London. It was while teaching at Ipswich School of Art that John ‘Chip’ Chipperfield inspired Rob Wheeler who went on to develop his own craft and become associated with designermakers21.

Works by some of the finest East Anglia ceramicists, along with studio master potters, feature in the Ceramics exhibition. Picture: Diss Corn HallWorks by some of the finest East Anglia ceramicists, along with studio master potters, feature in the Ceramics exhibition. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

Mr Wheeler, an associate member of designermakers21, who is exhibiting his own work, said: “I still get a great deal of pleasure from throwing, decorating and firing pots. This has not diminished from my foundation year at Ipswich Art School with tutors John Chipperfield, Beryl Debney and Freda Sage to studying ceramics at Brighton School of Art and working in my studio today. The process is still a joy!”

Lois Thirkettle, also an associate member at designermakers21, learnt the tricks of the trade from the eminent Ray Auker; both of whom will be exhibiting work in the exhibition.

Further demystifying the world of ceramics, there is a hands-on ‘Ceramics in Action’ event on Saturday, March 23 at designermakers21. The free event gives offers a chance to meet the artists and watch them as they demonstrate their craft and talk about their techniques and influences.

Works on display as part of the Ceramics exhibition at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Simon ParkinWorks on display as part of the Ceramics exhibition at Diss Corn Hall. Picture: Simon Parkin

The Ceramics exhibition continues at Diss Corn Hall until April 27, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, admission free. More details at Diss Corn Hall

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