John Ward – Online Exhibition 9 – 17 December 2021

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John Ward – Online Exhibition 9 – 17 December 2021

09 December 2021

John Ward – Online Exhibition 9 – 17 December 2021

Erskine, Hall & Coe are pleased to present an online-only exhibition of ten exquisite works by acclaimed British artist, John Ward.

Born in London in 1938, Ward studied ceramics under Hans Coper and Lucie Rie at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London.  He established his first workshop in London in 1971 and spent several years working as a part-time potter and teacher.  Following his move to Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1979, he focused entirely on making ceramics.

Ward’s pots draw their greatest influences from ancient and modern sources, including early Cypriot and Persian bowls, and Chinese and Egyptian pre-glaze pottery, along with the work of Coper, Rie and Ian Godfrey.  They are distinguished for their understated yet sometimes complex structures often embellished with abstract and geometric patterns.  Ward has said, “my aim is to make pots which have simple forms with integral decoration and aspects which can interact with the environment in interesting ways; to try and express a balance between these dynamic qualities and a sense of stillness or containment.”

The beauty of the Welsh coastal landscape that surrounds Ward is echoed in his ceramics, intrinsic to their aesthetic identity.  “Being near the sea has probably had an effect on the banded decoration I use, either reflecting the movement of water and waves or the dips and folds of the strata revealed in cliff faces.”

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Museum of Design in Zurich are among the public collections that represent his work.

“There is something compelling about the making of pots, regardless of function, which keeps me within the particular sphere; they are the focus of many interests and associations.”

All quotes by John Ward

Erskine, Hall & Coe
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Tel: 0207 491 1706

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Jennifer Lee: Ten Pots 6 – 29 October 2021

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Jennifer Lee: Ten Pots 6 – 29 October 2021

05 October 2021

Jennifer Lee: Ten Pots 6 – 29 October 2021

Erskine, Hall & Coe are delighted to announce a forthcoming exhibition of work by Jennifer Lee.

The main focus of the exhibition will be ten outstanding, new hand-built vessels and bowls for which Lee is internationally famous. It will also include seven thrown pots, made in Japan and London, accompanied by a number of drawings.

It has been a remarkable five years for Lee since her last exhibition of new work at Erskine, Hall & Coe in 2016. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge held a highly acclaimed solo exhibition in 2019, Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space. This was her first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery since 1994. She concurrently curated a display in the nearby Fitzwilliam Museum, Jennifer Lee: A personal selection.

Lee was a guest artist in residence at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan in 2018, and in Mashiko, Japan the following year. In Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year 2021 Honours List, Lee was awarded an OBE, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to ceramics.

In 2018, she was the recipient of the LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize. Announcing Lee as the winner, Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, stated “Jennifer Lee for me is a landmark in form.”

The roots of Lee’s hand-building process lie in ancient methods of pinching and coiling. Her vessels are distinguished by her unique colouring method of mixing mineral oxides into the clay before making. In 2019, Erskine, Hall & Coe held an exhibition of her works dating from 1990 to 2011, with vessels from this exhibition entering the collections of the Hepworth Wakefield and the National Museum of Wales.

Currently fifty international public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The British Museum in London, the National Museum in Stockholm and The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Shigaraki, have work by Lee in their permanent collections.

A catalogue accompanying our exhibition will include an essay by Robin Vousden.

Erskine, Hall & Coe
15, The Royal Arcade
W1S 4SP
Tel: 0207 491 1706

www.erskinehallcoe.com

Lucie Rie & Gertrud Vasegaard 1 – 23 September 2021

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Lucie Rie & Gertrud Vasegaard 1 – 23 September 2021

06 September 2021

Lucie Rie & Gertrud Vasegaard 1 – 23 September 2021

Erskine, Hall & Coe are delighted to present Lucie Rie & Gertrud Vasegaard, an exhibition of works by two of the great 20th century artists working in clay.

“A ceramic bowl can constitute an optical and physical praise of the world – a homage to the heart of existence. One bowl by Rie or Vasegaard can express more than it means, as if it were the sum of all bowls.” — Professor Henning Jørgensen

Born in Vienna in 1902, Lucie Rie escaped to London as a refugee and established her own studio in Albion Mews in the late 1930s.  Renowned for her delicate and simple, yet elegant vases and bowls, she became one of Britain’s greatest modern potters and the recipient of many awards for her outstanding achievements in ceramics.

Gertrud Vasegaard was born in Rønne on the Danish island of Bornholm in 1913.  Having been brought up in a family of potters, she and her sister, Lisbeth Hjorth (Munch-Petersen) were the first producers of studio ceramics in Denmark.  Vasegaard used a soothing palette of glazes on her works, which are distinguished by their unique combination of simplicity and richness.  Recognised for her contribution to ceramics, Vasegaard is included in the Danish cultural canon and represented by a number of international public collections.

Bringing together over thirty works by Rie and Vasegaard, this exhibition offers a unique opportunity to admire the styles that have had an enduring influence on British and Danish ceramic art.  Jørgensen wrote that “when viewing the work of these two modern artists, we encounter the warmth of fired earth and a simple philosophy behind it: that of love and beauty.”

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition features an essay written by Jørgensen, an art critic and art historian based in Denmark, and author of the definitive monograph on Gertrud Vasegaard published in 2011.  We are grateful for his generous help in making this exhibition possible.

Erskine, Hall & Coe
15, The Royal Arcade
W1S 4SP
Tel: 0207 491 1706

www.erskinehallcoe.com

Gordon Baldwin Online Exhibition 6th – 13th July 2021

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Gordon Baldwin Online Exhibition 6th – 13th July 2021

06 July 2021

Gordon Baldwin Online Exhibition 6th – 13th July 2021

Erskine, Hall & Coe are delighted to present an online exhibition of four sculptures by Gordon Baldwin.

Baldwin (b. 1932) is an important British sculptor and ceramicist who has been active since the 1950s. These four works were made between the late 1970s and the 1990s. Although they were created at different times throughout Baldwin’s career, visually they are quite harmonic. He often revisited central concepts or themes in his work, once writing

“The events that happen in the studio seem very distant at times. I coax and allow them to develop. There may be disappointments. I get very anxious. The best ones for me spread out from themselves.”

Erskine, Hall & Coe
15, The Royal Arcade
W1S 4SP
Tel: 0207 491 1706

www.erskinehallcoe.com