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b stedman 2b stedman 2 detailb stedman 1b stedman 3We are showcasing a new maker, Barry Stedman, alongside our current exhibition with painter Kumar Saraff.

Barry makes slab-built or hand thrown and altered pieces using stunning, vibrant colours and strong mark making.

‘My ceramics are influenced by the drawings that I make in places that I find interesting and inspiring. I like to explore exciting relationships between colour, texture and form, motivated by light and atmosphere. I work with strong, simple forms often in series exploring a particular theme thrown up by a place, a drawing or a memory. I try to make the work feel fresh, spontaneous and full of energy. I usually work with red earthenware clay, painted, scratched and marked with coloured slips, stains and oxides.’

Barry studied ceramics at the University of Westminster and has been a studio assistant to Edmund de Waal since graduating. He is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts. He has shown his work extensively and is a regular exhibitor at Ceramic Art London (RCA), Earth & Fire (Rufford) and Art in Clay (Hatfield House).

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New slipware by Dylan Bowen

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Decorated hand-thrown earthenware by Daniel Wright

Our spring show has opened, here are a few highlights…

New artists include Daniel Wright with a cupboard full of decorated white slipped earthenware in the kitchen (see image). Alongside Daniel is a familiar maker, Dylan Bowen. A firm favourite of ours over many years, Dylan is now a well known, established figure in the world of contemporary ceramics.

Another new artist, printmaker and painter, Henrietta Corbett,is showing carborundum prints and her new small exquisite acrylic on perspex paintings.

We have a stunning collection of large botanical studies in watercolour and graphite by regular artist, Cornelia O’Donovan.

See more on our current exhibition page

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Hand-made crackers. Kits available – add your gift and embellish.

We are open on Sunday 8th December from 10am-4pm to celebrate the Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair.

Stock up on all your Christmas foods – fresh and cured meats, cheeses and chocolates, cakes and desserts, wines, liqueurs and more… from over 90 producers.

Come and visit our festive display in the market hall. A table decked with hedgerow gathered berries, twigs and branches; gilded walnuts and leaves threaded with gold; unique hand-made crackers; delicious Christmas delights and exquisite ceramics by contemporary makers. Personalise your festivities…

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Clementina van der Walt – earthenware ceramics

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Matt Caines – a cupboard full of shed antler carvings

Summer is here and so is our annual garden inspired mixed show. Painters, printmakers, sculptors, jewellers and ceramic artists have all contributed to make this year’s  ‘Artist in the Garden’ a colourful, lush and verdant mix of art.

Ceramics by Clementina van der Walt – Newly arrived from Cape Town, piles of cream plates and earthy bowls interspersed with vermillion and indian yellow.

A cupboard full of exquisite sculptures by Matt Caines, carved from shed antler and inspired by traditional Inuit carving. Last year Matt spent 6 weeks on a scholarship in Yellowknife, Northern Canada, learning traditional carving techniques. New collection of slipware platters and vessels by regular artist, Dylan Bowen.     Read More

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Kumar SaraffMountain – oil on canvas 91 x 122cm

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Kumar SaraffMountains Studies – watercolours 13 x 17cm

Come and see a roomful of glorious local landscapes by Kumar Saraff. Kumar studied painting at the Royal Academy Schools, where he won several awards and prizes, including the David Murray travel scholarship for landscape painting and a silver medal for excellence in painting.

You can also see new displays by some of our regular artists. Stunning new handmade, hand stitched jewellery by Amanda Caines, watercolours by Steve Brockett and slip-decorated earthenware by Dylan Bowen.

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Elizabeth Barnett – Town I & Town II  – acrylic on canvas

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Elizabeth Barnett – Setting Sail & Book of Noxious Weeds – acrylic on canvas

Our next exhibition has just opened…

Everything Familiar Up Close A chance to see work by Australian illustrator, printmaker and textile artist, Elizabeth Barnett.

Showing alongside are decorative handbuilt ceramics by Kilkenny Workshop maker, Andrew Ludick

…& coming very soon, a brand new collection of hand-made jewellery by one of our regular artists, Amanda Caines.

Visit our exhibition page for more details…

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Yours and Mine – acrylic on canvas

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Book of Medicinal Weeds – acylic on canvas, Jugs & small vase by Andrew Ludick

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A Morning Cup of Tea with Baby – acrylic on linen

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The Gardener and the Architect  & You and Me – acrylic on linen

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Handmade textile & vintage button card by Jessie Chorley. Earthenware beaker & beech leaf side plate by James Burnett-Stuart

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Ceramics by James Burnett-Stuart. Lino block print & watercolour by Robert Macdonald, our current exhibition

A Mother’s love is…

…special, nurturing, enduring, brave, fearless, supportive and protective – a guiding light.

A cupboard full of domestic ceramics by James Burnett-Stuart

‘I like the way pots enter our lives stealthily, benignly, and exert their quiet influence.  As companions, offering beauty, comfort, practical service, sensuous experience all in a modest almost subliminal way.  This is the beauty of pottery – that it lives side by side with us not calling for attention, and not provoking self-consciousness. But allowing, as it were by slow release, discoveries of depth and detail.

This is why I would always make mugs, cups, drinking vessels generally.  Of all pots the cup is the one we have the most intimate relation with.  We raise it to our lips, we cradle it, we wash it, several times a day.  We have favourites.  We cast our eye over their shelved ranks.  We select or reject them according to our mood or according to some inward inclination we are hardly aware of.’