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Annual Gardner Medwin Lecture given by Walter Keeler

Walter Keeler Solo / Saturday 1st October 2016 – Saturday 12th November 2016
Bluecoat Display Centre are delighted to present a solo exhibition of ceramics by the acclaimed potter Walter Keeler.

Potter Walter Keeler has been working in clay for over forty years and during that time his work has ranged from stoneware and raku to earthenware. His forms are equally various, with an early interest in sculptural pieces gradually being replaced by strictly functional pots. His functional pots are rarely straightforward and many have a strong ornamental element with often witty, unexpected details. They bridge the gap between practical domestic pottery and fine-art orientated ceramics – they are beautifully made studio pottery pieces but with highly innovative and contemporary forms.

‘The pottery tradition is at the heart of all my work. Pottery for use has been central to all settled human communities. Seldom merely functional, it has been a vehicle for expression and the fulfilment of a delight in the pleasure of handling a sensual and incredibly versatile material; the useful bound up with the intellect and the imagination.

I discovered pottery as a boy, becoming intimate with fragments of ancient pots picked up on the beaches of the Thames in London. They infiltrated my mind and my senses, giving me an insight to the syntax of thrown pottery; a sense of what is authentic, which I only fully understood as I gained experience in the craft.

So my work is informed by my passion for pots from the past, but also by making and firing, and the world and times in which I live. Sometimes I make simple useful things like mugs or jugs, on other occasions my work is less straightforward, making demands, even challenging the user to negotiate with an unexpected pot to do an ordinary job. I hope my pottery brings with its seriousness, some humour and sensual pleasure’ – Walter Keeler

Alison Kinnaird’s Solo exhibition press coverage

Alison Kinnaird’s Solo exhibition was recently featured on Liverpool TV channel, Bay TV.

(The exhibition continues ’til 3rd October 2015.)

We are delighted to show the work of the internationally renowned glass engraver Alison Kinnaird MBE here for the first time.

“Glass is a seductively beautiful medium. It has a more versatile nature than any other material. It can be made to resemble stone, water or metal, ceramic, gems or textiles. It can be solid or liquid, transparent or obscure, smooth or textured, heavy or apparently weightless. But it is in partnership with light that glass comes alive. It is then glowing and brilliant, reflective and refractive.” – Alison Kinnaird

Entry is Free!

For further details about Alison’s exhibition or works please call Bluecoat Display Centre on 0151 709 4014.

*Special thanks to Gaelle and the team at Bay TV.



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We host a programme of regular trips plus artist-led talks & workshops. £500 will sponsor a young person to attend every artist-led workshop in our annual programme. For details please call Bluecoat Display Centre 0151 709 4014 or email crafts@bluecoatdisplaycentre.com.

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Peter’s illustrated talk coincided with his solo exhibition at Bluecoat Display Centre, celebrating 35 years of the London Glassblowing Studio which he founded.

Peter Layton is one of the world’s most widely respected glass artists and he has done more to promote glassmaking as an art form than anyone else in Europe. He has influenced, encouraged and nurtured several of the UK’s leading glassmakers and has inspired many more internationally. At the age of 75, Peter remains extremely active in his field and is regarded as the ‘grand old man of glass’.

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