A FINE LINE – at Cambridge Contemporary Art

A fine Line – an exhibition of contemporary British ceramics

Curated by Katharina Klug in cooperation with the Cambridge Contemporary Art

Sue Mundy  11 March – 2 April 2017

 

I make ceramic work, but I also admire, study and collect pottery by other makers – therefore curating (or to organise) an exhibition was a goal of mine for some time.

As a professional artist, it is important to have a good relationship with galleries. And with CCA I felt I could make a suggestion for a show on making pottery the focus.

Jeremy Nichols

The team loved the idea and asked me if I would be interested in putting it together. Over the last 6 years, I met many makers or saw their work. And to have the opportunity to select work for a display is just very exciting.

It is a mixture of established and up and coming makers. I set a loose theme “Fine Line” My work is heavily inspired by lines. And I think pottery is all about lines, whether it is on the surface, the shape. I picked most makers particular for their interpretation on lines. The exhibition will also have talks and demonstrations alongside to give deeper inside into the making and the thought process behind it. Often ceramic is shown in art galleries to a compliment paintings or print, with this I wanted to shine a light on the art of making vessels.

Please come and visit to see the work but also for the many talks and demos we have lined up for you.

Fine Line advert design

List of participating artists:

Alison Graham
Barry Stedman
Carina Ciscato 
Charlotte Jones 
Chris Keenan 
Jane Cairns
Jeremy Nichols
Jill Shaddock
Jo Davies
Joanna Howells
Karen Bunting
Lara Scobie
Louisa Taylor
Moyra Stewart
Rhian Malin 
Sue Mundy
Jin Eui Kim

Geknetetes Wissen

Die Sprache der Keramik

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Production Kunsthaus Graz – Curated by Peter Pakesch

Ever so often I am visiting my folks in Austria – to keep the family connection, but also to have a break from work. I didn’t plan to do anything regarding pottery or ceramics. But the first thing my mother hands to me after my arrival is a German translation of “Die weisse Strasse” by Edmund du Waal. She heard about it and thought I might know him as he is English. I myself was thinking about reading it but had it earmarked for a less busy time.

 

After the first chapter starting the porcelain journey on paper, I saw a post by Ceramic Review about an exhibition on ceramic in Graz. Of all the places – this incredible exciting show has been placed right in my birth town. Despite my days off I had to go and see it of course!

 

 

 

Graz is the second largest city in Austria – a truly beautiful city, quaint and lively at the same time. Placed around a hill with a clocktower in the centre which you can climb and get a 360 view of the country. In the 15 Century Graz was occupied by Turkish troupes and the best thing that came out of this was coffee. Austrian’s are obsessed by a good cup of coffee, way before Starbucks and costa started this trend.

Anyway – I really just wanted to talk about this exhibition I stumbled upon by chance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEKNETETES WISSEN or KNEADED KNOWLAGE

Pablo Picasso

First I have to start with the room/ or location. In 2003 Graz was European Capital of Culture and as part of this the Kunsthaus was build. A futuristic design call the “Friendly Alien” or Blue bubble reminds me of a macrobiotic organism. The architecture of the building and its interior has a significant effect on the exhibition. I have seen other exhibits there before and so I have seen the dark room with its rounded walls and window holes before. With this exhibition the darkness lets the focused light point out specific exhibits and areas. Also the lack of light gives it this amazing atmosphere.

 

Edmund de Waal
Ai Weiwei

 

Edmund de Waal

 

Ai Weiwei – one of the most contemporary influential Artists and Edmund du Waal famous writer and potter have put together this exhibtion to show their view on ceramics. It’s not a particular chronology of all pottery there was, but their own personal choices of what they found inspirational, important or interesting to their work.  All these pieces are reference pieces surrounding their work.

Early piece by Lucie Rie

The room starts with ancient/historic pieces that are shown in traditional cases. I think it is paying respects to the beginnings of the craft. Funny personal detail: When studying in Germany we were given a project to pick an historic piece out of any book in the library. To try to reproduce it – study the shape, throw it and develop a glaze that would get as close as possible plus any decorating elements all to scale. And back in 1998 I picked a similar box shown in the second cabinet. (Song-Dynasty. 11th Century) I think it shows that the history of the craft inspires and informs all of us.

My favourite part is the fact that the biggest, most dominate piece is hard to spot and blends into the room. It took me some time to understand de Waals work and even Ai Weiweis. This exhibition helps with understanding the concept of craft becoming art. And that using clay is just like choosing paint to explain and display ideas.

 

Visit Austria, try to have a good cup of coffee and catch this exhibition!

Works by Ai Weiwei, Edmund de Waal, Lynda Benglis, Alison Britton, Hans Coper, Lucio Fontana, Asger Jorn, Kasimir Malewitsch, Fausto Melotti, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, Pablo Picasso, Lucie Rie, Marit Tingleff, Peter Voulkos