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Art in the Frame > Ceramics
JERSEY, AN EXCITING ALTERNATIVE TO STOKE ON TRENT
(WEEKEND TELEGRAPH SATURDAY MAY 21ST 2005)

Whilst on a whirlwind visit to Jersey Naomi Cleaver, Weekend Telegraph journalist, noted the variety and diversity of ceramic work being produced on the island of Jersey.

The Jersey Pottery, a family run business for many decades has extended its range of ceramics and also its shops, restaurant and beautiful gardens.

Bouchet Agateware on the North West of the Island produces unique pieces of marbled pottery using a secret technique.

Ms Cleaver on returning to the airport discovered The Harbour Gallery, on the eve of the opening of their major exhibition Blue - where the sky meets the sea and the shore. Here she came across the very latest work of local artist Rosemary Blackmore to be seen for the first time on that day. Saucy little boats, some resembling clogs, fountains, pots and panels, piles of pebbles, all made in ceramic, show the diversity of Rosemary's artistic talents. Up until now she has been better known as a painter and textile artist.

Continuing the growth in Island made ceramics, The Harbour Gallery exhibits the work of six other potters.

Theresa Robinson, winner of the Jersey Artisan Showcase award for ceramics, is a producer of household pieces included mugs, jugs, bowls, platters, butter bells, canisters and more. More recently as her feeling for clay grows and concepts evolve, Theresa's work in hand thrown or extended stoneware, has become more whimsical and appreciable on an aesthetic level.

June Gould, with true artist's flair, produces beautiful household and decorative pieces. From the depths of the dramas, emotions and energies of our world comes clay and oxide. June combines their particles with her hands to express the emotions drawn up from the earth and the sea. Some pieces are controlled forms with simple exteriors but random interiors exploring flow in oxides effect, creating drama. With the Raku technique June has been inspired by relics of the Titanic, creating metallic bronzes and coppers on panels.

Claire Thornington, has experienced a lot of firsts recently. She has had her first exhibition in Jersey, at Artisan Showcase 2005, and came first as winner of The Jersey Tourism award for an exhibitor graduating within five years. Claire's coil built ceramic vessels, are drawn from nature and all the beautiful countries and cultures that she has experienced. Within these organic vessels Claire explores the aspects of her life and hopes to share with the viewer.

Julie Frank, is influenced by the garden, mushrooms and toadstools produced in clay appear to be shooting upwards between her rose-holder pots. These pots have a multitude of hollow tree 'Trunks' growing from a base. Each 'Trunk' holds a living rose, giving it a wonderful head of colour.

Lucy Blackmore, recent graduate, produces an amazing diversity of work, hollowed out block forms in varying sizes, suspended in a row or majestically and solidly sitting on a surface. Also delicate lace-like dishes meticulously held together by tiny rolled pieces of clay, through which the light accentuates the delicacy of the form. Finally solid little houses which can be built up into the street of your dreams, or your village or perhaps a street on a plaque to suspend from the wall. Lucy is constantly pushing the boundaries to extend her range of work.

Jennifer Belhomme, works in a different medium, slipcast porcelain. Jennifer, another recent graduate, produces small pieces. Living on a small island, she is inspired by nature, with textures that that range from glossy and pearlescent to rough and sandy, these pieces have a delicacy that only slipcast porcelain can achieve. Slight touches after casting and the movement of the glaze means that these pieces are as individual as the broken shells that inspired them.

The work of these exciting artists/craft workers can be found at The Harbour Gallery, Le Boulevard, St Aubin, Jersey. The Harbour Gallery is open 7 days a week, 10.30-5.30pm. Free entry.





Rosemary Blackmore

Theresa Robinson

June Gould

Claire Thornington

Lucy Blackmore

Jennifer Belhomme

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