Tradition and Innovation: Five Decades of Harrow Ceramics

20.04.12 - 09.06.12

Private View 26th April, 6-8pm

The exhibition is a celebration of the world-renowned Harrow Studio Pottery Course, most recently known as BA Ceramics, University of Westminster, which will come to an end this summer.

Over the past 50 years around 820 individuals have received a Harrow education and the show comprises almost 60 exhibitors from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. Most of the works are recent and come not only from ex-Harrow students but also from former and current course staff.

A diversity of contemporary ceramic concerns is represented by artefacts, images and videos: functional tableware, abstract vessels, figurative sculpture, architectural ceramics and site-specific installation, as well as conceptual works in performance and video. 

The exhibition has been curated by Tessa Peters, senior lecturer in the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, and will be accompanied by an 80 page fully illustrated publication which presents a history of the Harrow Ceramics Course against a background of changing social, aesthetic and educational ideas.

The list of exhibitors includes many internationally renowned artists, such as Jane Hamlyn, Richard Slee and Edmund de Waal, as well as exciting new talents:

Functional designs by Walter Keeler, Alice Mara, Janice Tchalenko, Micki Schloessingk and Daniel Smith

Elegant thrown forms by Kyra Cane, Jane Hamlyn, Joanna Howells and Prue Venables
Abstract and experimental vessels from Alison Britton, Steve Buck, Delfina Emmanuel, Sarah Scampton, Barry Stedman and Marie Torbensdatter Hermann

Sculpture by Christie Brown, Christine Hurford, Mo Jupp, Aneta Regel Deleu and Richard Slee along with Matt Smiths subversive figurines and an installation by Lawrence Epps, winner of the Fresh Award at the 2011 British Ceramics Biennial

Site-specific installation and architectural ceramics are represented by large scale projections featuring works by Dominique Bivar Segurado, Detta Fane, Naja Utzon Popov, Benedikt Strebel, Clare Twomey and Edmund de Waal

Performance works on video come from Brigit Connolly, Philip Lee and Sylvain Thirouin

Window display by ceramic/industrial designer Caterina Fadda of FaddaSantos


Ceramics in the Expanded Field
Thurs 24 May, 4pm
is a discussion led by Clare Twomey, Research Fellow in the Ceramics Research Centre at the University of Westminster. The focus of the discussion will be on the Ceramics Research Centre AHRC funded project titled 'Ceramics in the Expanded Field', which involves Clare's work at Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, Julian Stairs' work with York St Mary's and Christie Brown's project at the Freud Museum. More information on the project can be found at:

Ceramics on Screen
Mon 28 May, 6 8pm
includes the screening of 3 short films:
Brigit Connolly's 'Host'
Sylvain Thirouin's 'Sound in Clay'
& Philip Lee's 'Body Body Clay Pane'
followed by a discussion

Tea with a Twist
Thurs 7 June, 4pm
A social gathering and an informal sharing of ideas about the use and function of ceramic tableware - for example, mugs (or other drinking vessels) and plates (or other serving and eating surfaces). Guests are invited to bring along their treasured pieces and to be prepared to tell others about them.
This convivial and enlightening event will end in an exodus to the private view of the degree show by Harrow Ceramics graduates at the Rag Factory, Heneage Street for 6pm. 

Booking is essential for these events.
Please contact the gallery on 020-7436-2344 or email

Claire Palfreyman

Alison Britton

Kyra Cane

Daniel Smith

Joanna Howells

Tessa Eastman

 Steve Buck

Christie Brown

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