AboutAlison Britton has returned to making pots after a year of working on her book, Seeing Things, Collected Writing on Art, Craft and Design. (Occasional Papers, 2013.)
Picking up the threads in the studio she has resolved to work with a basic simplicity, making a series of tall jars, painted white and black over the buff clay body. Her casual mode of slab building, the balanced irregularity of planes, columns, cut off cones, and facets, is still in play. Pouring slip, a loosely controlled process, continues to be important, as well as working with a brush. The pours run over the tall vertical planes and make their own shapes, which Britton responds to with brush marks and incisions.
The show brings together these new pots and Jim Partridge's newest vessels, many of them also featuring irregular planes and black and white surfaces but in his case created by scorching and bleaching carved wood. Also included in the show will be one or two larger pieces of carved and scorched furniture by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley.
The exhibition, then, is a conversation about the forms that emerge from Britton's and Partidge's experience of knowing and working their materials over decades. Perhaps here, through the use of the monochrome palette of burnt and bleached wood, and white and black slip, they are also accentuating the discourse of wood and clay.