The Hepsibah Gallery is delighted to welcome back Jason and Julienne Braham to the Gallery.
Far Hall Pottery
Salt Glazed Stoneware
I have been potting full-time since late 2007, after a thirty-five year career in teaching, the last twenty-five as Director of Art at Harrow School. During this period I potted during the school holidays from a studio in south Herefordshire and then from 2003 from a new studio in Radnorshire. My work is inspired by the European traditions of salt-glaze and slipware and by the revival of these pioneered by Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew in the two decades before WWII. My pots are made at the wheel and decorated as they are thrown or at “leather hard” stage. The pots for salt firing are dipped in slips made from combinations of various clays. These will be transformed into glazes by the fluxing effect of sodium vapour, released as salt is cast into the fireboxes towards the end of each kiln firing. Interior glazes are mainly based on combinations of wood ash, clay and feldspar.
In 2015 I returned, for some of my work, to the ash and “oriental” glazes with which I began in the 1970’s. For this I built a new kiln, which backs onto the flue of the well-used salt kiln. Both are of downdraft design, have packing spaces of about 25 cubic feet, and are fired on wood and oil.
Jason Braham, April 2016
Though modern lifestyles have made much of what used to be the output of a traditional pottery inessential, I still believe that good handmade pots enrich the experiences of preparing, presenting and consuming food. For “throwing potters”, even those celebrated for “one-off” pieces, bowls, cups and plates, of good form have generally been the essential basis of their work, akin to the musician’s “five finger exercises”.
Julienne Braham CV
Julienne has exhibited in numerous joint shows, including Royal Academy Summer exhibitions, and the RWA.She has regular solo shows in London, Cardiff and the Welsh Marches where she now lives.
“My paintings are essentially celebratory. I aim to seek empathy with the subject and to express the forms, dynamics and “soul” as I perceive them, with an economy of means.”
Since moving from Harrow, Middlesex, to a farm in Radnorshire, mid-Wales, my subject matter has become more pastoral, influenced by the new surroundings - the landscape, animal life and cloudy brooding skies. To balance the remote scenery of the Welsh Marches, annual trips to the Continent provide“warmer” subject matter.
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