Friday, April 28, 2017

Celebrating process as well as outcome - in pottery, and weaving

This morning we went to the Craft Study Centre in Farnham to visit two exhibitions.  The first of these was Leach Pottery: the sound of it.
Bernard Leach's individual pots are showcased, as well as design drawing, and production ware - and are put in a making context with a film of the potter himself working and talking.  Also there is current work from the Leach Pottery now. (The pots in the display cases also made fascinating shadows.)
It is very much an exhibition which focuses attention on the making as important as the final object.  An interactive display produces the sounds of the stages of making - sounds in the various departments, including the music playing while the potters work.

Upstairs the exhibition is on the tapestry weaving process: Artists meet their Makers.  This examines the process of making tapestries from art in other media.  The artists in this case are Henry Moore,
Underground sleepers (woven sample left, and cartoon right by weavers Penny Bush and Pat Taylor - the project went into limbo when Moore died)
Henry Moore: Underground sleepers
Rebecca Salter: Untitled 2015-32 Old Holland Neutral Tint ink on Japanese paper
The tapestry of Rebecca Salter's work, in progress (Michael Brennand-Wood's finished tapestry piece seen on left of pic., and Basil Beattie's painting and tapestry just beyond loom)
Philip Sanderson was taking a break from weaving
Woven samples, yarn choices, and ink swatches for the Salter piece.
Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings, (seen below watching the weaving process)
(image above from here)
Michael Brennand-Wood: Transformer (woven by Philip Sanderson)
(image above from here)
Philip Sanderson has a piece of his own work in the exhibition too.
Cordis Prize 2016 shortlisted tapestry: No.13 Thurst Block Shoe 
I found the exhibition interesting, informative, and inspirational.  I am not weaving, of course, but it filled me full of work enthusiasm.


  1. What a wonderful and inspiring pair of exhibitions this must have been. The pottery of Bernard Leach and then the process of responses to the work of Henry Moore, Michael Brennand-Wood and Tracey Emin in woven tapestry. Fascinating - and I've just clicked on the link to find it's still on!

    1. Margaret, the exhibitions are on for a wee while, so I hope that you manage to visit them.

  2. Wonderful exhibitions, so many delights... I am particularly taken with the Henry Moore and the Rebecca Salter. Lovely.

    1. Eirene, Henry Moore's drawings always seem to translate well in tapestry. The Salter was fascinating, and I was lucky enough to be able to talk with Philip Sanderson who was working on it in the exhibition.