The Language of Clay: Part Two
Jan
13
to Nov 30

The Language of Clay: Part Two

Shifting Lines is the opening exhibition in the second series of a national touring project known as The Language of Clay. A solo exhibition by ceramic artist Justine Allison, Shifting Lines presents a new body of work that celebrates singular expertise. It also contributes to the wider dialogue about ceramic practice, its vast repertoire and accomplished practitioners.

A dynamic raw material, clay has been inventively and creatively well used across millennia and across continents. Its material qualities enable it to be used in copious ways, from filtering systems to electric insulators to serving our coffee to decorative adornment. It is a material we enjoy using, working with and having in our homes. It delivers function and can be transformed into the most breath-taking of forms.

The current resurgence in the use of clay by a host of multi-disciplined artists offers a particular context for presenting exhibitions of work by ceramic practitioners. Like many things, understanding the material and honing skills in using it will more likely render results that have greater integrity and longevity. Sometimes the enjoyment of a ceramic form will come from its touch or its use, sometimes from its appearance, sometimes from understanding how it’s made or from the idea behind it and sometimes because of how it makes us feel. Always though, it takes the hand of a maker who knows clay to interpret its qualities into ceramic that truly sings.

The three artists whose work we’ll enjoy in this series, Justine Allison, Ingrid Murphy and Kate Haywood, are specialists in ceramic practice. For each of them, clay is the primary material, one that they know fundamentally well and each work with in inimitable ways.

Balanced between functional and sculptural, Justine’s practice brings us precious porcelain vessels that capture the light. Ingrid has fun pushing the boundaries of technology in her work. Integrating ever-advancing technological resources into her ceramic forms, Ingrid uses familiar items to uncover histories and narratives. Kate creates meticulous sculptural forms. Her conceptual practice is research driven and methodical. Combined with an elegant aesthetic, the precision of her process makes her work poetic.

The Language of Clay exhibitions will be touring venues across Wales during 2017-2019. Accompanied by programmes of activity, they afford opportunities for us to further expand the consideration of ceramic practice and to meet some of our brilliant ceramic artists.

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Ruthin Craft Centre : Justine Allison 'Shifting Lines'
Apr
14
to Jul 15

Ruthin Craft Centre : Justine Allison 'Shifting Lines'

‘Justine Allison’s ceramics are skilfully made, precious to touch and a delight to the eye’. Professor Moira Vincentelli

Justine has her own language of clay. Balanced between functional and sculptural, her ceramic practice is rich and original. With a profound understanding of her materials and a honed visual aesthetic, Justine’s vessels are resolved. It is such a pleasure to have this solo show by Justine as the opening exhibition in the second series of The Language of Clay. It expands the dialogue presented through the first series and celebrates singular expertise. Ceri Jones, Exhibition Curator

The Language of Clay is a series of national touring exhibitions organised by Mission Gallery in collaboration with Ruthin Craft Centre, funded by ACW.

Exhibition takes place: Gallery 2, Ruthin Craft Centre, The Centre for the Applied Arts, Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighsire, LL15 1BB.

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Private View: Justine Allison @ Mission Gallery
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Private View: Justine Allison @ Mission Gallery

Opened by Louise Wright, Portfolio Manager, Visual & Applied Arts, the Arts Council of Wales

Gallery Talk: Justine Allison in conversation with Ceri Jones

Mission Gallery is pleased to continue its series of ceramic touring exhibitions. Following the success of part one, The Language of Clay: Part Two comprises three further solo exhibitions of work by three Wales based ceramic artists, each with a dynamically different approach to making. 

Justine Allison “I grew up, worked and lived in a busy part of London, and my work reflected that, as I drew inspiration from city life, (buildings, streets, windows, sounds). I now live and work in rural Wales, and encounter a different range of stimuli and exciting new chapters of exploration are opening up every day…”

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Shifting Lines by Justine Allison @ Mission Gallery
Jan
13
to Mar 4

Shifting Lines by Justine Allison @ Mission Gallery

Mission Gallery is pleased to continue its series of ceramic touring exhibitions. Following the success of part one, The Language of Clay: part two comprises three further solo exhibitions of work by three Wales based ceramic artists, each with a dynamically different approach to making. 

“I grew up, worked and lived in a busy part of London, and my work reflected that, as I drew inspiration from city life, buildings, streets, windows, sounds. I now live and work in rural Wales and encounter a different range of stimuli. Exciting new chapters of exploration are opening up every day…” Justine Allison.

Since leaving college in 1998, Justine Allison has been working solely with hand built porcelain, creating semi functional pieces. Her work explores the boundaries between function and form. Justine looks at objects that are used on a daily basis and creates pieces that move away from function and are more concerned with a visual aesthetic. She works with the simplicity and beauty of the clay and incorporates pattern and texture as well as glaze to create subtle, unique variations. Thinness and movement are very important in each piece. Justine is also fascinated by the transforming effect of light on the physical properties of porcelain. When a simple object is illuminated from within, subtle details become apparent and an atmosphere is created that transcends the object's mere functionality.

Exhibition opened by Louise Wright, 
Portfolio Manager, Visual & Applied Arts, the Arts Council of Wales

Gallery Talk: Justine Allison in conversation with Ceri Jones.

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