Abstract Ceramics



This exhibition of abstract ceramic work was selected by Martin Smith and was be on display in Wiltshire in conjunction with Smith’s solo show at Messums London. The exhibition featured work by Natasha Daintry, Nicholas Lees and James Rigler. All of the participating artists have been taught by Smith at the Royal College of Art, and all share an affinity with his work.

Smith himself has pushed the boundaries of abstraction in ceramics by appropriating architecture and ornament in his work. These artists, all of whom have experienced his tutorship and guidance, represent a generation exploring the ceramic medium who have been given licence to experiment. Each artist has developed their own abstract language within the ceramic discipline whilst together they point to a greater understanding of the potential of the medium. They exemplify mastery of technical accomplishment and innovation.




Natasha Daintry

[ 1966
- Present ]
Natasha’s thrown forms are pared-down and minimal. Their potency comes from a tension of opposites. They defy gravity with their floating pale rims but are also steeped in a visceral materiality. The glazes are fat. They overflow, and roll plumply around bases with an edible quality, like luminous lemon curd. She revels in the exhilarating risk of making technically demanding large forms to show o

James Rigler

[ 1978
- Present ]
James Rigler works across drawing, design and sculpture, but is particularly known for his bold, architecturally-inspired ceramics. Based in Glasgow, his practice uses a site-responsive approach to develop large-scale installations and interventions, with a particular emphasis on the ongoing influence of historical, architectural and decorative styles.

Nicholas Lees

- Present ]
Nicholas Lees’ work has been exhibited widely in the UK and overseas and is held in private and public collections including York City Art Gallery, Westerwald Keramikmuseum in Germany and Royal Caribbean International. He has won several awards including the Cersaie Prize at the Premio Faenza (Italy) in 2015, the National Sculpture Award at the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool in 2010.

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