Acclaimed art gallery, established since 1988. The gallery stocks the work of over 200 artists and craftspeople, displaying a wide range of unique and beautiful art from East Anglia and beyond.
Our innovative exhibition programme includes the work of established potters, contemporary artists, Modern British masters and emerging new talent. The gallery operates the Arts Council Own Art scheme for interest-free credit.
Barry Stedman studied 3-D design at Barnfield College, Luton, followed by a degree in ceramics at Westminster. After graduating with First Class Honours in 2009, he worked as part-time assistant at the studio of Edmund de Waal (who is Professor of Ceramics at Westminster).
In their use of strong colours, Barry's pieces are
quite unlike de Waal's. The ceramics are preceded by paintings in watercolour
or gouache, often made in the open air, where he is inspired by the light and
patterns in the sky and the farms and fields visible from his home. Changing
surroundings, such as those experienced on a moving train, also inform his
work. These paintings are then
reworked into larger, more abstract, oil paintings and ultimately lead to the
ceramics, which he creates in red clay
with coloured slips. He works intuitively and energetically and, because the true colours of the pieces only emerge after firing, there is always an element of chance in his work, which retains its spontaneity and freshness.