My work is about simple forms imbued with a sense of spontaneity. 'Raku' as a technique
allows me the opportunity to embrace that element of suprise, seeing and knowing then becomes as important as the making.
Raku is one of the six ancient kilns of Japan - it was selected by the tea masters for the tea ceremony and as such forms an integral part of their cultural aesthetic and concept of beauty.
English translation: "comfortable or enjoyment".
Today 'Raku' is synonymous with a fast firing technique where the pots are taken from the fire red hot and placed in some sort of combustible material evoking all the spontaneity of the fire.
With 'Raku' there is a necessity to embrace the element of surprise. And then seeing and knowing become as important as the making
Devon Guild of Craftsmen : Members Showcase: Bruce Chivers
July 25, 2015 to August 24, 2015
'Raku' porcelain. Thrown exhibition forms.
Electric & gas biscuit kilns, fast fired gas 'Raku' fibre kilns. 1020deg.C. copper lustre, crazing glazes and smoked effects.
Bruce Chivers was born in Australia and has been resident in England
since the mid-1980's. He runs a successful pottery at Dunsford in
Devon. After teaching for several years specialising in art/ceramics he
established his own pottery and was lucky enough to work and study with
Takoa Sakai, a visiting Japanese potter.
After solo and joint exhibitions in Australia he travelled to Europe and took a residency in Devon. He is now an exhibiting member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and a full member of the Craft Potters Association (CPA) of Great Britain. His work is represented in major Crafts Council listed galleries in the USA, Europe, Australia, London and throughout the UK.
Bruce produces two distinct styles of work, a range of highfired porcelain utilising carefully-controlled crazing glazes, and Raku incorporating the spontaneity of the fire.
Bruce's work on Raku has been accredited in the ceramics book - Raku: A Contemporary View of Work and '5 Devon potters', profiles of Svend Bayer, Bruce Chivers, Clive Bowen, Nic Collins and Tim Andrews.
He is open to discuss commissions and also runs pottery training courses.
Training and Experience:
1973-1977 - Salisbury Teachers College, Adelaide University
1985 - Ceramics Residency, England
1986 - Return to Australia, Joint solo exhibitions
1986 - Return to UK - Studio set up.
Full Member, Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
Professional Member, Craft Potters Association.
Arts Council Award 2008
Visiting lecturer, Plymouth College of Art & Design.
Moderator, National Open College, S.W. England
Involved in many community School Residency Programmes.
Ceramics lecturer, South Devon College, Foundation and Degree courses.
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon.
Harlequin Gallery, Greenwich, London.
Ruthin Gallery .
Centre of Contemporary Applied Arts, Sunderland.
Contemporary Studio Pottery, Chagford.
Candover Gallery, Alresford.
Black Swan Gallery, Frome.
Walford Mill, Dorset.
Craft in the Bay, Cardiff.
Dartington Cider Press, Dartington .
Bettles Gailery, Ringwood.
City Art Gallery, Leeds.
Exeter & Devon Arts Centre Exeter.
On line Gallery, Southampton.
Broughton Gallery, Broughton.
Rufford Craft Centre-Rufford.
Rye Art Gallery-Rye.
Southhampton Art Gallery-Southhampton.
Church House Designs-Congressbury.
New Craftsman-St Ives.
Woodbury Gallery-Woodbury near Exeter.
Fenny Lodge Gallery-Milton Keynes.
Royal Albert Museum-Exeter.
Appledore Festival-5 Devon Potters.
The Old Bakehouse Gallery-Chichester.
Burton Art Gallery-Bideford.
Bristol Guild of Apllied Arts-Bristol.
The Atelier Gallery-Exeter University.
Red Pony Gallery-New England U.S.A.
The Beaver Gallery-Canberra Australia.
The British Counsel-Dubai.
1997 Raku – A review of Contemporary Work, Tim Andrews, A.C.Black London
1999 British Studio Potters Marks 2nd Ed., Eric Yates-Owen and Robert Fournier.
2004 Devon Potters, Peter Davies, Jones and Palmer.
2005 Raku, Tim Andrews, A.C.Black, London
2005 Raku, Tim Andrews, K P Books, Wisconsin USA.
2010 Yunomi, David A Glick.
2012 The Ceramic Book, Ceramic Review Publishing