Bowls, dishes and wall panels inspired by the architecture and tribal textiles of India.
Rufford Craft Centre : Indian Inspirations - Pollie and Garry Uttley
June 20, 2014 to July 27, 2014
Potfest in the Park : Potfest in the Park 2014
July 25, 2014 to July 27, 2014
Argilla Italia : Argilla Italia 2014
September 05, 2014 to September 07, 2014
Habitat Centre : International Ceramics Exhibition in New Delhi
November 24, 2014 to November 30, 2014
As their emphasis is on decorative work, a wide range of techniques are used as a response to the vibrancy of the Tribal textiles.
These include impressed and added decoration, mono & Screen printing, free painting, slip trailing, raku, decals and lustres. These are all combined with less obvious decoration such as stitching, adding sheesha glass & camel bone beads.
Wall work is often manipulated into folds to try to emulate the look and texture of the fabrics.
White earthenware clay is used, fired to 1020/1080C.
Pollie & Garry first visited India in 1995, following early retirement from teaching of arts & ceramics.
The impact of this, and subsequent visits provided the foundation for the richly patterned ceramics they now produce.
During their almost annual visits to India they have conducted a workshop at the national Institute for Design in Ahmedabad. They have been 'Artists in residence' at the Global Arts Village in Delhi, leaving behind an installation by the meditation centre, and they have run workshops for potters at Sanskriti Kendra also in Delhi.
They have also organised and run three tours of India for fellow potters and other artists.
Although they do sell through galleries in joint or solo exhibitions, their main enjoyment is selling directly to the public at ceramics shows to enable them to communicate their enthusiasm for their inspiration and travels in India.
During the past 10 years they have taken part on a regular basis in the following shows:
Potfest in the Park, Cumbria.
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Herts.
Southern Art in Clay Show, Farnham, Surrey.
Clay Art, Denbigh, N. Wales.
More recently, 'Keramisto', Milsbeek, Holland.
Work can always be seen at the 'Turnstone gallery' Sandsend, Whitby, N. Yorks. www.turnstonegallery.net