NOV 30 2017 - FEB 08 2018
Side Gallery presented it's first group ceramic exhibition in the winter of 2017. “Claytime!” was a show dedicated to revealing some of the most relevant contemporary ceramic artists who rethink the traditional handcraft producing new and exciting applications. The gallery selected a group of international ceramists, including Aneta Regel, Bente Skjøttgaard, Claudi Casanovas amongst others.
The exhibition displayed an interesting and exotic sequence of textures and colours, illustrating the experimentation of each artist, which combined with the unique organic forms presented a profound overview of contemporary ceramics.
Clay is an ancient material, that has been experimented with for thousands of years. The artists chosen for this exhibition continue to celebrate and investigate this diverse material, exemplifying the shifts in methodologies, which are reinventing craft and design by incorporating the intricate interfaces of landscape, industry, chemistry, geology and ecology. The trajectory of the exhibition was to demonstrate the innovative methods of creating with clay, navigating a dialogue across countries and individual creativity. Designer Aneta Regel’s abstract forms evoke, raw and powerful underground transmutations of the earth.
"Which are reinventing craft and design by incorporating the intricate interfaces of landscape, industry, chemistry, geology and ecology"
Regel as an alchemist combines stoneware and porcelain clays with rock, to create a composite in conflict with itself, each material fires at different temperatures and is therefore pushed to its limits in Regel’s kiln. Bente Skjøttgaard’s works are a continuation of her inspiration from clouds, her clouds are stacked up and the scientific source of inspiration is being transformed into personal, imaginary cloud compositions, somewhere between the recognisable and the undefined.
“Claytime!” was a playful, dynamic exhibition, presenting some of the most innovative and experimental contemporary designers. The works knew no bounds in colour, form and material, each designer pushing clay to it’s material limits.