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HOUSE OF POTS OCTOBER 2021

“House of Pots” is a contemporary ceramics exhibition in Chelsea, London displayed in a listed Queen Anne townhouse circa 1711. A group of established and emerging makers will be showing works in a domestic interior. The works are mainly functional in form and placed amongst antiques and contemporary furnishings. This curated show will take contemporary ceramics away from a white walled gallery and highlight them in  familiar surroundings.  A range of works in earthen ware, stoneware and porcelain will show a vast range of styles for any taste.

ADDRESS:  20 Cheyne Row, Chelsea London SW3 5HL

DATES:  8-17 October

TIMES: Open 12noon-6pm daily.  No appointment needed.   Please contact us if you want to come another time. Please email pfitzarts@gmail.com

3D CLAY PRINTING SPOTLIGHTED IN LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2021

WITH DEMONSTRATIONS AND TALKS

Nico Conti

Preston is currently turning the spotlight on 3D clay printing where some talented artists are blending digital technology and their artistic craft skills to stretch what can be done with clay to create some truly mind-boggling new ceramics. At The London Design Festival, he brings together established and emerging artists using 3D clay printing to exhibit works worthy of collecting.  Works range from functional wares to sculpture.  Artists will also share their perspective on innovating one of the world’s oldest art forms in on-line talks throughout the festival.

Makers in the exhibition are Jonathan Keep, Nico Conti, Michelle Shields, Heleen Sintobin, Ryan Barrett, Fred Gwatkin, Edgar Ward and James Rogers.

Location:  11 Avenue Studio, Sydney Mews, London, SW3 6HL   Part of The Brompton Design District of LDF

Dates and Times:

Exhibition:  Monday, 20 September to Sunday, 26 September; Hours: 11am to 6pm
Demonstrations and 3D clay videos will play through out the exhibition
On-line Talks:  MONDAY     20 September 7-8pm;   THURSDAY 23 September 7-8pm
EVENTBRITE Link to register for talks coming soon

COLLECT 2021, the International Art Fair

 Founded in 2004 by the Crafts Council, Collect has established itself as the preeminent art fair for contemporary craft and design.

 I’ve worked with the Collect VIP programme to host virtual tours with a stunning group of specialist international galleries, showcasing works made in the past five years by living artists.

It’s also been my pleasure to work with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery  by curating an exhibition to tempt you to acquire some of the exceptional pieces of work on display created by the highly talented artists like Amy Hughes above.

At a time when we are unable to come together at Somerset House in London, you can find works on the online art platform Artsy.net for exhibitors to showcase the works for sale from 26 February – 24 March 2021.

https://www.artsy.net/fair/collect-2021
https://www.thecynthiacorbettgallery.com/exhibitions/262-collect-2021/overview/

LONDON CRAFT WEEK 3-D Clay Printing Demonstration & Talk 3-4 Oct 2020

3D clay printing is a phenomenal new art form that is stretching what artists are able to do with clay.  London benefits from artists who are at the cutting edge of creating the works and necessary technology.  Preston Fitzgerald, contemporary arts collector, curator and judge of the Mayliss Grand Young Masters Ceramics Arts Prize brings together some talented artists to give 3D printing demonstrations, exhibit their 3D clay artwork, and talk about their practice. 

Meet the following pioneering talent:  Ryan Barrett, Nico Conti, Fred Gwatkins, Jonathan Keep, Heleen Sintobin and Michelle Shields. These artists are known and skilled at working with their hands in a traditional way but they have chosen to stretch the boundaries of clay through technology.

The field of  3D printed ceramics is in its infancy.   3D printing traditionally was focused on polymers, then metals and most recently ceramics and multi-material for manufacturing.  The printers and CAD applications were developed with manufacturing design in mind so each of our artists has had to delve into their craft through repeated testing and trials of the impact of analog and digital technology and their understanding of the materiality of clay.

Our schedule for LCW is a full day of artists demonstrating their craft. Each artist will have their own section where in rotation throughout the day each will give a demonstration and discuss their practice.  They will show the technology that they developed to enable their art forms. .In many cases they not only have to design their own software/CAD, these artists have to tinker with the mechanics and tools — It’s not  just the kiln anymore.

Additionally, each artist will provide examples of their work that will be exhibited throughout the space and viewable all day.  These will be the best illustrations of their work.

Finally, at the end of the day, Preston will moderate a zoom webinar panel discussion with all six artists.   You can book at the following link:

London Craft Week 3D Clay Printing Demo and Zoom Webinar

CLAY TODAY July-Aug 2020

Clay Today is the first all-ceramics online exhibition curated by me for The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in association with The Young Masters Art Prize featured on Artsy. The exhibition has eighteen international artists working in all mediums of clay, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The ethos behind this show is to provide a platform for artists and makers working in isolation due to the pandemic which has been very challenging for their working practices and for the production of their objects. The works presented here reflect various directions that these artists followed while adjusting their work processes and treatment of materials, given the constraints of isolation. All the artists are dealing with the challenge of exhibiting work that is tactile and multi-dimensional as physical exhibitions have been curtailed, cancelled and many galleries have had to adjust their programming.

All the artists are strong believers in giving back to their community.  Therefore, we have chosen The Craft Pottery Charitable Trust (CPCT) as the beneficiary of 10% of all sales. The CPCT is the charity of The Craft Potters Association a UK organization which has been promoting contemporary studio ceramic artists for over 60 years.

I hope that you enjoy this online exhibition Clay Today and are impressed by the range and breadth of art that can be achieved with the medium of clay.

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“Collect has attracted a range of artists who combine a remarkable mastery their chosen media with a willingness to stretch their expressive boundaries.”

​Read Erik H. Neil’s Curated Selection from this year’s ​#collect2021: http://bit.ly/3dW5fi1

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I’m hosting a London Craft Week event: 3-D Clay Printing with 6 talented artists. Demos 3-4 Oct; Zoom Talk 3 Oct 5:15 pm. Avail worldwide. Full programme now live on http://londoncraftweek.com and book my talk at http://fitzartsadvisory.com #lcw2020

I am interviewed in the current issue of Ceramic Review Magazine. I talk about collecting ceramics, mentoring artists and curation.

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