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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Mark Golder in Conversation with Patricia Volk and Mary-Jane Evans

Last Tuesday there was the second of the 'in conversation' events in the gallery with two of the ceramicists taking part in the exhibition From Where I'm Standing: Contemporary Ceramics and the Swindon Collection. Ten ceramicists have spent the last year produced new ceramic work influenced by their selection of one or two pieces from the collection.
Patricia Volk took Howard Hodgkin's 'Gramophone' and John Nash's 'Buoys' as her inspiration for her pieces which is several pieces arranged together, seen below:
and Mary-Jane Evans took Charles Howard's 'Painting 1'as her piece, and produced 4 curved shapes  with twisted metal woven into their fabric:
 In 2015, Mark Golder and Brian Thompson gifted more than 50 ceramics to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in memory of their friend, Ron Sloman. He has works by both Particia and Mary-Jane so it worked really well for him to encourage them to talk about their work.
Here they are before starting the evening:
Mark had prepared a series of slides in chronological order, so the artists were able to talk about the development of their practice. Patricia started and talked about her obsession with heads, you might be able to see this group arranged around a tree in Hannah Peschar sculpture garden.
A place which looks well worth visiting when it opens again next spring.
Patricia has now moved away from making heads and now produces large rounded structures.
Mary-Jane took us on her personal journey of producing ceramics as a driving force in her life once she discovered it. The first piece she ever sold was to Mark Golder at The Black Swan Gallery in Frome, and you can see a poor photo of the bowl 'Blue Pool' below
The audience asked questions and then each artist went and talked about the fine details of their piece
above Patricia and below Mary-Jane
It was a really splendid evening, many thanks for Mark Golder for making the evening so entertaining and to Mary-Jane and Patricia for such fascinating insights into their work.

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