Sophie Cummings, Curator at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery gave her first lunchtime talk on the exhibition 'From Where I'm Standing' which showcases the work of 10 West Country ceramicists influenced by works in the Swindon Collection. Lots of people came along to hear the talk
Sophie started with 4 pieces by Peter Hayes inspired by the Highworth Pot, and moved in an anticlockwise direction
A close up of Peter Hayes' pieces:
Coming next to 3 pieces by Sarah Purvey who was captivated by the Basil Beattie painting, 'Witness'
the inside of the pots is also beautiful:
Here's Sophie beside Patricia Volk's 3 pieces, inspired by Howard Hodgkin's 'Gramophone' and John Nash's 'Buoys'
and onto Fenella Elms' piece inspired by Peter Simpson's 'Fungal Form'
and a close up of the two together:
I didn't photograph Sophie beside everything, so went back to photograph things I'd missed, here are Claire Loder's eyes in a fab face inspired by Richard Jefferies
And next Sasha Wardell's tea set inspired by Julian Trevelyan's painting 'The Potteries' and colours inspired by Mary Fedden's 'Spanish Chair' with Wesley West's train tea set as her third inspiration
Jo Taylor's pieces were produced in response to Nicholas Horsfield's 'Evening Downstream towards Vernon'
Joanna Still has produced 5 pots by a smoke firing process, 4 of which are on display in the gallery, in response to Graham Sutherland's Dark Hill: Landscape with hedges and Fields'
Mary-Jane Evans has created 4 pieces in response to Charles Howard's 'Painting 1'
here's Painting 1
and the tenth pieces in response to Tom Phillips 'Play:Here we Exemplify' are by Keith Varney
Tomorrow evening Alun Graves, senior Curator of Ceramics at the V&A Museum will be in conversation with Sarah Purvey, Jo Taylor and Claire Loder, and will form the content of the next blog piece.