Exhibition opens on Saturday 12 October at 11am
HILKE MACINTYRE – ceramic reliefs
IAN MACINTYRE – drawings and linocuts
CHRISTINE PIKE – ceramic sculpture
JENNY McCALL – ceramic sculpture
MELINA XENAKI – ceramic vessels and sculpture
the exhibition continues until 17 November 2019
plus … introducing York sculptor ELISE BIKKER
Influenced by the expressionist and ‘primitive’ art of sculptors associated with the COBRA movement (1948-1951), in particular Reinhoud d’Haese (1928-2007) and Lotti van der Gaag (1923-1999), I create subhuman hybrid creatures that comment on human idiosyncrasies and behaviour. (Click on BRONZE I to read more about my Figures of Speech series.)
My medium is bronze. I find the strength and weight of the material evoke a sense of permanence and continuity. However, most of my sculptures are organic in shape with heavy, sometimes hostile, textures since I like my creatures to be primal, as if they’ve just materialised from the earth, like Golems, and the earth can take them back at any moment.
I have an MA in History of Art (Leiden University, The Netherlands) and Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture (University of York, UK) and am currently doing a PhD in English at the University of York: I am researching the representation of the intelligent machine in 19th century literature. This fascination with the boundaries between the organic and the artificial is finding its way in my sculptures as well: In The Fall of Icarus the creature and its contrived wings have become indistinguisable from one another.
Hilke MacIntyre was born in Germany and studied architecture in Kiel. After moving to Scotland in 1995 she has concentrated on printing, painting and ceramics, combining a simplified figurative style with bold shapes, strong colours and abstract patterns. Her work is widely exhibited in galleries and has been selected many times for the annual show at the Royal Scottish Academy
was born and raised in central Perthshire/Scotland. He studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1976-81. His work is now part of several public collections including the City Art Centre Edinburgh and Perth Museum and Art Gallery. He paints and prints at his home in the East Neuk of Fife.
I have sculpted, in one medium or another, for most of my life. Having returned to my first love, clay, I have been making figurative pieces since 2007.
My figurative work is informed by ideas and reflections upon the nature of childhood, play, half-remembered folk tales – and how these things impact upon us as adults. Sometimes light-hearted, sometimes unsettling or melancholy, my aim is to capture character and a suggestion of private thoughts, which can be interpreted in many ways. I try to imbue my figures with a sense of stillness at their core; in an uncertain world, they, at least, have a sense of themselves and of their destiny.
I am fascinated by the tension in design between singularity and repetition. I will often sculpt a master in non-ceramic materials, from which I make plaster press moulds. The cast or pressed ceramic pieces that result from this process are then manipulated and modified with added hand-built elements to create unique works which, nonetheless, share a common origin. The process is similar to that of print making, in that one original design can be reproduced many times, with each copy having the ability to be subtly changed, depending on the amount of artist intervention.
Movement is the key to my animal sculptures. I do not try to capture an exact likeness of a creature but rather something of it’s spirit and wildness. I work quickly and intuitively, handling the clay as little as possible to keep the surface ‘fresh’. Using hollow-building techniques I push the clay out from the inside to create a suggestion of muscle and bone.
I work exclusively in stoneware. Colouring is kept to a minimum, using light washes of oxides and stains to enhance the texture of the clay and fire to
Exhibiting across the UK and internationally, Jennie McCall is a Sculptor and Illustrator working in the Midlands. Her award winning work evokes mystery and intrigue with masterful use of porcelain capturing it’s translucent and pure qualities.
Jennie’s striking sculptures and illustrations are exhibited in shows nationwide and overseas. She has received several awards and has work featured in many private collections including the Royal Mail and the Royal Society of Arts.
Greek born ceramic artist and Royal College of Art graduate, Melina Xenaki lives and works in London.
Horns and beaks, textured lines, black rough surface with metallic feel, my sculptural forms host wild animals, between inlaid patterns, joined long necks and bizarre protrusions. I want my pieces to resonate the raw and authentic beauty of Early Cypriot ritualistic pots, the significance of the bird, the Minoan obsession with the glorious bull and of course the everlasting sun. I focus on hand-building, the making method I find most satisfying and freeing, which allows me to marry the animal & the plant world with my pots. Constant glaze experimentation is at the centre of my practice, enriching my sgraffito and covering the black clay with colour and craters.
We met Melina at the British Craft Trade Fair in 2019. In fact, Terry was judging all the artists and makers stands at the show for an award. Melina was the winner of the Pyramid Gallery Award for Excellence.