Contemporary British Studio Ceramics (Part 2) at Brad Cushman Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 24 – October 11, 2020
Drawn from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, the exhibition Contemporary British Studio Ceramics contains examples of 20th century studio ceramics. The majority of these works were gifts to the Arkansas Arts Center by Diane and Sanford “Sandy” Besser and range from functional wares—bowls and teapots—to purely sculptural forms. The exhibition illustrates a rich variety of technique and forms represented, ranging from slab-building, hand-building, and wheel throwing, to neriage and nerikomi, traditional Japanese methods using “marbleized” clay and similar to the 17th- and 18th-century “agatewares” of England. There is also a diverse range of finishes represented, from glazed and slip-inlaid to burnished surfaces.
The Arkansas Arts Center is currently building a new museum design by Studio Gang. The loan of the British Studio Ceramics to the UA Little Rock Gallery Program has allowed the university to activate the collection and develop programing. From January 16 to March 7, 2020, “Contemporary British Studio Ceramics (Part 1)” was on display in the Windgate Center of Art + Design.
• Glenys Barton, Self-Portrait, 1980, slip-cast bone china, 8 3/4 x 12 x 1 1/4 in. Gift from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection.
• Kensuke Yamada, Strawberries on Your Birthday, 2013, Stoneware, glaze, slip, oxide, stain, wood, wood stain, nails, 12 5/8″ x 6″ x 4 1/2″ irr. UALR Gallery Special Fund Purchase
• Gordon Baldwin, Untitled, 1984, hand-built, incised, painted earthenware, 25 x 10 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. Purchase, Stephens Inc. City Trust Grant.
• Ewen Henderson, Untitled (Vase), 1972, stoneware, hand-built, ash-glazed, 12 1/4 x 10 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. Gift from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection.
• David Leach, Untitled, 1973, glazed porcelain, 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. Gift from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection.
• Henry Pim, Vessel, 1983, glazed stoneware, 16 3/4 x 10 x 4 in. Gift from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection.
• John Ward, Vessel, 1979, matt glazed, handbuilt, burnished stoneware, 5 1/2 x 5 x 5 in. Gift from the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection.
Brad Cushman Gallery – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Windgate Center of Art + Design
Little Rock, AR 72204