York Art Gallery - 2005 - Fired Up
One of three exhibitions opening in September 2005 featuring studio pottery from the 13,000 pieces held by the York Museums Trust. Fired up features the the journey of a pot from the clay in the ground to the plate on the table. Ceramics from Iron Age times through to twentieth century studio pottery are shown in themed displays - posh pots, from the kitchen to the table, tippling, tea or coffee, construction : bricks and mortar, construction - keeping the roof over your head, beliefs and idols, pots for shops and home comforts - illustrating how potters have responded to the demands of the population. Modern studio pots includes work by Hans Coper, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach, Liz Frizsch, Jim Malone, Michael Cardew, William Staite-Murray, Michael Casson and the local potter David Lloyd-Jones. Although the valuable pots are in cases or behind wired alarms, the exhibition includes a display of pots to be handled, these include work by Ray Finch and Ursula Mommens.