Issue 36

Welcome to our April newsletter. Hopefully you are all recovering from your chocolate overload now that Easter is over – although Pesach (Passover) is yet to come so for those who observe, prepare for some indigestible food! It is hard to believe that we are already a quarter of the way through the year and as I sit at my desk writing this, our door is open (for only the second time this year) and we can see the children playing in the square and hear the myriad conversations taking place around the village. If we are to believe the weather forecasters, Spring is finally here….hurrah!

Spring is a time for birth and renewal and there are writers galore who have penned many excellent and quotable quotes about the season:

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colours, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night”. Rainer Maria Rilke from Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go”. Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe

Even the hugely talented American comedian Robin Williams, may he rest in peace, had something to say on the matter: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” 

So….let’s party and ring in the new season with a new picture….or it could be a new pot; we have both to offer.

Our Miró show continues into April so there is still time to add a colourful beauty to your walls. Having sat amongst Miró’s work for a couple of weeks now we can say that his work certainly brings a smile to one’s face. There is playfulness in his work and if one takes the time you will uncover so much more than first meets the eye; the mark-making is careful and planned and has much with which to engage. Click for more information

Joan Miró, Untitled Vl, 1966, unsigned lithograph, £1,500
Joan Miró, Untitled Vl, 1966, unsigned lithograph, £1,500
Joan Miró, Untitled, 1930-1952, unsigned lithograph, £750
Joan Miró, Untitled, 1930-1952, unsigned lithograph, £750
Joan Miró, Untitled, 1980, unsigned lithograph, £745
Joan Miró, Untitled, 1980, unsigned lithograph, £745

We are also planning to bring in some new stock items with which to tantalise you once the Miró show is finished. At present, we are still in the thinking and planning stages of this so can’t be very specific in this newsletter but fear not, you won’t be disappointed when you visit.

Pot-wise……Lisa Hammond’s work continues to attract attention. Hammond’s mastery of soda glazing is recognized the world over so you really should take advantage of the opportunity to add one of her beautiful pots to one of your shelves or surfaces at home. Like salt glazes, soda glazing generally takes place during the firing rather than being applied beforehand. Click for more information

Lisa Hammond, Large tsubo; black clay, pink lustre shino with thick shino finger marks 47.0 x 42.0 cm, £2,250
Lisa Hammond, Large tsubo; black clay, pink lustre shino with thick shino finger marks 47.0 x 42.0 cm, £2,250
Lisa Hammond, Chawan; red shino 9.0 x 11.5 cm, £330
Lisa Hammond, Chawan; red shino 9.0 x 11.5 cm, £330

Important dates

11 May is the date for the first day of our dedicated ceramics show for Korean potter Lee Kang-hyo. As we have said before, this is the first time that Lee’s work has been available to purchase in London; previously his work has only been available to view, particularly when he was part of a touring Korean trade mission showcasing the craftsmanship and skill of Korean artisans. Lee’s work can also be seen in collections held in places like British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. Don’t miss this one; his work is sublime.

Lee Kang-hyo, Oval bottle, Punch’ŏng
Lee Kang-hyo, Oval bottle, Punch’ŏng
Lee Kang-hyo, Squared bottle; Punch’ŏng
Lee Kang-hyo, Squared bottle; Punch’ŏng

Other big news

For those of you who get a little frustrated by our website being somewhat out of date, hang on in there. We are redesigning the site and are planning to move to a proper CMS system very soon which means that we will be able to update things like our stock room much more easily and efficiently so you will know if something has sold or whether it might still be available.

Even now, it is always worth asking – send us an email or call – because we can quickly tell you what the position is on a particular picture or pot and if it has already sold, we might know where to find another like it or know of something similar; either solution would cushion your initial disappointment and possibly lead you to something that you come to love even more.

Feel free to drop in for a chat; tell us what you are looking for and we will endeavour to find it for you……and if you think you’ve run out of space, we are particularly creative when it comes to finding more!