CoCA Shop

The CoCA shop offers a range of work by contemporary artists working with clay, along with a selection of gifts, books, postcards and souvenirs related to CoCA and ceramics.

Current artists in stock are listed below. For up to date information on what we currently have in stock, please contact York Museums Trust directly on 01904 687687 or email coca.york@ymt.org.uk.

Artist of the Month – Susan Halls

“My obsession with animals and animal imagery has been more or less constant since my childhood, so it is beyond doubt that they should be the dominant subject in my work. It seems right and the most honest creative front available.

“I do believe that part of my drive to make animals is tied up in the primitive need to possess them – like effigies and totems. In my sculpture, I’m trying to create an image which traps a kind of animal truth.”

Artists Currently in Stock

  • Penny Withers – I am interested in the velocity of throwing; the residual energy and shape within spinning clay. My work consists of fluid sketches in clay with surfaces that ripple and undulate, thrown with both great physical vigour and sensitivity of touch. My aim is to achieve a harmony of balance and proportion that allows the forms to stand alone, visually centred.
  • Alex Shimwell – Working on the wheel in both porcelain and stoneware, I take my inspiration from materials and glazes. My goal with each piece is to create something that is beautiful and calm. I do not use decoration in the form of surface pattern prefering to experiment with texture, materials or firing style.
  • Cauldron Ceramics, Ian Mcintyre: The Brown Betty Teapot Cauldon Ceramics of Staffordshire maintain the tradition of redware manufacturing and are the oldest remaining maker of the Brown Betty teapot. Together with designer Ian McIntyre they present this re-engineered edition. It includes the reintroduction of innovative precedents in the history of the pot: Alcock Lindley and Bloore’s 1920’s patented ‘locking lid’ and ‘non-drip spout’ have been applied.
  • Jane Hamlyn – Jane’s functional salt glazed ceramics are a firm favourite in our shop. She says: “I set up my studio in 1975 and began working as a full-time studio potter in the Leach tradition. My functional pots have always been made to celebrate the rituals of daily life.” We have several of Jane’s pieces in the CoCA collection, including these latest additions.
  • Sue Dunne – “My work directly reflects my year-round fascination with natural history, particularly plant-life when it’s wild. Over the months, seasons and years I have been building up a library of records in the form of moulds of pressed flowers, twigs, seeds, leaves, berries and feathers. I feel privileged that something as beautiful, but so flimsy and transient, as a flower can be given more permanence by my ceramic work.”
  • Darrell Milnes – Darrell is a studio potter, designer and maker based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield. He produces hand built and wheel thrown ceramics.
  • Nick Williams – Nick Williams creates domestic stoneware, specialising in teapots. “My philosophy for potting is to keep designs simple and put great emphasis on craftsmanship and function. The pots I make are to be used.”
  • Vanessa Bullick – “Over time I have developed my own technique of using slip as a resist and for texture to pattern my sawdust fired pots. My pots have also become smaller so they can be held in the hand as they have a tactile nature and sit well either on their own or in groups. The inspiration for my work comes from stones found along the sea shore. I love the different mix of colours and shapes you find together which I try to reflect with my pots.”
  • Ruth King – Ruth King trained at Camberwell School of Arts and Craft and moved to York after four years living and working in London. Ruth’s pots have been exhibited widely and are represented in many collections in the UK and overseas. Her unique and distinctive pots are composed from sections then worked intensively, allowing each piece to develop its own particular voice. Ruth’s work features in the CoCA collection.
  • Barbora Jelínková – Cajthamlová – The current range of Barbora Jelínková – Cajthamlová’s work on display in the CoCA shop features her small ceramic animals, each with their own unique and decorative personalities.
  • Katharina Klug – “While striving for perfection in the shape of the vessel, I deliberately embrace imperfections in my surface pattern designs. I draw freehand onto the form using my trademark crayons. These hand-drawn lines make the work lively, rough, immediate and unique and preserve the moment of mark-making.”
  • Katie Braida – “I use hand-building techniques to create individual works. This takes on a variety of forms, but experiments with more sculptural work often lead back to producing vessel forms. Recently I have started to glaze the interior of the vessel forms, contrasting the matt exterior.”
  • Mark McCue – Small scale studio ceramics from the west of Ireland. Hand thrown on the potter’s wheel. A wide range of functional and decorative stoneware and porcelain ceramics.
  • Josie Walter – Josie Walter makes tableware and cooking pots in earthenware clay, which are decorated with slips and coloured glazes. Most of the pots are thrown on a traditional momentum wheel, even though many of the finished shapes are oval or rectangular. Josie’s work also features in the CoCA collection.
  • Michelle Freemantle – “I aim to create objects that enhance the user’s life, as they become part of their daily environment.” In her ceramic work, Michelle uses a mix of hand built, press mould and thrown techniques, inscribing lines and text into the surfaces and applying slips and oxides. Her functional work embodies both utility and content, acting simultaneously as art pieces.
  • Deiniol Williams – Deiniol’s ceramic practice explores the dichotomy between rhythm and discord, balance and disorder. Bringing together raw and unrefined materials and incorporating them into the clay, he seeks to find the harmonious point between the rhythmic flow of the potter’s wheel and the disruptive and chaotic inclusions within the modified clay.
  • George Ormerod – “I make hand thrown domestic and decorative porcelain and stoneware using rich glazes and vibrant patterns, producing beautiful and contemporary ceramics.”
  • Matthew Wilcock – “My most recent work is rather exciting. In the past 6 months it has developed dramatically as I have pushed the boundries of everything I know about ceramics.” Matthew Wilcock is probably best known as the winner of the BBC programme ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’.
  • Zoe Catherine Kendall – Zoe Catherine Kendall’s new body of work is inspired by the connection between the historical jewellery adornment of ancient man to more modern handcrafted clay work, and her own family background in jewellery and studio pottery. Working in precious and non-precious metals, oil and acrylic paint and different clays, her new collection explores the inter-relationships between all of these mediums.
  • Barbara Wood – ”All of my work is hand built, so no two pieces are identical. I use finishing techniques which include an element of unpredictability, to produce fine art, saggar fired ceramics as well as functional, crystalline glazed wares.” Barbara’s ‘Winter Landcape’ series is currently on sale at the CoCA shop. The pieces feature lines and shapes reminiscent of blue/grey Yorkshire days during the winter months.
  • Stonesplitter by Ian Roberts – Ian Robert creates magical and unique Raku fired ceramic clocks. The Stonesplitter clocks are each signed and numbered and complete with a hidden mouse on each piece.
  • David Wright – “All my work is made from coils or ropes of clay. Each pot is therefore very individual; it has a unique character, with a distinct textural surface. Boxes, bottles and bowls are my reference point. It is important that the work I make can have some function, albeit only to hold a single flower or stem of grass. Using reclaimed wood for lids, boxes and caddies form a large part of the work that I produce.”
  • Maggie Zerafa –  After completing a BA in Craft Ceramic Design at Monash University, Melbourne, in 1992, Maggie moved to Japan to embark on a three year apprenticeship studying under the eminent Mashiko artist Ryo Suzuki. In her art, she uses glazes in soft natural hues, making sure each piece is unique. Maggie’s passion for her art comes from the medium… “from the beginning, the process of forming objects out of clay has struck me as magical”.
  • Steve Booton: “My latest work, with a strong Japanese influence, is where I feel most comfortable. I continue to explore wood firing with simple shino glazes on uncomplicated direct forms, allowing the nature of the clay to develop honest pots with what I like to call beautiful imperfections.”
  • Albert Montserrat: “I throw simple, clear and classic pots with no decorations. My glazes are the ones which decorate them with the strength and personality I am looking for in each one. I am very interested in the Oriental glazes in general, but more specifically in the “Oil Spot” type of glazes searching for new finishes and colours. These glazes are very challenging and extraordinarily beautiful.”
  • Adam Frew: “My work centres on the potters wheel. Traditional eastern forms inspire me, but spontaneity as a means of personal expression is key to my work. The exuberant action of throwing is enhanced by a continued experimentation through process, form and colour. Mark making is intuitive, sometimes relating to form, or process of making, sometimes it’s part of a personal narrative.”

Selling Your Artwork

Artists working in clay are invited to apply for the opportunity to sell their work through the CoCA shop. We have a rolling program of displays in the shop, ensuring returning visitors have the opportunity to see something new each time they visit and to give exposure for lots of artists. Each artist will be shown for 3 months and artists may be required to re-stock during this period according to sales.

The same high standards that apply to acquisitions for York Art Gallery’s collection will be applied when choosing work. When acquiring work for the collection we look for unique, interesting and significant work by local, national and international artists, works that reflect a range of styles and techniques, revealing the creative practice of contemporary potters.

For further information and to apply, please visit our page on the Curator Space website here.

Artists who have sold with us in the past:

  • Charlotte Mellis and Ann Stokes
  • Antonia Salmon
  • Paul Wearing
  • Jean-Paul Landreau
  • Isabel K-J Denyer
  • Clare Twomey
  • Anna-Mercedes Wear
  • Jane Pritchard
  • Miche Follano
  • Perryceramics
  • Hannah McAndrew and Douglas Fitch
  • Francesca King
  • Mark McCue
  • Anna Mercedes Wear
  • Antonia Salmon
  • Barbora Cajthamlova
  • Claire Cureen
  • Fitch and McAndrew
  • Isabel K-J Denyer
  • Jane Pritchard
  • Jenny Morten
  • Jill Ford
  • Mark Hearld
  • Pat Southwood
  • Paul Wearing
  • Steve Tootell
  • Zoe Catherine Kendall
  • Sara Moorhouse
  • Rebecca Appleby
  • Moz Khokhar
  • Katie Braida
  • Joan and Jack Hardie
  • Angela Mellor
  • Jo Davies