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 email@example.com.
Artist of the Month
- 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.
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.
- Charlotte Mellis and Ann Stokes – The celebrated British ceramicist Ann Stokes (1922 – 2014) has work within the CoCA permanent collection and was the first potter to have work shown in the Hayward Gallery. Her work depicts animals, birds and plant forms on tiles, dishes, mirrors and sculptural objects. Charlotte Mellis was taught by her aunt Ann Stokes and studied ceramics at Harrogate Collage of Art (1981-1983). Charlotte’s recent ceramic tiles have been created using Ann Stokes’s original moulds.
- Antonia Salmon – Antonia’s work has been exhibited and collected in Britain, Europe, USA and Japan for over 30 years. She makes strong abstract forms which reflect qualities of being: of chaos and order, stillness and dynamism. Some works represent moments of time, others capture experiences of being in nature. Antonia makes sculpture that stands as if poised in space, inviting you to reach out and touch. The sculptures ask you to contemplate space, form, light, shadow, stillness and dynamism, silence and poise.
- Paul Wearing – “I often work with vessels in series in order to investigate various aspects of flux and processes of change and transformation. In the kiln, alchemy takes over, the heat-work fuses, melts, bubbles, blisters, shrinks and cracks the materials, exposing their volatile nature and returning to rock.”
- Jean-Paul Landreau – Painter and ceramicist Jean-Paul Landreau has his gallery studio in the heart of the Venise Verte in western France, two hours north of Bordeaux. Landreau moved to London in 1979 studying ceramics at Harrow School of Art.
- Isabel K-J Denyer – “I like to make pots to be used. It gives me great pleasure to think that they are part of people’s daily lives as they serve and enjoy food in different ways. I am attracted to the forms made by the Etruscans, Koreans and the early Bronze Age Cycladic period.”
- George Ormerod – “I make hand thrown domestic and decorative porcelain and stoneware using rich glazes and vibrant patterns, producing beautiful and contemporary ceramics.”
- Clare Twomey – Twomey is a British artist and a Research Fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.
- 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’.
- Darrell Milnes – Darrell is a studio potter, designer and maker based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield. He produces hand built and wheel thrown ceramics.
- Anna-Mercedes Wear – “My work is figurative and I have enjoyed representing human and animal forms in clay for a good 25 years. I decorate flat slabs of clay with a combination of coloured slips over marked out impressed surfaces combined with screen-printing and mono-printing techniques.”
- Jane Pritchard – Pritchard is a ceramicist living and working in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Her current range of work centres on the theme of renewal and how our environment (both built and natural) changes with the passage of time; also how ‘new’ contrasts with ‘old’ – for example, smooth, white surfaces against dirty, rough textures – and enhances both.
- Miche Follano – “My work is rooted within the ethos that existed in 17th century Europe [and the] replication of Chinese porcelain objects. Through personal visits to unfamiliar cities, unacquainted countries, environments in which to absorb and breathe different cultures, languages, religions and faiths, a stimulas for work can evolve.”
- Perryceramics (Fine Porcelain by Perry Walmsley-Pitts) – Perry creates hand built porcelain pieces from rolled and textured porcelain slabs. This creates delicate, simple vessel forms that are both utalitarian and sculptural.
- Hannah McAndrew and Douglas Fitch – Hannah McAndrew, award winning Scottish slipware potter, produces a range of hand thrown earthenware pots using slipware techniques. Based in South West Scotland and in Mid Devon, Hannah shares workshops with fellow potter and now husband, Douglas Fitch. Both use the traditional techniques of slip trailing, sgraffito and firing with wood to create a contemporary range of pots.
- 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.”
- Francesca King – King is a tile manufacturer and ceramic artist. “I love natural objects and landscape – not always the view but the geological tapestry of the Earth, how it was formed and the beauty of time, erosion and the shapes left behind.”
- 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.”
- Mark McCue: Mark has worked for many years in the field of ceramics and sculpture. He has worked on many freelance public art sculptures and educational workshops in the ceramics and sculpture fields. Mark originally trained at Edinburgh College of Art and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree, and later a Master of Fine Arts postgraduate diploma.
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.