SEXY Ceramics, Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands 27/08/2016-07/07/2017

From 27 August the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden presents a titillating exhibition about eroticism: Sexy Ceramics. Classical Greek vases, refined Asian porcelain and contemporary ceramics by artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Jessica Harrison escort the viewer into the world of sex and seduction. The exhibition follows the phases of love-play, from the first touch and gentle courtship to the act of lovemaking itself. Attention is paid to hidden symbols, evocative shapes and explicit objects, but also to the sensuality of the material, the clay itself. All ceramics, from robust pottery to delicate porcelain, is made of clay that is shaped by human hands. Ceramists such as Irene Vonck, Anne Marie Laureys and Saturo Hoshino focus on the plasticity and sensuality of clay in their work. The renowned artist Alexandra Engelfriet covered the walls of an exhibition hall with clay, so that these exhibits are literally surrounded by the material. In addition, a film by the young Frisian artist Lotte Middendorp shows how she tries to merge with the tidal flats by entering the clay.
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NUAGES Making Clouds Centre Céramique, Giroussens, France 25/06-25/09/2016

Nuages groupshow  with GISÈLE BUTHOD-GARÇON (Fr), DAPHNÉ CORREGAN (Fr), NATHALIE DOYEN (B), HAGUIKO (Fr), ANNE MARIE LAUREYS (B), CLAIRE LINDNER (Fr), BENTE SKJØTTGAARD (Dk) 

at Centre Céramique de Giroussens, 7 Place Lucie Bouniol, 81500 Giroussens, France 25 June til 25 September 2016

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« Les choses, quand elles commencent à se mouvoir, éveillent en nous des désirs et des besoins endormis », écrivait Bachelard dans L’air et les songes. Les nuages s’échappent, ils sont insaisissables. Leur liberté, toujours, nous coule entre les doigts. C’est cette mobilité qui sert de point de départ à l’imagination. Il peut sembler étrange de vouloir attraper dans le filet de la terre, un élément si radicalement versatile. Alors qu’ils se dissolvent en l’air, le céramiste nous livre les nuages palpables. Après tout, terre et feu ne s’unissent-ils pas dans le nuage de la cuisson ? Si l’on songe que Jules Supervielle se voyait caresser de charnelles nébuleuses, l’on ne s’étonnera pas que quelques artistes modèlent de leurs mains des nuages de terre. D’ailleurs, la langue anglaise ne sépare que d’un « u » les mots cloud (nuage) et clod (motte).
Le nuage est un appel à l’exploration du volume. Pour le céramiste, il offre un prétexte formel pour jouer avec l’informe inhérent à l’argile. La terre est le miroir inverse du nuage : fixer l’éphémère légèreté vaporeuse dans la pesanteur pérenne, quel paradoxe !

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SMELL THE ROSES at Atelier Lachaert & d’Hanis, Tielrode, Belgium 2-5/06/2016

During the unveiling of Atelier Lachaert & d’Hanis (from the 2nd till the 5th of June), Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis want to surprise their audience with a festive opening and with a short but explosive exhibition ‘Smell the Roses’

A story about ‘dwelling on’, about contemplation, reflection, consideration, about appealing to all the senses and stirring the imagination. But most of all a story about time; when we ‘stop and smell the roses’, it means we have to slow down, take our time and learn to appreciate what we so often pass by, unnoticed. 

An ode to the senses, … or simply as an ode to flowers and their recipient, the vase; a seemingly trivial object. Vases and flowers often immortalized on canvas as the fruit of the boundless imagination of the painter, or as a symbol of transience, the passing of time, a memento mori…

Subscribe now to be invited to the festive opening on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June

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TASTE contemporary craft Artgenève, Switserland 28-31/01/2016

Celebrating the best in contemporary craft

 

Taste champions the work of craft artists who push the boundaries. We include artists from across all craft disciplines both those already established, with works in museums and private collections, as well as up-and-coming artists. Foremost, we are committed to promoting innovative craft that is exciting, intriguing and challenges our assumptions about what is possible.

Taste aims to stage at least one major European exhibition annually that highlights a broad selection of craft disciplines. Taste will also host more exclusive, thematic events throughout the year with a focus on specific artists or disciplines. Our ambition is to be a premier source for cutting-edge contemporary craft.
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‘RANDOM GROWTH’ at PHOS Art + Design, London, Great Britain 20/11/2015-13/01/2016

The private view of Random Growth is on Thursday 19th November.
Random Growth (curated by Sarah Myerscough) runs from the 20th November 2015 to January 13th 2016 at PHOS ART + DESIGN 15-16 Brooks Mews Mayfair W1K 4DS London,
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Gordon Baldwin
Karen Bennicke
Thiebaut Chague
Christina Schou Christensen
Michael Geertsen
Martin Kaldahl
Jonathan Keep
Anne Marie Laureys
Aneta Regel
Bente Skjoettgaard