Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Gallery 1

On Your Table

Domestic ceramics from 22 makers 14 January – 16 April 2023

‘In use, a good piece of tableware will bring pleasure both visual and practical. The purchase of a useful piece of pottery is sometimes the prelude to building a formidable collection of ceramics. The first purchase doesn’t have to be justified, after all it’s ‘just a bowl’ or ‘just a mug’, something to use, an everyday item albeit unusual, not mainstream. It says something about the purchaser as well as the potter. Before long the object has the user wanting more, more bowls, more mugs, and so it grows, that pull of the inanimate object that began with a maker challenging themselves to acquire skill, to get more fluent and to express themselves has led to someone buying the work and wanting to discover more and gain more pleasure from using and collecting beautiful pottery to enhance not only the table but enhance their life.

This exhibition has brought together a fantastic array of tableware; objects of expression that can be taken into your life; to bring pleasure in both use and spirit. It’s time to make a connection with those makers and their pots and who knows where it may lead so choose with care!’ Alex McErlain November 2022.

Curated by Gregory Parsons

Exhibitors: Peter Bodenham, Clive Bowen, Charlie Collier, Lowri Davies, Jo Davies, Richard Heeley, Bert Jones, Chris Keenan, Jaejun Lee, Borja Moronta, Sue Pryke, Julija Pustovrh, Irena Sibrijns, Jono Smart, David Stonehouse, Ruthanne Tudball, Sasha Wardell, James & Tilla Waters, Pottery West, Derek Wilson, Mizuyo Yamashita, Alistair Young