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Small Works, Great Artists

4 - 27 April 2023

Erskine, Hall & Coe are delighted to unveil our annual Small Works, Great Artists exhibition, illuminating the exceptional talent working in clay in Britain and across the globe from the 20th century to the present day.

A stunning bowl by Hans Coper, engraved with a form of sgraffito motif, is shown beside classic pitted stoneware vases by Lucie Rie and freshly thrown vessels by Jennifer Lee.  A fascinating earthenware pedestal bowl by Gordon Baldwin, dating from 1978 is juxtaposed with a charming sculpture by Ian Godfrey.

We are thrilled to exhibit for the first time the work of Suzuki Osamu, an avant-garde artist whose ceramics have received tremendous praise in Japan.  Two sculptures on display, Summer Moon and Mirror of Cloud demonstrate Osamu’s break from traditional styles and methods favoured by many of his contemporaries.  Also sourced during a recent visit to Japan are a beautiful selection of guinomi by Shozo Michikawa and new tea bowls by Machiko Ogawa, decorated in a delicate alabaster glaze.

Though the exhibition focuses on ceramics, highlights also include two works on Washi (Japanese paper) by Shihoko Fukumoto and Urushi lacquer sculptures by Genta Ishizuka.

The show represents the following artists:

Gordon Baldwin
Claudi Casanovas
Hans Coper
Ruth Duckworth
Sara Flynn
Shihoko Fukumoto
Ian Godfrey
Ewen Henderson
Genta Ishizuka
Ryuichi Kakurezaki
Yasuhisa Kohyama
Ryoji Koie
Beate Kuhn 
Jennifer Lee
Jacqueline Lerat
Gillian Lowndes
Shozo Michikawa
Machiko Ogawa
Suzuki Osamu
Sara Radstone
Lucie Rie
Inger Rokkjær
James Tower 
Shiro Tsujimura
Gertrud Vasegaard
John Ward