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The Common Ground

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Tuesday 29 September 2020 - Saturday 31 October 2020 - All Day


Crafts Study Centre

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The Common Ground is curated by, and presents the paintings and drawings of, Frances Hatch. Its starting point is her observation of the glaze test vessels and notebooks of the potter Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie from the Crafts Study Centre’s collections. These reflect what Hatch calls ‘her curiosity about the specificity and particularity of materials local to her’. In these pieces I meet an artist very much like myself – curious about her “common or garden ground”’. Frances Hatch has selected a group of ceramics by contemporary makers who also specifically connect to this notion of ground, surface and the specificity of place: Adam Buick, Kyra Cane, Jack Doherty and Akiko Hirai. These works, along with Hatch’s allow her ‘to adopt a wide field of vision to soften the gaze and stand on a common ground where all artists meet’.

The radical landscape poet Elisabeth Bletsoe has written a poem for the exhibition which is published in a catalogue available from the Crafts Study Centre. The Common Ground is a selling exhibition and a full hand list of works for sale with images can be viewed in the Shop section of our Website.