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Porcelain Bowl 2005

Gareth Mason (born 1965, Pembroke, Wales, UK)

Gareth Mason's work is inspired by the traditions of the Far East. His speciality is producing wheel-thrown bottle and bowl forms, which he sees as representing secrecy and openness. Gareth studied at Wimbledon and then West Surrey College of Art & Design. He began making pots professionally as a production thrower at Farnham Pottery, making large garden pots. It gave him his own space and some time to develop his throwing. A period as potter-in-residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre gave him the opportunity to teach and culminated in a solo exhibition in the Bracknell gallery,1998. Gareth works in porcelain, firing at 1280 degrees centigrade to create glassy transparent glaze in oxidisation and reduction or smooth satin whites. He is meticulous about his shapes, glaze recipes and firings. Every inch of every pot is given the same care and attention, although form remains at all times paramount. Gareth works from his own pottery in Hampshire and tutors part-time at Surrey Institute Art and Design and Alton College. The appeal of this particular bowl is the freedom and spontaneity of the splashed-on decoration.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Bourne Fine Art
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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