Bottle Oven Art Club
Last year one of our volunteers, Terry Woolliscroft, set up the Bottle Oven Art Club. Inspired by ‘Grayson Perry’s Art Club’ Terry worked with us, The Potteries Heritage Society and the Heritage Action Zone to put a Potteries twist on the idea, as part of a range of online celebrations for Potteries Bottle Oven Day. The club competition was launched during lockdown and encouraged people to turn to art in difficult times and create images of Potteries bottle ovens. The club gave many moments of happiness to people who were inspired to create or appreciate art during the pandemic.
After much deliberation the judges selected 50 of the entries to be included in our online exhibition. We will also be having a physical exhibition of these wonderful artworks when it is safe to do so.
Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to all those who’s artworks were selected. The standard of work was excellent and our 3 judges had a difficult task in narrowing the exhibition down to 50. Many thanks to the judges –
- Katey Goodwin FRSA – Deputy Director, Head of Digitisation and Public Engagement | Art UK. In her role she is responsible for two major projects to digitise the UK’s national collection of oil paintings and sculpture. Earlier in her career she was Collections Officer for Local History at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, and has also worked at Keele University as curator of their ceramics collection.
- Lor Green – Lor is an accomplished artist and administrator/organiser of Urban Sketchers, Stoke. She has studied and sketched the Potteries landscape en plein air ‘in all weathers’ and knows how tricky it can be to represent the humble bottle oven in art. She has a particular interest in Art Therapy.
- Henry Birks – Gallery Director, Trent Art Gallery. Henry established the gallery with his business partner Ruth Palmer and has rapidly developed it to become well-respected both locally and nationally. Henry has organised special exhibitions at the gallery in Newcastle representing The Royal Society of British Artists and The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
Here are all of the artists who’s work has been selected for inclusion in the exhibition.
‘Carl Philip’ Hodges
Helen Claire Randall
Up to 11
Amelia Rose Evans
Daisy May Hurst-Rowley
Our biggest thank you is to Gladstone volunteer Terry Woolliscroft who has worked tirelessly to make this happen. From his original idea, to months of organisation, it is his hard work which has ensured the success of the Bottle Oven Art Club. Thank you Terry.