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Barnsley-born artist returns to town with his unique teapot exhibition

A new exhibition is currently being installed at The Civic, by Barnsley- born artist Peter Meanley.

An exhibition of elaborate handmade teapots is to open at The Civic this week. Peter Meanley: A Selected Retrospective featuring 45 unique pots including sculptures of The Queen (plus corgi), and a selection of abstract creations in unusual shapes and sizes.

Peter is a passionate ceramicist, trained at the York School of Art and Royal College of Art during the 1960s. His influential work is now represented in a wide range of international collections and museums across Ireland and the UK and in Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Spain including V&A London, Westerwald Museum Germany and the National Ceramics Museum, Holland.

Peter makes one-off functioning teapots with exaggerated features combining a variety of techniques including press-moulding, extruding, pulling, throwing, turning and cutting to assemble the sculptural forms.

His ceramic career began when he saw a photograph of an 18th century ‘Whieldon’ teapot which made a lasting impression on him. Around the same time he became interested in salt- glazing – a technique whose orange-peel texture characterises much of his work.

He says: “Nearly 50 years ago, upon graduation from the Royal College of Art, I found that I liked sticking bits of clay together. It still gives me a fantastic buzz. I know what I am looking for and I recognise it a little easier when I ‘see’ it. For the past 25 years, I have been a saltglaze teapot maker. Some of my pieces can even be used to make tea with, but with some it would be obtuse to try to do so.” 

The exhibition also features a selection of fascinating sketchbooks and inspirations, which visitors are encouraged to pick up and browse through.

In celebration of this new exhibition, Peter will also host a talk and demonstration on Saturday 6 April in the Gallery.

For his free talk, over 60 minutes, Peter will discuss his career as a celebrated artist, his formal training and will explore the techniques he uses.

Later in the day, he will give a free demonstration of the techniques he uses with creating his one-off functioning teapots. He will speak about his process including throwing, turning, cutting and creating sculpted heads in a mould, as well as stories of how he came to be a potter.

Peter Meanley: A Selected Retrospective is in The Gallery at The Civic from 3 April to 20 April.

The Gallery is open Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm, with last entry at 4:45pm. Free Admission

Peter Meanley: Artist Talk is at 11:00am on Saturday 6 April 2019
Peter Meanley: Artist Demo is at 2:00pm on Saturday 6 April. Free Admission

Booking for the talk and demonstration are advisable. Spaces are limited.

 For further booking information visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or contact The Civic Box Office on 01226 327 000

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