Ceramic Landscape can be viewed at Studio Eleven

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Published: Friday 19th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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A beautiful exhibition of ceramics is on display at Studio Eleven in the Fruit Market, Hull’s newly regenerated cultural hub.

The workshop and gallery was established in 2009 by artists Adele Howitt and Rob Moore. It closed during Humber Street’s major rejuvenation and is now located at attractive new premises at number 12.

A bright, vibrant and airy space, Studio Eleven is running a special Made in Hull cabinet during Hull UK City of Culture 2017. This complements its own rolling programme of exhibitions of local handmade wares.

The current exhibition, Ceramic Landscape, which opened yesterday, is a showcase of Adele’s elegant ceramic works. These are alongside atmospheric drawings by Myles Linley.

Adele works primarily with clay to create shapes and compositions that are somehow striking whilst retaining a quiet grace. The twists, turns, protrusions and dips are really quite mesmerising, with every inch offering intricate detail.

“I am fascinated by the natural world, geology, history and science,” says Adele. “The relevance of pattern and form found in landscape are concepts that I investigate, including microscopic landscapes and pollen grains.”

The artist’s inspiration is similar to that of Myles, yet of a very different style and mood. Whilst Adele’s works are glossy and smooth, Myles infuses his landscapes and seascapes with a dark, stark, brooding ambience.

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Despite their different approaches, the two artists’ works go together beautifully. Myles’s drawings have a real sense of depth and immersion to them, whilst Adele’s ceramics are naturally three-dimensional and filled with elaborate undulations and secretive cores.

You get a real feel for the juxtaposing techniques when viewed together.

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Adele’s ceramics are created through a combination of press moulding and coil building, followed by repeated templates of clay and processes used in traditional pottery flower making.

The result is a totally unique object that follows its own form of aesthetics, with the sharp and jagged proving as beautiful as the smooth and wavy.

You can also see the influence that the natural world has on Adele’s creative process, with ceramics resembling everything from sea anemones to pine cones.

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Studio Eleven is a wonderful place to visit. Whilst an oasis of calm and contemplation, its staff are always friendly and welcoming.

There’s always something interesting on display and we’re sure you’ll be inspired. Just make sure to resist the urge to touch the wonderfully tactile creations.

If you’re interested in displaying pieces in their Made In Hull cabinet, it costs just £20 per shelf per month, or £80 for the cabinet per month. For more information, contact the gallery on 01482 229600 or email info@studioeleven.co.uk.

Open 11am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday, make sure to pay a visit to see Ceramic Landscape, which runs until Friday 16 June. Whilst in the area, grab a bite to eat or enjoy a drink from one of the area’s many bars and restaurants.

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Published: Friday 19th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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