NORTHUMBRIAN CRAFT POTTERY
Throwing a Christmas party
A banquet fit for the Three Wise Men, everything was thrown on the day from the plates, goblets, party hats, streamers and even the turkey.
RED AND GREEN
Andrew M Harding and Michael Palmer have over 30 years of making pots together. We met in 1977 at Cleveland College of Art where we studied various techniques and mediums before becoming engrossed in ceramics, finding great excitement in the versatility of clay and being particularly drawn to the immediacy of throwing.
Upon completing our qualifications we went on to serve apprenticeships in local potteries which specialised in production sprig ware. In 1987 we formed Northumbrian Craft Pottery along with Matt Jobling who left after a couple of years. We continued producing sprig ware for tourist outlets as well as expanding our work to include domestic ranges and gift ware. During the last 10 years we have produced more individual pieces for galleries and exhibitions in porcelain and other clays. Up to this point all of our ware was reduction fired in a gas kiln so when the opportunity arose to experiment with other firing techniques we jumped at it, producing new work by wood firing, salt glazing, raku etc.
Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany. We were hand selected to represent the UK at this international pottery market
Keramikmuseun, Westerwald, Germany
Courtyard Gallery, Belford
Farfield Mill, Sedbergh
The Roundhouse Gallery, Foston
Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
Cup and Ring Exhibition, Belford 2007
New Dawn, Stokoe House, Alston 2008
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead 2009, 2010 and 2012
Broadwood Hall, Allendale 2009, 2011 and 2012
Wood fired Exhibition, Belford 2010
Northern Clay at Newcastle Arts’ Centre 2011
Northern Clay at the Biscuit Factory , Newcastle upon Tyne 2012
We have created Performance art pieces entitled “Throwing a banquet” and “Christmas Party” for Potfest at Carlisle, Penrith, Froom, Shrewsbury and Warminster.
Telewests’ Catherine Cookson period dramas and Wire in the blood
Historical societies such as The Northumbrian Vikings.