I am delighted to announce a major exhibition of my ceramics, Urban Joy, which will be held in April 2020 across two venues – Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works and the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.
The exhibition will show new works inspired by my environment in Sheffield and the surrounding countryside. It will also include earlier pieces to tell the story of my many years working in clay.
Much of my recent works are slipcase in stoneware and porcelain, cast from plaster moulds and, while the exhibition is on, I will be demonstrating the process of mould making and slip casting each Friday from 2-4 pm in the gallery at Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works.
Works at the Persistence Works Gallery will be for sale, to be collected after the exhibition.
The exhibition takes place from 10 April – 9 May 2020.
Urban Joy – an exhibition by Hanne Westergaard
10 April – 9 May 2020
Urban Joy – an exhibition of ceramics in two Sheffield venues: Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works Gallery and Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.
Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works Gallery, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS
Two examples of my recent pieces of sculpture will be on show at the ‘Art in the Garden’ exhibition this summer in the Sir Harold Hillier Garden in Hampshire, starting on 11th May 2019 and continuing until October.
I have previously had my ceramics shown in this lovely garden and it gave me great pleasure.
The pieces I will be exhibiting are inspired by the seedpods of Japanese Anemones, which I find more fascinating than the actual flowers. The seedpods start off quite firm with a nice pattern. They then open up, expand, and blow away.
To make the sculptures, I first carved the shape by hand in plaster and then made a mould from that shape, before casting clay into the plaster mould. One of the pieces is soda-wood fired and the other is fired in the gas kiln in my Sheffield studio.
Both pieces are designed to be placed outdoors and add interest to a garden environment.
My studio, Studio 18 will be open and I welcome visitors to have a look at my work in progress.
I am working on pieces for my solo show in 2020. This exhibition will be centred on works I have developed taking inspiration from drain covers around Sheffield.
I shall also show new sculptural pieces inspired by nature, this will include some outdoor pieces.
There will be no more smaller garden pots as such, but at the Open Studio I will be selling of some at reduced price.
I am working on getting ready for this years Open Studio weekend.
What I will be showing is a series of cast taken from the streets of Sheffield, from the parks and a bit further away the beach.
Casts from the street is a couple of casts from manhole covers, quite old one with beautifully hand carved letters. I have made plaster moulds from the cast I have taken from the metal covers, and they are now stoneware and porcelain pieces to be exhibited.
From the parks are seed pods and bird feathers.
Bird feathers are everywhere, on the paths in the park, on the pavements in town and on the sand on the beach. All different in shape and colour, endless inspiration.
The seedpods does not strictly come from a Sheffield park, but from a large tree at the ceramic centre I went to in Hungary last summer. I started some plaster moulds there, inspired by the seedpods, and have now cast stoneware and porcelain shapes from them.
The stoneware casts from the beach shows different patterns in sand. I have made them into cushion like pieces.
It is all about looking around and enjoying what is interesting and beautiful in our environment.
Some of my garden ceramics will be part of the Sculpture Trail and be displayed at Peter Reeds small garden at 11 Katherine Street.
The Open Garden will take place the first weekend-8th-9th September and I shall try to be there most of the time to meet visitors and answer questions on my works. I look forward to being in Saltaire for the festival, it is such a lovely place.
This is the first year of the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth. My studio is only 45 minutes away from the show, at Yorkshire Artspace : Persistence Works in Sheffield. I have handmade planters and birdbaths for sale in my studio, and I will be there over the weekend so if any visitors to the show would like to come along, please email me.
You can see a selection of some of my garden ceramics here https://hannewestergaard.co.uk/garden-ceramics/