This exhibition brings together two Scottish ceramicists who between them have amassed decades of experience working in ceramics; examples of their work are held in public and private collections.Â The title is a 'tongue in cheek' reference to 1980â€™s TV Series 'Brideshead Revisited' but flags up a long association with ceramic production in Barrhead - namely Barrhead Sanitary Ware Limited, which was established over a century ago.Â Â After many years of passing on their skills and knowledge to Ceramics undergraduates at various Scottish Art Schools, including the Glasgow School of Art, BillÂ Brown and John Maguire now work from a studio in Barrhead.
Bill has been working full-time in ceramics since graduating from college in 1974, and as well as being a designer and maker he has been involved in teaching in a number of art colleges, finally retiring from full-time teaching in 2011 after 25 years as a lecturer at Glasgow School of Art.
Bill has specialised for a number of years in the techniques of casting and ceramic printmaking and has exhibited widely in Europe, Australia and USA as well as in Britain. He has also undertaken a number of commissions for architectural ceramics.
â€˜Ceramics is unique as an art-formâ€™, says Bill. â€˜Ceramists are defined by the material rather than a particular kind of product and we can explore all the many different areas within it; one-off pieces, tableware, tiles, sanitary ware, sculpture â€“ the possibilities are endless and the great thing is that providing no-one drops them the pieces will still look as fresh in a thousand years as they do now. Potters always have the last laughâ€.
John Maguire has been involved with Ceramics full-time since 1986. He has taken part in over 100 exhibitions and has experience teaching in Art Colleges
and Schools, including time spent as a Visiting Lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Edinburgh College of Art.
Well known for wheel-thrownÂ pots, Johnâ€™s work is held in public collections including Aberdeen Art Gallery and Perth Museum and Art Gallery. John has also undertaken private commissions such as the production of exclusive tableware for â€œAndrew Fairlie @ Gleneaglesâ€ Restaurant.
One of Johnâ€™s commissions saw him produce his distinctive flower-shaped Urinals and Wash Hand Basins for Dobbies/Tesco UK Garden Centres in 2010.
"When Dobbies commissioned me to design an artistic centre piece for its new Livingston garden centre, I wanted to try and create a unique blend of form and function. The pieces seem to have caused a stir already."