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. The title is a 'tongue in cheek' reference to 1980’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. After many years of passing on their skills and knowledge to Ceramics undergraduates at various Scottish Art Schools, including the Glasgow School of Art, Bill Brown and John Maguire now work from a studio in Barrhead.
Calendar of Events
February 15, 2014
April 26, 2014
Scottish Feltmakers is a membership organisation and part of the International Feltmakers Association. After an approach from the SF’s exhibition group, it was agreed that the Barony Centre would host an exhibition and workshop programme as a celebration of the very ancient craft skill of feltmaking. Used in many places in the world for diverse items, its versatility has lent itself to many different treatments, with new uses discovered by a new generation of artists and makers.
The works in the exhibition will consist of new pieces ranging from those influenced by traditional crafts and techniques to contemporary, concept-based work.
July 11, 2014
This year will be the SPA's 40th anniversary and they are planning events to celebrate and to raise awareness of this wonderful craft which they all love.
The show at The Barony Centre will be a selected exhibition, representing the range and quality of ceramics created by SPA members. They hope to collate memorabilia of the last 40 years of the SPA: photos, film and videos, graphics etc. plus stories and memories to chart the development of studio ceramics in Scotland and display these as part of the show at the Barony Centre.
A programme of workshops and masterclass will run alongside the exhibition; details will follow in March/April
September 26, 2014
“This Beloved Earth” from the poem “For Instance” by Denise Levertov
This exhibition comes about as a direct result of a short residency at The Barony Centre in September 2013, when Ewan Balfour (Shetland), Lise Bech (Denmark/Ayrshire), Mary Butcher (England), Carlos Fontales (Spain), Joe Hogan (Ireland) and Barbara Ridland (Shetland) spent a weekend ‘hanging out’; having conversations, ‘playing’ with weave using natural and found materials and sharing skills via drop in workshops open to the public. Lise and Barbara spent a further 4 days talking and working through ideas for further exploration.
Lois Walpole (South West France/Shetland), who had wanted to be part of last years’ residency but was unable to attend, will complete this group of internationally renowned practitioners. It is planned to host another residency and series of education and master-class workshops throughout the period of the exhibition.
December 5, 2014
This is a rare opportunity to see two of Scotland's outstanding collections of Silverware, created by Scottish Silversmiths, exhibited together.
Silver of the Stars
"Silver of the Stars"pairs ten international celebrities in the fields of film, fashion, music, theatre and literature, with ten of Scotland's finest silversmiths. Each pair has collaborated on the design for a piece of silver on that most beautiful moment, "a drink with a close friend", resulting in a hugely varied collection of drinking vessels that ranges from absinthe goblets to teapots to claret jugs.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a childrens’ and Youths’ education programme, masterclasses and artist talks and may include a commissioned piece to celebrate Scottish silversmithing. Marion E Kane, one of the S of S silversmiths, has a studio in West Kilbride; Marion was paired with celebrity Ewan McGregor and made an amazing Coffee Pot, Mug and Cream Jug. The motorbike handles that feature on both the mug and the coffee pot remind Ewan of his incredible journey around the world on his BMW we’re delighted the pieces will return to West Kilbride as part of this exhibition. Another local resident, Nicola Benedetti, was one of the other celebrities who featured in this exhibition. Paired with silversmith Roger Millar, who has supported Craft Town Scotland since its beginnings, Nicola’s pieces are a silver hot chocolate pot and mugs inspired by an imagined meeting between Nicola and Nelson Mandela at the peak of Cairn Gorm.
The Millennium Collection for Bute House
The Millennium Collection for Bute House features an eclectic collection of contemporary silver created by fifteen of Scotland’s top silversmiths. Originally commissioned to celebrate the founding of the Scottish Parliament, these works are now the official collection of state silver used at the Edinburgh residence of the First Minister of Scotland. Outstanding design and meticulous craftsmanship reflect the individuality of each participating artist.