Saturday 12th July – Sunday 3rd August in The Octagon Gallery at Whichford Pottery.
Andrew’s pots are special for their skilled bold throwing and freehand painted decoration. He has adapted the historical techniques of country pottery and English Delftware to produce a fully hand-made range of functional decorative pots for modern use. Each piece is unique and the painting an ever changing art. This will be Andrew’s first one-man exhibition in the UK since 1997.
Andrew McGarva was born in Scotland in 1956. He trained at Farnham College of Art and his work was influenced by the traditional slipware pottery of England, Wales and France, following a working visit to La Borne. In 1979 he set up his own workshop within Wobage Farm, Herefordshire, established by Michael and Sheila Casson. His work changed from wood fired salt glaze to stoneware and garden pots. Drawing on the early tin glaze decoration, he created individual decorated items with animals or birds or fruit.
In 1990 he moved to Burgundy in France where he makes domestic stoneware and earthenware as well as structural figurative pieces using both thrown sections and extruded tubes.
Andrew McGarva is author of “Country Pottery, Traditional Earthenware of Britain” published by A & C Black in 2000, which demonstrates his long held interest in the history of the potteries, the personalities and the contemporary interpretations and uses of these traditions.
The Octagon Gallery at Whichford Pottery is a stunning new gallery set in the garden at the pottery, offering a constantly changing selection of unique work by the best potters, alongside top quality gardening tools, jewellery, gift wrap, greetings cards and other British crafts.
Whichford, Nr. Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 5PG
Telephone 01608 684833
The Pottery is open: Weekdays 09.00 to 17.00, Saturdays 10.00 to 16.00, Sundays 11.00 to 16.00
Source: Whichford Pottery and Ceramics Collection Aberystwyth University