LoveClay centre in Fenton launches first in series of ceramic showcases


LoveClay ceramic centre has launched its 2018 calendar of ceramic installations in Stoke-on-Trent.

Based at Valentine Clay new headquarters in Fenton, it has launched its first exhibition of the year with a private viewing event of ceramic artist Rob Parr’s new exhibition: A Stage of Clay.

The exhibition includes 22 pieces of work, all available to buy, and ranges in price from £30 to £20,000 for a large scale chess set which is the showcase of the exhibition.

The ceramic centre is encouraging visitors to call in between February 19-23.

The exhibition features a collection of work inspired by the animal kingdom and mundane activities of the human condition, with pieces named ‘Sister Deborah’ and ‘Kind and Queen Bear’.

Figurative sculptor Rob Parr, said: “I equate this exhibition of work to sending actors out to tread the boards to entertain and engage the audience in a story or idea.”

The company behind LoveClay is planning more ceramic installations, which will be on display to showcase the ceramic industry and the contemporary art available.

Some exhibitions planned for the future include Liz Watts: Beached, Eddie Curtis: Fragile Earth, locally focused ‘Our Ceramics Life’, Staffordshire University Graduates and the NPA 40th Competition display.

Valentine Clays

Valentine Clays new HQ in Fenton

Hannah Ault, sales and marketing director,  said: “It’s been great start the year with Rob’s amazing collection of work.

“We are a big fan and it’s great to see how our clay can be moulded into something so impressive.

“We hope that visitors and collectors will be able to enjoy Rob’s sometimes-witty observations which are subtle yet poignant, leaving viewers with a familiar narrative reminiscent of situations and circumstances of the everyday.

“We are also excited for the next 12 months and the amazing ceramics that will be showcased from artists throughout the UK as well as locally helping to put Stoke-on-Trent on the map as one that is focused on promoting ceramic and our city of culture.”

LoveClay is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.

To find out more about their exhibitions, visit here.


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