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Raku Exhibition 2018

This autumn 45 Southside’s exhibition focuses on raku fired ceramics.
Five talented Devon and Cornwall based, artists showing their latest raku work.

The raku technique originates from 16th century Japan and is a process in which pottery that once fired and then removed from the kiln is subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials such as sawdust. The smoke blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface. The crazing is a distinctive feature particular to the raku technique and a certain amount of unpredictability to this process makes every piece unique.

The gallery also welcomes a new artist; California born Mary Kaun-English. She creates pit-fired and burnished sculptural pieces, a technique in which clay is polished to a beautiful sheen without the use of glaze.

The participating artists are Dan Chapple, Sarah McCormack, Tim Welbourne, Christina Peters and Mary Kaun-English all creating their unique style using a similar firing technique.

The exhibition will run from 22nd September to 30th October 2018. The opening view is on Saturday 22nd September from 3pm to 6pm, all are welcome.


New Artist: Vanessa Child-Villiers

We are excited to announce Vanessa Child-Villiers to the gallery. The talented ceramic artists new work “Violent Delights” can be view first hand in gallery. The sculptural vessels are masterfully crafted by hand with intricate details and opulence. The title speaks volumes and the work is a testament of Vanessa’s skill. Each vessel is unique in form, one is lifted by a glass base. The interiors of each are glazed in a smooth silky cream in contrast to the bronze of the metallic oxide that covers the spiky exterior. Simply moreish and tactile work, made to dazzle and awe!

The vessels are priced from £220 to £240 and approximate measurements: Height: 23cm, Width: 16cm.



New Work By Kate Packer – Skulls & Jellyfish Ahoy!

Inspired by the ocean, Kate’s fascinating new wirework reaches a depth of its own with semi-precious stones and pearls intricately weaved into the wire. The new distinctive rings and eye catching jellyfish brooches will act as accent piece or complement any number of Kate’s earrings or necklaces.  Jewellery with a stunning difference, a perfect gift for any sea lover!

Handmade wirework Rings & Brooches  (more works are available)
Artist: Kate Packer
Material: stainless steel wire
Gemstones as shown: freshwater pearls, chrome diopside and porcelain skull.
Measurements: Brooch L 7cm, W 3.4cm. Ring size: N, L1/2 and more.
Broches £42 each and Rings £20.

 More about Kate Packer

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New Work By Richard Glass – Splash

The Splash is back, each one is uniquely made and a beautifully sculptured representation of water, with blue and white frosted glass spanning out and upward. Pop in to the gallery to view the Splash first hand or contact us for commissions. They can also be made with a clear, blue or green finish. So why not splash out!

Artist: Richard Glass
Title: Splash
Material: Glass
Approx. Measurements: H 47cm, W 59cm, D 24.5, Base 9cm.

 More about Richard Glass

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Moorland Glass Vessels by Richard Glass – New Designs

Richard created a new series of glass bowls and vases inspired by our beautiful moorlands. The colours of a sunny spring day on the moors are embodied in every piece of skillfully handblown glass vessels. Prices are starting from just £40 for a 11 x 12 cm bowl to £125 for a 30cm tall statement piece. You find some of Richard’s work in our  online shop  and of course the whole range in our Barbican gallery.

Richard Glass – Moorland Bowls

Richard Glass – Breaking Wave – NEW 2018

Richard Glass Display – Detail


New Artist: Qi Zhang’s fine porcelain work

We are excited to show Qi Zhang’s masters work at 45 Southside. Qi studied a foundation degree in Applied Crafts at Cambridge and continued on to graduate with a first class degree in BA Ceramics from the University for the Creative Arts Farnham in 2017. Currently Qi is studying for her Masters in Ceramics at Plymouth College of Art.

Her delicate porcelain sake bottles (£240) are hand carved on double-layer-casted slipware from colour stain, with transparent glaze applied inside. Chimes (£20) in the same style are made from a cast and are available in glass or ceramic.


New Iris Milward Greeting Cards 2018

We have added three new greeting cards to our ever popular range by Devon artist Iris Milward. Please follow the link to our greeting card page and discover the whole range and the lovely poems. You can view our whole card range here or buy them straight away in Online-Shop.

IM 17 – Seahorse “Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in”

IM 19 – Duck “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.”


Robert Hills – Industrial Lamp

Industrially designed iron lamps with a rust finish. These heavy duty iron tube lamps with original reclaimed enamel transformer danger signs for added impact will sit well in any modern or eclectic home. There are a range of 3 sizes that can be viewed working in the gallery. The edison light bulb is included and the lamp can be fitted with a standard lamp shade.

Height 64 to 90 cm, Width 14 to 20 cm. Priced from £ 340  to  £ 440

The small lamp is available through our online shop.




New work by Jane Price – Kachina Dolls

The Kachina Dolls were designed and brought to life by Jane Price, a textile artist who also works with a varied and wide range of materials. Her Kachina Dolls are inspired by the spiritual traditions of native Americans, particularity derived from New Mexico. The dolls were ancestral spirits in mythology that would be used to teach social and ceremonial traditions to younger generations. The first known Kachina dolls were obtained by traders in 1857. Our favourite Kachina doll is Keeper of Time ( Present, Past & Future ) but never the less they are all fascinating, very detailed designed to a high standard craftsmanship.

 More about Jane Price

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Touchy Feely Exhibition 2017 – Tim Gee and Carol Hocking

An exhibition of textiles and ceramics by Carol Hocking and Tim Gee at 45 Southside,
17th September to 23rd October 2017

Carol Hocking is a textile practitioner with a lifelong interest in textiles and stitching. Her techniques integrate traditional skills and modern technology; using hand weave and stitch, patchwork, layering, and dying in conjunction with laser cut and heat manipulated fabrics.

Tim Gee is known for his subtle use of texture and colour on porcelain, but this new work moves him into uncharted territory. Each of his unique containers are thrown on the wheel, ceramic boxes enclosing a space filled with texture, colour and surprise.

This show will contain new work by both artists exploring colour and texture using two very different media. Tim’s ceramic boxes are enclosed vessels of layered colour and texture. Smooth, glossy or textured each of these coloured pieces begs to be handled.
Carol’s work uses a variety of techniques both traditional and modern to layer and patchwork scraps and other textiles, using older materials reused or recycled to create new work.

Though both approach texture from different directions and using very different media each feel that for work to be appreciated it needs to be handled, fondled, touched and stroked; only then can its true qualities be fully understood. Because of this the artists invite visitors to handle their creations.

The exhibition is part of Carol’s and Tim’s MA in Contemporary Craft at Plymouth College of Art and will run from Sunday 17th September 2017. The opening view will be held on that day from 3pm to 6pm, all are welcome.