The fascinating subject of our March talk was “Sources of inspiration in Studio Ceramics” which was given by Peter Lane, Chairman of the Tavistock Probus Club. With 60 years’ experience in the design and making of exquisitely attractive ceramics, Peter has explored the qualities of light, luminosity, and colour using landscape, nature and sunlight as his predominant themes. For 30 years, Peter played a significant role in art education both in the UK and around the world and was awarded a senior fellowship at the University of East Anglia in 1984.
Peter’s designs emphasised his love of trees and landscapes, particularly in the Lake District and the Derbyshire Downs. This he combined with the carving of pottery and the colouring of the surface using natural elements such as copper, cobalt, and manganese. Techniques of overlaying colours to produce fractured light effects were described using both slides and the many examples of his pottery on display. Some of the techniques were surprisingly simple, using such items as strips of cornflake packets and masking tape. Random repeated shapes represented examples of nature such as fungi and swans.
The vote of thanks was given by David Denton who described Peter’s talk as widely enthusiastic and expertly presented. In April, we hold our AGM preceded by lunch in the Bedford Hotel. Tavistock Probus Club is always pleased to welcome new members. If you would like more information or a complimentary invitation to one of our talks, please have a word with our secretary on 01822 615669.
If you would like more information or a complimentary invitation to one of our Tavistock Probus Club talks, please have a word with our secretary on 01822 615669.
Here are some more images of Peter Lane’s Studio Ceramics: