Art: Colourful exotic pots among joys on show at Queen’s Park Open Studios Day

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 June 2016

Theresa Edwards at work

Theresa Edwards at work


Ceramicist Theresa Edwards is among 10 artists opening their doors in Queen’s Park on Sunday.

For the past 10 years, one of the pleasures afforded by Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios Day, which takes place this Sunday, has been seeing the latest designs of Theresa Edwards’s ceramics.

Theresa cites her parents and early life as influences on the brilliant colours and often exotic motifs of her pottery.

Her father was a Jamaican artist, her Scots mother spent her childhood in India and Theresa grew up by the sea in Cornwall.

She left to study at Leeds College of Art, specialising in painting, textiles and ceramic sculpture, and came to London, to a bedsit in Well Walk, Hampstead in the late 60s.

After working in animation, films and TV for 30 years she rediscovered the joys of ceramics through evening classes at Camden Arts Centre run by Sudanese potter Mo Abdullah.

Gradually she has come to spend all her time as a ceramicist, working in her home studio in Queen’s Park, where she has lived for 40 years. White earthenware clay, rolled, pressed, coiled and slabbed, is finished to create an ideal surface for decoration using stencils, underglazes and slip.

Pieces range from small dishes to large vessels and are on display at her studio in Donaldson Road.

Close by, in Victoria Road, Johanna Freudenberg is showing abstract artworks which are a bold departure from a lifetime of figurative painting. However, she sees the collages she has recently made from materials including wire mesh and oil crayon as a consolidation of techniques learnt from looking at landscapes and the human form.

John Blandy, whose studio is at his home in Montrose Avenue, co-initiated the visual art aspect of the biennial open days in 1998 with Lindsey Cutts and has been involved ever since.

He is a familiar figure at his easel in the park where he paints the same lime tree several times a week. He first painted it in March 1997 and it was a daily ritual for many years.

His other obsession, since 1973, has been with Seacourt Stream near Oxford where he now recurrently paints from three viewpoints.

Working on site, he responds to the light and movement of weather and seasons.

By contrast Dan Levy, whose studio is in Summerfield Avenue, is open to multiple and fresh sources of inspiration – whatever excites him in his environment.

“My subjects are objects from the everyday with which I try to create a different and personal world using oil pastel and collage,” he says.

There are 10 private studios, some with displays by several artists, plus an exhibition in St Anne’s Church, Salusbury Road. Other attractions include music in gardens and the park.

There the exhibition Double Take, by the Queen’s Park Portrait Project, has two interpretations of many residents by local photographers. Advance tickets £5 from Worldly Wicked & Wise, 81 Salusbury Road NW6, or £6 on the day from the reception garden at 155 Chevening Road NW6.

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