Twenty Two

Twenty Two 2022 Ceramics Exhibition is on from the 30th April -15th May. A select group of ceramicists and potter’s from the Southern Ceramic Group have come together to show their work at the Jack House Gallery. This is the second ceramics exhibition hosted at this lovely gallery in Old Portsmouth following the highly successful exhibition in 2020. The exhibits include a large variety of ceramic art from 22 artists working in clay. The range includes functional, sculptural, and decorative – representing a  unique range of styles and firings using this medium. Four ceramicists from Portsmouth are part of the exhibition Alec Roberts, Liu Quian, Lynn Nicholls (southsea_mudlark), and Wendy Brenan.

Exhibiting at the Jack House is a wonderful opportunity for ceramicists to show their work, especially as most work alone in home studios. Two SCG members, Vasu and Lynn, came up with the idea of a group show during the 2020 lockdown. Bringing the makers together was timely as they had been isolated and lost opportunities to sell. In recent years, helped by programmes like Channel 4s Great Pottery, have raised the profile of ceramics. Lynn Nicholls has met Keith Brymer Jones a few times when he visited some local clay-based projects run by the former Clay Station organiser Ginny Topp. Keith is encouraging and inspiring just as you see on the programme.

Although Southsea Folk has followed and featured Lynn Nicholls work before it is great to see such different styles of other ceramicists from the South Coast all come together. There are some wonderful pieces for sale including art for your wall to car engineering parts. Well worth a visit, I especially loved the work by Joanna Morris who described to me the type of kiln used to create some of her pieces on show and the effects this created.

The show is open every day 10 to 4.30 but closed on Mondays.