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Bruce Chivers was born in Australia and has been resident in England since the mid-1980's. He runs a successful pottery at Dunsford in Devon.

After teaching for several years specialising in art/ceramics he established his own pottery and was lucky enough to work and study with Takoa Sakai, a visiting Japanese potter.

Described by writer and art critic Peter Davies as “an artist potter whose work shines with a flowing lyricism in which decoration is intrinsically linked to form but equally linked to random natural processes of image formation of the kind favoured by the American Abstract Expressionists and the European ‘matter’ painters.”

Bruce is an internationally acclaimed potter. His recent work embraces both traditional and contemporary practice and has been accredited in the ceramics books -‘Raku’ a contemporary view of work, ‘5 Devon Potters’ and Yunomi. He is a Full member of the Craft Potters Association. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and lectures Degree Art and Design at South Devon College.

His work is represented in Major Craft Council listed galleries in the USA, Europe, Australia and UK, with exhibitions including the V&A museum, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and Fukuoka City Gallery, Japan.

“My work is essentially about mark making on simple forms. I always keep an eye on the Zen notion of embracing the element of surprise through the action of flame and gestural brushwork directly onto ceramic pieces and now more recently patina formation on Bronze.”
Raku is one of the six ancient kilns of Japan - it was selected by the tea masters for the tea ceremony and as such forms an integral part of their cultural aesthetic and concept of beauty.
Today 'Raku' is synonymous with a fast firing technique where the pots are taken from the fire red hot and placed in some sort of combustible material evoking all the spontaneity of the fire.
With 'Raku' there is a necessity to embrace the element of surprise. And then seeing and knowing become as important as the making

Selected Exhibitions:

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon.
Harlequin Gallery, Greenwich, London.
Ruthin Gallery, Wales.
Centre of Contemporary Applied Arts, Sunderland.
Contemporary Studio Pottery, Chagford.
Candover Gallery, Alresford.
Black Swan Gallery, Frome.
Walford Mill, Dorset.
Craft in the Bay, Cardiff.
Dartington Cider Press, Dartington .
Bettles Gailery, Ringwood.
City Art Gallery, Leeds.
Exeter & Devon Arts Centre Exeter.
On line Gallery, Southampton.
Broughton Gallery, Broughton.
Oriel Myrddin-Carmarthen.
Bircham Gallery-Holt.
Rufford Craft Centre-Rufford.
Hitchcocks-Alresford.
Rye Art Gallery-Rye.
Southhampton Art Gallery-Southhampton.
Church House Designs-Congressbury.
New Craftsman-St Ives.
Woodbury Gallery-Woodbury near Exeter.
Cecilia Coleman-London.
Pam Schomberg-Colchester.
Fenny Lodge Gallery-Milton Keynes.
Ombersley Gallery-Worcestershire.
Royal Albert Museum-Exeter.
Appledore Festival-5 Devon Potters.
The Old Bakehouse Gallery-Chichester.
Burton Art Gallery-Bideford.
Bristol Guild of Apllied Arts-Bristol.
The Atelier Gallery-Exeter University.
V&A Museum-London.
Amsterdam University-Netherlands.
Red Pony Gallery-New England U.S.A.
The Beaver Gallery-Canberra Australia.
The British Counsel-Dubai.

Awards:

Arts Council Award 2008

Publications:

Tim Andrew 'Raku A Contemporary View', A C Black,1994
Peter Davies '5 Devon Potters' Joned & Palmer Ltd, 2004
Tim Andrews 'Raku' A C Black, 2005
Tim Andrews 'Raku' KP Books,Wisconsin USA
'Fifty' Devon Guild of Craftsman.2005
'Ceramics Book' Ceramic Review Publishing 2006, 2008, 2012
David A Glick 'Yunomi DAG Collection' 2010

 

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