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july 2022

09jul(jul 9)10:00 am11sep(sep 11)4:30 pmALEX LOWERY recent paintings with AKIKO HIRAI ceramics and PETTER SOUTHALL furniture


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ALEX LOWERY recent paintings with AKIKO HIRAI ceramics and PETTER SOUTHALL furniture

Saturday 9 July until Sunday 11 September 2022

Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 4.30pm

At Sladers Yard, West Bay Bridport DT6 4EL

World-class artists fill Sladers Yard Gallery in West Bay this summer. Highly acclaimed landscape artist Alex Lowery from Charmouth shows his unique and distinctive paintings of West Bay and Portland alongside the work of Akiko Hirai, a Japanese ceramic artist working in London who has taken the world by storm, and the exceptional furniture of Bridport’s own Petter Southall whose work in in many of the finest collections in this country and around the world.
Alex Lowery’s most recent paintings seem to express a feeling of release, of going to new places and looking with new eyes at familiar places. In his confident, thrilling paintings of West Bay and Portland, he has long been a master at transforming the local and everyday into something universal and heartstopping. Here Alex Lowery expands his range with paintings of new and diverse subject matter from London’s Barbican Centre to the Orkney Islands.
Born 1957 in London, Alex Lowery studied at Bath Academy, Sir John Cass School of Art and the Central School of Art in London. He has painted and shown regularly in Dorset and London since 1994. He exhibited for many years with Art First in London and has shown at the Estorick Collection and at Browse and Darby. His work is in many distinguished private collections as well as the Dorset County Hospital Art Collection, Great Ormond Street Hospital, St George’s Hospital Tooting and the Fidelity International Art Collection. He has shown at Sladers Yard since it opened in 2006. This is his sixth solo exhibition here. He lives in Charmouth with the artist Vanessa Gardiner. Shortlisted in 2019 for the prestigious International Loewe Craft Prize, Akiko Hirai is now one of the most popular potters in this country. Akiko Hirai was born in Japan in March 1970. She already had a degree in cognitive psychology before coming to England. Inspired to take up ceramics by the Korean moon jars in the British Museum, she studied ceramics at the University of Westminster and graduated from Central St. Martins. She now works in Stoke Newington, London. Her intensely handmade tableware has a remarkable purity. Deeply textured, glazed in soft white, matt black and natural colours, her forms are those of simple and satisfying workware. She chooses very rough dark clay and often glazes it with white, which forms a veil between the rough forms underneath and the smooth calmof the exterior. Her range is extensive and fine pieces of porcelain join intensely worked jagged edged Moon Jars and deeply glazed platters. She has shown at Sladers Yard almost every year since 2009.
Petter Southall is a dynamic designer in wood. He has been making his innovative stunning furniture designs with immaculate craftsmanship and detailing from his Dorset workshop since 1991. His work is in eminent private collections and in public and corporate collections all over the world. Recently he has enlarged his practice to include outdoor pavilions and buildings including the Wave Pavilion for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019. Sladers Yard is his showroom, converted by him with sensitive beautiful detailing and filled with his work.
The sources for Petter’s designs are the shapes he steam-bends in solid hardwoods. Using this ancient boat building technique on exceptional, renewable Northern European timber, he makes shapes and forms that are practical, ecological and pleasurable for contemporary use. Aerodynamic lines spring naturally from his sense of curves and proportions. Natural finishes and textures with very little glue and no composites or MDF make healthy tactile furniture that will last and enhance life for generations.
Sladers Yard Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 4.30pm. Café Sladers is a fully licensed seafood restaurant on the ground floor and in the yard at Sladers Yard. The Café opens the same hours as the gallery but is also now open on Sundays with a special lunch menu. Lunch reservations are welcome.



July 9 (Saturday) 10:00 am - September 11 (Sunday) 4:30 pm


Sladers Yard, West Bay

Dorset, DT6 4EL

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