Enkindled Spring


5th February 2020 – 29th March 2020

Dylan Bowen – Ceramicist

Dylan Bowen is using slip (a coloured liquid clay) to apply action painting into the ceramicist idiom.  Within British studio ceramics, his lively works provide a new energy to the surface of clay with his rhythmical and highly powered pourings of slip. The son of the noted slipware potter Clive Bowen, Dylan trained at Camberwell College of Arts and had a studio in Oxford before establishing himself in nearby Tackley in 2002. Here he has concentrated on a range of large dishes and plates as well tiles, bottles and vases, thrown and hand-built. Bowen loves to express the soft liquidity of the clay, using slip to accentuate the sense of an object that is fluid and fresh, but also has weight and generosity. Through his relaxed throwing, his broadside cutting, altering and trailing, Bowen keeps any control at arm’s length, putting more emphasis on spontaneity and gestural freedom.

Melvyn Petterson – Printmaker

Melvyn Petterson’s landscapes often centre around the drama played out in nature, a dark cloud threatens, a sudden burst of sunlight, a moody sky against snow covered fields. These are the times when nature displays her more provocative side; probably for just a few seconds; these are often fleeting moments Melvyn has tried to capture in his images.

“My landscapes often centre on the drama played out in nature, a dark cloud threatens, a sudden burst of sunlight, a moody sky against snow covered fields. These are the times when nature displays her more provocative side; probably for just a few seconds; these often fleeting moments I have tried to capture in my images.” Melvyn was born in Cleethorpes and studied at Grimsby School of Art and Camberwell School of Art.
His works have been widely exhibited in the UK and overseas, many works in public, e.g. The British Museum, and private collections. He is a full member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and has had some of his books on drawing published.