A solo exhibition of contemporary vessels by Jack Doherty
Saturday 11th - Monday 13th August open 11am – 6pm.
by appointment until Friday 17th August.

Preview Friday 10th August at 5.30pm.

Jack Doherty presents a new body of ceramic interventions inspired and made in response to the place where the artist lives and works.                                                                                                                            

The exhibition at Garden House explores ideas around home and function but not necessarily utility. The site-sensitive ceramic vessels and installations have been made in direct response to a home environment actively engaging in the architectural spaces where the work is to be encountered. No longer purely utilitarian, these abstract vessels do not conform to conventional use.

Doherty challenges the rules of refinement and containment through the fluidity and energy of his work. The ceramic vessels and sculptural forms he makes are thrown on the potters wheel then carved and shaped to reflect the physicality of making and the process of firing. Questioning the vernacular of domesticity and functionality Doherty describes himself as being; Interested in the usefulness of things. Archetypal forms from history are touchstones in my practice. Vessels made for a contemporary context can be solitary and contemplative or ceremonial; for everyday or a special occasion. I question their place in the world.

The architectural spaces in the house are driving the forms and the concepts behind the vessels. The forms are beyond conventional use, made to articulate the space and create a dialogue with the viewer and the inhabitants who live there. The interaction with the physical spaces in the building record, inform and transform the work whilst reflecting a wider abstract understanding of function and use in daily living.

For our house is our corner of the world.
As has often been said it is our first experience of the universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.   
  Gaston Bachelard; Poetics Of Space

Special events:

Saturday 11th August. Talks. 6.30pm – 8.30pm (Free event limited to 20 places)
Jack Doherty, in conversation with curator Sarah Frangleton. Doherty will discuss his new body of work inspired by Garden House and how the processes of making have informed his practice.

At Home: Talk by Laura Gray; Exploring the relationship between contemporary ceramics practice and domestic space. This relaxed and informal evening talk will take you through how artist-potters Edmund de Waal, Clare Twomey and Anders Ruhwald have used multiples, installation, and site sensitivity to address the relationship between contemporary ceramics practice and domestic space as a frame for, and a participating element in, their work. 

Private houses used for exhibitions and displays of art make for a very particular and interesting type of viewing experience. They provide a unique frame for the objects displayed within. Over the last decade, the distinctive domestic-museum environment offered by former homes such as Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, High Cross House in Devon, Blackwell Arts and Craft House in the Lake District, has become interesting to artists working in the medium of clay. And in some cases, the museum is also the medium.

Laura Gray was formerly Assistant Curator for Art at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston and a curator in the Fine and Decorative Art department of the National Army Museum in London. She is currently in the final year of her doctorate at Cardiff School of Art.

Sunday 12th August; Bring a picnic and enjoy the garden.
2pm Jack Doherty will give a guided tour through the exhibition.

To reserve a place for the talks or arrange a viewing time
Contact Sarah Frangleton
07974 171636
01736 731303

Garden House
The Parade
TR19 6PP

For details and further information

Directions; From the A30
Travel into Penzance along the promenade to Newlyn.
In Newlyn turn left at the crossroads.
Drive along the coast road until you will arrive at Mousehole.
We recommend the free parking on the left when entering the village or the large car park adjoining the Old Coastguard Hotel.
Garden House is opposite Harding’s garage.
Entrance through the big green gate.

We look forward to seeing you