Porcelain and Paint

Tim Gee and Jane Hagan


Friday 17 - Wednesday 22 May 2019

10 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday, and 11 am - 3 pm on Sunday
Admission free


Jane Hagan

Tim Gee

Jane Hagan

Tim Gee

Almost twenty years ago Jane Hagan and Tim Gee met and became friends at Plymouth College of Art, their creative paths diverging but their use of colour an enduring link.

Our exhibition together will illustrate aspects of the journey we undertook all those years ago. Culminating in our current work, Tim’s porcelain will explore texture and colour applied to lidded containers and Jane’s canvases are an exploration in abstract expressionism.

Jane Hagan is drawn to water and as a sailor and scuba instructor she spends a lot of time near, on or in the water, the freedom of movement feeding into her artwork with spontaneity.

I studied Applied Arts at Plymouth College of Art and Design and made large ceramic sculptures, but with time I have discovered the joy and freedom in the immediacy of acrylic painting. For this exhibition I will be showing some earlier works alongside a new direction where I leave the rectangle canvas behind and paint on shaped board. As ever the theme of journeys and encounters follow through into the paintings. I studied ceramics and glass using their unique processes; making, drying, firing and glazing this slow method was absorbing and immensely rewarding. In sharp contrast the canvas provides great freedom and immediacy; acrylic paints can be vibrant, colourful and energetic. Quite simply I paint as an act of creativity.

Jane is a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

Tim Gee: In 1996 random chance allowed me to touch clay for the first time, an epiphany that has led to a glorious life of enthusiasm (and penury). My wheel-thrown porcelain has been featured in various books, won accolades and taken me throughout this country and abroad. Ever since that first touch the tactile qualities of my work have been of primary importance, my return to college to study for my Masters allowing me to explore this love of the tactile. My new work consists of a range of enclosed forms with textured exteriors; from very smooth to extremely rugged, each exterior is paired with a glossy coloured interior. This is a range of work designed specifically to be caressed; touch and exploration is vital to the appreciation of the work.

Affiliations past and present:
Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Westcountry Potters Association
Selected maker Crafts Council
Professional member Contemporary Potters Association
The Society of Designer Craftsmen