Clay Journeys – potter’s exhibition celebrates Tyne culture

GETTING ARTY ... Clay Journeys, a new exhibition by York-based ceramicist Loretta Brangaza, opens on Saturday at Bede's World, Jarrow.
GETTING ARTY ... Clay Journeys, a new exhibition by York-based ceramicist Loretta Brangaza, opens on Saturday at Bede's World, Jarrow.

A NEW exhibition is aiming to take people on a journey through art.

Clay Journeys opens at Bede’s World, in Jarrow, tomorrow.

ON DISPLAY ... Some of ceramicist Loretta Brangaza's work.

ON DISPLAY ... Some of ceramicist Loretta Brangaza's work.

The display, which runs at the Church Bank museum until June 14, has been created by ceramicist Loretta Brangaza.

The York-based artist’s work is partly inspired by the riverine and maritime cultures of Jarrow.

It explores the interactions between earth, air, fire and water.

Loretta said: “The sculptural forms I use distil and fuse other art form practices that are part of my journey as a ceramicist.

We are thrilled that Loretta‘s journey as an artist is being celebrated here at Bede’s World.

Mike Benson, Bede’s World director

“A lifelong passion for Indian dancing manifests itself in the choreography of my groups and related shapes and in the way the exhibition is displayed.

“The use of rhythmic surface patterning stems from my background in textile design and my fine art training reveals itself in the painterly methods of scumbling, impasto and translucent water colours.”

Mike Benson, director of Bede’s World, says the site is a fitting host for the exhibition.

He said: “We are thrilled that Loretta‘s journey as an artist is being celebrated here at Bede’s World.

“Our museum is a special place that is inspired by Bede and his community. The monastery where he lived and worked is a powerhouse of creativity and thought. It remains as a reminder in our landscape.

“The monastery was a great building of stone where journeymen and master craftsmen left their mark with hammers and chisels all those centuries ago.

“Loretta’s work embodies her craft and creativity and has a presence that leaves its mark once you encounter it. Her work connects backwards and forwards through time like the North Sea tide itself.

“Hosting this exhibition in partnership with Alchemy and Studio Eleven is a statement of intent for the place we want to be, The World according to Bede.”

After being displayed at Bede’s World, Clay Journeys will move to Studio Eleven, in Hull.

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