Artist: Hannah McAndrew
Hannah McAndrew, SCOTLAND
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My love for the material I work with has seen me move from a densely populated urban area, to this quiet corner of rural Galloway. After my degree, the desire to continue to learn about clay led me eventually, to find an apprenticeship with wood firing, earthenware potter Jason Shackleton. Jason introduced me to the techniques of slip trailing and sgraffito and the use of a flame burning kiln to fire the pots in. These techniques have formed the basis of my work since then.
The essential elements of my work come from my love of pots with a purpose, pots for use in the home. In particular I spend a lot of time looking at and where possible handling old English country pottery and medieval earthenwares. My
work is thrown in red earthenware, decorated with coloured slips and finished with rich honey glazes. Most of the decoration is applied to the surface of the pot whilst the slipped surface is still glistening wet. The nature of this means
that any patterns and imagery applied must be free and fluid to take full advantage of this state. Firing in my wood kiln gives me a further connection to my pots that I don't get from the electric kiln. I have been intrigued
and drawn in by the process of wood firing since I assisted at two very different firings whilst at university and then subsequently throughout my apprenticeship. I am so very excited by the adventure, what it holds and where it might lead
Fitch & McAndrew Statement
Douglas Fitch and Hannah McAndrew draw influence from the ancient tradition of country pottery that is part of the folk heritage of Britain. Their roots are set firmly within tradition however their work is not simply pastiche. The pots they produce are made with the finest of traditional craft skills, but they each embrace a contemporary style, which makes their pieces very much of our time.
Both are long established potters with international reputations, having travelled in Japan and throughout the USA, to exhibit their work and deliver workshops and lectures. Although they are partners in life and business and share influences and workplaces, their styles compliment but remain clearly distinct from each other.
Fitch & McAndrew selected Exhibitions and Shows
2021 Potfest Compton Verney, June.
Digital Craft Festival, 26th to 29th March.
2020 Fitch & McAndrew Online V, October 31st - Npvember 14th.
The Stratford Gallery, Stratford on Avon, May - June.
2019 North Carolina Potters Conference, Seagrove, North Carolina USA, 26th - 29th March.
Hannah McAndrew Slipware, Gallery St Ives, Tokyo. April.
The Loveliests, Bizen Pottery Museum, 12th January - 10th March.
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. 16th - 18th August.
Earth and Fire, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck. 21st - 23rd June.
Slipware, Contemporary Ceramics, London, August.
Tablewares, Tinsmiths, Ledbury, 12th October - 16th November.
Fitch & McAndrew Online IV, online exhibition, 25th October - 19th November.
York Ceramics Fair, Craft Potters Association at The Hospiteum, York, 23rd - 24th November.
2018 Fitch & McAndrew, solo show, Schaller Gallery, Michigan, USA, 5th May - 6th June.
Spring Fling, Open Studios Event, Dumfries and Galloway, 26th - 28th May.
Earth & Fire, International ceramics exhibition, The Harley Gallery, Nottingham, 22nd - 24th June.
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest, Cumbria, 27th - 29th July.
York Ceramics Fair, The Hospitium, York, 6th - 7th October.
2017 Modern Makers. Lead makers in a programme for a small group of young people to work intensively with a professional maker to learn craft skills. February - September.
Great British Slipware Exhibition, Gallery St Ives, April.
On Reverie. The Stratford Gallery, Stratford on Avon. October 7th - November 2nd.
Fitch & McAndrew Online II. October - November.
Contemporary Ceramics. Contemporary Ceramics, London. November 4th - December 24th.
Slipware at Clay College. Clay College, Stoke on Trent. November 11th - December 24th.
25 Years of St. Croix, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, USA, June to August.
2016 Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest, Cumbria, 29th - 31st July.
Pots and Printmaking, Cut the Mustard Gallery, 13th August - 6th November.
International Wood Fire Exhibition, Schaller Gallery, Michigan, USA, 11th October - 28th November.
2015 Potfest at the Palace, Scone Palace, Scotland, 12th - 14th June.
Ceramic Art York, York Museum Gardens, 11 - 13 September.
A Love Affair With Clay, Leach Pottery St. Ives, November.
2014 Together, Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas, October 11th - November 8th.
The Great British Souvenir, New Craftsmen Gallery, Mayfair, London, August - December.
Collaborations, Cape Cod, USA, July - September.
Potters on Pots, Ceramic Review, January / February 2020
Low Fire Soda, Juston Rothshank, USA, 2020
Mastering the Potters Wheel, Ben Carter, USA, 2016
Masterclass feature, Ceramic Review, March / April 2016
'The Joy of Jugs'. Ceramic Review June/July 2012
Report on Philadelphia Museum of Art, Craft Show Craft&Design Magazine. March/April 2012
Homes and Interiors Scotland. May / June 2011
Diary of a Craft Worker for Craft&Design Magazine, bimonthly throughout 2010
'A World of Opportunity'- Ceramic Review. August/September 2008
Opportunities and Problems, Ceramic Review 2007.
Going Modern and Being British. Publication for Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1998.