From one firing to another it is possible to detect the constant metamorphosis of Tony Laverick’s work.
He is constantly expanding his limits, pushing boundaries and taking the risks necessary for growth. In his view, it is the willingness to take risks that distinguishes the artist from the craftsman.
With each piece, it is the form which is the main priority with the surface emphasising that form.
His approach to each piece is that of an artist to a canvas; the pot being his canvas and the glazes, his paints.
He strives to create complex, abstract surfaces; an intricate composition of colour, shape, texture and form which the viewer feels compelled to touch, hold and rotate to reveal the complex relationships.
It is this accessibility to ceramics which provides an immediate connection with the maker.
He says of his work “I hope that my work has an effect on people which is more akin to a feeling and cannot always be put into words.”
Born in Sunderland 1961. Trained in Studio Ceramics at Preston Polytechnic 1981-84.
Granted a distinction from the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Worked in the ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent including Coalport China as a designer from 1986-88.
Set up studio in Leek, Staffordshire in 1988.
Fellow member of the Craft Potters Association.
Maker Member Contemporary Applied Arts
3rd International Ceramic Biennial, Haacht, Belgium|
12th Salon de la Ceramique Contemporaine, Normandy
Bienniale Internationale de la Ceramique Saint Cergue, Switzerland|
Loes & ReinierInternational Ceramics “The Vase” Exhibition
Art Fair Tokyo, represented by Gallery St Ives. Tokyo|
Contemporary Applied Arts Exhibition, London
Contemporary Ceramics Solo Exhibition “Fired Alchemy”|
Biennale de la Ceramique Contemporaine de Sevres, France
Mallam’s Auctioneers, Design of the 20th century
|2013||Collect, Saatchi Gallery|
The Ashmolean Museum, England
The City of Stoke on Trent Museum, England
Gmunden Museum, Austria
Museum Internationale della Ceramica, Faenza
Deutches Keramikmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany
Maison de la Ceramique, Samedet, France
Adolph Egner’s Private Collection
I also regularly exhibit at:
Ceramic Art London
International Ceramic Market, Diessen, Germany
Les Tupiniers, Lyon, France
Keramisto, Millsbeek, The Netherlands
International Ceramic Market, Gmunden, Austria
Art in Clay, England
Potfest in the Park, England
Argilla: Aubagne, France and Faenza, Italy