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  • Tribute to Marianne de Trey CBE

    Tribute to Marianne de Trey CBE

    From Saturday 18 November 

    As part of our ‘A Life in Clay’ exhibition we are delighted to present a tribute to the potter Marianne de Trey, who passed away last October at the age of 102. Marianne and Ken became good friends in the 1950s when the Bristol Guild first started stocking Marianne’s pots. Working from the Shinners Bridge pottery at Dartington from 1947, her pots reflect her liberal and egalitarian values, as she believed in the importance that crafts can play in the enrichment of everyday life.

     

     

    More information >
  • Upper floors of the KSC open in November

    Upper floors of the KSC open in November

    The upper floors of the Ken Stradling Collection will be open on each Saturday throughout November from 11am – 1pm.

    In addition to ceramics, glass, automata and prints you will find mid-century furniture, including internationally significant pieces designed by Marcel Breuer of the Bauhaus, which were manufactured in Bristol by Crofton Gane’s furniture company in the 1930s.

    A great chance to have a look around at your own pace, bring a sketch book, write a poem or just satisfy your curiosity
    as to what is actually up those stairs.

    The gallery showing A Life in Clay – British Studio Pottery from the KSC will be open as usual from 11.00 – 4.00.

    Free entry, no need to book.

    More information >
  • Kate Malone Talk at the KSC

    Kate Malone Talk at the KSC

    An Indian Odyssey

    Sunday 19 November at 6pm at the Bristol Guild Cafe

    This event is now fully booked.

    Join us for this very special Friends of the Ken Stradling Collection event with renowned ceramicist Kate Malone.
    Kate will talk about her love affair with India and the twenty inspiring journeys
    she has made there over the last 30 years.
    A long way from her first inspiring forays into design at the Bristol Guild as a young girl…
    Friends of the KSC have priority booking until 30 October.
    Tickets for this event are £15 to include a glass of wine or soft drink.
    Places are limited so please book early by emailing juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org

     

    More information >
  • Ceramic pot handling session

    Ceramic pot handling session

    GET CLOSE UP TO A LIFE IN CLAY

    APOLOGIES – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

    Thursday 12 October at 6.30pm 

    Trustee Dr Oliver Kent and Curator Chris Yeo will discuss the finer points of some of the fascinating ceramics on view giving participants the opportunity to handle the pots while sitting around a table.

    A great way to engage with form and texture.

    Admission for this event is £8 (£5 students) to include a glass of wine or soft drink

    Please email juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org to book a place.

    More information >
  • A Life in Clay – Studio Pottery from the Ken Stradling Collection

    A Life in Clay – Studio Pottery from the Ken Stradling Collection

    22 July – 22 December 2017

    Ken Stradling has collected studio pottery all his life, his very first purchase being an Elton ware vase when he was 16 in 1938 for £1.8s. And now, although the KSC has a wide range of media – furniture, glass, automata, prints – studio ceramics is the largest element of the Collection.

    A Life in Clay celebrates the creativity and originality of British studio potters in the 20th century and reflects Ken’s lifelong passion for ceramics. On show will be pieces by Sam Haile, Dan Arbeid, Gillian Lowndes, James Tower and Walter Keeler, as well as many others.

    The launch of A Life in Clay will take place on Thursday 20 July from 6-8pm and on Saturday 22 July from 11am-4pm, with the upper floors of the KSC being open to the public on both occasions.

    The exhibition will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm and admission is free.

    A Life in Clay has been curated to complement the Radical Clay exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. You can find out more about Radical Clay by visiting https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/radical-clay/

     

    More information >
  • Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Monday 12 June – Thursday 15 June

    The exhibition of ceramics by talented students from Cardiff School of Art and Design is in full swing now and looking wonderful. It’s a great opportunity to see work by up and coming artists responding to work from the Collection.

    You’ll find pots hanging precariously over the edge of a table, small delicate pots relating to a large wooden fish, raku fired pots, sculpted clay and a vase that exploded with a resulting shattered beauty.

    The gallery is open until 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, but until just noon on Thursday 15 June as the show is being transferred to Cardiff for the evening.

     

    More information >
  • Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    12 – 15 June 2017

    An exhibition of ceramics made by students from Cardiff School of Art and Design will be on show at the Design Study Centre.

    The Private View is on Monday 12 June from 5.00 – 7.00. Join us to see exciting and fresh new work inspired by the Ken Stradling Collection.

    The show then continues until Thursday 15 June from 11.00 – 4.00 with a warm welcome and free admission.

    This is a great opportunity for us to show the results of some of the inspiring collaborative educational work that we have been engaged in.

    More information >
  • Kaleidoscope exhibition open Saturday 6 May

    Kaleidoscope exhibition open Saturday 6 May

    The gallery of the Design Study Centre is open on Saturday 6 May from 11.00 – 3.00 to view

    Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection.

    The perfect antidote to gloomy weather or the perfect accompaniment to sunny weather depending on what is happening on the day, this mixed media exhibition blazes with colours from across designers’ and artists’ palettes.

    Free admission but bring your sunglasses whatever the weather.

     

    More information >
  • Tours of the Upper Floors

    Tours of the Upper Floors

    Tours of the upper floors of the Ken Stradling Collection with Curator Chris Yeo are taking place on:
    Sunday 26 February at 11am
    Wednesday 1 March at 12 noon
    Thursday 30 March at 6.00pm
     
    The tour takes about an hour, with Chris answering your questions and giving
    plenty of background information about the Collection and the building itself.
    Admission £7 – please book in advance as places are limited.
    email: juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org
    More information >
  • Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection

    Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection

    Saturday 4 February – Wednesday 31 May 2017

    A mixed media exhibition exploring the various ways in which designers use colour in their work, and the different moods it can create. Among the many and varied objects on display you will find this pink Dyson vacuum cleaner from the early 1980s, a wonderful selection of studio glass and the bright and bold scarlet of a Thomas Heatherwick Spun chair. Never tried one out? Now’s your chance.

    The exhibition launch is on Saturday 4 February from 11am-3pm.

    The gallery is open every Wednesday 10am – 4pm and the following Saturdays: 4 February   4 March   1 April   6 May from 11am-3pm.

    FREE ADMISSION

     

    More information >
  • Christmas 2016

    Christmas 2016

    The last chance to see our exhibition of  4 Bristol and Bath artists work, 2 + 2, will be Wednesday 21 December from 10am – 4pm. The exhibition includes sculptures by Eleanor Glover that are for sale – what a perfect christmas present.

    The gallery will be closed on Wednesday 28 December and back open again on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

    We’d like to wish everyone an enjoyable festive season.

     

     

    More information >
  • Eleanor Glover Talk

    Eleanor Glover Talk

    Wednesday 30 November at 6.30pm at the Design Study Centre – Fully Booked

    Eleanor will trace a serendipitous journey through graphic design, wooden toy making, sculpture and shadow theatre.

    She will illustrate the development of narrative within her work and the contribution of an eclectic range of influences and workplaces.

    See Eleanor’s website for more information about her work. www.eleanorglover.com

    This event is now fully booked.

    More information >
  • Tribute to Marianne de Trey CBE

    Tribute to Marianne de Trey CBE

    From Saturday 18 November 

    As part of our ‘A Life in Clay’ exhibition we are delighted to present a tribute to the potter Marianne de Trey, who passed away last October at the age of 102. Marianne and Ken became good friends in the 1950s when the Bristol Guild first started stocking Marianne’s pots. Working from the Shinners Bridge pottery at Dartington from 1947, her pots reflect her liberal and egalitarian values, as she believed in the importance that crafts can play in the enrichment of everyday life.

     

     

    More information >
  • Upper floors of the KSC open in November

    Upper floors of the KSC open in November

    The upper floors of the Ken Stradling Collection will be open on each Saturday throughout November from 11am – 1pm.

    In addition to ceramics, glass, automata and prints you will find mid-century furniture, including internationally significant pieces designed by Marcel Breuer of the Bauhaus, which were manufactured in Bristol by Crofton Gane’s furniture company in the 1930s.

    A great chance to have a look around at your own pace, bring a sketch book, write a poem or just satisfy your curiosity
    as to what is actually up those stairs.

    The gallery showing A Life in Clay – British Studio Pottery from the KSC will be open as usual from 11.00 – 4.00.

    Free entry, no need to book.

    More information >
  • Kate Malone Talk at the KSC

    Kate Malone Talk at the KSC

    An Indian Odyssey

    Sunday 19 November at 6pm at the Bristol Guild Cafe

    This event is now fully booked.

    Join us for this very special Friends of the Ken Stradling Collection event with renowned ceramicist Kate Malone.
    Kate will talk about her love affair with India and the twenty inspiring journeys
    she has made there over the last 30 years.
    A long way from her first inspiring forays into design at the Bristol Guild as a young girl…
    Friends of the KSC have priority booking until 30 October.
    Tickets for this event are £15 to include a glass of wine or soft drink.
    Places are limited so please book early by emailing juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org

     

    More information >
  • Ceramic pot handling session

    Ceramic pot handling session

    GET CLOSE UP TO A LIFE IN CLAY

    APOLOGIES – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

    Thursday 12 October at 6.30pm 

    Trustee Dr Oliver Kent and Curator Chris Yeo will discuss the finer points of some of the fascinating ceramics on view giving participants the opportunity to handle the pots while sitting around a table.

    A great way to engage with form and texture.

    Admission for this event is £8 (£5 students) to include a glass of wine or soft drink

    Please email juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org to book a place.

    More information >
  • A Life in Clay – Studio Pottery from the Ken Stradling Collection

    A Life in Clay – Studio Pottery from the Ken Stradling Collection

    22 July – 22 December 2017

    Ken Stradling has collected studio pottery all his life, his very first purchase being an Elton ware vase when he was 16 in 1938 for £1.8s. And now, although the KSC has a wide range of media – furniture, glass, automata, prints – studio ceramics is the largest element of the Collection.

    A Life in Clay celebrates the creativity and originality of British studio potters in the 20th century and reflects Ken’s lifelong passion for ceramics. On show will be pieces by Sam Haile, Dan Arbeid, Gillian Lowndes, James Tower and Walter Keeler, as well as many others.

    The launch of A Life in Clay will take place on Thursday 20 July from 6-8pm and on Saturday 22 July from 11am-4pm, with the upper floors of the KSC being open to the public on both occasions.

    The exhibition will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm and admission is free.

    A Life in Clay has been curated to complement the Radical Clay exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. You can find out more about Radical Clay by visiting https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/radical-clay/

     

    More information >
  • Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Monday 12 June – Thursday 15 June

    The exhibition of ceramics by talented students from Cardiff School of Art and Design is in full swing now and looking wonderful. It’s a great opportunity to see work by up and coming artists responding to work from the Collection.

    You’ll find pots hanging precariously over the edge of a table, small delicate pots relating to a large wooden fish, raku fired pots, sculpted clay and a vase that exploded with a resulting shattered beauty.

    The gallery is open until 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, but until just noon on Thursday 15 June as the show is being transferred to Cardiff for the evening.

     

    More information >
  • Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    12 – 15 June 2017

    An exhibition of ceramics made by students from Cardiff School of Art and Design will be on show at the Design Study Centre.

    The Private View is on Monday 12 June from 5.00 – 7.00. Join us to see exciting and fresh new work inspired by the Ken Stradling Collection.

    The show then continues until Thursday 15 June from 11.00 – 4.00 with a warm welcome and free admission.

    This is a great opportunity for us to show the results of some of the inspiring collaborative educational work that we have been engaged in.

    More information >
  • Kaleidoscope exhibition open Saturday 6 May

    Kaleidoscope exhibition open Saturday 6 May

    The gallery of the Design Study Centre is open on Saturday 6 May from 11.00 – 3.00 to view

    Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection.

    The perfect antidote to gloomy weather or the perfect accompaniment to sunny weather depending on what is happening on the day, this mixed media exhibition blazes with colours from across designers’ and artists’ palettes.

    Free admission but bring your sunglasses whatever the weather.

     

    More information >
  • Tours of the Upper Floors

    Tours of the Upper Floors

    Tours of the upper floors of the Ken Stradling Collection with Curator Chris Yeo are taking place on:
    Sunday 26 February at 11am
    Wednesday 1 March at 12 noon
    Thursday 30 March at 6.00pm
     
    The tour takes about an hour, with Chris answering your questions and giving
    plenty of background information about the Collection and the building itself.
    Admission £7 – please book in advance as places are limited.
    email: juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org
    More information >
  • Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection

    Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection

    Saturday 4 February – Wednesday 31 May 2017

    A mixed media exhibition exploring the various ways in which designers use colour in their work, and the different moods it can create. Among the many and varied objects on display you will find this pink Dyson vacuum cleaner from the early 1980s, a wonderful selection of studio glass and the bright and bold scarlet of a Thomas Heatherwick Spun chair. Never tried one out? Now’s your chance.

    The exhibition launch is on Saturday 4 February from 11am-3pm.

    The gallery is open every Wednesday 10am – 4pm and the following Saturdays: 4 February   4 March   1 April   6 May from 11am-3pm.

    FREE ADMISSION

     

    More information >
  • Christmas 2016

    Christmas 2016

    The last chance to see our exhibition of  4 Bristol and Bath artists work, 2 + 2, will be Wednesday 21 December from 10am – 4pm. The exhibition includes sculptures by Eleanor Glover that are for sale – what a perfect christmas present.

    The gallery will be closed on Wednesday 28 December and back open again on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

    We’d like to wish everyone an enjoyable festive season.

     

     

    More information >
  • Eleanor Glover Talk

    Eleanor Glover Talk

    Wednesday 30 November at 6.30pm at the Design Study Centre – Fully Booked

    Eleanor will trace a serendipitous journey through graphic design, wooden toy making, sculpture and shadow theatre.

    She will illustrate the development of narrative within her work and the contribution of an eclectic range of influences and workplaces.

    See Eleanor’s website for more information about her work. www.eleanorglover.com

    This event is now fully booked.

    More information >
  • Tribute to Marianne de Trey CBE

    Tribute to Marianne de Trey CBE

    From Saturday 18 November 

    As part of our ‘A Life in Clay’ exhibition we are delighted to present a tribute to the potter Marianne de Trey, who passed away last October at the age of 102. Marianne and Ken became good friends in the 1950s when the Bristol Guild first started stocking Marianne’s pots. Working from the Shinners Bridge pottery at Dartington from 1947, her pots reflect her liberal and egalitarian values, as she believed in the importance that crafts can play in the enrichment of everyday life.

     

     

    More information >
  • Upper floors of the KSC open in November

    Upper floors of the KSC open in November

    The upper floors of the Ken Stradling Collection will be open on each Saturday throughout November from 11am – 1pm.

    In addition to ceramics, glass, automata and prints you will find mid-century furniture, including internationally significant pieces designed by Marcel Breuer of the Bauhaus, which were manufactured in Bristol by Crofton Gane’s furniture company in the 1930s.

    A great chance to have a look around at your own pace, bring a sketch book, write a poem or just satisfy your curiosity
    as to what is actually up those stairs.

    The gallery showing A Life in Clay – British Studio Pottery from the KSC will be open as usual from 11.00 – 4.00.

    Free entry, no need to book.

    More information >
  • Kate Malone Talk at the KSC

    Kate Malone Talk at the KSC

    An Indian Odyssey

    Sunday 19 November at 6pm at the Bristol Guild Cafe

    This event is now fully booked.

    Join us for this very special Friends of the Ken Stradling Collection event with renowned ceramicist Kate Malone.
    Kate will talk about her love affair with India and the twenty inspiring journeys
    she has made there over the last 30 years.
    A long way from her first inspiring forays into design at the Bristol Guild as a young girl…
    Friends of the KSC have priority booking until 30 October.
    Tickets for this event are £15 to include a glass of wine or soft drink.
    Places are limited so please book early by emailing juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org

     

    More information >
  • Ceramic pot handling session

    Ceramic pot handling session

    GET CLOSE UP TO A LIFE IN CLAY

    APOLOGIES – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

    Thursday 12 October at 6.30pm 

    Trustee Dr Oliver Kent and Curator Chris Yeo will discuss the finer points of some of the fascinating ceramics on view giving participants the opportunity to handle the pots while sitting around a table.

    A great way to engage with form and texture.

    Admission for this event is £8 (£5 students) to include a glass of wine or soft drink

    Please email juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org to book a place.

    More information >
  • A Life in Clay – Studio Pottery from the Ken Stradling Collection

    A Life in Clay – Studio Pottery from the Ken Stradling Collection

    22 July – 22 December 2017

    Ken Stradling has collected studio pottery all his life, his very first purchase being an Elton ware vase when he was 16 in 1938 for £1.8s. And now, although the KSC has a wide range of media – furniture, glass, automata, prints – studio ceramics is the largest element of the Collection.

    A Life in Clay celebrates the creativity and originality of British studio potters in the 20th century and reflects Ken’s lifelong passion for ceramics. On show will be pieces by Sam Haile, Dan Arbeid, Gillian Lowndes, James Tower and Walter Keeler, as well as many others.

    The launch of A Life in Clay will take place on Thursday 20 July from 6-8pm and on Saturday 22 July from 11am-4pm, with the upper floors of the KSC being open to the public on both occasions.

    The exhibition will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm and admission is free.

    A Life in Clay has been curated to complement the Radical Clay exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. You can find out more about Radical Clay by visiting https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/radical-clay/

     

    More information >
  • Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Monday 12 June – Thursday 15 June

    The exhibition of ceramics by talented students from Cardiff School of Art and Design is in full swing now and looking wonderful. It’s a great opportunity to see work by up and coming artists responding to work from the Collection.

    You’ll find pots hanging precariously over the edge of a table, small delicate pots relating to a large wooden fish, raku fired pots, sculpted clay and a vase that exploded with a resulting shattered beauty.

    The gallery is open until 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, but until just noon on Thursday 15 June as the show is being transferred to Cardiff for the evening.

     

    More information >
  • Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    Exhibition of ceramics by Cardiff students

    12 – 15 June 2017

    An exhibition of ceramics made by students from Cardiff School of Art and Design will be on show at the Design Study Centre.

    The Private View is on Monday 12 June from 5.00 – 7.00. Join us to see exciting and fresh new work inspired by the Ken Stradling Collection.

    The show then continues until Thursday 15 June from 11.00 – 4.00 with a warm welcome and free admission.

    This is a great opportunity for us to show the results of some of the inspiring collaborative educational work that we have been engaged in.

    More information >
  • Kaleidoscope exhibition open Saturday 6 May

    Kaleidoscope exhibition open Saturday 6 May

    The gallery of the Design Study Centre is open on Saturday 6 May from 11.00 – 3.00 to view

    Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection.

    The perfect antidote to gloomy weather or the perfect accompaniment to sunny weather depending on what is happening on the day, this mixed media exhibition blazes with colours from across designers’ and artists’ palettes.

    Free admission but bring your sunglasses whatever the weather.

     

    More information >
  • Tours of the Upper Floors

    Tours of the Upper Floors

    Tours of the upper floors of the Ken Stradling Collection with Curator Chris Yeo are taking place on:
    Sunday 26 February at 11am
    Wednesday 1 March at 12 noon
    Thursday 30 March at 6.00pm
     
    The tour takes about an hour, with Chris answering your questions and giving
    plenty of background information about the Collection and the building itself.
    Admission £7 – please book in advance as places are limited.
    email: juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org
    More information >
  • Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection

    Kaleidoscope: Colour in the Ken Stradling Collection

    Saturday 4 February – Wednesday 31 May 2017

    A mixed media exhibition exploring the various ways in which designers use colour in their work, and the different moods it can create. Among the many and varied objects on display you will find this pink Dyson vacuum cleaner from the early 1980s, a wonderful selection of studio glass and the bright and bold scarlet of a Thomas Heatherwick Spun chair. Never tried one out? Now’s your chance.

    The exhibition launch is on Saturday 4 February from 11am-3pm.

    The gallery is open every Wednesday 10am – 4pm and the following Saturdays: 4 February   4 March   1 April   6 May from 11am-3pm.

    FREE ADMISSION

     

    More information >
  • Christmas 2016

    Christmas 2016

    The last chance to see our exhibition of  4 Bristol and Bath artists work, 2 + 2, will be Wednesday 21 December from 10am – 4pm. The exhibition includes sculptures by Eleanor Glover that are for sale – what a perfect christmas present.

    The gallery will be closed on Wednesday 28 December and back open again on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

    We’d like to wish everyone an enjoyable festive season.

     

     

    More information >
  • Eleanor Glover Talk

    Eleanor Glover Talk

    Wednesday 30 November at 6.30pm at the Design Study Centre – Fully Booked

    Eleanor will trace a serendipitous journey through graphic design, wooden toy making, sculpture and shadow theatre.

    She will illustrate the development of narrative within her work and the contribution of an eclectic range of influences and workplaces.

    See Eleanor’s website for more information about her work. www.eleanorglover.com

    This event is now fully booked.

    More information >