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  • 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 >
  • Saturday 3 December – Open Gallery and Tours of Upper Floors

    Saturday 3 December – Open Gallery and Tours of Upper Floors

    The gallery of the Design Study Centre will be open from 11.00-3.00pm on Saturday 3 December to view our current exhibition ’2+2′, showcasing four outstanding craftspeople, Eleanor Glover and John Stops from Bristol, and Richard Freeman and Peter Wright from Bath. So come along and see why we have  comments like these from visitors who have been so far: “inspiring” and “wonderful”. Admission to the exhibition is free.

    We are also holding a tour of the upper floors of the Collection at 12.00 with our Curator Chris Yeo of the Antiques Road Show. A tour of the Collection is the best way to view the wonderful mix of ceramics, glass, furniture and much more besides. It gives the chance to ask questions and hear about some of the stories and facts behind many of the pieces. Great views over Bristol as well.

    Please be aware that there are two flights of stairs to reach the top floor, with hand rails on each side.

    The tour takes about an hour and costs £7 which is payable on the door. Places are limited so booking is advised by emailing  juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org.

     

     

    More information >
  • 2 + 2: an exhibition of 4 Bristol and Bath artists

    2 + 2: an exhibition of 4 Bristol and Bath artists

    Open 11am – 3pm on Saturday 1 October 2016 

    This exhibition explores the work of four artists – sculptor Eleanor Glover and painter John Stops from Bristol and Richard Freeman and Peter Wright, both ceramic artists from Bath. Ken has had a long relationship as friend and supporter of each of these artists, making this a very personal as well as significant show.

    The ground floor gallery at the Design Study Centre is open every Wednesday 10.00 – 4.00.

    The exhibition continues until Wednesday 4 January 2017 and will be open on Saturday 5 November and Saturday 3 December.

    FREE ADMISSION

    More information >
  • Bristol Doors Open Day

    Bristol Doors Open Day

    Sunday 11 September 2016 10am – 4pm

    We are delighted to be part of Bristol’s Doors Open Day again this year.

    The ground floor gallery will be open to all and showing our new exhibition 2 + 2  featuring Bristol’s Eleanor Glover and John Stops, and Bath’s Richard Freeman and Peter Wright.  A wonderful mixed media offering of sculpture, paintings and ceramics.

    More information >
  • Tom Karen: Designer – Toymaker – Author – Speaker

    Tom Karen: Designer – Toymaker – Author – Speaker

    Wednesday 21 September at 6.15pm

    We are delighted that designer Tom Karen, an old friend of Ken’s, is coming to Bristol to give a talk about his life and work, and his particular interest in the importance of design for toys and equipment for children. He’s the man behind the Chopper bike, the Bush TR130 radio and Scimitar estate car to name just a few. 
    Find out more about Tom here: www.tomkaren.co.uk
     
    £10 to include a glass of wine or soft drink. Places are limited and booking is essential. 
     
    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 >
  • Saturday 3 December – Open Gallery and Tours of Upper Floors

    Saturday 3 December – Open Gallery and Tours of Upper Floors

    The gallery of the Design Study Centre will be open from 11.00-3.00pm on Saturday 3 December to view our current exhibition ’2+2′, showcasing four outstanding craftspeople, Eleanor Glover and John Stops from Bristol, and Richard Freeman and Peter Wright from Bath. So come along and see why we have  comments like these from visitors who have been so far: “inspiring” and “wonderful”. Admission to the exhibition is free.

    We are also holding a tour of the upper floors of the Collection at 12.00 with our Curator Chris Yeo of the Antiques Road Show. A tour of the Collection is the best way to view the wonderful mix of ceramics, glass, furniture and much more besides. It gives the chance to ask questions and hear about some of the stories and facts behind many of the pieces. Great views over Bristol as well.

    Please be aware that there are two flights of stairs to reach the top floor, with hand rails on each side.

    The tour takes about an hour and costs £7 which is payable on the door. Places are limited so booking is advised by emailing  juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org.

     

     

    More information >
  • 2 + 2: an exhibition of 4 Bristol and Bath artists

    2 + 2: an exhibition of 4 Bristol and Bath artists

    Open 11am – 3pm on Saturday 1 October 2016 

    This exhibition explores the work of four artists – sculptor Eleanor Glover and painter John Stops from Bristol and Richard Freeman and Peter Wright, both ceramic artists from Bath. Ken has had a long relationship as friend and supporter of each of these artists, making this a very personal as well as significant show.

    The ground floor gallery at the Design Study Centre is open every Wednesday 10.00 – 4.00.

    The exhibition continues until Wednesday 4 January 2017 and will be open on Saturday 5 November and Saturday 3 December.

    FREE ADMISSION

    More information >
  • Bristol Doors Open Day

    Bristol Doors Open Day

    Sunday 11 September 2016 10am – 4pm

    We are delighted to be part of Bristol’s Doors Open Day again this year.

    The ground floor gallery will be open to all and showing our new exhibition 2 + 2  featuring Bristol’s Eleanor Glover and John Stops, and Bath’s Richard Freeman and Peter Wright.  A wonderful mixed media offering of sculpture, paintings and ceramics.

    More information >
  • Tom Karen: Designer – Toymaker – Author – Speaker

    Tom Karen: Designer – Toymaker – Author – Speaker

    Wednesday 21 September at 6.15pm

    We are delighted that designer Tom Karen, an old friend of Ken’s, is coming to Bristol to give a talk about his life and work, and his particular interest in the importance of design for toys and equipment for children. He’s the man behind the Chopper bike, the Bush TR130 radio and Scimitar estate car to name just a few. 
    Find out more about Tom here: www.tomkaren.co.uk
     
    £10 to include a glass of wine or soft drink. Places are limited and booking is essential. 
     
    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 >
  • Saturday 3 December – Open Gallery and Tours of Upper Floors

    Saturday 3 December – Open Gallery and Tours of Upper Floors

    The gallery of the Design Study Centre will be open from 11.00-3.00pm on Saturday 3 December to view our current exhibition ’2+2′, showcasing four outstanding craftspeople, Eleanor Glover and John Stops from Bristol, and Richard Freeman and Peter Wright from Bath. So come along and see why we have  comments like these from visitors who have been so far: “inspiring” and “wonderful”. Admission to the exhibition is free.

    We are also holding a tour of the upper floors of the Collection at 12.00 with our Curator Chris Yeo of the Antiques Road Show. A tour of the Collection is the best way to view the wonderful mix of ceramics, glass, furniture and much more besides. It gives the chance to ask questions and hear about some of the stories and facts behind many of the pieces. Great views over Bristol as well.

    Please be aware that there are two flights of stairs to reach the top floor, with hand rails on each side.

    The tour takes about an hour and costs £7 which is payable on the door. Places are limited so booking is advised by emailing  juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org.

     

     

    More information >
  • 2 + 2: an exhibition of 4 Bristol and Bath artists

    2 + 2: an exhibition of 4 Bristol and Bath artists

    Open 11am – 3pm on Saturday 1 October 2016 

    This exhibition explores the work of four artists – sculptor Eleanor Glover and painter John Stops from Bristol and Richard Freeman and Peter Wright, both ceramic artists from Bath. Ken has had a long relationship as friend and supporter of each of these artists, making this a very personal as well as significant show.

    The ground floor gallery at the Design Study Centre is open every Wednesday 10.00 – 4.00.

    The exhibition continues until Wednesday 4 January 2017 and will be open on Saturday 5 November and Saturday 3 December.

    FREE ADMISSION

    More information >
  • Bristol Doors Open Day

    Bristol Doors Open Day

    Sunday 11 September 2016 10am – 4pm

    We are delighted to be part of Bristol’s Doors Open Day again this year.

    The ground floor gallery will be open to all and showing our new exhibition 2 + 2  featuring Bristol’s Eleanor Glover and John Stops, and Bath’s Richard Freeman and Peter Wright.  A wonderful mixed media offering of sculpture, paintings and ceramics.

    More information >
  • Tom Karen: Designer – Toymaker – Author – Speaker

    Tom Karen: Designer – Toymaker – Author – Speaker

    Wednesday 21 September at 6.15pm

    We are delighted that designer Tom Karen, an old friend of Ken’s, is coming to Bristol to give a talk about his life and work, and his particular interest in the importance of design for toys and equipment for children. He’s the man behind the Chopper bike, the Bush TR130 radio and Scimitar estate car to name just a few. 
    Find out more about Tom here: www.tomkaren.co.uk
     
    £10 to include a glass of wine or soft drink. Places are limited and booking is essential. 
     
    Please email juliadonnelly@stradlingcollection.org to book a place.

     

     

    More information >