There are many things that are wonderful about this country — the main one being the sheer amount of unbelievable creative talent that walks among us lowly commoners. As you know, looking at beautiful things is one of my favourite things to do, and luckily for me I am surrounded by a plethora of friends who create objects of such beauty that I’m often rendered jellyfish-esque, paralysed with admiration and barely concealed envy at their talent. Fuck it, you all need to see this stuff.
Rebecca May and Michael Wild are both ceramicists based in Manchester, UK. They also happen to be two of my oldest and closest friends, supporting me through untold dramas, tragedies, good times, successes and failures. A few weeks ago, they opened a new private gallery in Chorlton, Manchester, displaying and selling some of the most gorgeous things I’ve clapped peepers on in ages. Bonjour, May Wild Ceramics!
As well as Rebecca and Michael’s own ceramics, the gallery is currently showcasing works by select other Manchester-based ceramic artists and designers: Amy Daniels, Sarah Malone, John Slade, Sylvia Glover and Paul Reid. Items on display and for sale range from the purely decorative, such as the fabulous pigeons with gold plated bird shits by Michael Wild (above), to the brilliantly functional — such as Sylvia Glover’s beautiful mugs, jugs and bowls (below).
One thing that strikes you as you enter this light-filled room is that everything within is incredibly well considered — all the items are happily clustered in aesthetically pleasing groups (which work en masse just as well as when isolated). The blend of beautiful and useful is perfect.
Some of the pieces are far more sculptural than other ceramics you may have seen, such as Sarah Malone’s showstopping wall piece, made up of hundreds of tiny butterflies. Each butterfly glazed in red on the underside and attached to the wall by a teeny pin, and the overall effect is so, so pretty (below).
Some of you who have read this blog since day one will recognise Amy Daniels fantastical sculptures, as I exhibited her work in the original TIMBER shop in London. They are bold, weird, and extremely well executed (below).
What I love the most is that Rebecca and Michael have chosen work to complement their own, and have also found a wonderful balance between affordable luxury and decadent decoration.
Fucking love all of it. Oh man, could spend all day there. In fact I did overstay my welcome on the three times I invited myself round.
LOOK AT THIS PERFECT BOWL!
May and Wild have chosen to leave their hardworking kiln on display in the gallery space, which I thought was an ace touch — it’s really cool taking a peek inside and seeing how it all works. This sunny gallery is calm, reflective, full of beauty, and contains things that you can afford to buy. What’s not to love?!
Visit by appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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