We believe that it is this experience of experimentation and perfection over time that allows the work to adopt what we might term “deliberate spontaneity”. Whilst the works emanate a sense of organic life and growth in them, it is only that craft honed over decades that has allowed it to be so. The Curtis’s work has always suggested the true connection between earth born ingredients and a living, earth born object. When discussing beyond the obvious intrigue viewers have to the objects in our exhibition, we always discuss how something so beautiful and natural hides a lifetime of commitment to patience, observation, perfected experimentation and true mastery of the mediums.
There is a very much a sense that the work communicates with Eddie and Margaret during the creation process as much as they lead the work. The result is a unique representation of that relationship. We have enjoyed seeing that relationship between maker and materials change for both potters over the years. Very fine pieces that beautifully explored that dynamic with the interpretation of the Japanese tradition lead to large organic pieces that explore the beauty of natural reaction to materials and fire. Pieces that celebrate that sense of naturally occurring decay and decline that produces such wonderful beauty in nature. Lidded vessels that seem hand wrought out of rocks but with interiors that display a tremendous confidence and an almost imperial beauty.
Buying a Curtis work is an investment in the relationship between honed experience and the two way connection both artists exhibit between what raw materials want to yield to them and how they coax out the beauty within those materials. You will always see your Curtis pieces as having a life, their birth nurtured in the most skilful and sensitive manner leaving works that are truly wonderful emotional investments.