Michael Cardew’s pots have always been present in Robyn Cove’s life. Her mother was a distant relation of Cardew and the family used his jars, cups and bowls in their day-to-day life. Robyn’s interest in studio ceramics was encouraged by her uncle Simon Fox, a ceramics collector who has kindly loaned some pieces for this exhibition.
Robyn Writes: The project ‘Not Just for Pretty’ has given me the chance to explore the functional and decorative qualities of Michael Cardew's pottery. Studying his pots I can see how Cardew developed and progressed his work.
I would never have called myself a decorator before this project but now having translated decorative motifs into my own style and onto my own pots I have found my own voice. Decoration is now the main statement of my work and awareness of function is foremost in my mind when I am making.