Richard Spoehr & Prue Venables

New Work

4 September - 6 October 2018

Attracted to essential forms, RICHARD SPOEHR imbues functional everyday items with a delicate simplicity. Working with porcelain and clay, SPOEHR creates beautifully thrown bowls, vases, jugs and cups whose symmetry is offset by the delightful imperfections of dripping edges, speckles and colour graduations. His fine high-fired porcelain have a soft colour palette from whites and clear ash glazes to recent additions of yellows and blues.

However do not think these are quickly "thrown together" forms. Under SPOEHR's eye for curve and balance of space, each piece catches the light and grows with its changing shadow. In each work SPOEHR explores the potential of form, some are delicate and seamless in their smooth surface, whilst others are imbued with a solidity of form and weight. Carefully considered, there is a quiet stillness within each of SPOEHR's works that awaits engagement. The classic, balanced silhouette of each bowl and cup in this series of work is intrinsic to his endeavour for beauty.

There is an alluring contrast between the delicate, light and translucent quality of RICHARD SPOEHR’s pieces and the dark rich satiny glazes of some of PRUE VENABLES’ vessels. Her works reveal more modernist influences, with a hint of the industrial. There is a gentle synchronicity in SPOEHR and VENABLES’ work as they strive for a simple, quiet aesthetic.

Moving away from ceramics that are overtly ornamental, PRUE VENABLES works with forms that refrain from decoration. Their appeal comes from their deceptively simple forms and the purity and luminosity of their glazes. Her pieces are often displayed in pairings or small groups, revealing the rhythmic and spatial relationships between them.

Both RICHARD SPOEHR and PRUE VENABLES approach their ceramic practice with a focus on being equally driven by aesthetics function. These clean and meticulous objects offer room for contemplation. They each create pieces that celebrate domestic forms and their potential to bring joy and rich human connection in their daily appreciation.



Richard Spoehr Large ash white bowl No. 1
Richard Spoehr
Large ash white bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
14 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Large ash green bowl No 2
Richard Spoehr
Large ash green bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
11.5 x 21 x 21 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Prue Venables black bottle form No. 3
Prue Venables
Black bottle form
limoges porcelain, reduction fired
32.5 x 10 x 7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Prue Venables Large white bottle and Large black oval No. 5 and 6
Prue Venables
Large white bottle form with flared rim/Large black oval form
limoges porcelain, reduction fired
No. 5: 25.5 x 13 x 8.5 cm

No. 6: 12 x 24 x 20 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Large ash green bowl No 8
Richard Spoehr
Large ash green bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
12 x 21 x 21 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Richard Spoehr Tiny ash white bowl, Table Plateau, Tiny ash green bowl No. 9, 10,11
Richard Spoehr
Tiny ash white bowl/ Table plateau in ash green/Tiny ash green bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
No. 9: 4.5 x 8 x 5 cm

No. 10: 12.5 x 18.5 x 18.5 cm

No. 11: 4.5 x 8 x 5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Cups and a yellow and blue ash glaze No. 12 and 49
Richard Spoehr
Cup in a yellow ash glaze/ Cup in a blue ash glaze
porcelain, ash glaze
No. 12: 8.5 x 11 x 9.5 cm

No. 49: 8 x 11 x 9.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Prue Venables black bottle No. 14
Prue Venables
Black bottle
porcelain, ash glaze
23 x 10 x 8 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Prue Venables Large black oval form and White funnel with strainer No. 21, 15
Prue Venables
Large black oval form/White funnel with strainer
limoges porcelain, reduction fired
No. 21: 19.5 x 24.5 x 15 cm

No. 15: 15 x 12 x 12 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr shallow ash blue bowl No. 16
Richard Spoehr
Shallow ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
6.5 x 16 x 16 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Richard Spoehr Ridged ash white cup and saucer set No. 17
Richard Spoehr
Ridged ash white cup and saucer set
porcelain, ash glaze
10 x 15 x 15
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr large ash white bowl
Richard Spoehr
Large ash white bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
14 x 21.5 x 21.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Small shallow ash blue bowl No. 20
Richard Spoehr
Small shallow ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
4.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr large blue ash bowl No. 22
Richard Spoehr
Large blue ash bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
8.5 x 21.5 x 21.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr billowing ash green bowl No. 23
Richard Spoehr
Billowing ash green bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
8 x 20 x 20 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Prue Venables Black tea caddy and white tea strainer with wooden handle No. 24 No. 25
Prue Venables
Black tea caddy/ White tea strainer with wooden handle
limoges porcelain, and chinese porcelain, reduction fired, wood
No. 24: 15 x 13 x 13 cm

No. 25: 20 x 7.5 x 5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr short and tall ash green canister
Richard Spoehr
Short ash green canister/ Tall ash green canister
porcelain, ash glaze
No. 26: 10.5 x 9 x 9 cm SOLD

No. 27: 18.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash blue bowl No. 28
Richard Spoehr
Ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
9 x 15 x 15 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash green drinking bowl No. 29
Richard Spoehr
Ash green drinking bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
7.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash green cup and saucer set No. 30
Richard Spoehr
Ash green cup and saucer set
porcelain, ash glaze
11 x 17 x 17 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash green bowl with high foot No. 31
Richard Spoehr
Ash green bowl with high foot
porcelain, ash glaze
13 x 18 x 18 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash blue bowl No. 32
Richard Spoehr
Ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
7 x 15.5 x 15.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Large ash green canister No. 33
Richard Spoehr
Large ash green canister
porcelain, ash glaze
15 x 11 x 11 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Prue Venables white pouring bottle and white oval cup and black oval jug No. 35 and 34
Prue Venables
White pouring bottle with white oval cup/Black oval jug
limoges porcelain, reduction fired
No. 35: 23.5 x 9 x 7.5 cm

No. 34: 11.5 x 10 x 6 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Richard Spoehr Tiny bowl in a light chartreuse yellow/Ash white and light chartreuse yellow vase/ Hourglass cup in a yellow ash glaze No. 37, 36, 53
Richard Spoehr
Tiny bowl in a light chartreuse yellow/Ash white and light chartreuse yellow vase/ Hourglass cup in a yellow ash glaze
porcelain, ash glaze
No. 37: 5 x 9 x 9 cm

No. 36: 13.5 x 12 x 12 cm

No. 53: 8 x 18.5 x 18.5 cm (SOLD)
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash blue bowl No. 38
Richard Spoehr
Ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
8 x 15 x 15 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Small bowl in light chartreuse yellow with foot No. 39
Richard Spoehr
Small bowl in light chartreuse yellow with foot
porcelain, ash glaze
8 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Prue Venables Narrow black oval form/Small white oval jug with beak No. 40 and 41/55
Prue Venables
Narrow black oval form/Small white oval jug with beak
limoges porcelain, and chinese porcelain, reduction fired
No. 40: 16 x 15 x 10 cm

No. 41/55: 8 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash blue bowl No. 42
Richard Spoehr
Ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
8 x 18.5 x 18.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Prue Venables White bowl with high foot No. 43
Prue Venables
White bowl with high foot
chinese porcelain, reduction fired
14 x 25 x 25 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash white and light chartreuse yellow vase/ Cup in a light chartreuse yellow No. 44 and 45
Richard Spoehr
Ash white and light chartreuse yellow vase/ Cup in a light chartreuse yellow
porcelain, ash glaze
No. 44: 16.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm

No. 45: 7 x 11 x 8.5 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Richard Spoehr Deep ash blue bowl No. 46
Richard Spoehr
Deep ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
10 x 18 x 18 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash white carafe/ Small bowl in a light chartreuse yellow No. 47  and 48
Richard Spoehr
Ash white carafe/ Small bowl in a light chartreuse yellow
porcelain, ash glaze
No. 47: 18.5 x 12 x 12 cm

No. 48: 6.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm (SOLD)
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Large ash yellow canister
Richard Spoehr
Large ash yellow canister
porcelain, ash glaze
12.5 x 10 x 10 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Petite ash blue bowl No. 51
Richard Spoehr
Petite ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
3 x 9 x 9 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash green bowl No. 52
Richard Spoehr
Ash green bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
8 x 19.5 x 19.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Prue Venables - Narrow black oval form No. 54
Prue Venables
Narrow black oval form
limoges porcelain, reduction fired
15 x 12 x 8 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Tiny ash white bowl/Long-necked pouring bottle in ash white No. 57 and 56
Richard Spoehr
Tiny ash white bowl/Long-necked pouring bottle in ash white
porcelain, ash glaze
No. 57: 4.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm

No. 56: 18 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Small deep bowl in ash blue and yellow glaze No. 58
Richard Spoehr
Small deep bowl in ash blue and yellow glaze
porcelain, ash glaze
6.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash blue bowl No. 59
Richard Spoehr
Ash blue bowl
porcelain, ash glaze
8 x 18.5 x 18.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Richard Spoehr Ash blue bowl No. 60
Richard Spoehr
Small deep ash yellow bowl with foot
porcelain, ash glaze
8.5 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm
For Sale
For Sale