The Old Fire Engine House
25 St Mary's St,
Ely, CB7 4ER,
SALLY REILLY AND ROGER COLEMAN
With friends in Paris, where Sally trained at the Atelier du Cheval à l'Envers, and a studio near Sancerre we have divided the last six years between Cambridgeshire and France. Living between countries brings a fresh perspective to the familiar and throws regional and cultural differences into sharp relief. It also raises questions about identity and draws attention to the ways in which we shape the world around us.
For Sally, having studios in Soham and Bué has prompted her to revisit interests and obsessions from her formative years in Paris and to rebuild old friendhips, in particular with her mentor Helena Klug, whose expertise in stoneware glazing and involvement with the Leach Pottery was influential on the group of young ceramicists working and training at the Cheval à l'Envers. All this is reflected in series of bowls, vases and lidded pots where Sally re-interprets some of these earlier influences and inspirations.
While Sally's work sits between two countries, two cultures and two ceramic traditions, Roger's reflects regional differences and the journey between one and the other, focusing on the detail of place, of moments in time, and the often limbo-like spaces we find ourselves in-between. Seeing things neither as tourist nor permanent resident brings a change of perspective that can make the everyday feel strange and the foreign familiar.
The exhibition runs through to the end of March and the gallery is open weekdays (except bank holidays) from 10:30am to 10:30pm, closing at 5:30 on Saturdays and 4:30 on Sundays