8th September - 23rd September

Devon Open Studios 2018

At Artizan Gallery, Around the Bay and Beyond!

"Devon Open Studios is a unique opportunity to meet artists in their studios in some of the most beautiful, unexplored parts of Devon."

Devon Open Studios is perhaps the number one event for South Devon art lovers every year, showcasing an exceptional range of talented artists who open up their studios for a few short weeks for us to explore and enjoy. Collectors travel from across the country, with many returning year on year to explore this exceptional studio trail, featuring in excess of 200 artists across Dartmoor, Teignbridge, Torbay and the South Hams.

Showcasing Devon Artists

Artist Preview: 7th September // 18:00-20:00

8th September - 23rd September

Devon Open Studios 2018

Artizan Gallery Potters Show

Cocktail Launch: 4th September // 18:30-20:30

Devon Open Studios at Artizan Gallery

This year, Artizan Gallery is excited to be participating once again in Devon Open Studios, inviting three talented ceramicists and potters to join us in our Basement Gallery. Work will be on display throughout our September exhibition, full details of which can be found here.

Ben Benjamin

Ben Benjamin is a doctor who has been making pots for 40 years out of stoneware. He has recently retired and set up a studio in Torquay with the main aim of teaching others how to make things out of clay. His scientific background and particular interest in chemistry has inspired him to explore novel glazing techniques. 

Ben aims to make things which are both functional and attractive. His pots are getting bigger, but will be limited by the size of his kiln.

Gesche Buecker

Beach Hut Ceramics are lovingly hand made in Paignton by Gesche Buecker. She disappears into her garden workshop whenever she has a moment.

As you can see from her work, Gesche LOVES colour! Her stoneware bowls and mugs are bright, cheerful and unique. She throws on the wheel but she also loves to hand build organic shapes. Experiments with glazes and sea glass mean that the results are never quite predictable and that every single bowl is totally unique.

Pauline Talbot

On leaving a career in Primary Education I decided to explore a growing interest in art. I took a one year Access Course at Exeter College and then a three year degree course at Plymouth University; BAHons Designer Maker. This introduced me to the delights of working with clay and a variety of other materials. After Graduating in 2007 I set up a studio and workshop in my home. I currently produce ceramics and paintings.

My work is inspired by a love of the natural world and a need to immerse myself in the countryside and my garden. Expressing a sense of solitude, quietness and of being with nature. It is a personal interpretation of place through vibrant colour, strong texture and light.

In my ceramics I use stoneware clay that is painted and coloured using porcelain slips and oxides. Pieces are then fired to a high temperature so are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. I produce unique pieces that are all hand-built using either, the pinch, slab or coil methods. They vary in size from small hand held pieces to large garden sculptures.

Working with clay adds another dimension to this interpretation of landscape. It allows me to explore topography by manipulating the clay into a variety of exciting forms before painting.

The content of all my work is a direct response to the mood, atmosphere and beauty of landscape.

Pauline is an active member of the Westcountry Potters Association.

The Works

Exhibited works will be available to view here shortly, but for now please feel free to browse works of our other artists.

Around the Bay

There are plenty of other Devon Open Studios venues around Torbay and beyond. Below you can find out more about other artists exhibiting as part of this years event, as well as read reviews and updates from our contributors on studios they've visited and their top picks!