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A material world at Rochester Gallery

Date: 01/08/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

An exhibition of ceramics and basketry is now on display at Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case, situated at Medway Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street. The exhibition, entitled Material Difference, has been produced by South London based couple Robert Cooper and Stella Harding. The two artists work in ceramics and basketry respectively, and share a common interest in transforming basic materials, through the use of colour, pattern and texture to create one-off pieces. Robert Cooper is an established ceramicist who has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. He is fascinated by the durability of artefacts over time, and often uses found objects, such as pottery shards from the Thames foreshore, as a starting point for his work. Recycling is also a theme in his work, and materials from teaching sessions and elements of previous work are recombined to create new pieces. Robert works from a studio in Camberwell with a number of other well-known ceramicists and also teaches on several higher education ceramic courses. . Stella Harding recently completed her training in creative basketry, and now enjoys combining a range of natural and synthetic materials in her work. She is particularly inspired by traditionally painted and stencilled baskets, old textiles and the calligraphy of different cultures. Stella combines her basket-making practice with work as a gardener at Restoration House, Rochester Material Difference is on display at Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case until Sunday, 21 September. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10.30am to 5pm on Sundays. Admission is free. For further information please call the Arts Development Team on 01634 338319, email arts@medway.gov.uk or visit www.medway.gov.uk/arts. ENDS Editors: for further information contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk