An Ode to The Humble Jug

19th January 2018 - 24th February 2018

Celebrating the simple but oh-so-wonderful jug

As we welcome in the new year at Lotte Inch Gallery we are celebrating the beauty found in the simpler things in life with our first exhibition of 2018, An Ode to The Humble Jug.  Opening Friday 19th January and running until 24th February.  The exhibition will do exactly what it says on the tin, celebrating jugs of every size and shape in both paint, print and ceramic form. 

An Ode to The Humble Jug will feature work by artists Alexandra Leadbeater and Yorkshire based artists Debbie George and Sarah Du Feu all of whom are well known for their unique take on the still life and who have a great appreciation for the modest jug.  We will also be exhibiting a wide range of ceramic jugs by Sue Binns, Helen Faulkner, Emma Lacey, Isabel Denyer and Linda Bloomfield as well as a number of select pieces of British Studio Ceramics.


Since moving to the coast, Alexandra Leadbeater has continued to create still life paintings alongside her landscape works. These careful studies of objects use mixed media to suggest the independent histories of each everyday item that she depicts. Imbuing each image with its own physical landscape.  Leadbeater studied at Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, later gaining a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Preston Polytechnic. Leadbeater’s first exhibition, selected by Adrian Henri for the Serpentine Summer Show in 1981, sold out. Her work continues to be displayed across the UK.

Debbie George’s work is inspired by the everyday items she finds in her life, seeing the beauty in the simplest of objects from food to flowers and many things in between no item is too benign for her creative process.  Her use of perspective means that her paintings celebrate their surroundings as much as the feature object and draw the viewer into her unique take on still life.

Debbie George paints using the ancient technique of “gesso” which involves mixing white paint with chalk, gypsum, pigment or any combination of these which she applies in layers and then scratches and scrapes to give her work a wonderful depth and texture. 

Sarah Du Feu is Yorkshire artist and print maker who is largely inspired the landscapes of Yorkshire and of the North Cornish Coastline.  Her work recognizes the constantly changing landscapes and the way the weather and sea can alter the scene daily.  Her still life work is largely focused around vases, jugs and bowls.  By using many layers to build the composition of her prints she creates a truly unique image of her subject.  Sarah’s work involves many different techniques including print, painting, mono-printing with lino and stencils, etching, screen-printing, digital grounds and oil painting.  Sarah also lectures in print making at Leeds Becket University.

Sue Binns is a self-taught potter who worked under the guidance of Ian Godfrey at the Montem School in the 1980’s.  Her distinctive work is recognized by the bold cobalt blue strips on her bowls, teapots, mugs and jugs which are created by brushing dilute cobalt over the dolomite glaze before firing.  Sue is a self-confessed stripe addict with a fascination for creating different combinations of stripes to create distinctive visual impressions.  Sue’s work is inspired by largely by the Rye Pottery she was surrounded by growing up.  She also takes inspiration from Mediterranean pottery and Japanese fabrics.

Emma Lacey is a London based potter who creates beautiful, functional ceramics.  Her pieces are simple in their shapes and design and are meant to accentuate the softness of the clay as is it thrown on the wheel.  By using different colours and both a matt and gloss glaze Lacey’s work has a stunning texture to it.  She has collaborated with some of the most high-end shops and restaurants in the world.

Isabel Denyer is a Professional member of the Craft Potters Association. She trained in the 1960’s at Farnham School of Art before going onto the Harrow Studio Pottery course under the direction of Mick Casson, Victor Margrie and Colin Pearson amongst others.   Her thrown stoneware pots are reduction-fired in a gas kiln. She uses quiet glazes so that the presentation of food has the full chance to ‘sing’. It is integral to her pots that they are used; “for me that is when they become complete” she says. Lichen, a stonemason’s chisel marks on a Yorkshire barn and ripples of water are constant sources of inspiration. Recently Isa has been experimenting with porcelain and a new series of glazes, inspired by the Sea.

Irish-born Helen Faulkner studied Contemporary Crafts in England before furthering her technical ability in Thomastown where she worked with many great potters over the years.  Returning to Northern Ireland Helen has been part of the Making it program, an initiative to help crafts people develop their skills and their business knowledge to make a living from their talents.  Her ceramics are first and foremost designed to be functional and to fit seamlessly into the way you cook, perhaps even improving it.  Helen favours bold, natural colours and simple glaze for her comforting, perfectly crafted ceramics.

Linda Bloomfield designs and makes tableware based on her thrown porcelain, with dimples and visible throwing lines showing the hand of the maker. She uses a tactile satin matt glaze on the outside and colour on the inside. She makes her own range of glazes and is particularly interested in the translucent colours obtained using oxides rather than commercial stains. “I am also concerned with functionality and detail. All my pots are made to be handled and used. I use porcelain for its strength, density and purity. Some larger pots are made with stoneware.”

Featuring artists

  • Alexandra Leadbeater
  • Debbie George
  • Sarah Du Feu
  • Linda Bloomfield
  • Sue Binns
  • Isabel Denyer