Curtis Ceramics

Now that the Turnstone Gallery has permanently closed you can find out what Eddie & Margaret are up to by clicking on their 'red' names in the text below.

Eddie and Margaret Curtis bought Middle Rigg, a redundant farmstead in Upper Weardale, in 1979 after Eddie completed a ceramics course at Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, Wiltshire. This became their home and workshop.

Eddie and Margaret developed their ceramics over the years and achieved international recognition for their signature range of red and black porcelain, achieved in a large oil-fired kiln built by Eddie.  Their work has won many awards across Europe and in Japan, and a piece of their work was chosen by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford for its public collection in 2007.  They are both Fellows of the Craft Potters Association UK.

More recently they have developed individual profiles.  Margaret continues to work within the Japanese inspired tradition of making works connected to the tea ceremony and her work was exhibited at the Embassy of Japan, London in 2013.  She employs simple shapes and undecorated surfaces, paying homage to notions of proportion and balance.  

Eddie
has become involved in creating works of a more sculptural nature, which relate to his connection with his home town Seaham.  A stretch of coastline, locally referred to as ‘The Blast’, had been used as the dumping ground for the local coal mine. Years later a visit showed how nature had made an amazing attempt to reclaim the landscape. The sea has removed nearly all the detritus, leaving an exposed shelf revealing varying strata of industrial waste and an iron inclusion weeps red-brown stains into a large marooned rock pool.  In Eddie’s words, “There is an overload of visual metaphor and yet a strange stark beauty has won over”.