Special Exhibition


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Sunday November 5th, 2006 to Sunday January 7th, 2007 :
Rupert Spira, England
" Out of History II"
Hommage to Michael Cardew


Sir David Attenborough about Rupert Spira:
I first came accross the work of Rupert Spira about fifteen years ago and was instantly struck by its purity of form. His pots had a presence and balance which revealed a master´s eye. In the years which have followed that encounter, this first impression has been constantly reaffirmed.

Spira is undoubtedly one of the leading ceramicists working in Britain today. Despite his success he continues to experiment, pushing forward the frontiers of his art as he responds
to new influences, invents new solutions and searches for even greater perfection.

There is an austere beauty about his work which is wholly classical. He has explored a range of glazes from an understated celadon grey through blue and red to the intense matt black used for the tea service commissioned by Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury.

His work continues to evolve with a range of experiments, culminating most recently in the
“ poems vessels” which are surprising and perhaps a little disconcerting coming from a ceramicist normally so understated and quiet in tone. It is clear that Rupert Spira has established a unique place in contemporary ceramics. His development has been full of unexpected solutions to form and colour which delight those most familiar with his work.

He is an artist whose creativity gives me great pleasure.


Further information on Rupert Spira´s work to be found in the publication
" Ceramics Art and Perception ", Issue 66.

Rupert Spira - curriculum vitae

1960 Born in London
1978- 80 BA Hons Degree at West Surrey College of Art and Design under Henry Hammond
1980-82 Trained with Michael Cardew at Wenford Bridge Pottery
1983 Final year at West Surrey College of Art and Design
1984 Set up Pottery at Lower Froyle, Hampshire
1988 Set up studio making hand-made tiles
1996 Set up Pottery at More, Shropshire

Opening hours:

Tue - Fr 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 6 p.m.
Sat 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Opening: Sunday, November 5, 2006 11. 30 a.m.
Opening speech: Tanya Harrod, London


Exhibition site:

Galerie Heller
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 2
Im Stadtgarten
D-69117 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 - 61 90 90


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