A new exhibition opens at the Old Fire Station Gallery on 10 January. Curvilinear brings together hand-built ceramics by Sally Dorrity and contemporary photography by Tracy Florance.
Before taking up photography full time, Tracy worked for an international book publisher for over thirty years. Her interest in photography began many years ago, when her husband bought her a darkroom kit for Christmas. This inspired her to take evening classes in basic black and white photography at Henley College where she worked on three City and Guilds modules all of which were awarded distinctions. While she still uses film occasionally, most of her images are taken on a digital SLR. Tracy has travelled widely, and takes her camera with her wherever she goes, hoping to capture the essence of the places she visits. She is drawn to interior and external architecture, in which she attempts to capture patterns and shapes that others might miss.
Sally works in stoneware to hand-build her pots, using either crank or black clays to create small, medium and large pieces, both functional and sculptural. These are then fired in an electric kiln. Her work is frost-resistant and is therefore suitable for use both indoors and outside. In her studio in Oxford, Sally constantly experiments with different shapes, new glazes and glaze combinations, taking inspiration from traditional classic forms as well as from the lines, tones and textures of nature. Her ceramics and skills are continually evolving and progressing, as she pursues her fascination with form and texture.
Tracy and Sally take part regularly in local arts trails, and have shown their work individually for some years at Art Fairs. They exhibited together for the first time early in 2018. Following the great success of this first outing – at The Fountain Gallery in Hampton Court – they appeared together again last autumn at the West Ox Gallery in Bampton. Sally’s ceramics and Tracy’s photographs complement each other perfectly, with Sally’s glazes and Tracy’s images of reflections in glass and water often echoing each other in form and colour.
The exhibition will be open every day from 10.00 – 4.30 from Thursday 10 until Tuesday 22 January. On Friday 11th January all are welcome to an evening reception from 6.00 – 8.30 pm.