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New Exhibition Programme

New Manor Ware

New ceramic work created by Manor Oaks artist in residence Frances Priest.

From 2nd to 11th November \ Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm

Frances' New Manor Ware' ceramic tableware range was inspired by the decorative plaster ceiling found in the banqueting room fo teh 16thC Turret House at Manor Lodge on Manor Lane Sheffield.  

During the 17th Century, local potter John Fox set up a workshop in a disused wing of the Manor House at Manor Lodge producing functional domestic pottery known as Manor Ware. Widely used across Sheffield, remnants of the pottery were, until recently, found in the many archaeoloigcal digs that took place on this site.

During her residency at Manor Oaks Studios, Frances worked with a total of 86 people from a number of different community groups to help her with designs for a new version for the tableware which she aptly named: New Manor Ware. It reflects Frances' personal response to the richly layered history of craftmanship and decorative art that forms an integral part of the Manor Lodge story from 16th Century through to the present day.

Frances has been the first ceramic artist in residence at the brand new Manor Oaks Studios in Sheffield which she started in January 2011. The New Manor Ware exhibition is shown at Persistence Works Gallery from Wednesday 2nd November when it will be open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 4pm until Friday 11th November.

A special Private Viewing will take place on Thursday 3rd November from 3pm to 5.30pm when Frances will be present for one last time before returning to her home and workshop in Edinburgh. 

On Saturday 5th November, there will be an 'art-in-the-windows' craft workshop.  Everyone  from age 5 upwards will be able to create their own brooch, inspired by the exhibition display, between 1pm and 4pm.  


An exhibition of limited edition artworks made by Yorkshire Artspace artists in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Persistence Works Studios.

From 18th November to 21st December \ Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm

33 Yorkshire Artspace artists were selected to create a limited edition of 10 artworks for sale for this very special 10-year anniversary of Persistence Works Studios.  Launched on the same day as our annual Open Studios event, the wide range of work in this exhibition ranges from handmade books to jewellery, woodwork, prints and ceramics, all at affordable prices from £20 to £500.  

PW10 runs from Friday 18th November to Wednesday 21st December 2011 and is open between 11am and 5pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The artists selected are: David Appleyard (metal) \ Chiara Bet (jewellery) \ Chris Boland (jewellery) \ Kath Boyd (glass) \ Anna Childs (woodwork) \ Heather Dewick (books) \ Susan Disley (ceramics) \ Paul Evans (paint/print) \Katey Felton (jewellery) \ Miles Gavin (ceramics) \ Ross Gilbertson (metal) \ Jennie Gill (jewellery) \ Peter Griffiths (print) \ Andrew Hunt (paint/print) \ Alexander Kerrison (metal) \ Carol Lambert (print) \ Joel Neild (ceramics) \ Kate Orme (print) \ Annette Petch (jewellery) \ Trevor Pollard (books) \ Tim Rose (painting) \ Emilie Taylor (ceramics) \ SueTaylor (print) \ John Thatcher (woodwork) \ Charlotte Tollyfield (metal) \ Keith Tyssen (metal) \ Sarah Villeneau (ceramics) \ Isobel Walker (print) \ Zoe Watts (metal) \ Hanne Westergaards (ceramics) \ Penny Withers (ceramics) \ Neil Woodall (print)