Refreshing show suits you to a tea

Sussannah Aynsley, curator of the 'Taking Tea' exhibition.
Sussannah Aynsley, curator of the 'Taking Tea' exhibition.
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THIS exhibition could be just your cup of tea.

A new display at Washington Arts Centre looks at the great British tradition of making a good brew.

One of the exhibits at the "Taking Tea" exhibition now running at the Washington Arts Centre.

One of the exhibits at the "Taking Tea" exhibition now running at the Washington Arts Centre.

Taking Tea, which runs until March 19, celebrates new decorative art and ceramics from a selection of foremost national contemporary crafts makers.

Among the nine artists featured are North East-based Julia Roxburgh, George Ormerod and Catherine Warwick.

The centre’s craft and design development officer, Sussannah Aynsley, who curated the exhibition, said: “The exhibition is about how modern artists have explored the very familiar image of taking tea.

“It’s a more playful approach to an ancient ritual.”

Among the teapots on display are pots with two spouts and a ceramic made of five stacked teapots.

Sussannah says the display is proving eye-catching with visitors to the centre’s gallery space.

“Teapots are such a familiar image to people, but this exhibition has some very unusual and exuberant pieces. I think teapots are a thing that are close to people’s hearts. It’s a great British tradition.”

The teapot exhibition runs alongside wall art by Jill Nicholson who grinds down rock and stone to make pigment for her pieces.

l On February 5 and March 5, the Arts Centre will host an Arts & Crafts Fair from 10am to 4pm featuring products by regional arts and crafts people. For details visit www.artscentrewashington.co.uk