26 September - 25 October 2015
Included with admission to the house
Quest, an exhibition of monumental sculptures in the Inner Court by Alexander Macdonald-Buchanan, set up a conversation between three juxtaposing groups of ceramic sculpture. The sculptures are a response to and an interpretation of the emotions, spirit and forces exhibited in human nature. More specifically, they symbolise the contrasting states of energy and reflectiveness, as well as the revelation of what is at the core of our multi layered personalities.
The monumental ceramic sculptures and vessels that were on display are all hand made in Alexander's workshop in Wilton, Wiltshire. Each piece is made of stoneware clay which is fired to a high temperature over two firings in a large kiln. The finishes are a combination of glazed and unglazed, painted and gilded.
Alexander trained under the leading British potter Rupert Spira followed by working at the Morris and James pottery in New Zealand. He started his own workshop in 1996 and subsequently has spent time working with Clive Bowen in Shebbear, North Devon.