Florian Gadsby: By My Hands at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor
Florian Gadsby: By My Hands
Florian Gadsby, new work I 2022 23 Image © the artist, courtesy of YSP

Florian Gadsby: By My Hands at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 4 November 2023 — 25 February 2024 Tickets from £9.00 — Book now

World-renowned ceramicist and social media sensation Florian Gadsby brings a new body of work to Yorkshire Sculpture Park with the launch of Florian Gadsby: By My Hands.

Gadsby’s characteristic minimalist, angled forms sit alongside new shapes in this solo exhibition that showcases the ceramicist’s skill through a whole new body of work created especially for the exhibition at YSP. This includes a limited edition of around 60 angular vases as well as the artist’s other signature pieces. Working with impure, high iron rich stoneware clay and simple glazes, Gadsby’s muted colour palette is very recognisable and ranges from off-whites to pale blues and delicate greens with metallic elements. 

Born in 1992, Gadsby has achieved incredible success at a young age, especially given that pottery is a skill that, like all other handicrafts, benefits from the time spent practising. The artist has spent the last decade with clay and continues to work tirelessly to hone his craft, improve his technique and share this with the world. 

As pottery and other crafts gained popularity online in recent years, Gadsby has amassed a truly impressive audience for his social media channels, with more than three million followers across Instagram and TikTok where he shares daily updates on current makes, thoughts on the process and even failed experiments. 

From apprentice to worldwide acclaim, Florian Gadsby: By My Hands is the culmination of the artist’s decade-long journey, which includes time spent apprenticing with master craftspeople Lisa Hammond and Ken Matsuzaki. The exhibition coincides with the publication of a new book of the same name that charts his creative journey across England, Ireland and Japan. All of the work on display is available for sale, along with prints of Gadsby’s drawings and other merchandise. 

On 17 February, the Gadsby will take part in a throwing demonstration, hosted by Toby Brundin, Director of Ceramic Review Magazine.

Florian Gadsby: By My Hands at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 4 November 2023 — 25 February 2024 Tickets from £9.00 Book now

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