In this week’s Goldmark Roundup film Mike presents two rare hanging figures by the British sculptor John Davies.

After training at the Slade School of Art, Davies quickly established himself as one of the country’s foremost figurative sculptors, specialising in the male form.


John-Davies-Swinging-Seat-2‘Man on a Swing’ – painted resin sculpture by John Davies

His work is held in many major international collections including the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, who hold over 60 of Davies’ sculptures. A prospective lecture on his drawings and sculpture to be held there on April 3rd has already become fully booked.


John-Davies-Swinging-Trapeze-2‘Man on a Trapeze’ – painted resin sculpture by John Davies; a heavy weight keeps the trapeze suspended upright

Davies’ work is rarely seen coming onto the market and is highly sought after by collectors. These two resin figures, completed between 1982-4, last appeared in the UK auction houses over 7 years ago; we are delighted that they have now ended up at Goldmark in Uppingham.

View work by John Davies here >

Chagall-Fables-the-widow‘The Young Widow’ – Marc Chagall’s Fables of La Fontaine

Mike also discusses some of the art and ceramics covered in this week’s Discover posts, including the hand-coloured etching suite of the Fables of La Fontaine by Marc Chagall featured in our In Focus series on Wednesday.

Chagall’s etchings were commissioned by art dealer, critic, and collector extraordinaire Ambroise Vollard and were begun in 1928, though it was nearly a quarter of a century before they were finally published.

Chagall-Fables-two-mules‘The Two Mules’ – Chagall’s delicate hand-colouring is evident here and in the etching above

Limited to an edition of 200 sets, 85 of these Chagall hand-coloured himself, sparingly applying rich areas of colour to his thickly bitten etching prints.

Images of great humility and intimacy, they represent Chagall at the height of his artistic powers and rank among the great 20th century print suites.

View work from Chagall’s Fables suite here >

Phil Rogers Potters Studio Workshop featured imageWelsh potter Phil Rogers at work in his studio workshop

On Tuesday this week we published some previously unseen footage dug out from our film archives of potter Phil Rogers preparing clay and throwing pots in his Welsh studio near Rhayader and the River Wye.

Phil Rogers tenmoku jug ash jar(left) Tenmoku ridged jug and ash glaze lidded jar (right)

Phil was one of the very first potters whose works we showed back in 2005, and since then he has worked tirelessly with the gallery to produce multiple fantastic shows, a book launch accompanied by a lecture and throwing demonstration, and, more recently, custom orders for sets of 80 guinomi cups displayed in large purpose-built display cases.

Phil Rogers many guinomis

Phil Rogers 80 guinomis(above) the many varied glazes of Phil’s guinomis; (below) a custom set of 80 guinomis in their display case

Sets are priced at £6000 and take upwards of 6 months to create, allowing Phil plenty of time to achieve the separate firings needed for the different glaze types on each guinomi. To place an order or ask for more information, email us at or phone +44 (0)1572 821424.

View ceramics by Phil Rogers here >

Three Lisa Hammond mini tsubo vasesmini Tsubo jars by British potter Lisa Hammond

New pots from our recent Lisa Hammond ceramics exhibition have also been added to our website here and we’ve produced a short film of the gallery display. If you didn’t manage to make it to the show, you can watch it here.

View pots from Lisa Hammond’s 2016 exhibition here >