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Exhibition features five young artists with own interpretation of zeitgeist.

EACH creative generation has a distinct way of working, a way that is relevant, that is right for their situation - a way that reflects the zeitgeist.

Modus Operandi is an exploratory showcase profiling these facets for five people working in Wales.

Each artist has graduated in the past 10 years and is in the formative, early years of studio practice.

The show, therefore, is one celebrating the output of these artists working in Wales, one in which the diversity of their individual practice is explored.

Daniel Allen's large-scale figures depict a humorous slant on contemporary culture and historical ceramic practice.

Duncan Ayscough celebrates the fluid lines of the vessel which are then exposed to a range of surface carbonisation techniques.

Pieces are coated with terra sigalatta prior to biscuit firing, and then are pol-ished with bees wax. They are then occasionally embellished with gold leaf to heighten and accentuate their visual impact.

Lowri Davis's work is an amalgam of installation and domestic elements.

Using the metaphor of the Welsh dresser, she explores why ceramics were collected.

Handmade pieces are joined with transfer prints, with some taken from sources such as her grandmother's cookbooks or images of figures from popular culture, such as Tom Jones.

Ingrid Murphy makes hand-built, tranquil forms which have an other-worldliness or almost ghost-like quality.

They enable the viewer to contemplate these attenuated forms as though they have been brought to life.

Eileen Newell has been developing a body of work that has clear reference to the classical sculpture of antiquity, im-buing this frame of reference with a distinctive creative voice.

A spokesman for Ruthin Craft Centre, which hosts the exhibition, said, ``At Ruthin our brief is to exhibit the contemporary, work that explores, deconstructs and represents today and ideas that will inform tomorrow.

``However, all things draw upon deep roots and all journeys have a point of departure.

``So the perspectives and philosophies that inform the work exhibited here are varied, but most have a pivotal interest in the history of ceramics.

``The exhibited pieces illustrate clear references to several of ceramics' illustrious and multi-faceted histories.''

Modus Operandi can be seen at the Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire, until March 30.
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Date:Feb 26, 2003
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