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Gabriele Koch and the Henry Rothschild Memorial Lecture

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Gabriele Koch and the Henry Rothschild Memorial Lecture

Gabriele Koch and the Henry Rothschild Memorial Lecture

Gabriele Koch, the world renowned potter is to give a one off lecture on Wednesday November 2nd at Gateshead’s Shipley Art Gallery. This special night is a tribute to the late Henry Rothschild, who was one of the most influential UK collectors of ceramics.

Koch is best known for her ceramic pieces, and these have been exhibited throughout the world in many of the leading private and public collections. Koch’s work has recently beem exhibited in London at the Saatchi Gallery, at Liverpool’s Bluecoat Display Centre as well as having displays in German, American and Israeli galleries.

This landmark event is being jointly presented by the Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums and the Friends of the Shipley Art Gallery. Koch will be talking about her influences and the processes and ideas she goes through to create her distinctive style of hand made ceramic vessels.

Gabriele Koch says:

“It is a great honour and pleasure to be the inaugural speaker for the Henry Rothschild lecture. It is very important to remember Henry who has made such an enormous contribution to the appreciation of Ceramics in general and has been a great supporter of many of the most innovative ceramicists of the 20th century on an individual basis.”

Koch’s work features in the Rothschild Study Centre at the Shipley Art Gallery, which was opened in 2010 and houses a superb collection of 20th century ceramics amassed by Henry Rothschild, founder of the shop Primavera.

The Study Centre includes work by leading ceramicists working in Britain and internationally and offers visitors access to a unique database containing information about the collector, the objects and the makers and a reference library of books on studio ceramics donated by Henry Rothschild.

Amy Barker, Curator of the Shipley Art Gallery, says:

“Gabriele Koch is a remarkable ceramicist and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Gallery for the first lecture in memory of Henry Rothschild.

“Henry Rothschild was an extremely significant figure in the field of contemporary crafts in Britain and the Shipley Art Gallery is privileged to have worked closely with him during the latter years of his life. We hope that many people will join us at this event to hear from Gabriele and celebrate her work and the legacy of Henry Rothschild.”

The event starts at 7.30pm (light refreshments from 7pm) and costs £3 for non-members and £1.50 for the Friends of the Shipley. For further information, visit





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