Collect call: Booze you can't lose
Tuesday 06 January 1998
What does the winner of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' coveted pounds 5,000 Ondaatje gold medal do as a relief from the rigours of oil and canvas? He buys a pack of Blu-Tack and fashions inch-high grotesque grimacing heads out of it. Thom Winterburn, who graduated from the RA last year, is showing his heads at London's Paton Gallery until 1 February. He fantasises about them creeping from behind posters on the wall and joining him for dinner. 282 Richmond Road, London E8 3QS (0181-986 3409).
The potter Walter Keeler is renowned not only for his signature saltglaze vessels that look like oil cans but for his pots' slightly disconcerting sense of animation. Some of the extruded clay used for the handles of his tripod bowl have migrated to form its feet. It looks as if it could walk away. The other vessel, a rocking dish, might do just that if you keep tapping it. They come off the wheel round and he squashes them oval, so that they rock. The bowl, 6ins tall, is pounds 300 and the dish, 61/2ins tall, is pounds 350 at Back to Life, a selling exhibition at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery at Leeds' City Art Gallery, until Saturday (Tuesday- Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, details 0113-2478241).
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