There’s something about Rowena Brown’s ceramic houses that seems to speak to people at a very emotional level. A number of years ago the lovely David Nicholls, the then editor of the Telegraph Magazine’s Design Notebook, kindly gave one of our shows a mention and featured Rowena’s work a few weeks before our usual Christmas show. We were absolutely delighted with the coverage but what pleased us more was the fact that people had travelled from near and far to come and see the houses as a result of the coverage. They visited the show literally clutching the torn out article featuring Rowena’s work, such was their attachment to the work.
The same thing happened at our recent exhibition in Somerset when a holidaymaker from Japan made the journey from her hotel in London via train, bus and on foot just to see Rowena’s work. This was no mean feat considering our home gallery in South Somerset is situated in the middle of the countryside, down a single-track road, half a mile from the main road.
I guess Juliana and I had the same reaction when we first saw Rowena’s evocative houses at her studio, the houses evoke a terrific sense of reminiscence and contemplation and we just couldn’t get them out of our heads once we’d seen them.
We’ve now worked with Rowena for five years and her houses continue to strike a chord with our clients. We will be showing a range of her houses at our Christmas Show in Cavaliero Finn’s home gallery in Herne Hill, London on December 5 & 6th (see our events page for further details). We also have some sets available for sale online so if you can’t make the show but would like to see what we have available do have a look. Rowena’s work is priced from £245 for a set of four houses.
We thought we’d share with you this great video by BBC broadcaster and writer Ian Skelly which features Rowena talking about her work and what the houses represent to her. It’s a great film and really worth a look if you have time.