Plastic&Leather at the new Common

100% refurb almost complete. Common will be back from Wednesday 1st April with the preview of Plastic&Leather, an exhibition by ceramicist Joe Hartley showing the thought and process behind the custom pieces he has created as part of the bar’s transformation.


Commissioned as a visionary for the new space, alongside interiors and furniture designer-maker Pete Masters, Joe has hand-crafted various pieces including lampshades, pump handles and a coffee tamper that form a physical part of the new Common.

Butcher, baker, designer, maker Joe Hartley uses simple, low-tech tools to create his work such as lathes, sewing machines and a potter’s wheel, all crafted from three ingredients: wood, clay and cloth. The first exhibition in the newly refurbished bar, Joe’s collection is a celebration of design and functionality, with the name referring to the evolutionary states online casino and the hydration of the clay that Joe engineers.

The process-driven exhibition features photography by Adam Mead, lecturer at University of Central Lancashire and former exhibitor of Common’s Kestrel Suite, who has captured the tools and methods behind Joe’s work, along with their eventual actualisation.

Jonny Heyes of Common comments: ‘The walls of Common have always functioned as a backdrop for innovative artists, but after ten years we thought it was time to perfect what we do and take a step forward. Now we’re making art and design a physical part of the space itself.’

The new website will be live from 30th March, but in the meantime check out Common’s social media channels for a sneak peak of the process ahead of the exhibition launch:

An exhibition by Joe Hartley
EXHIBITION: From Wednesday 1st April
PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 1st April – 6pm – 8pm



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