The potter Jack Doherty is among the most distinguished artists working in the West Midlands, having left his native Northern Ireland for a remote corner of Herefordshire just over 20 years ago.
Part of his high profile in the contemporary ceramics world is due to his tireless advocacy - he is currently serving a second term as chair of the Craft Potters' Association - but as this extensive exhibition of 80 or 90 pieces demonstrates, his own work is exceptionally strong and beguiling.
Doherty's is a Whistlerian sensibility, the whiteness of his porclain creating an austere arena in which a mere hint of red seems to quiver with excitement. His work is contemporary in feel, yet you are conscious that it stands on the shoulders of the great Chinese tradition.
Actually not everything is white. Some pieces - most often the small mugs - are dark in colour, and the difference is one of materials, all the colour effects being achieved in the firing.
The pieces range from mugs to bowls, vases and bottles, and the forms are decorated with stud-like or geometric incisions. Occasionally the markings can become over-elaborate, but many of the best have a regular grid-like distribution of marks, creating the visual equivalent of a quietly ticking clock.
A few works, typically the square platters, have a rougher texture which can even put you disturbingly in mind of ripped leather or flesh. But on the whole, Doherty's work inhabits a quiet and reassuring world. He says he makes his pots for use, but I wonder how many buyers - there have been plenty at this show - will take them off the shelf other than for the pleasure of handling them.
You're probably not supposed to say this, but who would want to use a Doherty piece if they could just look at it?
* Until Saturday (Mon-Wed, Fri 10.30am-5.30pm; Thur 10.30am-7pm, Sat 10.30am-5pm, admission free). For further information on Jack Doherty, visit www.dohertyporcelain.com