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Spring Exhibition 2013

“Sing A Song of Sixpence”

Pastel-by-M-R-Young-Santa-Croce-Balcony2The spring exhibition, which begins on Sunday March 3rd and continues till the end of April, strikes a mood of optimism with a line up of collectable and appealing art by talented British artist/makers.

Most people will have heard of Mary Rose Young as she is famous for her brightly coloured and highly decorated ceramics but she has a new strand of work – a series of pastel paintings – influenced by her travels to Italy and others depicting more local landmarks near the Forest of Dean, but every bit as colourful as her pots.

Artist printmaker Julia Manning is passionate about making prints; be it etchings, lino cuts, woodcuts or collographs. She loves the technical processes as much as the fine art. She interprets her observations of the environment around her and translates these findings into print. We have named this exhibition after one of her limited editions !

Sing-A-Song-Of-Sixpence-wood-and-lino-cut-by-J_Manning1-260x300 (1)Collectors of pottery will welcome the chance to see a new collection of thrown porcelain and stoneware by ceramic artist Margaret Gardiner. Her pots are for domestic use and visual enjoyment. She uses vapour-glaze with a cocktail of salt, soda and stannous chloride creating a lustrous, rainbow finish.
She has a love of textures: lace, peacock feathers, shells and shiny things and adores the process of evolving these into her ceramics.
We are delighted to welcome Philip Hearsey who makes elegant table sculptures and vessel forms in real bronze influenced by landscape and sea. Inspired by events of the natural world and motivated by the materiality of bronze he engages the sand casting process to create the basic forms that he cuts and carves to create unique vessel forms and table sculptures invariably polishing defining edges in contrast to exquisitely oxidized surfaces.

Kay Leverton from Gwent will be showing her new collection of scraperboards which will include hares, owls and all things mystical. She uses her tools to explore her love of line and detail and the intricacy of the natural world. To scratch away the ink and reveal the creamy chalk underneath, to make up a work out of thousands of tiny lines, really excites her. Back by popular demand is mixed media artist Shirley Vauvelle who creates small pieces of sculpture, this time with a Spring theme, from clay, driftwood and found objects.

Debbie Mason from Herefordshire hand paints glass panels which catch glimpses of our local landscape with an expert touch in vibrant colours to catch the light.

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Late Spring Exhibition

“To See Takes Time”

To head the line up is Mary Woodin, illustrator and artist. Mary works from a studio in the garden of her rural  farmhouse, interrupted only by a flash of azure from the resident kingfisher or the cluck of a passing chicken. With her eye for detail and pattern, Mary excels when painting natural subjects, she works mainly in watercolour, but also enjoys the added flexibility that photoshop can give to her design work.
For this exhibition Mary  has produced a series of delightful garden bird paintings including blue tits, wren and bullfinch.
New to the gallery is ceramicist Iris Milward who designs poetry tiles. She uses clay as a medium to carry poetry so that it can be a constant visual presence in our lives. Tiles can be used for walls, floors, parts of furniture, ‘read-as-you-go’ footpaths and fountains – “a thing of beauty” either indoors or out in the garden
Each tiles is unique, made individually by hand and decorated with words. Most of the tiles are inlaid, a process in which she carves the pattern in the clay while it is still wet.
Automata designer/maker Jane Ryan has always been more interested in decoration and form than clever mechanics and her toys have very simple mechanisms designed to charm rather than amaze.
Jane studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and moved to West Cornwall in 1988. She started her own business –  ‘OPI’ making simple mechanical toys (for grown-ups) in an attempt to combine motherhood and work. All the pieces are one off, no two are the same. There have been recurrent themes over the years which reflect her seaside home, gardening, food… she hopes that her work is infused with a genuine humour.
Also new to the gallery is contemporary glass designer/maker Ruth Shelley. Her works’ signature is the use of vivid, dramatic colour in fused and kiln-formed glass which includes panels, tiles, mirrors, bowls, coasters and jewellery.
She also designs and produces more traditional leaded lights and has worked alongside architects on numerous restoration projects. Much of her work is inspired by the dramatic shapes and forms of the mid Wales landscape where she grew up.