So here it is Ladies and Gentlemen, our final newsletter of 2018. We would like to thank all of our patrons for making this year, our first year, so great! Every month has been host to new changes, new artists and new exhibitions, its been a whirlwind and we're very excited for what's to come in 2019. To celebrate this we are having a 10% discount at the gallery this weekend at the Swanage Rotary Christmas fair, we're fully stocked with all kinds of winter and gift goodies so come and pay us a visit!
As we're on the talk of bargains its definitely worth noting that we will also be holding a big January sale on selected stock after Christmas! So stay tuned!
This month. . .This month we welcome a new ceramicist to the part, Holly Sandham, Holly creates exquisite and unique ceramic plates, vases and sculptures inspired by the Jurassic coast and marine life. Enhanced with the colour of sea glass these are little pieces of affordable shoreline! Perfect for any home.
Puffins have taken over the gallery lately in the form of new gift items such as bags, key rings and notebooks, in addition to our growing collection of handmade Christmas decorations we're calling them perfect Purbeck stocking fillers!
In our upstairs gallery, we have guest artist Eddie Burrows a local artist from Wareham, he's provided the space with an array of ethereal oil paintings inspired by the sea and local landscapes. These pieces are deliciously tranquil and not worth a miss!
Lets take a look at our ceramic collection!
For most of my life I have lived close to the coastal area of Devon and Dorset, so the marine life found in the sandy coves, on the rugged rocks and in the tidal pools has long been an inspiration in my work. I concentrate on representing the textural qualities of each element. The work of the sixteenth-century potter, Bernard Palissy, and the contemporary potter and ceramicist, Kate Malone, have also influenced my work.
Using stoneware clay, I produce a range of pots, platters and planters, all based on a Jurassic theme. The shapes for my pieces are organic, mainly based on curves, emulating the open, undulating areas of the coastline. The surface of the clay is impressed with found items from the shoreline. Sculptured forms, such as shells, fossils, seaweed, fish and crustaceans are then added for surface decoration. The concave and convex surfaces of the finished form provide a tactile experience when held.
To decorate with colour, I use a variety of materials such as oxides, stains and under-glazes. After bisque firing, both coloured and clear glaze are applied, with the addition of crushed glass. Overall these applications help to enhance the depth of colour and give an encrusted and three-dimensional effect. Finally the pieces are fired to 1240 degrees C. No two pieces of work are identical.
I first experienced porcelain as a medium in Copenhagen, working as an assistant to ceramicist, Christian Bruun, graduate of the Danish Design School and was immediately drawn to its creamy and fluid-like qualities. It was my interest in its fluidity and similarity to matter, such as bone and shell, which continued throughout my Masters Degree in Fine Art at Grays School of Art in 2004.
I have recently moved to Swanage, Dorset, but for the past 12 years, I have worked from my studio space at home, overlooking Buchanness Lighthouse, North-East Scotland and the cliffs, where my work has been inspired by the fragments of shell and bone washed up onto the beach with each tide - vessels imprinted with traces of life and contents that have long gone.
I use the organic process of the wheel to make sculptural forms, as it captures the porcelain in its fluid, moving state. With its rhythms of cyclical growth it is very close to the way that Nature makes a form; in a semi-liquid state, exerting pressure from the inside and then solidifying with time.
I often combine each porcelain piece with found objects from the beach, such as rope, metal and driftwood, as these too have their stories of transience. They act as a rough plinth to the times when we have held in our pockets a found shell, bone or pebble, treasuring it just for those few moments.
I came across ceramic when I studied to be a social worker, in 2003-2005, Montpellier, France. In my practice as a social worker, I started some ceramic workshops and then I decided to trained as a ceramicist.
In 2008-2009 I did a ceramic training in St quentin-la-poterie, France and in Geneva, Switzerland. The impact of the making process on my life and my wellbeing helped me to find a better connection with myself and with others. I started my own business as a ceramic artist and ceramic teacher in 2009. It has been 10 years of working with clay and people, using my skills as a social worker ceramic artist.
I specialised in the Raku technique, a fun, challenging and addictive way of making ceramic. I get inspired by the things I love, abstract shape, sheep, houses, vases, tea pot…
Featured artist . . .
Our featured artist this month is Nicky Stockley, lets see what shes been up to this month . .
This past few months I've been learning about different elements of fabric design and building up my portfolio of designs as well as creating new products. I thought I'd share in this newsletter how these scarves and cushions begin life, as well as giving a sneak peek to the new collection coming out spring next year!
Everything starts as a drawing! Both of my degrees are in drawing but it was in my masters that I found my true passion for drawing wildlife and their habitats. I care deeply about the environment and would love for one day my brand be able to help some animal charities. Drawings start in pencil and are then inked in with a fine line rotoring pen. This process can take 2 -3 weeks . . . I am usually working on 2 or three at a time though.
Next is a stage of scanning, editing, colouring and final editing. This is all done by me digitally on photoshop, most designs have 2 or three colour varieties. Once the design is finished and sent off to be printed onto fabric it is then up to me and my business associate (nan) to sow the final products.My plan is next to focus back on some fine art, staying true to my passion for wildlife and the botanical world, alongside my new collection of designs which will debut in springtime next year. Watch this space!
Upcoming workshops . . .
Purbeck Painters is now signing up new members! The club is coming to an end for the winter term and a fantastic term it has been too! Spaces are limited for the spring term starting in March so sign up early to avoid disappointment!
email Purbeckpainters@gmail.com for more info!
The Isle of Purbeck Arts club is also looking out for new members. Gina Marshall is the chairman for this charity that supports and promotes art within the Isle of Purbeck. There are two art groups, Tuesday morning group and Thursday evening, sessions have an occasional guest tutor or you can work on your own thing. Exhibition opportunities are also available, contact Gina on our mailing address for more information!
Next month . . .
Find out about more upcoming workshops and events, next month we'll be having a chat with our watercolourist Gill Williams to see what shes up to!
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