Visiting Artists Autumn 2018
September 17th - November 18th
Sue Brown is an artist who uses printmaking to tell stories. Inspired by process as much as nature, her work springs from the pages of sketchbooks and she develops carefully researched themes, experimenting with collagraph, fabric and gum arabic transfer. Collagraph printmaking is a process making textural intaglio plates from card, glue and tile cement. Over the past few years Sue has been exploring and developing gum arabic transfer printing. Using a humble photo copy as her plate, Sue has been using this process in sketch books and mixed media textile pieces and has demonstrated it in the Printmaking tent at Art in Action. Sue explores with her printmaking the relationships we have with our feathered garden visitors; she is fascinated by all things ornithological.
Sharon Curtis became a full time artist in 2012 following graduation from Hereford College of Art. She lives in the wonderful county of Herefordshire from where she draws much inspiration for her art. Sharon’s early studies were in textiles and she specialised in papers, in particular the cutting and folding all kinds of wonderful paper into three-dimensional pieces of art. She was intrigued at the effect light had, shining through the cut shapes.
Cath enjoys spending time with her husband. They are both keen walkers, walking most weekends. They also love to cook and eat in and out as much as they can. Cath has been lucky enough to travel over the last few years, visiting Athens, Verona, Naples, Munich and New York amongst other places. She also spend quite a lot of time in Catalunya, Spain, where her parents used to live. Aspects of these travel adventures are recorded in her work.
Russell makes Devonshire Slipware which is the perfect medium for him. Its roots in North Devon are what drew him to it. Its humble origins of the everyday medieval pot to its vibrant place in todays studio pottery. Its undoubtedly made from clay and its liquid nature allows him to capture movements in ways that other forms of ceramics can not. Its colours’ have richness and depth.
Sabine completed an apprenticeship as a thrower in East Germany in 1998 with Hans Joachim Grünert in Waldenburg (Sachsen). It was then for the first time she was introduced to wood firing. Hans took over an existing pottery where for many generations traditional salt glazed stoneware was produced. He also inherited an old tunnel kiln (Kassler Ofen) that he fired for 24 hours with coal and wood. At 1300 degrees he threw packages of salt in the fire box to achieve the typical surface of salt glaze pots.
Since then, the excitement of staying up all night feeding an ever hungry kiln with wood, the direct impact of when and how much wood to put in the firebox, has never left her.
In 2000 Sabine decided to travel to England to gain more experience in ceramics. She met her partner Nic Collins here and in 2001 she moved to Moretonhamstead in Devon.