Permanent Visiting Artists 2018
Jane works predominately in silver, hand crafting jewellery from her home studio. Jane aims to make jewellery that will stand the test of time and will be something that can be worn again and again.
She incorporates her love for vintage textiles into her jewellery using them to imprint into the silver to provide contrasting textures and a sense of history to her work. Interest and rich colours in the jewellery comes from adding vintage beads or semi-precious stone beads.
Catrin loves doing what she does. Designing and making stained glass windows to commission or exhibiting small glass pieces.
Catrin's training was initially in fine art which still feeds her work. She visited Chartres sometime in her late twenties and fell for the wondrous windows of the cathedral. Later she learnt of the spiritual significance of medieval glazing.
On a very part time basis I finally achieved a first class honours degree in 2010
Joan Doherty trained at the Ulster College of Art and subsequently worked at Kilkenny Design Workshops in Ireland as a 'demonstration potter' and designer for the ceramics industry.
Along with Jack Doherty she set up Doherty Ceramics in Herefordshire in 1983. The ceramic wrens and sparrows are modelled in stained porcelain clays. The "agate" technique of construction means that all the pieces are completely individual. Some are glazed, some not. Some are high fired, some not. All fit comfortably into the hand.
Sue Forrest is a Freelance Designer and originally trained at Central School of Art and Design. She has exhibited in a number of exhibitions nationwide, including Textprint. Sue worked closely with the American and Japanese markets on dress and furnishing designs before deciding to become freelance and concentrate upon ties. Sue runs the business from Llanfihangel Talyllyn, near Brecon in Wales and counts among her clients broadcasters and television personalities.
Since retiring from his work in the care sector, Stephen has been developing his lifelong interest in woodwork and the various effects that can be achieved when wood is painted, burnt and carved. His subjects reflect an interest in life in and around the sea – the birds, boats, fish and local architecture.
The materials Stephen uses, on the whole, are recycled or found.The timber is sourced from beaches, local woodlands in Worcestershire and he even has a large proportion of the fittings from a refurbished pub lying in the workshop ready to use.
Each piece is made individually by hand, from wood specifically chosen. The timber must be perfectly seasoned to ensure stability during and after carving. Once the piece is finished it is waxed which adds a protective coat. Perry now works from his home in the Dordogne region of France, creating fine forms with minimal detail thus showing the natural beauty of the wood.
Pauline was born and educated in North London. She left school at fifteen and worked as an Assistant Stage Manager and actress in various repertory companies as well as in the West End of London, film and television. Pauline eventually became a television Production Assistant and worked her way up to Assistant Producer. At the age of 30 she decided it was time for a career change and moved to Wales with her husband and young daughter to start Black Mountain Pottery. Pauline is self taught. The inspiration for her ceramics comes from her love of cooking and entertaining, strongly believing that the presentation of food is as important as its taste, good food and ceramics go together.
I have always had a keen interest in art and design and after working in film for several years with John Cleese's company, Video Arts, I decided to move into interior design, working for Colefax and Fowler. Over the years I have continually used my skills in making and design.
Having a particular love of textiles, I began needle felting aiming to predominantly use sheep wool locally sourced in Wales, and it was my rescue dog, Scribble who was the inspiration in making dogs.
Two early meetings made a lasting impact on the way John saw pots. In 1968 he first went to a working pottery, the Taena Pottery making slipware and then later to Winchcombe to see Ray Finch.
In 1972- 73 when John had just started making pots he helped at Michael Cardews Wenfordbridge Pottery as part of the kiln firing crew. The pots John saw there along with the people he met have stayed with him and inform much of what he is still trying to achieve.
John fell in love with the idea of the potters life and the pots themselves, and the beauty of traditional country pots,. The warmth and intimacy of hand-made things for use in our homes.
Sara produces a range of exquisite jewellery, assembling her own hand crafted beads together with others collected from around the world. Her intricate work is sold at shops and galleries throughout Britain. She also exhibits at selected shows and music festivals.
Sara is the author of several books on the subject. Titles include 'Exotic Beads', 'Beautiful Beading', 'The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques' and 'The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery.