Festival 2018

Visiting Artists Festival 2019

May 13th - July 14th


Angela Soulier

Angela seeks to create jewellery and artefacts which represent themes dear to her – and which bring pleasure and joy when worn or owned.   For her it is about balance and form, often sculptural, and introducing movement, contrasting textures and colour.   To achieve this she applies different techniques to silver, a wonderfully maleable metal and combines it with complimentary objects from an eclectic and ongoing collection she has been gathering over the years.   There is a  story surrounding each item and these memories are inevitably woven  into the finished piece.

Angela learnt her craft in Mexico with teachers from the silver-mining town of Taxco, short courses at West Dean and the Cass College in London and she is currently attending the Silver Work Bench, a workshop here in Herefordshire, where she has been living for the last eight years.  She learns and gains experience with every new project - it is always a challenge to bring each new piece to life and see it as she has visualised it.

Angela’s work designing costumes for theatre and film and being exposed to various methods of working while living in different countries, especially her twenty years in Mexico, has been a strong influence.



Shelagh Popham

Shelagh studied at St Martin’s School of Art and the West of England Academy. She now lives near Hay on Wye.

Her paintings are a reflection of private rejoicings and unexpected incidents. If living is a process of coming to terms with our surroundings, then she see’s her paintings as an interpretation of this process by means of inquiry or celebration.

Shelagh works from small sketches, colour notes and detailed observations which later become reworked and combined in her studio into paintings, drawings,etchings and wood engravings. Her taxidermy collection provides her with models for her more elusive subjects!

“ I paint what I see, what I enjoy and what I remember”


Tamsin Abbott

For Tamsin the old world of Britain runs in her veins. The whole of her adult life has been shaped by a determination to live in the countryside and to discover its ancient magic. Today most of Tamsin’s work has been influenced by the Herefordshire countryside around her home, the orchards, the hills, the woods and all the plants, birds and animals that grow and live about. For her the seasons provide an ever changing abundance of colour and sights. Even in winter when the short gloomy days can be depressing there is the beauty of the naked trees to admire and the moonlit night to enjoy as early as five o’clock! Working with glass has really helped her appreciate and be inspired by these things.

However, Tamsin’s work is not only about, and inspired by, the physical nature of the world around her. She is also drawn to the world of myths, fairytales and the ancient connections to the landscape. This is to her the invisible tapestry that weaves and links us to our rural ancestry. This melting pot of influences is, to her, the magic of our existence, and when working she tries to imbue even the smallest of pieces with a sense of this.

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RAMP - Alice Hartford & Roop Johnstone

RAMP – (Roop & Al Make Pots) is a creative collaboration between Rupert Johnstone & Alice Hartford. They make functional and decorative Earthenware and Porcelain studio ceramics.

Alice and Roop met at Edinburgh College of Art in the late 1990’s. They began working together in 2001 at Cockpit Arts in Deptford, London at first as an experiment to see what things they could make together and quite quickly that evolved into something more definite. As with any collaboration, there is a process of interplay of ideas, each of them sharing thoughts and ideas about their practice and the pots they make. This is a really valuable process for both of them and the work they make together. 

In 2004 they moved to Devon, initially to a studio at the Beaford Arts Centre and then to their house and workshop in Silverton. They have been there until this summer, when they moved to a new purpose-built studio outside the village.

Roop - I enjoy the tactile quality of clay and I have always liked the immediacy of throwing and the rhythms of making. I have a liking for simple, clean forms as they make good platforms for Alice’s decoration.

Alice - My approach to painting the pots has evolved over the years that Roop and I have been working together. Inspiration comes from the natural world and, in turn, this is abstracted into various patterns and motifs found on the pots. 

I mostly use coloured slips to paint with and these are built up in layers using different brushstrokes when the pots are still wet. This allows for a certain fluidity and a sense of movement within the designs. I like to treat all the pots individually, working on them like drawings.

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Denise Brown

Denise Brown is a ceramic artist working from her studio on a family farm in rural Fenland Cambridgeshire. Her work draws inspiration from around the British coastline and her surrounding Fenland landscape.

Using a stoneware clay, Denise's handmade vessels are constructed from hand-cut templates and using her own press moulds. The detailed images are incised by hand using asimple potter’s knife. Each piece is unique, and all are decorated on both sides. After construction, the vessels are left to dry very slowly to prevent excessive warping. Denise uses a copper carbonate wash to create the colour outline of the design, and then paints using a range of dry glazes and underglazes. High firing to 1230°C gives the stoneware clay a warm, weathered look, as some of the colours begin to burn away in the kiln. Each piece is then finished with the hand application of 22ct gold leaf or 12ct white gold leaf. Her work aims to capture the essence of coastal and rural landscape, evoking memories and a sense of nostalgia. A balance of narrative and decorative, her pots form a 3D canvas for her illustrative decoration.


Sarah Noel

Sarah is fascinated by Medieval art with its figurative drawings, paintings, stained glass, carvings and sculptures. She admires their simplicity of form imbued with solemn spirituality. This art, powerfully communicates a contemplative mood, a stillness, a knowing of something other. She finds the same beguiling qualities in European and American Folk Art. 

Sarah’s work springs from these influences. In her work she aspires to express mankind's spirituality and human condition. Sarah uses images such as boats, the sea, birds, other animals, trees, musicians and angels to be symbolic expressions of life's journey.

Sarah makes figurative stylized 3D ceramic sculptures, wall pieces and panels. Her sculptures are earthenware fired, some are high earthenware fired with coloured stains and oxides to achieve a dry finish.

Other pieces are raku or smoke fired