Visiting Artists Summer 2018
July 16th - September 16th
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I studied mainly ceramics at college, where I indulged my love of materials, texture and colour. After several years working as a community artist, I found my way into jewellery making, which has provided me with a modest but really enjoyable life.
I'm not a trained silversmith but do know a little about kilns and heat processes, so that's why I started enamelling onto silver and copper and my work has an unusual quality to it.
Each piece is individually designed and hand made: I hope that people enjoy wearing a little piece of art that has been worked by hand, rather than something that has come from a factory!
‘It may start with a landscape – but in the end it has to stand as a painting in its own right.I’m not trying to reproduce nature but to distil some of the essence of it, in colours, shapes and emotions.’
I was an illustrator for many years, also teaching illustration at degree level. Working for clients and following briefs has its own constraints and demands but now I work for my own enjoyment and satisfaction. Sketchbooks are a large part of the process; looking, selecting, translating and mark-making. Some images will find another life, in another media or a different size – and perhaps another home. I live on the Welsh border and some of them are happy in England or Wales. Others have found their way to Scotland, Spain, New England and Australia.
If it made me smile then I’m happy. If it made you smile I’m even happier.
Making driftwood animals and objects ticks lots of boxes for me – as well as filling lots of boxes too. I love recycling, re-using, finding new uses for odd objects. I still get to be creative.In previous lives I’ve been a local government officer, countryside officer, graphic designer and lecturer in art and design history. I love living on the Welsh border but, like the River Wye, I just have to go to the sea – to the wonderful sea and sky. Now I have an excuse for combing beaches or car boot sales and filling my workshop with ‘interesting’ odds and ends.
I make quirky animals, birds and boats etc. People put them in windows, on walls, in conservatories, in gardens. They might even give them names.