As we welcome in the New Year, with winter still on our doorstep why not wrap up with something from our Box Gallery this January. Jane Withers and Michael Hanmer of Janie Knitted Textiles will be providing machine knitted wraps. They use lambswool and British wool on hand operated knitting machines to create contemporary fabrics. If a hat is more your thing, we have Barbara Cassell’s wool hats. Her handmade hats are decorated with machine and hand embroidery
Gwen Bainbridge and Alison Ogden
BOX GALLERY, | 04/08/2012 : 02/09/2012
Both ceramicists work with porcelain and intricately decorate their work using different techniques. Inspiration comes from different sources, but their work has a good relationship. Alison first started working with porcelain whist studying at Rochdale college of Art. From her small garden studio in Carlisle, Cumbria, Alison produces a charming range of fine porcelain ceramics. The range includes cups and saucers, mugs, bowls and vases, framed porcelain illustrations and porcelain with silver jewellery. For this joint show Alison is showing a selection of her decorative yet functional ceramics.
The selection is slip cast and then individually hand manipulated to create a unique pot every time. The craze free glaze, especially developed for Alison by her husband produces highly durable dishwasher-safe ware.
Gwen’s ceramics act as her three dimensional scrapbook, as she draws inspiration from her memories of childhood. She’s an avid collector of all things old seen at museums or found at antique fairs. She’s always on the look out for inspiration.
After growing up in Cumbria on a rural farm, where the woman’s place was in the home Gwen’s nostalgia for this period of time is echoed in this work.
Rather than a direct reference to the natural world Gwen prefers to explore the work of other craftsmen of the past who themselves might have once been inspired by nature. Appreciating the finery of the costumes of previous eras, with their lavish embroidery and the distinctive qualities of their design these elements are all shown through the detail on the ceramics. Porcelain and bone china lend themselves perfectly to this amount of detail, receiving imprints and markings.
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METAL, PAPER, INK
I’m fascinated by the way a space can affect a person it’s that interaction that draws me to the communal and transients places within our cities, which are often built for function not beauty.
To understand these spaces I go back to the basics, exploring weight, line, form, tension and light dismantling the structure extracting key elements, and distilling them into purified line, and form. This process of pulling apart, layering and removing helps me to understand what I’m seeing and what it is important to me.
The results can be complex, but they are the real and imagined interactions with that space.
SPACE URCHINS, DARK MATTER AND POSITIVE ENERGIES.
For thousands of years humankind has pondered the mysteries of the Universe. Through mathematical calculations many truths have been determined. Philosophers have imagined and declared some bizarre and unlikely theories about the Cosmos, and as Space Technology has advanced, some speculations have become plausible. The world of Science Fiction has become indistinguishable from main stream Cosmolology, Astro- physics and Mathematics.
I use my Art work as a vehicle to applaud and join in with these exciting ways of considering our Universe.
Black Holes, Parallel Galaxies and Dark Matter are phenomena that I have been attempting to represent through my drawings and printmaking.
My sculpture unifies familiar objects to make mischievous enigmatic connections
This year Gallery One is dedicated to Christmas Craft. A colourful festive display of handmade gifts including handknits, homewares,tree decorations, frames, cards and the occasional robin.
Our annual showcase for The Ropewalk’s Studio Artists
This exhibition features new work that has developed from a common starting point. During 2012 and 2013, both artists took part in a kind of artistic ‘Chinese Whispers’, with eight practitioners working in a variety of media each responding to work produced (in secret) by another member of the group. One particular piece, a painting by Hilary, precipitated a ceramic piece in response by Barbara that she wished to explore further. That proved to be the starting point for a new body of work from both artists which is exhibited here.
Barbara’s ceramic work often examines eroded and neglected surfaces, particularly using saggar firing to evoke a distressed finish on a smooth, burnished form.
Hilary says ‘This exhibition is an experiment in mixed media, combining past experiences in the painter’s studio with new skills from the jeweller’s workshop. It has been exciting trying combinations of metal and paint, forging and casting, glazing and scumbling, resulting in new discoveries unearthed from past practices.’