Gwen Bainbridge and Alison Ogden

BOX GALLERY, | 04/08/2012 : 02/09/2012

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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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Unearthed – Barbara Wood and Hilary Angle

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.’

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Ebb and Flow

In January 2011 three artists, Lynn Baker (glassmaker), Soo Durham (ceramicist) and Bob Armstrong (painter), began a walk along the South bank of the Humber determined to experience the river and its moods in all seasons. Starting at Tetney Lock in pouring rain and finishing at Trent Falls in brilliant sunshine the walk was broken up into thirteen stages over a period of 18 months.

This exhibition is the culmination of three entirely different responses to the walk using glass, clay and paint but all three have captured the essence of The Humber.

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Janine Knight

This month the Box Gallery features the work of one of our studio artists, Janine Knight, who this year celebrates 10 years here.

Since the completion of her degree in Textile Crafts from the University of Huddersfield, Janine’s work has continued to develop as can be seen in this new collection of Liberty print bears and rabbits that are all hand stitched with hand woven accessories. Drawings taken from her garden compliment this new collection that can be seen in the Box Gallery from October 3rd – November 1st.

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Vivienne Morpeth

During the month of September the Box Gallery is home to a selection of needle felted garden birds made by Vivienne Morpeth.

With a background in Art History, Exhibition Curation and teaching, Vivienne has also been making felt ware for more than 25 years. In recent years she has developed a range of Nuno felt garments and a passion for intricately needle felted Garden Birds. Although originally from Edinburgh, Vivienne draws inspiration from her locality of the River Humber and North Lincolnshire with her new range of garden birds reflecting the local Westfield Road rookery, a flurrying family of long-tailed tits, everyone’s favourite friendly Robin and more.

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Rhiannon Lowe

Fools Like Me/North Star

Rhiannon Lowe’s drawings are of pattern and portrait, hope and distraction, choice and failure. Her recent work explores use of scale, print and repetition to help distract her from and attempt to make sense of, what she fears about herself.

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Alison Read – Pressed for time

Lincoln printmaker Alison Read returns to The Ropewalk with a new body of work created especially for the exhibition.

She has used the opportunity to test herself by creating a printing plate a day for one hundred days! She says “I wanted to reflect what can be produced in a strict time limit, with all its flaws and experiments.”

The show, which features a mixture of linocuts, woodcuts, etchings and screenprints, will display her full range of skills and be a tribute to her ambition and work ethic.

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