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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Katy O’Neil

Katy has worked with clay for over 20 years, from her Lancashire studio she creates contemporary ceramic vessels and handmade ceramic jewellery. The vessels, bowls and wall plaques are decorated with slips before being impressed with marks which are inspired by her photographs taken whilst travelling extensively. Each piece is decorated with splashes and layers of colour to highlight the texture and mark making before firing to stoneware. Every item created by Katy is slab built with black clay and are a celebration of material and mark making.

“The marks made on my work are created with man-made objects such as screws and nails found on the street, or from parts of circuit boards salvaged from abandoned electrical goods. This way of impressing marks into clay is a reflection of my long-held fascination with the concept of future fossils and how the throw away nature of modern life affects the land.”

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Fly by Wire – Chris Moss

Chris Moss creates sculptures of beasts and birds in order to understand them better.  Time spent watching animals gives her an understanding of their framework and architecture as well as how they interact with each other.  Her curiosity is linked to their movement and how this can be recreated.  She finds that drawing focuses her observations allowing the natural extension into wire sculpture.

With the use of new and reclaimed materials, sourced from various suppliers of functional wire and metal products or fragments found on walks and forays Chris experiments with the balance between these materials, so that a work, as well as saying something about its subject, is still about the materials it’s made from and reveals aspects of the drawing and re-drawing process.

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Summer Exhibition 2016

A mixed exhibition of paintings and prints that runs throughout the summer featuring: Hilary Angle, Kate Boxer, Henritta Corbett, Nick Ellerby, Colin Gale, Jason Hicklin, John Martin, Ian Mitchell, Stef Mitchell, Melvyn Petterson, Clive Redshaw, Keith Roper, Letitia Thompson, Martin Waters & Malcolm Whittaker.

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Penny Withers

Penny Withers is a professional ceramist with a studio in Sheffield. She has spent a long time discovering and experimenting with throwing skills; composing on the wheel and constructing forms from thrown slabs.  She enjoys the velocity of throwing and the residual energy it produces in the finished piece. The springiness in a thrown slab makes it strong and able to hold a shape to convey dynamism.

Sculptural pieces are finished in monochrome satin glazes which reflect light, softly revealing form. Complementary layers of glazes are dipped, sprayed or poured over each other and fired in either oxidising or reduction kilns. By observing the way that glazes react with each other she suggests landscapes; mountains, lakes, clouds. The vessel forms allow for the inclusion of natural plants and flower arrangements. These add elements such as shoreline reeds or scrub weeds (for example) to the overall composition. Penny is constantly developing an expressive repertoire of minerals, oxides and firing techniques to create visual references to the natural world.

“I feel the connection that reaffirms my place as a being in a world of physical laws and raw materials as a compelling alchemy in the forming, glazing and firing of ceramics. The more I learn the more there is still to know.”

 

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Handmade

Craftsmanship, originality, and innovation underpin this exhibition.

Featuring work by the following artists; Stuart Akroyd, Cath Hill, Janie Knitted Textiles (Jane Withers and Michael Hamner) and Lyn Lovitt, this body of work celebrates authenticity, difference, and the makers’ desire to create work of enduring quality.

With eclectic experiences, diverse backgrounds, and a fascination with materials and process, these exciting, contemporary artists showcase excellence with artistry in handmade glass, jewellery, knitted textiles, and ceramics.

In our current culture of branding and cheap, mass-produced goods, this exhibition aims to show that the concept of Handmade is still very much valued.

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Lindy Norton – Inside Out

‘When first I walk into a darkened room, my eyes need to adjust; a short period of visual insecurity stimulates ideas; moments that much of my work relates to.’
Lindy Norton

Lindy Norton has always been able to use drawing as a means of generating atmosphere. Purposefully developed and well practiced observation skills enable her to subtly change the truth of light and darkness, to amplify uncertainties.

Norton’s drawings and dry point etchings have a physical urgency, the energies required to generate the compositions are retained, enlivening the work with an uneasy breath. Beasts from Africa may wander along the window sill, a sailor boy may sit in an armchair with teddy bears or an entrance hall may contain vague shapes that cannot be identified as friendly or hostile.

Her paintings in both water colour and oil paint are just as accomplished as her drawings and prints. Her use of light, subject matter and her selected range of colours amplify surreal associations.

Lindy Norton’s work welcomes us uneasily into a friendly twilight zone, allow yourself to consider her interiors and their occupants: your perceptions may shift, just slightly.

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