Ceramics and photography may, at first seem strange bed fellows. Using both disciplines can lead to new and different creative conclusions. Raku pots inspired by photographs of beaches and cliffs around the Bristol Channel.
Cheryl Cracknell is a textile artist and tutor working with raw merino wool, silk, alpaca and other fibres which she combines in a feltmaking process to produce textural pieces of art and wearables, such as scarves and stoles. She takes her inspiration from a close observation of nature, the wonderful colours of which are reflected in her work. She hand dyes the wool and silk in her Worcestershire studio to obtain subtle variations of shade and tone, and their careful placement gives atmosphere and depth to her designs. The technique used ensures that every piece is a unique artwork.
Yvonne has worked with clay for several years. She originally trained as a teacher and first jobs included teaching clay techniques and therapy at hospitals and a prison in Northumberland.
She set up her first workshop next to the North Oxford Canal in Warwickshire where her parents ran a narrowboat business. This included making personalised pots for the British Waterways and canal boats.
She now has a workshop in Saltford near Bath, where she produces individual ceramic vessels. These are decorated with brightly coloured bold illustrations inspired by everyday humorous situations and comical creatures. Ideas come from looking around at people, landscapes, events and animals. The clay is weighed out, carefully thrown to different shapes, and handles attached the next day. The clay sheets are rolled out with a slab roller, and assembled into flat or square shapes when the clay has stiffened slightly to hold its shape. The illustration is then scratched onto the surface, textures pressed into the clay and when dry, underglazes painted on to colour the design.
These pots are fired to high earthenware temperatures and finished with a transparent glaze. The kiln fires up to around 1180 degrees centigrade. Yvonne has two kilns, one 5cu ft., and another for smaller firings and experimenting with test pieces.
She sells her work in galleries and exhibitions around the UK
You can find more examples of work on her website.
45 High Street,
Bristol BS31 3EJ
Paul is a woodturner, tutor and author. He produces a wide range of turned items mainly from wood but also incorporating other materials such as stone, pewter and resin. Included in the range of turned wood produced by Paul are vases, hollow forms, goblets, natural edge and burr bowls, platters and pens.
Karen is a glassmaker, she started her journey into glass by studying architectural glass at Queens Road School of Art in Bristol. Since then she has taken a part-time course in glass craft and a number of master classes to learn a range of glass making techniques from hot, furnace glass, casting, fusing, flame-working and cold-working glass. Part of Karen’s love of glass is that she is always learning and developing new ideas to bring to her glass.
Karen is currently making a range of plates, bowls and vessels in her Bristol studio, fusing glass, exploring crackle techniques, stripes and irridescent patterns. She also enjoys the magic of working with hot glass and hires a hot shop to blow glass, making paperweights and baubles.
Karen’s latest work is on permanent display at the Cotswold Craftsmen’s Gallery in Nailsworth. Commissions Welcome
Nat produces bold and lively woodcut prints inspired by her passion for wildlife. She carves her blocks out of MDF with linocutting tools and prints them individually by hand. Her designs depict characterful creatures and often contain a feeling of movement and vitality.
Individually designed and handcrafted silver and gold jewellery alongside a range of other precious, non-precious and mixed metal pieces. Designs inspired by Anglo-Saxon culture created with a contemporary feel. From large cast one-off pieces in silver or bronze to intricate diamond set platinum rings. Commissions taken to makers or customers design in most metals.
Visit Hazel’s website at to see a fuller range of work or call in at our gallery in Nailsworth where she permanently has work on show. Hazel is happy to meet you at the gallery or at her workshop by appointment.
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Lorna trained at Liverpool John Moore’s University and worked as a graphic designer and freelance architectural illustrator. Building on this experience she worked in traditional watercolour for a period producing paintings of many places in the Southwest and West Midlands.
Gradually, new work became more abstract, compositions developing from montages of landscape, garden and coastal images painted in acrylic inks. These are arrived at by using lots of sketches from life and reference materials assembled in a layered technique, and showing traces of Cubist influence and also similarities to English painters of the 1920/30s
Julie designs and creates a range of unusual and individual wall hangings, figures , birds and jewellery which are made from smooth stoneware clay, kiln fired to 1000c and then hand painted with acrylics.
The earrings, brooches and pendants are finished with an iridescent colour which catches the light.
The wall hangings are modelled in low relief with careful attention to detail.
The figures and birds are free standing.
Julie’s inspiration comes from the buildings and wildlife of the Cotswolds where she lives and works.
The colours and textures found in pond life, trees and lakes, and the mellow stone of Cotswold buildings are something Julie likes to capture in her work .
Recent pieces have a more abstract feel with emphasis on the interplay between colours and shapes.
Julie is pleased to take commissions and can make panels of particular houses from photographs.