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.
Raku Fired Ceramics Sally makes a range of unique, hand built, Raku fired clocks, vases, wall plaques, sconces and nightlight holders.
The work is very influenced by art deco design and modernist architecture, combined with unique bold surface patterns and rich lustre glazes.
Each piece is completely unique due to the Raku firing process which originated in Japan and was part of the Zen tea ceremony. The firing process involves heating a gas fired kiln to approximately 1000 degrees C. When the glaze has melted the work is transferred using a large pair of tongs to a container containing wood shavings or straw. This immediately ignites and the container is sealed. The dramatic change in temperature causes the glaze to craze and the carbon from the smoke is absorbed into the clay. The burning also reduces the oxygen around the piece of work which creates the unique beautiful lustre glazes, only revealed after washing away the carbon coating.
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.
Becky uses an unusual making process called Taxtiles is “textile taxidermy” Techniques used in taxidermy then translated into fabric, yarn and thread, and a process called weave binding to create wonderful creatures. She also uses more traditional embroidering techniques to create pictures of animals.
Yvette Green is a stained glass mosaic artist working from a small studio based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Originally from South Africa, Yvette trained in Botany and Education before working in mosaics for the last 10 years. She works primarily with stained glass and glass inclusions and produces mosaics for all areas of the home, specialising in garden mosaics. Her work is inspired by the intense colours of nature and her love of the outdoors. Garden mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.
Yvette has exhibited widely around Gloucestershire, and mosaicked one of the large hares for the Cirencester March Hare Festival in 2014 and the Cotswold Hare Festival in 2017. She is also a member of the British Association of Modern Mosaic.
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
Jeanette is inspired by landscapes and nature in her surroundings and places she has visited. She has lived in some spectacular areas of Britain including North Devon and the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
The lustrous and vibrant colours that can be achieved from enamelling are why Jeanette likes to work with this medium. It is always exciting to see the final picture once the piece has been fired and cooled. Results are not always predictable. Jeanette likes to make each picture special and a one off in its own right.
Jeanette hand cuts stencils from local scenes, trees and plants that have inspired her. She also uses interesting leaves, especially ferns; seed heads and any foliage that once pressed would make ideal stencils for the dry sifting process of enamelling.
Jeanette also produces a beautiful range of unique, perfectly formed, small copper bowls that she enamels ‘freehand’ .
House names / number enamels can be made to order. The theme and colours can be tailored to your requirements. Contact Jeanette to discuss
Windrush, High Street
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.
Chris has always had a fascination with making objects. He likes to think he began his journey to becoming a blacksmith as a young child playing with Lego, ever since then he has jumped at the chance to play with any sort of material, using a variety of different techniques. Going through school he worked with wood, plastics, clay and sheet metal but nothing really grabbed him until he went on a weekend blacksmithing course shortly after turning 18. There was something about forging hot steel that he instantly fell in love with.
Using fire as a creative rather than destructive tool and seeing how the application of extreme heat turns steel into a wonderfully malleable material. Creating fluid and elegant forms from a heavy material which is usually literally ‘hard as nails’.
Chris spent 3 years at Hereford College of Arts earning a BA in Artist Blacksmithing, in the spring of 2013 he started his business ‘Chris The Smith’ and he’s been going at it hammer and tongs ever since!
He has been creating both sculptural and practical hand forged items from his workshop near Birmingham. He specialises in creating contemporary, hand forged, bespoke articles using simple yet elegant forms
Chris also runs experience sessions for members of the public who have always wanted to have a go at blacksmithing.
22 Middle Lane
Tel: 01564 822993
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