Artists

Jess Davids

Jess Davids is a designer-maker, specialising in glassblowing, based in South Manchester. She graduated from De Montfort University studying BA(Hons) Design Crafts in 2018 and has been working with glass for 5 years.

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Oliver Freeman

My paintings are, in the main, large, sculptural statements. I find that expansive big canvases can absorb the viewer, perhaps share the experience of the elemental scale of the theme being explored. Even some of my pen and ink drawings are on a relatively large scale despite their fine grain detail.

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Nick Pearce

For the last ten years Nick has fired his work in an electric kiln which has allowed an expanded range of colours to be used as well as allowing him to fire at a lower, more energy efficient temperature. Forms have continued to be refined and developed for domestic ware and coloured decoration has become more exciting and adventurous. Almost as an antidote to highly coloured decoration Nick has been inspired the black and white work of American potter Robert Sperry to produce abstract wall pieces.

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Bee Thomas

Bee’s home and studio are in the heart of the historic market town of Devizes in Wiltshire. Here she mostly makes mixed media paintings of land and sea which draw inspiration from all over the British Isles. She often paints out of doors and makes sketches which, along with photographic material, is worked up later in her studio. She has always been compelled to draw and paint, beginning to paint full-time ten years ago.

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Linda Baxter/Black Fish Press

Having taught art and design in London and mid Wales we moved to Sheffield in 2012 and I began The Black Fish Press two years later. Sheffield is a great place to run a small creative business. It has a strong friendly network of artists and craftspeople, an abundance of makers’ studios and innovative outlets for showing and selling work. It’s easy to keep my business local with inks sourced from York and fabrics from Bradford, and cushions made up here in Sheffield. state: listed

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Emma Jelf

Emma draws inspiration from many artists including the work of Willem de Kooning, Ivon Hitchens, David Hockney, as well as contemporary female painters such as Chloe Lamb, Elizabeth Barnett and Nancy Gurskin.

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David Brown

Colour and texture are vitally important to me in making my own personal interpretations of the amazing natural world. In the making of my work, I employ a whole range of techniques, including throwing, turning and altering, pressing, slabbing and coil building. I also impress, pierce and apply clay and sometimes add other materials to the clay.

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Alexander Kai

Alexander’s work focuses primarily on the human form and aims to explore the complexity of human emotion through expression and body language. Often juxtaposing realism with abstraction, he enjoys experimenting with different mediums and techniques in order to reflect the energy and soul of the subject.

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Sophie Glover

Sophie Glover is an artist making drawings and paintings from her studio in South East London. Her drawings record the inner workings and activity of artists’ studios, workshops and restaurant kitchens.

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Peter Berry

Peter Berry studied Architectural Stained Glass at Swansea and set up his first studio in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside in 1990.

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Cathy Pearce

Cathy graduated from Central St. Martins with an honours degree in Textile Design specialising in printed textiles. Her drawing skills and art appreciation were developed as a child growing up surrounded by art books and paintings.

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Tessa Tyldesley

Tessa Tyldesley has been designing jewellery for many years, she works with semi-precious stones and sterling silver. She studied fine art and this has a huge influence in the way she designs her jewellery. The starting point of a necklace is an array of stones on a table, just as a painter may have an array of colours on their palette. The final piece has gone through a process of mixing colour, texture and shape culminating in a well balanced and comfortable necklace.

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Sarah MacCall

I work freehand so each sculpture is unique. Most start with a sketch which I "draw" around with wire, others are created by squeezing wires into shape. I love the effects different wires can produce from thick frameworks to delicate textures depicting feathers and hair.

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Melissa Cole

Melissa’s work ranges from commissioned gates and railings to sculpture and fine art installations. She combines contemporary design with forged and fabricated metal for external public spaces, private gardens and interiors.

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Jo Lilley

I sculpt intricate animals from wool, often placed on quirky objects giving them a life and character of their own - they can be quite mischievous!

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Hannah Duncan

Hannah is a Swansea based enamel artist and contemporary jeweller who works predominately in enamel, silver and copper. She graduated from Hereford College of Arts in 2016 with a BA in Jewellery Design.

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Sally Dorrity

In my studio in Oxford I am constantly experimenting with different shapes, new glazes and glaze combinations. I am very drawn to movement, form and texture in my work, taking my inspiration from traditional classical forms as well as from the lines, tones and textures of nature. My ceramics and skills are constantly evolving and progressing as I pursue my fascination with clay and its many possibilities.

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Victoria Jardine

After teaching Ceramics for some years, I completed a Theory/ Practice MA in Applied Art and Visual Culture at the John Cass School of Art, London. For me this was an opportunity to examine the ‘language of things’ and, in particular, ceramic things. I established my own ceramics practice in 2001, and worked for thirteen years from Archway Ceramics, a group studio in a converted railway arch in East London. During this time I exhibited widely and, in Autumn 2003, was selected as a Professional Member of the Craft Potters’ Association. Alongside this I continued to fuel my interest in Applied Art Theory, teaching Museum Studies at London Metropolitan University, here examining the ways in which the meanings of objects can change as we move them through different environments... from home to museum or studio to gallery.

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Guy Routledge

My work consists of various brightly coloured vessels, bottles and a wide range of sculptural figurative ceramics, based loosely around the ‘head’ and ‘face’. These pieces are predominantly monochrome.

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Claire Newman-Williams

Claire Newman-Williams is a British photographic artist. Whether crafting mixed media collages or photographic prints, Claire creates images that appear to have been pulled from the no-mans land that exists between imagination and reality. These images, often described as “filmic” and “haunting”, leave us wondering which world they inhabit. Are they created in our contemporary world, or are these vintage-looking images visual echoes plucked from another era?

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Jennie Gilling

I was introduced to the art of making paper whilst I was teaching crafts in London. I had previously studied textile design and found an affinity with the process of constructing and manipulating the surface. After several years’ teaching, I had a period of working as a secretary in arts organisations and when redundancy appeared, I seized the opportunity to return to a creative life, and paper has been my artistic focus since 1983. Apart from being an artist, I am a professional gardener and write poetry.

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Shelley Faye Lazar

Colour is my passion…and scarves are the canvases to allow me to enjoy the many ways I can express myself with the media of fabrics and dyes. I see my scarves as jewellery in textiles – and they are functional too!

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Elm House Studios

I am inspired by the constantly changing colours and textures formed in nature. The interplay of opposites, rough smooth, dark light, shiny matt. I use a variety of techniques, clays, oxides and glazes, to alter the surface.

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Aly Storey

I’m a designer, maker and artist specialising in printmaking for textiles, working from the Pink House Studio in Pewsey, Wiltshire. Responding to my own briefs or to commissions, I use my unique, original, hand printed textile designs to make products for the home and fashion accessories.

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Ed Burke Glass and Amelia Burke

Ed & Margaret Burke opened the studio doors over 30 years ago, specialising in etched tableware. The studio is now run with their eldest son Charlie & daughter in law Amelia Burke working as a team to create a breadth of different work.

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Debbie Barber

My first experience of ceramics was as a teenager accompanying my Mum to an evening class at a local Further Education College. It was a hobby class and we had a go at most techniques. I naturally gravitated towards hand building. My fondest memories are spending time with Mum

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Bryony Cox

After completing her studies at Falmouth University Bryony has travelled extensively throughout Asia. Her travels initially took her to Sri Lanka where she spent a considerable length of time capturing small moments amongst the busy hustle and bustle of everyday life. Bryony then moved on to India and the corresponding experiences led her to produce works that bring small but poignant moments to life.

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Yvonne Leon

Yvonne explores different themes of comfort, nurturing, love, grief, joy and how they might affect us. The protection of oneself, emotional bonds and empathy with others are subjects that she returns to time and time again.

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Gilly Whittington

I studied ceramics in Oxford UK before setting up my first workshop in 1993, when I also began teaching community education pottery classes in the Cotswold. I initially worked in earthenware with slip decoration, fired in an electric kiln. After a few years I moved to stoneware and succumbed to the temptations of firing in a gas kiln to explore stoneware reduction glazes using wood ash as a basic glaze ingredient.

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Lesley Shortt

I am a freelance illustrator based in Wiltshire in the UK. I draw and paint because I like to see what I’m thinking. Words and their meanings are often a motivation for visual images.

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Robert Dutton

Robert is a professional artist and lives in North Yorkshire. A move he made with confidence from Leeds in march ‘21 to be closer to his ever popular painting and expressive drawing subject matter - the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, East Yorkshire Coast, and The Lake District.

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Jitka Palmer

My work is figurative, narrative and expressive. I love using colour. I strive to create work full of energy and life. I work in clay, carve stone, paint and draw.

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Ali Tomlin

All of my work is wheel thrown porcelain. I use it for its smooth, white surface and quality for making clean, elegant shapes as a perfect canvas for my colours and marks to create my range of contemporary ceramics.

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Louise Mary

It has always given me great joy to make things, and when I first tried silversmithing, I very quickly felt a strong sense of connection to the craft. I love to use natural sources such as plants as inspiration for my designs and take great care over the detail of pieces. I have been an independent designer maker since graduation in 2005.

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Heidi Nardoni

Heidi Nardoni is a Wiltshire artist based in the Marlborough Downs. Painting plein-air or from life, Heidi creates semi-abstract, immersive oil paintings of fields of jewel like flowers, expressive animal portraiture, and dreamlike woodland scenes.

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Carolyn Genders

Carolyn Genders is an established ceramic artist and printmaker based in the UK, well known for her individual ceramic sculptural vessels and forms and her unique relief prints. The essence of her practice is the relationship of form, line, brushstroke and colour, evident in both her works in clay and on paper.

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Carol Naylor

Carol is a contemporary textile artist who specialises in machine embroidery. She creates unique, one off textiles by stitching directly onto the painter's canvas using a variety of rayon, cotton, woollen and metallic threads. Her stitched textiles range from small intimate pieces to large scale hangings.

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M.Kala

M.Kala presents minimalist yet bold jewellery pieces. Her approach is guided by the observation that strong symbols come usually in simple shapes and repetitive patterns.

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Mary Wilkinson

Mary is a professional painter based in Devon and Wiltshire and her work is inspired by the land and sea. Her paintings explore the underlying structure of the land as well as its transient qualities. Her work is based on a strong observation and direct experience of nature to evoke a spirit of place and the ongoing passage of time. Born in 1965 in Plymouth, Devon.

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Ben Webeck

Inspired by the landscape, my photography takes on a wide variety of forms from panoramic vistas to more intimate and abstract scenes. I’m constantly drawn to capturing that magical moment in time and always follow what naturally attracts my eye no matter the subject or genre. The majority of my images are from the Pewsey Vale, where I call home and take on everything from the Downs, Woodlands, Waterways and Farmlands that make up this unique area of South West England.

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Andrew Hazelden

Andrew has worked with Mary Wondrausch and Alan Caiger-Smith. He learned the technique of tin glaze earthenware and reduction fired lustre at the Aldermaston Pottery in Berkshire which he joined in 1984. Using a blend of Italian Duruta and a Valentines clay, Andrew hand-paints the oxides onto the tin glaze in the maiolica tradition.

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Sarah Packington

I create contemporary acrylic jewellery at Rose Hill Workshop in Brighton. While studying Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics BA (hons) at Brighton Polytechnic from 1988-1991 I discovered the endless possibilities of cutting, texturing and dying plastics. It is a perfect material for jewellery as it is light and comfortable to wear.

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Charles Rodwell

Charles Rodwell studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL 1974-78 and has continued to paint since then. He travelled in the U.S., Australia and the Far East in the early 1980s with a backpack and paintbox.

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