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Ruth Ander
Ruth makes atmospheric, painterly hand-made prints of the Estuary and beyond. Combining etching, mono-print and collage, hers is a unique view of North Somerset. She has exhibited widely including at the RWA and Black Swan Arts.
Norma Atherton
Sarah Aumayer
Sarah runs her small fused glass business “Mydsomer Studio” from her home studio in North Somerset. She’s been working with fusing glass for nearly 20 years specialising in contemporary designs that are often brightly coloured. Items for the home and garden include plates, candle holders, hanging panels, free-standing curves and framed pictures. Sarah also makes a range of very popular jewellery. She has taken part in North Somerset Arts Weeks on 6 previous occasions.
Mandi Baykaa-Murray
Mandi is an award-winning, professional artist who specialises in painting on feathers. Birds of prey are her favourite subject among other birds, animals and insects. Mandi has a wide selection of limited edition prints, greetings cards and a variety of gift items all taken from her feather work.
Ian Beckton
Ian is a maker of individual pots of energy and colour. He explores rich fluid glazes. His pots are full of life and vigour. Bowls, mugs, jugs and jars fulfil their function. None the same, but work together. Function in pots provides a frame work with plenty of room for exploration. The effect is one of fluidity of surface. Ian's thrown pieces are full of character. They enjoy the full plasticity of the material. Working in clay for thirty years. All pots are made in stoneware clay. Educated at UWE Bristol. As well as making, Ian teaches pottery at clayability in North Somerset.
June Bensted
June is an artist living in Backwell where she can enjoy her rural surroundings and often paints the local fields as seen from her garden. She also has a love of the sea and interprets her own thoughts and views of crashing waves against rocks or moody skies over the water in her own inimitable way. She has always wanted to paint but only found time for this when she retired and has spent the last 10 years developing her own style which can vary from representational to abstract. Her sea painting especially comes from within and allows her to follow her imagination. She splits her time between England and France where she and her husband Chris have a holiday home or up in her homeland of Scotland which she finds totally inspiring! She paints using mainly oils.
Sarah Boden
​Through paintings and prints, a sense of place and feeling by abstracting the form and colour in the landscape. Rather than replicating the scene her work relies on the metaphorical, patterning, and semi-abstract, each a visual poem informed by sketches, watercolours and memories. Living and travelling overseas, particularly in Asia, has provided a wealth of inspiration which can be found in the details, colours and textures of Sarah's work. Since returning to Bristol in 2017, Sarah has received an MA, worked for Saatchi and Arnolfini and as the Administrator for NSA. Her award-winning paintings can be found in private collections both in the UK and overseas or through The Sanctuary Gallery, Newnham and Handmade in Painswick.
Ian Bower
Claire Brass
I am a self taught oil painter living in North Somerset. I paint mainly in oils and enjoy creating colourful works inspired by the stunning local scenery, costal scenes, and also the beautiful botanicals grown in my garden.
Ann Bristow
Glass, Jewellery
Dragonfly Jewellery and Glass offers a pretty selection of one off designs hand made in my North Somerset Studio. The jewellery has been designed using recycled silver and copper with some brass accents. I like to incorporate semi precious beads, sea glass and stones into my designs. The fused glass pieces has been designed to incorporate coastal accents and wildflower meadows. The glasswork includes a range of dishes, trinkets and art pieces. Each one is unique in design.
Peter Calcutt
Having served in the army for 22 years I now spend my time working with wood. I treated myself to my first lathe almost 8 years ago and soon rediscovered my creative side. Wood carving was a hobby I had started over 40 years ago and I'm enjoying having time to do more of this along with experimenting with different woods and turning. I source my wood locally (from either North Somerset or Dorset) having good links with tree surgeons thus continuing to care for our environment. It's always sad when a tree has to come down but if something of beauty can be made from it then I'm happy. Please visit my Facebook page to view items currently for sale as well as previously sold items. You will see bowls, chopping boards of various sizes, resin filled pieces, pieces of art, benches, vases, coasters as well as other gift ideas. I'm happy to discuss comissions and look forward to seeing you.
Jane Canning
When I want to sound posh, I call myself a ceramicist. But really, I am just a potter and I love making pots on the wheel (practice may make perfect, but not yet for me). Is pottery a craft or an art? What is the difference? I try to combine the two by making beautiful, exciting pieces for everyday use – form and function. Recently I have leaned more towards the form, producing decorative or commemorative plates, but there will still be many functional bowls in my display. I had hoped seventeen years as a chemistry teacher would help inform the technology of glazing and firing. That hasn’t worked out. There are so many variables it is almost impossible to predict what will come out of the kiln; pottery seems to be more alchemy than science. However, my background in teaching means I retain pleasure in helping children explore clay, real clay, that is really mucky.
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