Professional potter since 2005, making distinctive handbuilt frostproof sculptures, planters and decorative items for gardens and interiors. Karen's ceramics combine her interests in texture, landscape and plants, from tiny pebbles to tall abstract forms. The colour palette is deliberately earthy and neutral, to complement plants rather than compete with them.
Clay surfaces are carved, inlaid, scraped, polished or impressed during the making stage to give interesting textures. After the first firing, the textures are enhanced with oxide washes, slips (liquid clay) and glazes, before being fired for the second time. Creating her individual pieces is a lengthy process and opening the electric kiln is always a surprise - even after so many years, nothing can ever be taken for granted with ceramics, which is what makes it such an exciting, addictive challenge.
Karen regularly exhibits her unique work in prestigious sculpture garden events and is happy to discuss commission or personalisation ideas. Her large studio always has a display of finished pieces for sale and is open throughout the year but an appointment is advisable.
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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.
Jewellery, Painting/Drawing, Textile Art
I am a professional artist working in pastel, acrylic and mixed media. My work is part real, part total fantasy and always very colourful. Also I hand paint pure silk chiffon scarves and do a bit of beadwork. After a successful career as an artist/designer first in Fashion and then Interiors I went to University and gained an Honours Degree in Fine Art. I have exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy in London, won many prizes and my work is in private collections worldwide. When Annie Taylor was setting up North Somerset Arts Week I was on the Committee hence the colourful Logo and signage! My Studio at Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, Wrington can be open any day if people wish to see my work and I always have prints and cards available.
Enamels, Jewellery, Painting/Drawing
Exhibition of enamels including wall art, bowls, light switches and earrings, plus acrylic and watercolour paintings. Also, cards and notelets depicting some of the work displayed.
Jane is a multi talented artist working mostly with the ancient craft of enamelling with modern subjects and designs.
Bill will be exhibiting a new range of contemporary domestic stoneware pottery at NSAW this year, including work designed for The Ethicurean Restaurant based at the Walled Garden.
After gaining a degree in ceramics from UWE Bristol Bill has been a professional potter for over 25 years exhibiting and selling both nationally and internationally. His work has included delicate porcelain bowls, metallic glazes, salt firings and - one of his personal favourites - raku.
He is now based in his studio at the Walled Garden in Wrington where he also offers classes and workshops as Clayability, the pottery school he founded in 2006. Having trained as a production thrower Bill loves teaching others to throw on the potter’s wheel. He also has a wealth of experience in handbuilding and decorating techniques.
Clayability offers afternoon & evening pottery classes & weekend Raku and Throwing Courses. Further detail is at clayability.co.uk
Glass, Jewellery, Mixed media, Painting/Drawing
Bridget is a professional artist and has a passion for creating art in many forms. Living in Somerset and Cornwall enables her to immerse herself in nature and natural surroundings.
She has developed a deep awareness of, and intense relationship with these places and is drawn to secret and secluded corners, such as meadows, woodlands and hedgerows. Her seascapes and coastal paintings are full of colour with layers of paint to create the depth of the Cornish seas and the drama of the moving sky’s.
She tries to produce work that captures the beauty of nature and that reminds us of the things often taken for granted in our increasingly busy lives.
From her beautiful studio situated in the fabulous grounds of Barley Wood Walled Garden, she will be exhibiting her latest artwork. You will find original paintings, a large collection of fine art prints, greeting cards, hand painted vases, mugs, jewellery and much more. With many price variants this makes Bridget’s artwork affordable so there is something for everyone.
Into Wrington from A38, Long Lane or A370, School Lane. Venue opposite side of road to Barley Wood House.
Car park at end of sloping drive
Partial. Gravel, slope to lower studios
New cafe opening 4th May