Equinox / Saturday 10th March 2018 - Saturday 21st April 2018
Defined by the equality of day and night, or light and dark, the Vernal Equinox has come to represent balance. This time of year marks a planetary shift in the seasons and denotes the beginning of spring. For this mixed exhibition makers have been selected whose work has an elemental quality, or celebrates the abundance of the natural world.
Curated by Megan Hartley-Roberts.
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After graduating in 2003 with a first class honours degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery, Kate became a studio jeweller exhibiting collections in galleries throughout the UK and Ireland, and displaying her work at a wide range of exhibitions. Whilst on her degree Kate found a natural affinity working with metal and spent long hours making intricate models to help her visualise her designs. She has always promoted craftsmanship and quality of making in her work, and her jewellery is designed and created as much as possible by hand. Inspiration for Kate’s work has always come from studying natural structures and forms. Themes of repetition, layering and movement have been constant in her jewellery.
In 2013, after 10 years of creating and selling, Kate decided to look again at her practice and to take it in a new direction. She applied to return to University to undertake an Art & Design Masters degree. Drawing on interests in both natural form & science Kate focussed on lichen as the main theme to her new collection. She initially developed eight wearable brooches, each illustrating the physical, chemical and functional aspects of specific lichen species. The Lichenology Collection was shown as Kate’s first solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft & Design in February & March 2015 and toured to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh from February to May 2016.
Kate has gone on to be involved in several national and international exhibitions and collaborative projects, and is continuing to develop and widen her new range of work.
For 25 years I have worked as a conservator of stained glass. Close examination and repair of decorative fragments of painted stained glass has made me focus on utilising individual pieces of glass to create new works.
My ideas are formed by the details in landscape in order to evoke a sense of place. I am passionate about continuing to apply traditional techniques to mouth blown glass to create work that reimagines historical processes and establishes a new audience for stained glass.
“My work uses a single pure jar form as a canvas to map my observations from an ongoing study of my surroundings. I incorporate stone and locally dug clay into my work to create a narrative, one that conveys a unique sense of place. The unpredictable nature of each jar comes from the inclusions and their metamorphosis during firing. This individuality and tension between materials speaks of the human condition and how the landscape shapes us as individuals.
Landscapes have inspired artists for generations but for me a landscape has to be felt. To depict it is always going to fall short. I was inspired by archaeological theories that the Menhirs of prehistory are a veneration of the landscapes that surrounds them. With my site-specific work I too am venerating the landscape. By placing a Jar at a particular location within the landscape I hope that it will make us look beyond the object to its surroundings.
My work is also about change, about natural cycles and the transience of human endeavor. Part of my ‘Earth to Earth’ project is to illustrate one cycle as a metaphor for all. I placed a raw, unfired Jar at the top of Carn Treliwyd in Pembrokeshire. Made from the earth; the wind and rain will return it back to the earth. Clay in turn is created from the weathering of igneous rocks upon which this unfired Jar stands.
Paths are a motif I use to represent my actual and metaphoric journeys through a place. To understand a landscape is to move through it, to give it context. Paths are like common routes of experience, guiding us through the landscape. They are connections through time, to others and to the land. Ultimately my work is about being present within a landscape.”
I have a fascination with living things and natural form. For me, willow has become a medium for an interaction with nature that is deeply personal. Using willow, birch, heather, bog myrtle and many other locally grown woods, my work ranges form traditional to organic sculptural forms.
I use the organic process of the wheel to make sculptural forms, as it captures the porcelain in its fluid, moving state. With its rhythms of cyclical growth it is very close to the way that Nature makes a form; in a semi-liquid state, exerting pressure from the inside and then solidifying with time.
I often combine each porcelain piece with found objects from the beach, such as rope, metal and driftwood, as these too have their stories of transience. They act as a rough plinth to the times when we have held in our pockets a found shell, bone or pebble, treasuring it just for those few moments.
Lucy believes you cannot compete with the beauty of nature, its perfect lines and textures, so uses it as directly as possible. Taking moulds from her delicate finds, she casts into the cavity they leave, allowing her to create exact replicas of life in solid silver and gold that retain the finest details.
My work is inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight. I address the fragility and transience of life and the natural world, through the transformative properties of light on porcelain. I continue to explore a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion. I am intrigued by the endless variations in nature and the idea of an ongoing evolutionary process of adaptation.