Jim Crockatt. I have been a woodworker for the last 30 years with a break of 13 years from 2000-2013 teaching Design & Technology at a Comprehensive School. I am happy to say that I am back ploughing my furrow or indeed routing my rebate.
For me to enjoy this noble trade I put the wood as the star of the show. Indeed excessive craft can emasculate the virility of such a material. So I decided to use the wood in general and grain in particular to be my guide in a very literal sense with some interesting results.
I make furniture, turn bowls and create totems and sculpture.
As well as the display at Charles Street, you'll be able to see my sculptures at the grounds of Donnington Grove this year (see portfolio for images).
I run a gallery part of Ace Space Arts Workshop in Newbury where I have exhibited over 50 artists.
I also curate Altered States Open Air Exhibition at Shaw House, Newbury where 60 sculptures will be shown from July 30-September 25 this year.
This, before you, is the result, I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have.
Sally Bettridge. Having trained as a production thrower, my love of using the wheel is always foremost in my work. I am showing a range of slip decorated, high fired earthenware forms which explore my love of the fluidity of traditional coloured slip decoration. The decoration of this soft surface is inspired by nature through photographs, found objects and drawings which combine with the language of thrown pots. I employ the traditional techniques of throwing and slip trailing to make my pieces in batches of the same form. In the case of bowls, this can take up to 5 days to complete before they can be dried and twice fired.
I also make a range of stoneware garden pots and will be at my wheel during the opening hours of Open Studios.
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