Last night I went to the Private View of a new exhibition in Sherborne, at the Newland Gallery. My ceramic artist friend Linda Starkey and I were excited to encounter the work of Plaxy Arthur from Dorset. She has a series of beautiful blue stoneware glazes with iron flecks and makes both functional ware and more sculptural pieces. We both bought something and did some good networking. I admired the prints by someone called Miranda Halsby, who turned out to be the gallery owner. Linda handed out postcards advertising the upcoming Exhibit8 show at Sherborne Castle Gardens, which will feature some of her work.
Tonight I’ll be attending the Degree Show at Bath Spa University to support my fellow students – and get some ideas for next year, when I will be finishing the Ceramics part of my degree.
Other news: The Smile Project went really well, lots of good feedback and several sales. I hope to run another exhibition at Donna’s gallery next year, but before that I have two more projects this summer.
First up is the Fusion exhibition at Royal United Hospital, Bath, a collaboration with students from Bath Spa University. I will have one piece in this, a large head planted up and sited in a public access courtyard. That starts in July and I will post installation photos at the time. Meanwhile here’s the head:
‘Sage’; stoneware pot with local clay handprints. Front view.
‘Sage’; stoneware pot with local clay handprints. Side view.
Then in August I’ve been offered an exhibition for pretty much the whole month at Blue Cedar Printworks, Silver Street, Glastonbury! I’m so pleased about this, it’s a prime time for tourists so I hope to get lots of footfall. Also all my local friends who couldn’t get to Langport will have the chance to see my work. This time I must remember to include a Comments book…
I will have my work cut out in July producing and curating more work to add to the lino print/collage and ceramics left from the first exhibition. I need a new theme and title I think. Obviously I can’t do the tomato seedling/Every Smile Bears Fruit installation again.
Incidentally, I have the first flower on my re-potted tomato plants, currently soaking up the sun on my bedroom windowsill. Poor things are still recovering from the storms and sun they were suddenly exposed to when I left them outside for two days after the exhibition. I have every hope that they will recover and bear fruit. Photo updates to follow.