New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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Known for selecting contemporary art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists and makers from across the country. The exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by more than 50 very talented established and emerging artists.
All work is handmade, making it unique and perfect for those looking for that special Christmas gift! Find unusual craft-led gifts as well as inspiration on everything from original printmaking to unique British jewellery designs. A must see Christmas show for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft.
Painting, collage and print by Mychael Barratt, Angela Brookes, John Bryce, Tim Burns, John Duffin, Emma Dunbar, Sarah du Feu, Sally Anne Fitter, Catherine Hyde, Susie Lidstone, Trevor Price, Sarah Spackman, Frans Wesselman and many more.
Sculpture by Benton's Menagerie, Gin Durham, Claire Ireland, David Mayne, Faye Mayo, Guy Routledge, Gwen Vaughan and Edward Willis.
Ceramics, jewellery, textile, wire sculpture and glass by new and established makers: we are delighted to introduce Debbie Barber, Hillary Bravo, Ellie Burton, Georgie Gardiner, Adele Goulty, Jess Joslin, Sally Lees, Charlotte Moore, Lucy Payne, Rebecca Lewis, Rhiannon Thomas and Adriane Wysocki. With new collections from Lucy Burley, Emma Calvert, Richard Heeley, Camilla Hyde, Silvia K Ceramics, Emma Mogridge, Bryony Rich, Will Shakspeare, Gabi Wolf, and many more.
Join us to support the excellence in arts and crafts by the UK artists and makers in this special season. We are a charity and all funds raised are invested in cultivating arts and crafts through opportunities, professional practice programmes, mentoring and partnership projects. Buying art and craft will make a difference for many creative careers.
Gift cards are available and ask about Own Art, the scheme that makes buying art and craft affordable by letting you to spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan, representative 0% APR.
Richard's initial study in Art and Design Foundation was at Staffordshire University and from there he went on to achieve a BA Hons in 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University where he developed a life long interest in oriental ceramics and reduction firing. He is a full time professional potter and selected member of the Craft Potters Association.
Living and making in London, Richard has 20 years experience in adult education, teaching vocational and recreational evening classes, BTEC and Art Foundation. He has experience working as a ceramic technician, and as Head of Department during this time.
Specialising in thrown porcelain decorated in cobalt blue pigments, he exhibits at most of the major ceramics events around the UK and his work is regularly shown in galleries and exhibitions around the country. Has also exhibits internationally and has had shows in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and America.
Returning this year to Staffordshire and the Potteries, where he grew up, he now runs a working pottery at Hempmill Brook just outside Market Drayton.
'The designs for my work are developed on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. I try to record the essence of the landscape in a variety of media; it has a simple quiet affinity with the clay and processes that I use.
I fire both oxidation and reduction, drawing on Eastern ceramic traditions: stoneware glazes and forms from Song China, construction techniques from Japan, and Korean brush decoration.
I pursue confident fluid brushwork, spending hours refining my designs to
gain a spontaneous simplicity. I aim to design patterns that work in harmony with the form, suspended within the compositional space of the pot. I make slip from local clay and found scrap iron to which I add Cobalt, Nickel and Manganese. I grind and mix this pigment or 'Gosu' myself. This produces a rich variation in colour and bold brush stroke quality.'