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.
4 x 8 x 4 cms
Debbie first trained as a textile artist, specialising in embroidery and surface decoration. After 10 years she returned to college to retrain as a potter having a life-long interest in ceramics. Now Debbie combines her love of colour, texture and pattern that she used in her textiles with her new medium, clay.
Debbie specialises in naked Raku and sawdust firing enjoying the hands on and dynamic process of Raku firing. Using resists she uses smoke to 'paint' patterns on the surface of the clay. The finished pieces are burnished and polished to give them a soft satin sheen.
Debbie takes inspiration from the natural world, birds, trees and leaves for example. Her forms are simple, strong shapes and she uses surface pattern to introduce complexity and interest.
Raku is a fast firing technique that originated in Japan in the 16th century and was associated with the making and firing of small bowls for use in the Tea Ceremony.
In the modern version vessels are removed hot from the kiln and smoked in sawdust before cooling in air or water. In naked raku the pots are prepared by covering them in slip (liquid clay) through which a design is hand drawn. Smoke penetrates the lines and once the slip is removed post firing, the design is revealed.
Due to the individual nature of the technique, no two pots are the same. They are unique and have their own fragile beauty. Naked Raku is sometimes referred to as 'painting with smoke'.