New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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The Autumn Craft Collection presents a range of unique, local craft that you won't find anywhere else. Treat yourself to something new for you or your home or buy gifts for your loved ones. Pop in, browse and shop away from the crowds. You'll be supporting a local gallery and small creative artist businesses if you do, as well as finding something special.
We are delighted present:
Ceramics by Jenny Amon, Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Clare Conrad, Adèle Goulty, John Pollex and Silvia K Ceramics.
Jewellery by Karolina Baines, Maike Browning, Christine Johnson, Qiang Li and Olivia Woodhouse.
Glass by Adam Aaronson, Adam Hussain, Jake Mee and Andrew Sanders & David Wallace.
Limited edition prints by Louise Davies, Susan Eyre, Sonia Rollo and Liz Toole.
Textiles by Claire Armitage, Helen Chatterton, Lesley Frankland, Nook of the North and Pamela Print.
Clare Conrad's stoneware pots, are distinctive for the painterly exploration of colour and texture. Forms are wheel-thrown, sometimes altered, in a T-material clay mix. She began experimenting with her decoration technique in 1985 whilst studying ceramics at the University of the West of England - when the college trip to Venice inspired the attempt to reproduce the peeling walls in Venice. Layers of vitreous slips are applied to the exterior surface, while it is still damp - these are mixed from raw materials with the three primary stains, then intermixed to give an infinite palette.The result is a rugged, but refined texture, which contrasts with the smooth, matt interior. Artistic inspiration comes from the effects of light and weathering on architecture and artefacts, together with dramatic land and seascape.
Since graduating in 1987, Clare has exhibited widely throughout the UK and abroad.