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 Summer Craft Collection presents a curated range of unique, local and nationally renowned craft. Treat yourself to something new for 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 a new collection of:
Ceramics by: Cressida Borrett, Laura De Benedetti, Rebecca Ridley, Helen Rondell and Lesley Nason.
Jewellery by: Donna Barry, Rebecca Burt, Elizabeth Chamberlain, EM Jewellery and M. Kala.
Textiles by: Bonita Ahuja, Eve Campbell and Jennie Jackson.
Cressida Borrett aims for her work to be useful as well as nice to look at. She believes that life is far too short for washing up or saving things for best so she makes all her functional pots in stoneware or porcelain. Because it is stronger than earthenware it can be put in the dishwasher, oven and microwave, and it will be more resilient to chips etc.
All the pots are either thrown or hand built by Cressida herself, in Kingston. She uses slips, underglazes and oxides for the designs and most of the work is glazed.
Her inspiration comes from plants in her garden (alliums) and walks at weekends with her family and dogs (cow parsley) She loves texture and has a large collection of objects which she uses to make marks on clay. For example, her cow parsley design is made with a nail dropped by her builders. She collects obsolete objects which no longer have a use: letterpress blocks, lace doilies, old buttons, knitting needles etc. and uses them in her work.
She also makes ceramic pictures of plants and flowers and local scenes in paper clay. She has recently started to make ceramic light shades.
About 25 years ago Cressida joined an evening class in pottery and was hooked straight away. She finds it amazing to convert a lump of mud into a beautiful pot that can be used and enjoyed. It was like an addiction to her and still is.
She spent many years at Putney School of Art on a Monday evening, became a mother, and realised that being a potter is much more family friendly than her previous marketing career. The hobby slowly became a new job, despite the sensible side of her brain telling her she should find something more lucrative. She now considers herself one of the fortunate people who have the job of their dreams.