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Hygge is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cosy, charming or special. It requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present - but recognise and enjoy the present. Hygge is about an art of creating intimacy. While there's no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the concept such as cosiness, charm, happiness, contentedness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simplicity.
Our festive Hygge exhibition presents handcrafted work that help us to survive the cold, dark and sameness of the winter time. These objects will celebrate, acknowledge and break up the mundane. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of a lighting a candle and enjoying a beautiful cup of coffee could make a huge difference to one's spirit.
Some of the highlights in the exhibition include Ekta Kaul's special embroidered Story Maps rooted in narrative, handwoven tapestry by Jeni Ross rich in colour, warm homewares from Judeworks, atmospheric lighting by Amy Cooper and Liz Scrine, beautifully crafted mini houses by Fiona Findley, delightful ceramics by Isobel Higley and ceramic sculpture by Alison Proctor, exploring natural landscape, the sea and coastline.
12 x 9 cms
Alison's work is inspired by the natural landscape and in particular the sea and coastline. She loves to explore the ways that clay takes on the physical and visual aspects of the natural environment. In this way they become like 3 dimensional paintings or sculptural pieces in their own right, decorated with Alison's own recipes of coloured slips and engobes. The sense of movement is very important and each piece is first thrown on a wheel and then altered whilst retaining the finger ripples made through the process of throwing.
The linear pieces created for this exhibition reflect the myriad of colours and tones that can be seen when looking out to the horizon on the coastline and the movement of the undulating waves.
The pod like vessels emulate the shapes of sea creatures and organic forms that can be found along the shoreline, bought in by the waves with each tide.
'I originally trained as a dancer and graduated from the University of Roehampton with a degree in Dance and Art. However, an injury thwarted my intentions for a career in dance so I retrained in lighting design and worked as a designer in theatre, dance & architecture, as well as teaching at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. It was during this time that I discovered ceramics at evening class and did courses with the Cardew Pottery, Deborah Baynes and Kevin Millward. Having been completely absorbed and captivated by ceramics, I made the leap to go and study at the Royal Forest of Dean College, Gloucs, graduating with a diploma in Studio Ceramics and the Michael Casson award. I set up my own studio in 2000 and I'm a member of London Potters. I've exhibited at a range of galleries including; Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall, New Brewery Arts, Gloucs, Paddon & Paddon, Sussex, City Hall & the RAC Club, London and generally make work to commission. Although I continue to work in the arts as a Producer, (previously with Siobhan Davies Dance, Fevered Sleep & Entelechy Arts) I'm now trying to find more time for my own artwork.'