New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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Our specially selected collection of ceramics, jewellery and textiles: all items are beautifully hand-crafted by some of the UK's most talented designer-makers: they are perfect pieces for any home or to give as beautiful gifts if you can bear to part with them!
The makers include: Justine Allison, Sandy Buchanan, Theo Brooks, Holly Burton, Samantha English, Fran Fell, Beth Gates, Jaroslav Hrustalenko, Justine Jenner, Silvia K, Katherine Kingdon, Bérangère Noyau, Sarah Packington, Rebecca Perry, Mitch Pilkington, Alison Proctor, Laura Plant, Miranda Peckitt, Jacqui Ramrayka, Tamar Rose, Tiffany Scull, Carolyn Tripp, Clare Underwood, Vezzini & Chen, Claire Walton and Danniella Wilde.
'The artist is the hand that plays.... to cause vibrations in the soul' (Kandinsky). My work is made from clay and developed from lots of drawing and the kind of drawing games I use when working with young children and when teaching creativity. In each piece I strive for a balance between intuition, reason and action. The forms are loosely based on the work of other makers. I draw and redraw until I find a shape I like. I then aim for this kind of looseness as I build the form. The images on the surface evolve out of a kind of game. Our innate desire to see the human in things, intrigues me and I use this to find the human in random patches of clay. From these a narrative begins to evolve, but I also aim for an element of ambiguity. It's in these gaps that, for me, the true poetry lies. My intention is to draw you in, to make you smile, to encourage you to spend time looking, to fire your imagination.