EXHIBITION opens Friday 6 September at 6pm
with cartoonist DAVID HALDANE
please join DAVID HALDANE with work by sculptors JOANNA COUPLAND, SARAH SAUNDERS, MORAG REEKIE, KATE TOMS, GWEN VAUGHAN at 6pm for wine and nibbles
David lives in the north east of England. He has drawn over 3000 topical cartoons for the Times (many featuring on the front page) and his work also appeared in the Sunday Express, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Funday Times, the Daily Mail, Solicitors Journal, the Countryside Magazine, Punch and Private Eye.
As a writer he contributed short sketches to the Spitting Image television series.
SARAH SAUNDERS ceramic sculpture
SARAH SAUNDERS ceramics
I’ve worked as a Pottery technician and Tutor of Ceramics for over twenty years. I have thoroughly enjoyed passing on my knowledge of the subject to others but after losing my mum to a brain tumour in February 2016 I decided it was time to do something brave, something for myself.
I therefore decided to leave Education and focus on producing my own work. A decision i am so far enjoying a lot.
I am a figurative Ceramicist working mainly with the construction of slabs. I make mostly human forms but there is always an animal hanging around somewhere in there. I colour my pieces using slips, oxides and underglazes and I fire to stoneware temperatures.
I have always been interested in simplifying the form. I like Folk Art sculpture with its sometimes strange proportions and simple shapes and line. I like the way pieces are often highly decorated and because of their age and the materials and techniques used these will often be faded and chipped with beautiful patina.I love how all this oddity all this patterning makes you look…just a little longer.
I want people to do this with my work. I want to make pieces of work that look like they’ve had a life, a story, a past. I want to create this through the form, texture and decoration.
I want to tell a tale
A world of Characters and their narratives, created by Devon based mixed media artist Kate Toms
I am fascinated by the imagery of animals; my imagination is fuelled by our relationship with them and their anthropomorphism in childhood stories and fables. My work is an amalgamation of things I’m passionate about, folk art, marine creatures and up-cycled mixed media.
My making process involves the technique of pinching, I make hollow forms which are manipulated and modified to make the creatures bodies, their limbs and heads are modelled by hand and then attached. Although rooted in the figurative tradition I aim for a simplicity of form and try to capture something of the spirit of each animal rather than making an exact representation. The contrast between the cool glazed clay and the soft, colourful cashmere introduces a playful edge to my creatures and makes them attractive to handle.
I make a diverse range of animals, not just those inspired by my rural environment. One of my first jumper wearing creations was a polar bear, sculpted standing on his hind legs in a ‘fierce’ pose. Because it was a cold winters day I decided he needed a little jumper, this made him look the exact opposite of fierce! From then on, I decided to make most of my creatures standing upright so that I could put jumpers on them too.
I trained at Cardiff School of Art and now work & teach full-time from my seaside studio in Looe Cornwall.