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Fur, Feathers and Fun - exhibition

Fur, Feathers and Fun exhibition autumn 2019

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

Fur Feathers & Fun: Cartoons & Sculpture exhibition

Cartoons by David Haldane, ceramics by Gwen Vaughan and Sarah Saunders, papier mache by Joanna Coupland, felting by Kate Toms and glass by Morag Reekie

Ceramic and cashmere figures by Gwen Vaughan

Ceramic sculpture by Sarah Saunders

Felt figures by Kate Toms

Gwen Vaughans ceramic and cashmere sculptures

 

David Haldane cartoons

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.

David Haldane

 

David Haldane 2019 cartoons

 

 

 

SARAH SAUNDERS ceramic sculpture

 

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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

Sarah Saunders Ceramics

 

KATE TOMS

A world of Characters and their narratives, created by Devon based mixed media artist Kate Toms

 

 

GWEN VAUGHAN

 

 

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.

Gwen Vaughan

Fox and Hare by Gwen Vaughan

 

 

 

MORAG REEKIE cast glass

I studied Sculpture at Sheffield Hallam University using mixed media and graduated in 2002 with a B.A Hons Fine Art Sculpture. Since then I have been painting whilst bringing up my three children in Norwich. I am now concentrating on sculpture in glass using the lost wax casting (using ‘Pate de verre’) technique.

For the last couple of years I have been working with my father, glass artist David Reekie, as an apprentice/labourer and have been producing my own work. I am an active member of the Contemporary Glass Society, exhibiting work in their online exhibitions and have also been picked to exhibit my work in a few of their selected exhibitions. At the same time I have work in other UK commercial galleries. These are listed on my gallery page!

My body of work reflects my family life; these mischievous, colourful glass sculptures have evolved from drawings inspired by playing with my children. I want my work to be bright, childlike, and playful, each piece subtly hinting at the emotions, feelings and thoughts I have in day to day life. The trolleys are carrying objects, found or made by myself, to represent certain chapters in my life. I would like the viewer to be drawn to the sweet, cheeky individual characters of these mice and hope they raise a smile!

With my more recent work, I have incorporated found objects with my glass mice. I like to use old discarded or found items which have an unknown history and a story to tell. Finding these objects gives me inspiration and ideas for my work. Transforming them into a pieces of art, changing their purpose and giving them a new lease of life. In doing so, I want my pieces of sculpture to tell their own stories. see here for more MORAG REEKIE

On the Edge II cast glass mouse with wire and wood

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