Our guest exhibitors for Summer are:
The Spoon Maker (Claire Brown)
“Why spoons? I grew up in Scotland where my parents loved rummaging around antique shops and fairs. When I was about 7, my sister and I spotted a beautiful spoon with an odd tear drop shape with a crown at the end of the handle. It was £15 and way above our budget, I’ve always wondered what happened to that spoon…
I now design and make my own spoons. I have been working in silver since 2008 and I have my work hallmarked by the London Assay Office with my own makers mark. The hallmarking process also includes a year mark so your piece has the date confirming when it was hallmarked. All pieces are made by hand which takes time to create the high quality finish and detail.
I focus on simple clean lines to make unique usable pieces. I hope these bespoke items make a special present perhaps the birth of a wee one, a christening, a birthday present, a wedding or 25th Silver wedding anniversary or just a gift of a unique piece of jewellery
My collection includes a range of silver items which can have gold embellishments added to them. The pieces include spoons, tooth fairy tubs, brooches and necklaces, cufflinks and other jewellery items”.
“I was born in Edinburgh, and did my honours degree in painting there.
I have exhibited and sold my work in various galleries throughout my life, including the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.
My mixed media paintings are predominantly of birds , with insects, and literary references . I build the surface in layers, using wax, acrylic paint, real gold leaf, and various other materials which appeal at the time. I like the viewer to continue to discover previously unseen detail in each work, the more they look. I include trompe l’oeil elements, where items which look like decoupage, are actually painted by hand. More of my work can be seen at Vintage Upon Tweed in Berwick”.
And our surprise summer guest is Jane Charles Glass
“In 1980 I went to the North Staffordshire Polytechnic to study Ceramics. I loved the material but being of an impatient nature I was getting frustrated with the length of time that the process took. Next door was the studio glass workshop. It was a hot noisy and an exciting place to be, but most importantly the process was immediate. A piece could be made one day and got out of the kiln the following day to start cold working on.
I tried to fight my growing interest in the medium but eventually had to give in. Here began my affair with hot glass. The techniques were hard to learn and at times it seemed an impossible task to acquire the enough technical skills not to inhibit my creativity but not to become so bogged down in technique that the work would become static and lifeless. I loved the energy of glass.
On finishing my degree I went to the heart of the British glass industry, Dudley near Stourbridge in the Midlands. Here I did a traditional course on glass making which gave me my own skills that I needed to really start making my own work. In 1984 I had finished my education and knew I wanted my own studio but I had no experience so I spent the next three years working in as many studios around the country that I could. This was invaluable as life is very different outside the safety of college.
By 1987 I felt ready to go it alone and I established Jane Charles Studio Glass – originally set up in Edinburgh. I raised the capital to buy my cold working equipment and came down to Newcastle to make blanks one week per month. Eventually it made sense to move lock stock and barrel to Newcastle and have my cold working studio next to the facilities I hired.
In July 1996 I moved to a larger studio in the same building and installed my first furnace finally making me totally self sufficient .
In February 2011 I moved studios again and in April 2011 I opened my first glass gallery in the centre of Newcastle”.
Our guest exhibitors for Spring are:
Border Woodman – rustic handmade furniture
Sarah Cox Artwork – hand painted wooden boxes
Eve Studd (Cornhill Crafts) – eco printed silk scarves
We are delighted to announce out guest exhibitors for August and September:
Angela Hunter – bronze sculptures
Pam Chilton (Art57) – needle felted animals
Steve Taylor – sculptures from upcycled silver plated cutlery
June/July 2017 Guest Exhibitors
Our guest exhibitors for June and July are Sue Elliot Creative Silks and Velvets and Danielle Ray from Trolls Eye Crafts.
Sue Elliot Creative Silks and Velvets
“I draw my inspiration from the colours and textures I see around me. In everyday life for granted but in fact it’s always present, always changing and always breathtaking and I aim to capture this ‘magic’ in my work. The natural flowing quality of the velvet, silks and wool I work are a perfect medium for this. As I place dyes onto the fabrics they flow into one another creating new colours and patterns. These are then transformed into sumptuous scarves, bags and small gifts, enriched using an embellisher, machine hand embroidery.”
Danielle Ray – Trolls Eye Crafts
“Unique and bold designer jewellery in silver, bronze and other media, using techniques ranging from lost wax casting to repousse, chasing and fusing to create organic and sculptural forms,often incorporating unusual semiprecious stones.
I also work in leather, making fine bags, belts and other accessories for women and men.”
April/May 2017 Exhibitors
We are delighted to welcome our first guest exhibitors: the very talented Rob Elliot from Rob Elliot Furniture and Anna Turnbull from Biteabout Arts.
Rob Elliot Furniture
“Born in 1963, in the historic town of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, I have been around timber my whole life. Even as a boy I spent many hours making things from wood in the carpenter’s shop of my father’s sawmill.”
“After leaving school in 1980, I entered the family business, where I learned more about the various species of native hardwoods as they were processed though the mill. While admiring the grain of the timber, it struck me that it was a shame to see this beautiful material being cut up for such basic uses as boards and fence posts. It was from this point that the idea of creating furniture came into being that would show the natural shapes and forms of the wood to best advantage . After leaving saw milling behind to explore the possibilities of this idea, I decided to specialise in Elm which to my eye has the most interesting grain and colouring, particularly Wych or Scottish Elm. From 1987 to the present, I have been developing my ideas along with a portfolio of increasingly striking pieces, a selection of which can be viewed on this website”
“I set up Biteabout Arts at my home in rural north Northumberland, to create unique felt vessels, bags and wearable items inspired by organic forms and the colours, textures and patterns within nature, and also to make traditional and contemporary willow baskets and sculptures.
As an experienced teacher I run felt making, basketry and willow sculpture workshops for all ages and groups including schools, where I also deliver a wide range of creative workshops.
I welcome both public and private commissions in willow and felt.”