We are proud to present the artists exhibiting in 2019…
I’ve been a professional artist and designer for twenty-five years, working in such diverse fields as book illustration, stationery, toy design and textiles. My paintings of the seascapes and landscapes of Britain have been published worldwide and I exhibit in several galleries from the West Country to Scotland. I live in Stratford-upon-Avon, but head to the sea as often as I can!
I am a fine artist living and working in Sutton Coldfield.
Claire is a self-taught artist working from her studio in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she produces quirky colourful acrylic paintings of houses, animals and people. She also creates 3D works of art using reclaimed objects. Old wooden trays and cigar boxes become frames for rows of painted driftwood houses, with nails for chimneys and needle felted trees.
My work is inspired by a nostalgia for childhood and easier times when we played and explored in our own imagination, unobserved and far from the adult world. I try to evoke certain moments – the freedom and energy, the determination and glee.
I work mainly in wax and clay and cast into bronze. Several of my Wee Souls collection are also available as life-size bronzes and can be seen at RHS Chelsea in May
Ann Donnelly has a small kiln fused glass studio in her cottage garden in the village of Pebworth near Stratford upon Avon. Following thirty years working as a museum professional, she started working in fused glass in 2011. Ann is very much influenced by the wildlife in the local landscape and in her garden, especially the birds that nest and feed there. She specialises in making small glass sculptures and delicate, hand finished gravity-drop vases and bowls.
I was a teacher of art for many years and am now a full time mixed media and textiles artist living and working in Stratford on Avon. I explore colour and texture through a range of materials and am particularly fond of the forgiving and tactile qualities of recycled fabric.
I love to work in either oils or pastel. My subject matter varies from the coasts of Cornwall and Yorkshire to the canals near my home in Staffordshire. More recently, I have developed a new interest in flowers and still life, and also in ‘plein-air’ work using portable easels in the great outdoors.
I am represented by galleries in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Leicestershire and have also exhibited with The Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Galleries in London. I also give demos for art societies and enjoy talking with people about my work and process.
Paint and collage
Huxley-Edwards is a British artist based in Stratford-upon-Avon. She graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a BA (hons) in Textiles and went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Manchester. Her career has included teaching, lecturing and working as a professional artist. Her work often explores the theme of Still Life in a contemporary semi abstract way. She says of her work, “I am constantly trying to draw with a pure line. I want to describe objects sensitively from a minimal perspective”. She works predominantly in mixed media and collage.
Pauline Montgomery is a ceramic artist living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramic Design from the Glasgow School of Art in 1996 and after years working in retail, returned to working with clay just a few years ago. The main influence on Pauline’s work is the way our environment can evoke different emotions and she explores these themes in all her work but they can particularly be seen in her ceramic houses which are her signature pieces.
Hilary Stock is a photographic artist, based in Wiltshire. She always travels with a camera and uses her images to make artwork. Her subjects range from the detail on wooden boats to the inner depths of a forest. Her aim is to share that moment of observation. The pattern of the pictures and the precise presentation, with hand-cut and folded art paper, is designed to catch the eye in the same way as the image originally caught hers. More recently, she has moved to new and different formats with the same attention to detail. Hilary sells her work through galleries, to designers and as commissioned projects.
My pots are made from porcelain, burnished, fired twice in an electric kiln and then smoke-fired in sawdust. I have a real passion for smoke firing as I feel it makes the pots look so ethereal. I love the connection it makes to the natural world. Everyone is individual and they all seem to have their own character. My jewellery is really light and comfortable to wear and the pendants can be adjusted to any length. I try to make them very individual for those who like me something different.
My pictures come from all over the world – and from my home studio. A huge range of subjects inspires me – I look for beauty, strangeness, striking colour, amazing texture or the perfect light. I remove unwanted elements, add others and apply different, often ‘painterly’ effects to enhance the finished image.
Alison Vickery is inspired by her garden and our beautiful countryside. Working intuitively with a wide range of media she aims to capture the character and essence of her subject and is particularly interested in colour and how it is affected by light. Alison is well known for her floral paintings and her work sells Worldwide as originals through galleries and published as stationery, textiles and giftware.
My paintings are a way for me to explore the wonder of the world around me, everything from exotic wildlife and the intrigue of places and people far from home, or simply the shadows cast across a sunlit street right outside my front door. What fascinates me most is the way light brings the subject to life.
I am a professional artist living in Kineton, Warwickshire. I exhibit in various galleries throughout the UK and hold regular events and exhibitions throughout the year. My work is profoundly influenced by beautiful landscapes and seascapes across Britain. I enjoy working with a variety of mixed media to create colourful, textural pieces of art. Within my works, I strive to give my audience the romance or memory of a scene/landscape which is recognised as real but does not always have a physical location. I seek to tap into a positive nostalgic memory.
Joanne received a BA Hons in Painting followed by an MA in Illustration. Having worked as a freelance illustrator for over 20 years Joanne now devotes her time to creating original linocut prints and monoprints and has made a recent return to oil painting.
Based in Stratford upon Avon she has recently exhibited at the RBSA Birmingham and the Herbert Gallery and Museum Coventry.
Ros gained a first class degree in ceramics and printmaking from Wolverhampton university in 1999. She balances a career as a freelance art teacher and sculptor selling her work in galleries throughout the uk and Europe. Ros is known for creating fish and bird sculptures which combine highly glazed porcelain with found objects.
My training as a textile designer is evident in my work which is influenced as much by a love of colour and pattern as it is by the English countryside. I apply oil paints directly to the surface, moving it around with brushes, combs, and my hands looking to capture the effect of light, weather and the seasons on the landscape.
Born in Lowestoft in 1966, John grew up on the Suffolk coast. After studying Architecture in Brighton, he worked for many years with exhibition design, interiors and illustration. Painting and drawing had always been of great interest but it wasn’t until 2002 and moving to Sweden with his young family that John began painting and exhibiting more actively. In his paintings, he explores landscape and seascape through its patterns and textures, attempting to trigger a memory or a sense of place and ignoring conventional rules of perspective along the way. In his still life studies, John tries to tease something extraordinary out of his everyday surroundings.
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Lindsay Turk has been painting professionally for 18 years. Her work draws on themes of growth, light and the passage of time. In Lindsay’s work, there is a sense of these things being stilled into focus and a lending of permanence to things that are otherwise ephemeral or fleeting.
Christopher Townsend creates metal sculpture for the home and garden. Based in the heart of The Oxfordshire Countryside near Burford, his work is inspired by nature and the surrounding countryside. Christopher graduated from Liverpool University with a 1stclass honours degree and has been a professional sculptor for 19 years. Mainly making sculpture from steel, Christopher also incorporates some found objects into his pieces. Each sculpture is handmade and unique. He also accepts commissions.
Christopher’s work has been exhibited in London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
I’m originally from Essex, in the east of England, but I have recently relocated to Mid-Wales to be amongst the mountains and moors. The wild, windswept tracts of the Cambrian mountains, Radnor hills and the Brecon Beacons are now my major source of inspiration. However, thoughts of the East Anglian coastline are never far from my mind.
Andrew Barrowman was born and raised in Stratford Upon Avon and is a painter of landscapes and seascapes working in oils. He is now based in West Cornwall and most of the subjects for his paintings are usually discovered whilst walking his dog and often painted on location (en plein air). He finds skies and cold winter light particularly fascinating.
Caroline is an eco-printer. Using only the pigments within leaves and bark she produces beautifully detailed impressions on paper and cloth, which she embellishes with botanically dyed threads. The smallest change in plant species, climatic conditions or water source can produce marked variations in the prints, meaning each piece is unique. The naturally occurring colours are soft and harmonious, and the process is non-polluting and respectful of the environment.
A vision of uncompromising colour and beautiful landscapes, the scenes that Carole captures simply shimmer, awash with feeling. She works in acrylics, watercolour and mixed media to produce evocative works of art and hopes that her work offers something new and exciting to the viewer.
Silvia Boev’s interest in the power of the subconscious manifests through her mystically striking paintings which aim to provoke a positive reaction and a flow of consciousness within the observer. Having lived in England, Bulgaria and Australia, her inspiration comes from her existence as a ‘happy nomad’. Silvia’s technique creates depth through exquisite transparent layers whilst the intense colours burst out with an explosive energy.
My name is Helen Button, I am the person behind the scenes of Ink & Clay.
I am very proud to share my passion for handmade ceramics through individual one off small run editions of both functional and sculptural ceramics. I have been creating in clay for 20 years now and am as passionate about making with this wonderful medium as I was when starting out at Art school. I live in Southam and create in my garden studio – aka my ‘sanctuary’.
All pieces have an individual code and are signed. The tableware is food safe and suitable for both microwave and dishwasher.
My aim is that you enjoy using it as much as I have making it.
My design aesthetic is ordered, balanced, often complex and usually colourful. I love a technical challenge and am constantly inspired by the unique properties of my media.
As a ‘Shottery’ Alumna I am thrilled to be here; I’m happy to admit you can take the girl out of the school, but you can never take the school out of the girl!
Victoria Noyes is a jewellery designer/maker who loves creating different textures on sterling silver as part of her designs, which are often enhanced with semi-precious stones and, occasionally, with yellow and rose gold. After attending evening classes and part-time courses in silversmithing and jewellery-making for several years, she now works from a small workshop at home.
A British, figurative painter who paints from observation, Lizzie trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. Lizzie recently moved to Stratford Upon Avon where she now has a studio. She has created artwork on Films for Disney, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and Universal Pictures. She is available for commissions
Helen Clues is an artist living and working in Warwickshire, England. She trained in Art & Design in Carlisle in the 1990’s where her passion for materials and processes began. She is inspired by the materials she chooses, letting them suggest and dictate the direction of the piece. The curve of a piece of ceramic or the isolated motif cut from a piece of porcelain becomes a starting point.
She is always searching for, experimenting with and combining different media. Her mosaic work is decorative and functional, using found, collected and traditional materials. Ever mindful of colour, shape, texture, tone and line, her mosaic work flows and forms cohesive designs with vibrant and unexpected colour combinations.
Mosaics by their very nature can be heavy, Helen’s pieces are refined and delicate so reflecting the original objects that inspired them. Using colour, shape, texture, tone and line to create unique and vibrant mosaic pieces.
From Hook Norton, Oxfordshire. I Studied Product Design at Bournemouth University, which led to a career at a leading product design consultancy in London for 8 years. Wanting a bigger adventure I moved to France and bought an old cottage and several barns in a little hilltop village, for years my passion and my money was poured into my renovation in Valon until I had established a business letting 3 of the properties as holiday accommodation. With all the renovations finished I have been able to pursue my art again and after two seasons working for Chardon Mountain Lodges (Val d’isere) in the Alps, I gained creative inspiration from my beautiful surroundings. Something about the clear mountain air that sets your mind free… I created an art gallery in Valon, selling my art to passing tourists. Now based in Stratford upon Avon my designs have moved away from the mountains, with nature still being my focus. I specialise in enamel art – enamelling is the process of fusing tiny particles of glass on to copper. My enamels are perfect for inside and outside in the garden. I also love to make commissions if you have a particular interest or passion.
Ruth Atkinson lives in Perthshire and is a printmaker and painter of small ‘icons’.
Tor worked as a Printmaking tutor and technician at UCA, Maidstone, Kent, after finishing her degree. She later returned to achieve an MA in Printmaking in 2010. Tor also worked as a tutor in Adult Education for ten years, and runs her own private printmaking courses from her studio in Worcestershire
Tor exhibits her work, both Nationally and Internationally, and has been involved in a number of charity events, including ‘Cow Parade’, a public arts event that took place all over London to raise money for Child Line, painting ‘The Ritz cow’ for the Ritz Hotel, and ‘Essential British Kit’, for Hacketts. Tor also submits postcards to ‘Secrets’ at the RCA, a yearly event that raises money for student bursaries. In 2011,Tor was accepted to show at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Her subject matter is drawn from her imagination and from life, and in addition to her studies of animals and humans, she also produces prints depicting quirky humour in everyday life.
Tor covers all the main processes involved in printmaking; etching, lithography, silkscreen and lino, often combining more than one method. She is interested in experimenting with new techniques, images and printing methods which allows her to challenge the boundaries of printmaking and enables her to produce the right marks and textures that relates to each subject matter.
Tor also illustrates children’s books.