Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2017
After the rigours of winter we look forward to longer days, balmy evenings and with Summer around the corner our thoughts are turning to our gardens. With this in mind Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge opens it’s annual garden sculpture exhibition showing the work of talented designer/makers in a variety of media. Opening on Saturday May 6th 2017 the exhibition will run through the summer.
Sculptor Simon Griffiths, from the North of England creates unique birds and animals in stoneware. He has made several Barn and Tawny owls, kestrels, kites, blackbirds and thrushes, all life size with some displayed on wooden posts ready to be displayed outside.
The work of five Artist blacksmiths will be showing a collection of their latest work in forged steel to include water features, dragonflies, planters, green men, poppies, ferns, sheep, buzzards, herons, hares, owls as well as abstract pieces along with practical garden furniture, garden arch, hanging seat and plant supports. Some will be galvanised to protect them from the weather and some will feature hand blown glass.
Local sculptress, Miranda, creates her pieces from stainless steel and bronze resin and will include, wrens, kingfishers and long tailed tits.
Sculptor David England who lives and works in Herefordshire has carved some new smaller pieces using Portland and Forest Of Dean stone, each one unique and will include the ever favourite Green man.
Finally, sculptor Helen Sinclair, a long established artist with the gallery, produces limited edition and unique contemporary sculpture in stone resin.
Each unique piece of garden sculpture is designed to give hours of pleasure to time spent in the garden.
To compliment the garden exhibition we have new work by two very talented ceramicists.
Ruth Gibson produces a range of unique ceramic dishes and jewellery in porcelain which she screen prints with her own images. She has a love of trees and birds so these are reflected in her pieces. Prices start from £20 for her brooches and earrings.
During recent years potter Valerie James has developed her interest in Archetypes, Mythology, Symbolism and Nature through the visual arts, and specifically through sculptural form.
She experiments with Stoneware and porcelain clays together with Raku firings. Oxides are rubbed into the surface and covered with opaque glazes giving a bone-like, soft parchment finish. The black, smoke-absorbing process of the clay during raku firing, provides a perfect background to the random colours and copper highlights of the glaze.