Monday, 20 April 2015

A Glimpse of the Process

It's been quite a while since my last blog, so I thought you all might like to know how it is going and show the production of my new work.

Below shows the progress for work over a period of about 6 weeks.

First the clay is laid out in large slabs, these are left for a couple of day until they are leather hard.  I then cut out pieces almost at random, pairing them up and then putting them together with slip (watered down clay).

When they have reach the stage below then are left to dry slowly before firing.  Unfortunately the piece in the middle did not survive the firing, this was down to me rushing and not allowing it to dry out completely before putting in the kiln.

The piece at the front just fitted into my kiln, it was interesting to see how much it shrank in firing, about 10%.

The picture below shows how I decided how I has going to paint the piece and the balance of colour.  I wanted the green below to almost shine out.

I usually work on several pieces at the same time. This gives me time to think out the final finishes and to change my mind.

Arc (2)  H48W85D12 cms

Crux H72W54D8 cms wall piece
               Arc (4) H50W40D20 cms

The third firing was very successful, everything came out as I hoped. Some of the pieces are fired separately and then glued into place.

Arc(1)  H49W69D11 cms
I had no idea how I was going to make the pieces below, but when I put the components together, I wanted them to appear light & bright.

Arc (3)  H66W40D20 cms
Fall D54W26D11 cms
Wall piece
I do hope you have found this interesting and if you you would like any information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

London Irish Art 2015

I am pleased to announce that my work has been selected for inclusion in 


The exhibition will run 14 – 17 January

Official Launch | Thursday, 15 January 6 - 8pm | Central Hall, Westminster, SW1

We are pleased to announce that London Irish Art 2015 will be officially 
launched by the Minister for Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan T.D, and the 
Ambassador of Ireland, Dan Mulhall at 6pm on the evening of Thursday, 15 January 2015

“I look forward to launching the exhibition. The promotion of Irish culture through the 
work of Irish visual artists will form a very important part of my Diaspora Strategy which 
is due to be launched early in the New Year” – Minister Jimmy Deenihan T.D.

London Irish Art 2015 endeavours to explore the personal understanding and 
the experience of the Irish diaspora living in the U.K., specifically in relation to 
culture, identity and creativity. A dynamic programme of art, poetry and 
music, will inform this exciting investigation. A vast array of media will be 
explored, ranging from the more traditional forms of painting, photography, 
mixed media and sculpture to the more contemporary means of expression 
such as video work, installation and stop-motion animation.

The exhibition will proudly present works by the celebrated Irish artists Louis Le 
Brocquy, Robert Ballagh, the recent winner of the RHA Sean Keating Award 
for Outstanding Painting Francis O’Toole, as well as renowned painters James 
Brohan and Liam O’Neill and Irish sculptors John Behan and Aidan Harte.
There will also be two works featured by Irish dancer Michael Flatley painted 
with foot taps in acrylic on marley.
U.K. based Irish artists will be represented through the contemporary cutting 
edge work of artists such as David Blackmore, Alison Lowry, Kyle Barnes, Donol 
Moloney, Patricia Volk and Aisling Drennan.
As London holds the largest Irish diaspora in the world, this exhibition 
endeavours to represent an on-going dialogue between these two countries. 
Striving to build ties and cultural relations with the Irish art scene in the U.K., this 
event is organised to provide artists with cross border exposure.
The objective of London Irish Art 2015 is to strengthen cultural relations 
between Ireland and Great Britain by promoting and encouraging creativity 
within the ever-growing Irish artistic diaspora in London. By representing and 
showcasing some of Ireland’s most established and emerging artists in Ireland 
and the U.K., London Irish Art aspires to appear as a significant annual event 
on the London arts calendar.

For more info please contact

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Around the World Creative Blog Hop Post

I have been nominated by my fellow artist, the bearded and very Scandinavian Martin Olsson of Buxton ( to take part in this project, called "Around the World Creative Blog Hop", so without further ado, let's hop in...

(At the end I will nominate three other artists to do the same: answer these four questions in any way they see fit, and publish the answers via their blog; then they will nominate three new artists to do the same, and so on...)  Here goes!

1.  What am I working on?
I work in clay, and the finished ceramic form, after it is fired, is worked on like a painting with acrylics. The surface acts as a canvas and adds an important new dimension to the white shape that emerges from the kiln, adding its final personality. I am open to new and instinctive ideas and do not have much of a preconceived plan. These green markings (below) - apart from being an abstract pattern - allude to the lozenge shapes of medical pills, or viruses observed through a microscope. This gives the sculptural form, an inert object, a kind of "life", in that we are all made up of chemicals that affect our character and moods at all times.
Beacon H110W35D26 cms

Line H122W64D30 cms

The above piece was directly inspired by one of Martin Olsson's paintings. Sharing ideas with a community of artists can be surprisingly inspiring - not only for the generosity of support, but also for eye-opening ideas that take your work in new and exciting directions.The sculpture below is all about the juxtaposition of one colour against another and how the effect can alter with quite subtle changes of emphasis or arrangement. It's a continuously fascinating process of discovery.

Stripe H116W58D22 cms

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The reason my work is different is that, though it is ceramic, it is not in the tradition of clay work in this country. In fact, it is very much sculpture, but sometimes I am perceived as somewhere between the two. I seem to fall between two stools but my sensibility is firmly as a sculptor. My interest is in a simple form and a dramatic line. Recently (as below) I experimented away from ceramic and created a group of wall pieces - but, as can be seen here, they are still very much in my own visual style.
Kinetic Each piece 34x38 cms approx painted MDF

I love experimenting with a repetitive motif, like these spots: they break up the surface, and also cause a kind of clash with the simplicity of the shape, hopefully a dislocation that is exciting and pleasing. It's almost fighting the idea of the form being "safe" and making it a bit challenging - which I like. It's also challenging the idea of anything "traditional" in ceramic terms.
Serendipity H70W33D20 cms

Cyclic (Wall Piece) H49W20D9 cms

Strike H43W41D10 cms

3. Why do I create what I do?

It's really the urge to make something that makes me, the artist, go "wow" - and possibly even the person who looks at it: but the first person that has to be pleased is me. It's a visual adventure and I'm never sure of the finished point until I get there. There are no exact diagrams or maps of what to aim for, just a purely instinctive wish to catch some moment of emotion or drama, not depicting anything tangible or representational, but just a feeling that others might experience too.

Emerge H67W44D44 cms

4. How does my creative process work?

I don't prepare with drawings, and I don't start from a theoretical or intellectual perspective - all that emerges later if I'm lucky. For me it is all about the practicality and working with the hands and the eyes. It is better to keep any conscious intention out of the way and let the dialogue happen between you and the material. After a while, if you are a professional and dedicated, that is just a groove you get into and there is nothing quite like losing yourself in it. You can even lose yourself in it too much, as I sometimes do - forgetting to eat or take a break, and getting immersed in the thousands of little marks, as on the surface of the piece above. Sometimes it is a crying shame to come back to real life afterwards. 
Pry H93W10D18 cms

Thank you for reading my answers in this Hop! I will now ask the following artists to take me up on my offer, and I really look forward to reading their thoughts!

Louis Hawkins                       
Ray Richardson          
Michele Howard Rashman    

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Summer Catch Up

Below are the galleries and events you will find me at this year. Just click on the names and that will take you through to their websites. Some more will be added later, and I will keep you informed of updates. Remember you can telephone and come to the studio any time to see what I am working on. Or follow me in Twitter - I am told I am quite amusing!

I am please to announce that:

McAllister/Thomas FineArt

117 High Street, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1AQ
will be  representing me in Surrey with my smaller more domestic pieces while my larger pieces for outdoors will be available at:

The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

nr. Ockley, Surrey
May - October 

The Art Room
Topsham - contemporary art gallery in Devon
10 May-8 June 2014
This will be a solo exhibition, if you would like to come to the Private view on
Saturday 10th May 2014 2-5, pm please let the gallery know Tel: 07718 480604
Artist Talk Sunday 25th May at 4.00
(booking in advance essential).
I will be showing some of my new wall pieces, a big departure for me an example can be seen at the top of this newsletter

The Garden Gallery

Stockbridge, Hampshire
May - October
Private View 10th May 2014 - 19 July 11-5

I will also be specially selected artist at:

Bevere Gallery
Bevere Lane, Worcester, WR3 7RQ 31St May-9th July 2014

Plus some of my new pieces have gone off to:

Beukenhof Pheonix

Ronde Van Vlaanderenstraat 9 - 11 B-9690 Kluisbergen Belquim for their summer exhibition.
May- September 2014

There will be other exhibitions happening throughout the year, which I will keep you informed about, but in the meantime if you would like to see the new pieces I am working on please link onto Facebook, Twitter or clink on pieces just finished.


Friday, 14 February 2014

New Website

This year has started very slowly, what with the bad weather and getting a dreadful cold virus which knocked me for six. But now I am fully back to speed and creating new work for exhibitions planned this year.

Firstly I would like to share the redesign of my website, which I am delighted with. Please have a look at and let me know what you think.

Also got my Axis membership renewed and up and going.  Again please go and have a look and pass on to your friends.

Below are the galleries and events you will find me at this year. Just click on the names and that will take you through to their websites. Some more will be added later, and I will keep you informed of updates. Remember you can telephone and come to the studio any time to see what I am working on. Or follow me in Twitter - I am told I am quite amusing!

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea - Sheridan Russell Gallery
13-16th March

Beukenhof Pheonix 
Ronde Van Vlaanderenstraat 9 - 11 B-9690 Kluisbergen Belquim for their summer exhibition.
The Art Room Solo Exhibition
Topsham, near Exeter - contemporary art gallery in Devon - May 2014

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
nr. Ockley, Surrey
May - October

The Garden Gallery  
Stockbridge, Hampshire
May - October

The Bevere Gallery
Bevere Lane, Worcester, WR3 7RQ
Doddington Hall & Gardens
2nd August-7th September

Please note: If you have any photographs of my pieces in situ, I would really love to see them!

 Lets hope the weather gets better and we have a lovely spring and summer ahead.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Process from start to finish

I am often asked how long does it takes to make my pieces.

I thought, I would share with you the process from the 'clean' studio through to the finished pieces and how they evolve. Nothing is planned when I start, all these pieces could have turn out completely differently depending on my mood.

The time period is from the 14th October until 10th December 2013.
I try to start a new series of work with a tidy studio
The clay is laid out in slabs and cut into a variety of shapes very freely.
The pieces are left and finished until totally dry then stacked into the kiln.

The pieces are taken out of the kiln, I then make decisions on what pieces will go together.

Holes are drilled and pieces put together
Mounts are selected that will suspend the pieces
The pieces are covered with several coats of Gesso and the painting begins.
Several coats of paint to get the density of colour needed
Each piece is looked at and decisions made.
After a final protecting coat the pieces are ready to be photographed.

Pieces all lined up and ready for photography
Apogee H54W60D10 cms
Cyclic (Wall Piece) H73W32D20 cms
Eternal H69W30D30 cms
Lunar H48W36D8 cms
Pi H39W59D11 cms

Nadir H44W32D10 cms

Phase (1) H29W40D8 cms
Phase (2) H33W40D8 cms
Across (3) (Wall Piece) H50W14D12 cms

Quotidian H42W64D10 cms
Across (4+5)(Wall Piece) H45W40 cms each