Spring Exhibition 2018 2nd – 28th March
This page gives more information about the four artists featured in the exhibition. Scroll down to see them all.
Ceramics — Avril Cairncross and Tone von Krogh
Painting — Susan McCall
Prints — Clare Allan
Avril Cairncross — Ceramics
My main work is thrown using a porcelain body, burnished and fired using the Naked Raku technique. I work from home in a rural part of Lancashire. I was taught by Tim Andrews and his work has been a major inspiration. I also make slab built porcelain vases with added wooden buttons. The porcelain vases are functional as well as decorative.
Tone von Krogh — Ceramics
My current collection of contemporary domestic Ceramics is strongly influenced by my impressions of the winter landscapes in my native Norway. When the snow covers trees, rocks, paths and architecture, any sharp edges become soft and everyday shapes may become unrecognisable. I try to bring the same feel to my work with a range of wavy vases and softly distorted beakers, bowls and bottles. The colour range reflects the many tones of snow, ice and winter skies. The work is produced using a potter’s wheel, but then cut and reassembled to non-circular shapes or given dimples or bumps. I use food-friendly glazes and fire to stoneware temperatures.
Clare Allan — Prints
I live and work in New Mills in the Peak District, and produce large charcoal landscapes and street scenes. I studied Fine Art at Humberside University, specialising in printmaking and my drawing reflects this. I use charcoal, rubber and rag on paper or canvas, then layer colour on my drawings with pastel or paint. Although I work from observation, I am not interested in making a literal representation of what I see. I often distort and combine several viewpoints into one composition to describe a certain place, and how it feels to be there.
Susan McCall — Painting
I live and work in the Peak District of Derbyshire. After working in education as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art for many years I gained a Rootstein Hopkins Award for painting and have been able to devote my time to work in my studio. Residencies at Tate Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery and Charleston House in Sussex have focused on
drawing, painting and teaching iPad apps for making drawings, recording experience and exploring a sense of place.