Artist of the Week - Jeremy Briggs
Our featured artist this week is Jeremy Briggs. His work has been on display in the Ginger Fig Gallery for several years. Here are the results of our interview with him.
 
Q. How would you describe your work?
 
A.  Decorative and functional wooden items that are designed to be enjoyed or used, with the tactile quality adding a further sensory delight.
 
Q. What inspires you?
 
A. Natural shapes and designs that appear in nature or in our man made surroundings, as well as seeing how other artists have used materials that may enable me to enhance my wood turning.
 
Q. Can you describe your techniques and how you work?
 
A.  I start with the basic raw material, i.e wood. Ideally I try to source local wood, preferably when recently felled. This enables me to choose what I will make more easily than if just presented with a chunk of dried wood. Wood needs to season (dry out), but if I turn it to shape while still wet, I can quickly make a roughed out bowl that will dry out over a short period of months. When dry, it is re-mounted on my lathe and the final shape is worked using gouges and other tools and then completed with sanding and finishing. Turning green wood means that I do not see the piece through from lump of wood to finished item in one session, but I have many roughed out dry bowls, ready to go that just need to be put on the lathe for the final enjoyable part of the process.
 
Q. Tell us about where you work.
 
A. I have a modest sized workshop at home that is attached to the house and comfortably heated.
 
Dust entering the house needs careful management to prevent too many complaints of wood shavings everywhere, but the advantage of being able to pop in for a couple of minutes at the end of the evening is often very helpful.
 
Q. And finally, just for fun, what is your favourite word and why?
 
A.  Toast. Every day breakfast using my home made wholemeal bread and marmalade. 
 
Artist of the Week. Julia Crimmen

Julia's ceramics always attract a lot of attention in the gallery and are a popular choice for customers looking for original, handmade gifts.

Here is our interview with Julia.

Q. How would you describe your work?

A. Cute, quirky. collectible slip cast animals and nature inspired hand painted tiles and ceramics.

Q. What inspires you?

A. Usually a walk or cycle out in the countryside. I collect leaves and small flowers in a sandwich bag to take home - much to my daughter's embarrassment.

I looked out of the window this week and saw 7 magpies in the garden, and was inspired to make some new 3D mini sculptures which are in the pipeline. I collect magazine images and draw in my sketchbook regularly to use for reference.

Q. Can you describe your techniques and how you work?

A. I use porcelain clay and either throw on the wheel, or make slab built pots. I also build up 3D images in clay tiles, which I mount in hand painted frames.

Slip cast animals begin as  a plasticine model, which I then cast in a plaster of Paris mould, colouring the slip with pastel shades.

I have just begun to use decals (patterned transfers) within my work which adds another design element.

Q. Tell us about where you work.

A. I am so lucky to have a beautiful wooden studio in the garden, although I still call it "the shed".

I have a gorgeous view out into the garden and I am determined to keep the weeds at bay.....next year!

Q. Finally, just for fun, what is your favourite word and why?

A. Pyjamas - my favourite part of the day.

 
Artist of the Week - Becs Cliffe

Becs Cliffe is our current artist of the week. Her colourful multimedia collages always have lots of quirky details that you don't always spot the first time you see them. Here is our interview with Becs.

Q. How would you describe your work?

A. My work often comes from experimenting with a variety of mixed media and collage to create original designs. I often create individual framed pictures using a combination of different media techniques. 

Q. What inspires you?

A. Childhood memories and nostalgia forms a large part of my inspiration. I have memories of church fetes with handmade bunting pinned to the jam and pickle stall and family holidays to the seaside. I also take inspiration from tea parties, quaint villages and all things vintage.

Q. Can you describe your techniques and how you work?

A. I use a combination of different media and techniques including paper and fabric collage, stitch, rubber stamps, transfer embellishments, mono-printing and line drawing.

A colour, image or new technique can be the inspiration to start a series of designs, building up layers of materials and embellishments to create a collaged picture.

Q. Tell us  about where you work.

A. I work at home in my "creative space" where I am surrounded by a variety of materials, images and objects including jars of vintage buttons, papers, postcards, photos, rubber stamps, fabrics, threads and ribbons all giving me a source of inspiration to design.

Q. And finally, just for fun, what is your favourite word, and why!

A. Sparkle

 

 
Artist of the week - Sally Gardiner.

Sally's ceramic sculptures have been a very popular addition to Ginger Fig Gallery. Her hares are always a favourite.

Here is our interview with Sally.

Q. How would you describe your work?

A. Wild, farm and domestic animals.

Q. What inspires you?

A.  Harry and Simon my 2 pet Belgian Hares inspire me with my hare sculptures. They are 5 years old and I have had them since they were 2 months old.

Q. Can you describe your technique and how you work?

A. All my pieces are individually handmade out of stoneware clay. They are fired up to 3 times and I use slips, glazes and oxides before a final firing of 1260 degrees.

Q. Tell us about where you work.

A.  I work in a 8 foot by 4 foot wooden garden shed in the garden ( very cold in the winter as there is no insulation ) and also on my kitchen table.

Q. And finally, just for fun, what is your favourite word and why?

A. Spring - my favourite time of year and watching animals jump, leap or spring about.

 
A Walk on the Wildside. Exhibition of work by 12 Good Women

We are delighted to announce that our next exhibition will be “A Walk on the Wildside”-  a mixed media exhibition by 12 Good Women.  It will open with a preview evening on Thursday 19 September from 6-8pm and then run from Friday 20 September to Saturday 12 October. Opening hours are 10am – 4pm daily (except Sundays) and we do hope you will be able to come along, either to the preview evening when you will have the opportunity to meet all the artists, or at some other point whilst it is running:  one of the artists will be stewarding the exhibition each day.  If you have any questions about accessibility, opening times or indeed anything else relating to the exhibition, do give us a call on 01823 326798

This is the second time 12 Good Women have exhibited with us and we are delighted to welcome them back.

For a little taster of the work you can expect to see at the exhibition, we will be adding photos as we receive them from the artists and they can be seen here

Twelve Good Women was set up in 2008 to allow its participants to develop their talents in the areas of textiles, ceramics and illustration, and to show work.  The members have changed from time to time, but the core activities remain the same - supportive criticism and exhibitions, of which there have been five - locally and in Cornwall.  We meet in Taunton as our centre but the members are from Somerset, Dorset and Devon.

 
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