Ceramics

Penny Withers

Penny Withers is a Sheffield based ceramic artist with a studio at Yorkshire Artspace. She has a degree in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art and a post-graduate certificate in education. She curated the Sheffield Ceramics exhibition ‘Shaping the Earth’ at the Millennium Galleries and has been instrumental in setting up the no smoke, community wood kiln at Manor Lodge. She is also a mentor and technical advisor on the YA Graduate Start-Up scheme.

To find out more, click the link below for an interview with My Favourite Places:

http://artspace.org.uk/articles/interview-with-ceramicist-penny-withers/

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“When one has put in the time to study and practice with a material; pushed it to its limits and been pushed back by it; the interaction is equal, intention becomes intuition. There is no need to use verbal interpretation. The pot is how it is, refreshingly simple.”

Penny Withers

Glass

Julia Mills

Julia Mills is a professional glass artist based in Penzance, Cornwall. She moved to the area in 1999 and having owned galleries in Porthleven, Mousehole and Newlyn, she now shares a studio at The Beehive in Penzance.

Surrounded by the sights and sounds of Mount’s Bay and the creative community of Penzance, Julia takes inspiration in the ephemeral light of the coast. “I love walking along the seashore – this constantly shifting interface between land and sea fuels my imagination and is a recurring theme in my work”.

Using the highest quality handmade glass sourced from around the world and enlivened by natural lines, tiny bubbles and intricate textures, Julia creates contemporary glass art full of colour and movement. She uses techniques of acid-etching and sand-blasting to manipulate and craft light as it falls onto the glass, experimenting with translucence, colour combinations and organic forms. Each piece transforms its surroundings with multi-faceted, colourful highlights and mesmerising reflections.

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Watermark Gallery are delighted to stock a popular range of hand crafted glass in the gallery. Liz says, “We discovered Julia’s work whilst on holiday in Newlyn. We bought a beautiful blue fish, which now has pride of place in a sunny window at home. Over the years we have bought quite a few more for family and friends as they make the perfect present!”

Read more about Julia Mills here

Julia Mills

Jewellery

Emily Higham

Emily is a Jeweller who uses the process of enamelling to explore colour and pattern within jewellery. Using a combination of industrial liquid enamel layered over vitreous enamel, Emily creates delicate and aesthetical jewellery pieces that are inspired by the beautiful colours and patterns of honeycomb and the shapes and layers found within beehives.

Emily graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016 with a BA(Hons) in Jewellery and Silversmithing and in 2017, won the Guild of Enamellers bursary award. Since then, she has been developing and expanding her collection from her studio at home in Preston, Lancashire.

Emily Higham

Jewellery

Chloe Solomon

Chloe Solomon is a contemporary jeweller and designer working from her Bristol studio. Chloe studied her degree in ‘Jewellery Design and Related Products’ at Birmingham School of Jewellery following a foundation year at Bristol School or Art. She went on to be a jeweller at the independent workshop Clifton Rocks as well as personal assistant to fine jeweller Kate Wood.

Chloe’s jewellery has simplicity and geometry at its heart. She feels there is a desire for carefully crafted pieces that are minimal and unisex. She has always been drawn to more androgynous designs. Her collections can be worn by anyone in whatever way they feel suits them and their style. Each piece has been considered and designed to last a lifetime. Read more about Chloe Solomon here.

Chloe Solomon Jeweller at her bench

Jewellery

Naomi James

I have always loved making things and have been making jewellery since I was 14, when a jewellery workshop opened in Lewes and I started evening classes. I knew it was what I wanted to do straight away and I still can’t imagine doing anything else! I studied jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic from where I had work experience with Sarah Jordan and at the Royal College of Art. After college I worked at Jess James just off Carnaby Street before 18 months spent travelling gathering stones and inspiration for starting my own business.

Since then I have enjoyed working in several shared workshops and have been at Rose Hill in Brighton for the last 19 years, it is fantastic to be surrounded by a group of creative people producing a wide range of different work and we are there to help and inspire each other. I have been a regular exhibitor at Dazzle exhibitions since I graduated college and very much enjoyed my time managing the London exhibition when it was at the Royal National Theatre in London. I also travel around the country to sell at various high quality craft shows where I love showing my work alongside an amazing assortment of quality makers.

I have always designed as I work, allowing the making process to inspire the final design. Many of my designs use real leaves, plant structures and feathers to create natural textures on silver giving my work a ‘found’ quality- almost as if the pieces were produced by a natural process. I particularly like the contrasting textures of different plants which I combine in one piece of jewellery and complement with touches of recycled 18 carat gold.

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I also make unique hand pierced colourful semi- precious stone rings. Although it is not possible to have fully traceable semi precious gems I use small scale suppliers with an ethical approach to sourcing their stones. My pieces are all made by hand, by me, in my Brighton studio.

Naomi James in her studio

Jewellery

Jodie Hook

Jodie Hook is an award-winning, professional jeweller based in Cardiff. Following her degree in Birmingham Jodie initially worked for a fashion jeweller in London before returning to Wales to set up her own contemporary jewellery making business.

Watermark Gallery are delighted to stock The Ribbon Collection, which is inspired by the moment you unravel a roll of satin ribbon, it twists, loops and knots. Silver and gold ribbons are manipulated by Jodie creating bold dynamic jewellery that is designed to sit comfortably around the hand or body.

Graphic clean lines feature strongly in Jodie’s work with influences including origami and fabric manipulation. Her range now includes a selection of pieces with semi-precious stones and new surface decoration.

Jodie Hook at her jeweller's bench

Glass

Elin Isaksson

Elin Isaksson is a professional glassmaker based in Dunblane, Scotland. Elin was born in Sweden where she began to learn about glassmaking using traditional techniques. Following apprenticeships in Sweden, France and Italy she moved to Scotland, where she is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. She also gained an MA in Design and Applied Arts.

Elin’s work is beautifully simple and vibrant. She is inspired by the play of light, texture and movement in nature. Her work is all hand blown, tactile and decorative. Watermark Gallery is delighted to stock a range of Elin’s work, from Glass Droplets and Candleholders to Liquid Ice Bowls, Ripple Vases and Rock Pools. Many are produced in a range of attractive colours.

Elin Isaksson

Contemporary Art

Pascale Rentsch

My name is Pascale Rentsch and I am a Swiss born artist living in East Lothian, Scotland. I draw and paint plein air, outdoors, directly from nature in all weather conditions. I work instinctively, following my feelings, capturing nature and the elements in a spontaneous manner. My language is paint and like a conductor guiding an orchestra, I enjoy working outside with my materials, exploring mark-making and connecting with my surroundings, reacting to what I see, feel and hear.

I love the fact that whenever I am in nature, I know I will always find something beautiful, something that touches me however small and insignificant it might appear.

I am originally from Switzerland and I have made Scotland my home. I live in Haddington where I make the most of the surrounding countryside, hills and coast.

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I graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art in 1999.

Pascale Rentsch Painter

Contemporary Art

Jason Hicklin

Jason Hicklin’s work captures the feel of the weather and light and its effect on the landscape. All of Jason’s work is begun outdoors. Carrying the minimum of equipment, he will walk and climb the desired area for days and sometimes nights, often in extreme weather. He describes working outdoors in these tense and exciting conditions as a tremendously connecting experience – feeling a part of the land itself.

The result is a striking record of the elemental collisions between earth, sea and weather. He conveys the bleak essence of driving rain, when the mist closes down, and masters the polarities of bright skies and shadowed rocks. His work is charged with an atmosphere born of an intimate knowledge of the landscape and a direct physical experience of its changing moods.

Jason was born in Wolverhampton in 1966 and studied at St. Martins College of Art, where he was a student of renowned printmaker Norman Ackroyd. After completing a postgraduate course at the Central School of Art in 1991, Jason combined working as Ackroyd’s studio assistant and editioner with producing his own work and teaching printmaking at City and Guilds of London Art School.

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Jason is currently Head of Printmaking at City and Guilds. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painting and Printmakers in 1993 and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

Read more about Jason Hicklin here

Jason Hicklin Printmaker

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