ARTIST PROFILES
 
 

Joanna Bury

Joanna studied for a BA in Fashion Design and went on to specialise as a Lingerie Designer; she worked in the industry for 7 years primarily based in the UK, China and New York. Whilst living in New York and researching trends within the lingerie design industry Joanna began to search for a new direction, a direction that involved more hands-on creativity. Jewellery design seemed a natural progression and it became apparent that this was an area that Joanna could focus her ‘attention to detail’ upon. After discovering the Silversmithing and Jewellery degree Joanna relocated from New York to Cornwall to take up full time studies and complete the degree.

Inspiration

Joanna derives her inspiration from modern urban culture, the use of patterns within Asian cultures and the designs found in contemporary and tribal jewellery. She is ultimately inspired by tattooing and body adornment. “I am currently working on the concept that a piece of jewellery can be treated like a removable tattoo, worn to adorn and easily removed. Most of the design details are inspired by tattoo designs and so the pattern is effectively projected onto the skin, or patterns can be projected through the reflection of light or a shadow cast”

Design Style

“As a designer I am very much intrigued by technology; I like the aesthetics of my completed pieces to be clean, crisp, intricate and accurate to a standard which I am unable to achieve by hand”

Joanna’s design style is distinct and clearly links back to her training as a lingerie designer. She uses lace like textures and uses the body as a blank canvas; sometimes the body is used to create the form of her jewellery designs, sometimes the body is used to contradict the form.


 

Linda Styles

Linda Styles
 
Linda is a London born, Cornwall based potter and this granite outcrop has been her home for 39 years, down by the sea.
 
Her practice relates to the exploration of the emotive and instinctual, superficially naïve perhaps and sometimes dysfunctional in the traditional sense, the viewer/handler is invited to respond on an emotional as opposed to intellectual level.
 
She mainly works from memory and reflection, the majority of her time being spent in the studio environment, surrounded by chemicals, clay and kilns.
She is known to use a range of colours that are discordant and yet harmonic, gouged out infills purposefully underlaid with dense earth pigments and oxides, swathes of matt opaque interspersed with glassy pools of intense saturation.
Colour, line and space merging background into object, object into background, suggestive, evocative and always open to interpretation.

She continues to freehand etch her 'Styles' signature into the clay body as seen in: ‘British Studio Potters' Marks’, Eric Yates-Owen and Robert Fournier Published by A&C Black Limited. 1996 – Ongoing
 
She has  have exhibited at The V & A Museum, Tate St Ives and designed for Terence Conran, worked on numerous Heritage lottery and Arts Council funded public space projects. Her work is held in the V & A Ceramics archive, the Gregg Museum of Folk Art, North Carolina, USA and private collections Worldwide.

 

Louise Cloke

Flower Power & Pretty Things…… 

As a lifelong gatherer of brightly coloured, decorative objects this body of work- Flower Power & Pretty Things is an empirical response to the endless source of inspiration and beauty around me here in Devon.

Flowers glowing with pure luminous colour in the high banked lanes, a myriad of colour possibilities found in smooth sea glass washed up along the shore line.  With such beauty surrounding me it is a joy to make these pretty things…………

 

Bob Crooks
Bob Crooks’ work is hand-made, no moulds are used. Because of this, no two pieces are alike, but the skill of the glassmaker ensures that pieces can be similar. His work is a “reaction” against the boring factory made glassware, against re-vamped ideas that date back decades and are so bland". He tries to exploit the many properties of glass through refraction, sharpness, distortion, reflection and softness, working with its fluidity and freezing the glass as a desired form is realised. The new production range has been designed to be refreshingly different and modern, still using the traditional glassmaking skills. Each piece is individually signed. He has exhibited widely both in solo and group shows. These include Contemporary Applied Arts, London; Christies Contemporary Art; Crafts Council, London; Lane Crawford, Hong Kong; Shanghai, China. Commission range from wine bars to exclusive glass ranges for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. All Pictures of Bob Crooks work in the site are by Ian Jackson

 

 

IN THE WINDOW

 photo
Title:  'Irezumi' Large Neckpiece
 POA
 
Description:
laser Cut and Engraved Acrylc
Artist: JoannaBury 
 
 
 photo
Title:  '1to Wander in Sweeter Hands'
 POA
 
Description:
Mixed Media on Board, 27cms Sq.
Artist: LindaStyles 
 
 
 photo
Title:  Flower Power Black Multi Floral
 POA
 
Description:
Blown Glass
Artist: LouiseCloke 
 
 
 photo
Title:  Pi Bowl
 POA
 
Description:
Blown Glass
Artist: BobCrooks 
 
 
 

 

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