NEW ARRIVALS ARTICLE
Peter Arscott is a painter and ceramicist who uses either grogged porcelain or stoneware glaze-fired to nearly thirteen hundred degrees. Before this happens, he bisque-fires his pieces to a thousand degrees and then paints oxides and stains on them before dipping them in a transparent glaze. Everything is made by hand or on a slab roller, he does not use a wheel, and little planning goes into the shapes or the colours – cutting out and joining pieces and fragments as the mood takes him, or brushing on certain colours because he has seen a Paul Klee painting or been on a walk-in Wales. As a result of this approach, he does not make things twice, and though you can put flowers in his vases he himself is not interested in function and is more interested in playing with form and allowing the pieces to work as paintings.
Peter Arscott was born in Lima, Peru in 1954. He came to school in England at 13 and later studied at Bristol University before moving to Barcelona where he worked as a teacher and had a number of solo and group shows until 1983 when he returned to live in London, working as a Blue Badge guide and exhibiting at various galleries. He now lives in Herefordshire and has a studio in Ledbury. He is a founder and a director of the Ledbury Poetry Festival and is involved in the arts locally.
Tessa Wolfe Murray trained in Ceramics at Goldsmiths College, London 1981-84.
Her work is both handbuilt and slip-cast, sculptural in form, but always functional.
Inspiration for the surface decoration comes from a process that begins with photographs taken whilst traveling: rock formations, beach debris, horizons, buildings and their surfaces, museum artifacts.
Surfaces are often an interplay of incised lines on vessels that have been textured, built up, impressed, or distorted. Colour comes from metal oxides mixed into clay and glazes.
Some of the work has a final layer of smoke firing, a technique she developed especially for
high-fired internally glazed pots to enable them to hold water.
She has exhibited and accepted commissions worldwide. Her work is held in collections that include Japan, USA, Israel, Singapore, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, and Belgium.
In the 1990s, She collaborated with the Conran Shop to design and make ranges of vases and lamp bases. She has also worked with interior and product designers.
Hand-blown Glass and Copper Wire
Emmy Palmer Combines her love for Knitting and glass to create beautiful, feminine blown glass pieces.
‘To combine knitting and glass just seems like a natural form of self-expression for me….
I moved to Plymouth in 2004 to attend The Plymouth College of Art and instantly fell in love with the waterfront City. Living in Plymouth, surrounded by the sea and the moors, I find I am never short of inspiration. I forever document the amazing places we go as a family and the beauty we see in nature in photographs.
Whilst at college in 2006 I won a scholarship award with Teign Valley Glass studio in Bovey Tracey and have continued a working relationship with them ever since. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Applied Arts in 2007 specialising in glass. It was during my degree that I started to combine knitting with glass in different ways. I was really taken by combining knitted metals with blown glass and have been refining the technique ever since. My Del Mar series was developed for my graduate show. They started from humble beginnings but have become more elegant and sophisticated. They were a real labour of love which is why they are my favourite pieces to make.
I love to knit. It's a skill that has been passed down through my family for generations. The concentration needed and the repetitive hand movements make knitting and crochet really therapeutic and I see it as a real form of self-care. Knitting has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life.
Having had almost a decade out of glass has made me realise how passionate I am about making glass and how much joy it brings me. During this time my knitting knowledge and skills have really expanded leading the way to lots of new exciting ideas!’