11th April - 4th June 2017
The Guild at 51, 51 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT

Makers across a range of disciplines have responded to the theme of 'Stitch' for this latest exhibition from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

(detail of one of my mid vessels, H22cm)

The element of stitch, particularly in dressmaking terms, has been a pivotal concept for me in relation to the development of my construction techniques.  The sense of creating ceramic vessels out of multiple panels of clay enables me to use those individual facets to explore surface decoration and how one piece relates to the next.
Fastenings, clasps, buttons, collars, trims, seams, darts are a constant source of inspiration; but also the directional messages, the short hand, the code of the dressmaker found within the instructions of the pattern books.
Although these elements are so ingrained in my current practice that they often become abstracted, they have been brought forward again in this collection of pieces; some of which are multi-faceted almost to the point of patchwork, others are subtly suggestive of stitch through the joins as seams.

Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 11am - 4pm