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Anglian Collection 2020/21

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Although our pop up has closed at the Stables at Houghton Hall we can welcome you to view the installation via our walk-through film (see link above). All exhibitors have hot spots that link through to individual galleries where a selection of their work is available in our ANGLIAN COLLECTION, that encompasses additional, new work for 2020/21.

The thinking behind A FINE BALANCE and the creation of the ANGLIAN COLLECTION

The situation we now find ourselves in collectively, as the Covid-19 epidemic runs its devastating course means that our relationship with ‘the great outdoors’ has probably changed forever. The artists and makers we have included in the exhibition are ahead of the curve, creating memorable images that will chime with the public, post lockdown. During the last four months we have all had to become aware of our vulnerability to forces we mistakenly assumed we had mastered. We respond viscerally to a favourite view or landscape, much as we would if our home or family were under threat. The exhibition holds up a mirror to what we perceive, in the complex confluence between the sustainable and natural, the artificial and man-made.

Some of the artists and makers we showcase have chosen to look at a highly maintained version of the countryside and our place within it. Others employ sustainable materials to create pleasing pieces intended to be handled and used every day. Others look into the natural phenomena and practical activities that are frequently personal to us in terms of our physical impact on the planet whether through recycling and re-assigning waste to new purposes. While others explore areas that are not quite urban or rural, but like much of modern Britain, somewhere in-between.

We also have a capsule collection of artworks displayed in the public bar and dining room of the Globe Inn, Wells next to the Sea in North Norfolk. With kind permission of The Chestnut Group.

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EXHIBITORS IN A FINE BALANCE 2020

ARTWORKS

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ZARYA AUSTIN-FELL

Zarya is a multi-media artist whose work explores the relationship between everyday life and the objects that accompany it. Since 2018, Zarya has had 3 solo exhibitions in Norfolk and Brighton.

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LORRAINE BEWICK

Lorraine has taken tried and tested techniques in the tradition of figurative landscape painting and applied them to her own perspective of the English landscape. Based in west Norfolk, her interest in interpreting Norfolk’s expansive skies and coastal reaches as liminal space treads a path mapped out by acknowledged masters of the genre, such as John Robert Cozens and JMW Turner.

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DEBBY BESFORD

Debby is a freelance documentary photographer, who has worked for over 25 years in the industry. She’s also a part-time university lecturer and has been teaching photography for a similar amount of time. She divides her time between commissioned work, part-time teaching and personal work. Her work showcases a rich and diverse portfolio of images specialising in, Editorial, and Documentary photography. Debby has travelled to many countries to work on personal projects that all started from a deep desire to find out more about people and their lives and environment.

In 2020, Debby was selected for the Museum of Youth Culture, Collections series and online shop. Subjects included, Mods and Break-dancers, Elvis impersonators and Music festivals.  Her clients include the Museum of Youth Culture, Conde Nast Traveller Magazine and The Wellcome Trust, The Guardian and Independent newspapers. She was also part of the team who shot the 209 Women project and her work has been exhibited and published at the Festival Pil’Ours in France, the Retina World Photography Show, and as part of Photomonth in London. Awards include, Finalist in the AOP Awards and LensCulture and Magnum Photography Awards, Honourable mention

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KATARGYNA COLEMAN

Katarzyna is from London and studied at Hornsey College of Art (1979-1982, followed by an MA in Fine Art at Manchester College of Art (1982-1983).Katarzyna’s work explores industrial & urban landscapes, predominantly the unarranged landscape near her studio in the harbour area of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Katarzyna's monoprints are made by brushing, rolling and painting with oil-based ink on a non-absorbent surface or plate. This pla / BUY te with the paper applied on top, is then run through the press at high pressure. This process of making monotypes involves building up the image in thin layers and running through the press numerous times.

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POLLY CRUSE

Polly Cruse is a Norwich based artist. Her practise currently involves photography and sculpture, and is focused on the relationships between the intangible and the material aspects of the everyday.

Cruse aims to elevate the importance and status of the ornaments, gifts and memorabilia that personalise a private dwelling. Her photographs depict objects from her collection which she composes into classical ‘still life’ arrangements to create images of beauty, narrative and fond humour.

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FERENC CSEH

Ferenc is a Cambridge based visual artist whose artistic style is rooted in his architectural and fine art training. He enjoys working with geometrical forms present in our built environment and exploring the interaction between humans and these shapes. Ferenc has been experimenting with basic shapes and forms for a long time. He is intrigued by the possibilities of space, space alteration by objects, movement in space, and the relations between humans and space.

The paintings in A Fine Balance are part of Ferenc’s Transparence series which expresses his interest in the possibilities of space, space alteration by objects, movement in space, and the relations between humans and space. These paintings experiment with basic shapes and their interaction defined by depth. The transparent layers provide both lightness and depth to the emerging new objects and give the illusion of delicate movement. The paintings evoke a sense of fine balance between the playfulness of movements, delicate structures and the tranquillity of the final emerging objects.

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WILL CUTTS

Will has been painting Norfolk landscapes during the last 20 years, while based in London and since he moved to North Norfolk seven years ago. Having got a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art he moved to London in 1986 and has divided his time between working with artists and galleries, as well as on his own work. He has followed the work of influential Californian landscape painter Richard Diebenkorn. Will has exhibited his work with the Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Gallery and The Millinery Works Gallery in London, as well as numerous group exhibitions

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AMANDA EDGCOMBE

Amanda has lived in Suffolk since 2005. Her paintings are abstract in nature, drawing in architectural and figurative influences, horizons, aerial views and perceptions of the aesthetic... confronting opinion and degrees of acceptability. She constantly asks of her process the question of thinning out and addition… what is needed and what isn't?

Amanda has shown her work across the eastern region in Suffolk and Norfolk and nationally in Somerset and London. Her work is in several private collections. She has exhibited internationally in Germany, Portugal and Pakistan.

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JUDITH ELLIS

Judith Ellis's Birdflight series is her own development of the flag book and combines a love of drawing with her lifelong interest in the natural world. In her former life as a vet she often had to handle birds and was always moved by the lightness of their being. It is as though a bird has only just materialised and lives only partly in this world.

Oystercatchers fly along a beach, and Swifts swoop over rooftops. Gannets fly fast fast over the sea and Redshanks call over the marshes. The Birdflight series of artistʼs books can each be made to commission, they are all individually hand painted no two will ever be quite the same.

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KATE GILES

Kate grew up in Norwich and, having read English at Oxford, studied at the Camberwell and Falmouth schools of Art [1986-90]. She has exhibited widely, particularly in London and across East Anglia, and has now returned to Norfolk to work and live.

Intensive drawing from life is the groundwork underpinning all of Kate's practice. Back in the studio, painting is to digest, remake, discover and unearth; she often works in series and in one place over a sustained period. She is keenly aware of the inheritance of the Anglo-Dutch landscape tradition and in particular Constable's deep engagement and familiarity with embodied life: an alertness to what is 'known by heart'.

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GARETH HACON

Gareth Hacon is a photographer based in Norfolk, who studied graphic design and moved into photography with an interest in open and closed spaces. His work is concerned with the passage of thought leading from the expanse of large open spaces, seemingly impossible to capture.  Using time and patience these take form through his photographs harmonising composition, light and land to create a final photograph conveying thought and evoking awe.

His progresses though the landscape exploring the relationship of the structures around him, delving deeper harnessing this correlation through the lens. Looking through the lens he waits for changes in elements and light to define the moment of exposure.

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LINDA JAMIESON

Linda was born and spent her childhood in Norfolk. She trained at St. Martins School of Art and studied further at Heatherlys and with Francis Pratt in France and Norfolk. She worked for many years in the field of textile design in London, France and Italy, and also as a consultant for interior design. She now divides her time between her studios in Norfolk and London and has also exhibited regularly in both.

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SUZI JOEL

Suzi Joel is a multidisciplinary artist based in Norfolk whose work explores the process of attachment. Drawn to the small and fragile, her work has always united conventionally incongruous elements and discordant materials such as wood and woven fibre or paper and cotton thread. Through this she invites ideas about interdependence, habitat, contextualisation and the nature of pattern or repetition. Her latest project repurposes wooden fragments collected from the North Norfolk coast where she lives and works. Suzi has worked with special needs children for many years teaching techniques for weaving and stitched textile work. She has exhibited in London and internationally.

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NATALIE ODILE LANG

Born in Glasgow, Natalie Lang graduated from Norwich University College of the Arts in 2011 with a first degree honors in painting. It was there that she made a discovery of some slides in a skip that began her painting journey, via found landscapes. Adopting others images as her own, enables her to explore concepts of authorship, projection, memory, delusion, falsehood and lies. Her images are often banal snapshots that contain within them a tension between the external and internal landscape, layered with a haunting element of the ‘uncanny’.

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LIZ MCGOWAN

Liz works with natural and found materials, creating responses to particular environments through installation, sculpture, drawing and conversation.  Her focus is the meeting point between inner and outer landscapes, where personal creativity is given inspiration and form by those elements – stone, reed, tree, earth, tideline – that combine to form a landscape

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Pandora’s paintings are based on research into Exoplanets, searching for life beyond our solar system. The work for this project emerged from Pandora’s work as the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residency in the Astrophysics Department at Exeter University. The discovery of these distant planets will potentially revolutionise the way we view our place in the universe, perhaps as significant a discovery as ‘Big Bang’, Darwin’s origin of species or deciphering the human genome. Making something visible and material out of what is inherently invisible is the paradox behind this project: these planets are simply too far away to be seen.

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VERITY NEWMAN

Verity is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Norwich. Her paintings and sculptures reflect three broad themes: function/non-function of objects (and our attachments to them), fading memories of journeys through spaces and places, and the transience of our personal habitats/environments. The rituals and imagined - or reconstructed - histories we create around these fascinate Verity, as well as an increasing need to pin down what 'home' might be. Through her practice, Verity tries to express the ever-changing evolution, movement and energy of the surrounding environment - and the sense of us within our personal habitats.  Verity has work in important collections in Suffolk and Dublin, Ireland. She has shown her work across the eastern region as well as London and internationally, several times recently in China and Greece.

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MARIA PAVLEDIS

Maria originally studied painting studied at Norwich School of Art and then continued to an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. She works with the dream-like world of fairy tale and narrative, including its darker and uncanny elements.  Starting from a very strong commitment to drawing, she develops images using a mixture of traditional and non traditional methods, including etching which she uses to explore new ways of mark making and expression. Maria has exhibited widely, and is a member of London Organisation of Original Printmakers

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TRACEY ROSS

Tracey paints to capture the beauty of Creation along the North Norfolk coast, with its creeks, skies and expansive beaches. She finds that painting in an abstract style using mixed media, acrylics and oils will enables her paintings to reveal a deeper mystery. Capturing the fiery hues of a blazing sunset, the misty sea frets together with the clarity of light on a bright breezy day conveys an intense visual experience which speaks to Tracey's heart expressing the colour and thanksgiving she feels as an artist

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COLIN SELF

Norfolk born and bred Colin attended the Slade School of Art in the early sixties arriving at the crucial moment Pop Art emerged in London. Identified as one of Pop Art’s exponents, Self exhibited at the influential Robert Fraser Gallery, along side Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Clive Barker. He has remained true to his Pop roots and sees potential in the everyday objects that surround us and calls himself a ‘hunter’, seeking out connections between objects he has selected out from the detritus of mass consumption. His work is fresh, immediate and frequently delivered with a punchline. 

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TIM SIMMONS

Tim Simmons is based in Norfolk, UK. His practice uses photography and film to explore themes of time, motion and place. He wants to encourage a different way of looking at and thinking about landscape. Understanding our landscape, and how we engage with it has an impact on how we take meaning from the places we encounter. The environment around us shapes our personal geography, and the way in which we view and make sense of the world

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LIZ TAUNT

Liz returned to printmaking in 2016 after working with textiles and papier-mâché for several years. Liz is fascinated by patterns. She sees her work as a visual counterpart to the kinds of pattern with which her father grappled in his work as a mathematician: however, her patterns are somewhat less precise than his! The prints are made using a variety of techniques to manipulate the conventional elements of abstraction: colour, tone, texture, line and form. She aims to create work that is mysterious, subtle and playful. Occasionally the results are not entirely abstract.

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MOLLY THOMSON

For Molly, painting is a process of construction, reconfiguration, application, observation and assessment. It is a process she repeats until the point is reached when each individual painting achieves a balance between its painted surface and object presence. A palette of carefully chosen colour creates a lush colour field in each. Molly works with a surgical precision within the limits of each wooden panel, slicing off a corner and adding a curve or a raised area to change the nature of the surface or reveal layers of underlying colour that supports the finished finely tuned colour.

Molly was a well-respected lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts for nearly two decades and has exhibited widely throughout the UK from Scotland, Wales, Devon, Cornwall and Yorkshire to Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Her work has also been seen in Japan, USA, Holland, Germany and Poland.

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MARYROSE WATSON

Having studied constructed textiles Maryrose's work challenges established concepts of weave. Working off loom, she lays both warp and weft simultaneously, wrapping yarn directly around a frame structure. By applying her own mathematical formulae to the intersecting layers of yarn, geometric forms emerge. These structures react with light to create a constantly changing visual experience, intensified as the observer moves around the work.

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PAUL WOLTERINK

A graphic designer, printmaker and a Dutchman, resident in rural West Norfolk since  2015. Here he runs his design practice and is currently setting up his print studio in a former chapel. He loves applying the fundamentals and systems of graphic design in his ‘crossdisciplinary’ practice and works across a range of media, believing “Anything can function as a carrier for information”. He is also Visiting Lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, at the Graphics faculty.

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PETER WYLIE

Peter was born in Lowestoft 1956 and completed a Foundation there between 1974-75. He then got a BA HONS Fine Art from Canterbury College of Art 1978 and later an MA Fine Art Printmaking from Camberwell College, London 2017. He has shown across the eastern region and various galleries and institutions throughout the country, and especially in London (The Royal Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, Royal-overseas-League) and in China, France and Cyprus. The North Sea studies paintings are about a journey he often makes several times a year from one seaside town to another. They are also about another journey, so where once he looked out to the horizon and imagined his father somewhere catching fish he now looks out and imagines that across the sea, now almost empty of boats and ships, at the waters end another land begins, and on that shore the waves will be breaking under ever changing skies just as they do here.

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SCULPTURE

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KERON BEATTIE

Keron gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art and Design (2016) and a MA Fine Art with Distinction (2018) from NUA. His work for A Fine Balance is concerned with the natural world under pressure including disconnection with nature and natural cycles.

Keron prefers to use found and recycled objects, generally working by hand using traditional tools and techniques. This slower process encourages a way of seeing and then re-seeing the materials and allows new ideas and forms to emerge.  He is currently exploring how traditional jewellery making materials, processes and forms can inform and influence his small sculptural works.

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JONATHAN CLARKE

Jonathan Clarke was born in 1961 in Suffolk where he continues to work today. At the age of 16 he took up an apprenticeship with his father, the sculptor Geoffrey Clarke (RA), and he began exhibiting his own sculpture in the early 1980s. He works in sand-cast aluminium, initially carving his sculpture in polystyrene. This method relies on the destruction of the original mould as it is vaporised by molten aluminium. The result is an entirely unique, one-off sculpture. More recent works have been in cast iron including this piece.

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MARK CROXFORD
Mark's sculptures refer to the texture and vitality of the urban landscape. Mark's wall based constructions hint of the inner city but don't recall a specific place or time, more a displaced memory that evokes a sense of past and habitation. His use of two and a half dimensions allows his work to straddle preconceived norms and engages his sculptures in physical space while still pointing to the metaphysical.

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DAN DAVID

Dan is a Norfolk based stone carver and letter cutter, is acclaimed for his memorials, commemorative plaques and ground-breaking conceptual sculptures. Meek, who trained as an Architectural Stonemason, studied carving and letter cutting at Bath – he qualified in 1995 – has worked on many of the country’s major restoration projects, including St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. For some years, as a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s stone-masonry and letter carving team, he was responsible for restoring First and Second World War monuments across the country.

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ROGER HARDY

Roger trained at Kingston upon Thames College of Art and Design (Kingston University) where he was awarded BA (Hons) in graphic design. He had a successful career as a designer in London before he started making sculpture and moved to rural Suffolk in 2000. Roger’s figurative constructions and sculpture made using found elements from local boat yards and estuary worn wood from the river Alde, Suffolk, could have been carved long ago. Roger uses the natural processes in the degradation of his materials to simplify the essence of the human form. He enjoys the act of revelation as they are abraded by the elements that lend a timeless quality to his sculptures. Cleansed of their original purpose his figures take on a totemic resonance that help us define the human condition.

"As individuals we have a great desire to project our own humanity and emotions onto the most primitive human form".

He has exhibited widely in Suffolk and across the eastern region as well as London.

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BRIDGET HERIZ

Bridget trained at Goldsmiths College and Ravensbourne College of Art and Design (1973-77), after which she returned to Suffolk to work at Clock House Fine Art Studios. She moved to Great Yarmouth in 2002. After a period working with traditional methods to evolve an earthy and spirited approach to figurative sculpture, Bridget has returned to experimenting with constructions using wire and card or balsa wood. Her constructions have a delicacy and tension that reflect, at a glance, the animated anatomy of a human figure in motion, people interacting that engenders an instant feel of what it is to be human.

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RUTH HOWES

Ruth’s paper cut works are made with an absolute economy of materials and this is the same for her newer three dimensional work. A combination of paper made sculptures and multilayered framed works look to create new space in the paper cut work. Finding repetition and rhythm, balance and tension in natural and man made environments.

Micron-small suggestions of people and an interaction with their environment place a human connection in these abstracted landscapes. The cased works on show are a mid-point as Ruth explores resin casting her papercuts to encapsulate them entirely. There is something arresting in this upcoming work that is resin cast; the acryllic making still the scene, and the scale requiring close examination.

Ruth lives and works in Norwich. Venturing away from the city to the countryside and coast with her dog makes for exploration and a new enjoyment of depicting a natural environment.

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ANDREW JONES

Andrew Jones studied at Newcastle in the early 1970’s and began a project on the wind that  led to a 30 year career in power kite design. After over 30 years of designing for kite power and control, Andrew has returned to explore the wind for its own sake. His sculptures have an order to them which, by means of careful balancing, can then be easily disturbed by even the slightest breeze. The rectilinear geometry contrasts with the uncertain curved nature of wind. He hopes this will heighten awareness of the unseen breath which animates them and also the plant life around them.

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RACHAEL LONG

Rachael is an award-winning artist with many public commissions across the UK including "Lifeboat Horse" at Wells next to the Sea. She has sculptures in collections based in France, Austria, New Zealand and the US. Rachael makes large scale sculpture of animals and birds, using redundant farm machine parts. They are welded together and sometimes forged to subtly change them. The alchemical transformation of cold hard metal into fluid animated creatures interests her.  Rachael graduated in History of Modern Art, Design and Film at the then Newcastle Polytechnic, now the University of Northumbria. She also has an MA in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts, graduating in 2018.

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BEN PUSEY

Graduating from Hereford College of Art, Ben trained an artist blacksmith and explored the world of kinetic art. He loves exploring kinetic forged metal sculpture because of the endless varieties of shapes and forms it is possible to make and the rich potential of orchestrating movement. He uses these properties to inform the work’s interest in creating experiences of ‘calm’ and ‘relaxation’. The forged steel process adds to these conceptual qualities, detaching us from our ‘hyperculture’.

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TELFER STOKES

Telfer was born 1940 in St Ives, Cornwall. He went on to study at the Slade, and had a Beckmann Fellowship to do a postgraduate at Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York in 1962. He taught from 1964 at Reading Art School and Bath Academy. He founded imprint WEPRODUCTIONS (Artist Books) and published 20 books between 1972-2002. Some in collaboration with Helen Douglas. Telfer started to make Sculptural objects in 2008 and exhibited at Kettles Yard Open the same year.

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MAKERS

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ROS ARROWSMITH 

Ros Arrowsmith is a Norfolk potter, living in Norwich. She studied BA(Hons) Decorative Arts at The Nottingham Trent University, 1999-2002, where she specialised in ceramics and learnt to throw on a potter’s wheel. Following her studies, she had an adventurous few years, living in various places including Japan for two years and northern Spain for a year, teaching English, and travelling to many more countries.

She specialises in thrown tableware made from stoneware clay. She is influenced by the behaviour of the clay when manipulated after throwing and by the way glazes behave on their own and when put together. Her work is simple and tactile. She made the plates for Farmyard Restaurant in Norwich and currently undertakes commissions for sets of plates and dinner services, as well as other pieces.

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CAROLYN BROOKES DAVIES

Carolyn graduated from the Royal College of Art in1982. After a twenty-five year career in London as a fashion designer she moved to North Norfolk in 2003. Carolyn’s background in sculpture, her love of natural form and the close proximity of the beach led her to indulge a childhood interest in shell collecting. Shells with their accidental beauty, subtle colours, variety in shape and texture appealed to her. Their endless ornamental possibilities have inspired her recent shell work of elaborately decorative objects, which are as exquisitely beautiful, intricate and unique as the shells themselves.

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HEATHER CONNOR

Heather Connor lives with learning difficulties that have have made it impossible for her to find regular employment. To generate an income she has been making these beautiful cushions since 2016. Each one takes a month to produce and Heather employs traditional embroidery techniques learnt after she was given a tapestry set by a friend. It has given her a creative outlet that she has never had. She is passionate about each one and so loves the whole process.

We are delighted to show a collection of these cushions as part of our online showcase A Fine Balance.

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LAURA FLETCHER 

We are showcasing the textile work of Royal College of Art graduate Laura Fletcher  –  lover of colour and stripes, from zingy to subtle.

The textile fabrics and cushions draw inspiration from the colours in Laura’s photography, finding beauty in the most subtle things, such as tree bark or weathered rope found on the beach. With a great eye for colour Laura works from her photographs to make yarn windings, working out colour proportions which translate into woven textiles.

The fabric is all woven at a traditional silk mill in Suffolk, using neutral backgrounds with highlights of stronger colour and a mixture of natural yarns to create subtle texture. The mood is serene but uplifting.

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STEVE GORE-ROWE  

Steve handcrafts bespoke woodware and sculptural pieces from locally sourced hardwoods. Based in West Norfolk, he is influenced by the shapes and textures found in the natural world, as well as his experiences as a Graphic Designer.

He uses combinations of traditional and contemporary woodcraft skills and is continually experimenting with new ideas and techniques, creating decorative and functional products for the home. His most recent work focuses on the natural drying process of wood to influence the final design, celebrating the natural imperfections of the wood.

The pieces we will be showing at Houghton Hall this summer refelct the theme of our pop up: "A Fine Balance" and continue Steve's exploration of natural drying influencing green wood designs. Sculpted bases create physically interactive pieces which adjust according to surface finishes. As each piece dries the density and shape of the form changes causing the centre of gravity to adjust and reposition until fully dry. Ebonised ash vessels explore imperfections in the wood and celebrate characteristics by emphasising these imperfections with hand crafted repairs.

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LAURA HUSTON

Laura is showing a mixture of work some employing the technique of sgraffito to embellish the surface. Sgraffito means scratching a pattern into the slip, that has been applied to the leather hard clay body, to reveal the clay colour beneath. Her continual experimentation achieves subtle individuality.

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SUZI JOEL

Suzi Joel is a multidisciplinary artist based in Norfolk whose work explores the process of attachment. Drawn to the small and fragile, her work has always united conventionally incongruous elements and discordant materials such as wood and woven fibre or paper and cotton thread. Through this she invites ideas about interdependence, habitat, contextualisation and the nature of pattern or repetition. Her latest project repurposes wooden fragments collected from the North Norfolk coast where she lives and works. Suzi has worked with special needs children for many years teaching techniques for weaving and stitched textile work. She has exhibited in London and internationally.

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BLOTT KERR-WILSON

Blott Kerr-Wilson is an international sea shell artist. Ingrid Thomas, in the book The Shell, wrote “Kerr-Wilson is the most innovative shell artist working today.” Blott set off at full steam on her shell career in 1993 after winning a design competition in The World of Interiors magazine. Since then she has created works both privately and publicly worldwide.

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SUE KIRK

Sue's traditional and contemporary baskets are made from home using Somerset willow or willow grown here in the Eastern region. Her baskets are tough, lightweight and long lasting making them an excellent alternative to the plastic bag and with a vast array of designs there are plenty of styles to choose from.

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KATHARINA KLUG

Katharina Klug describes herself as a potter, artist, business woman and maker and is based in Cambridge. Originally, from Austria and brought up to work with clay - her mother being a well known potter in Austria. Her work as a ceramic artist focuses primarily on the exploration of shapes on the pottery wheel. This tool allows her to find endless variations on the vessel. She deliberately embrace imperfections in her surface pattern designs, drawing freehand onto the form using her trademark crayons. These hand-drawn lines make the work lively, rough, immediate and unique and preserve the moment of mark- making. Inspiration comes from little snippets of observation in her environment. Lines are jumping out at her in almost anything – stripes on cloth, wires and cables, plants and grasses, architecture and streets to name a few.

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TIM PLUNKETT

With a BSc in Environmental Science and involvement in direct action opposing the destruction of ancient forests and cultures, it is important to Tim that all his work is made from locally sourced wood. Entirely self-taught through trial (and often painful error) Tim strives to produce elegant, functional pieces with graceful uncluttered lines, for daily use the kitchen and table.

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AMANDA SUTTON

Amanda studied History of Art at Manchester University before, specialising in Furniture Restoration and Design at The London College of Furniture. She has painted murals for Simon Callow, restored frescos and sculpted fountains for Domaine d’Orves on the Cote d’Azur and created wonderful painterly effects for film director Ridley Scott in London. Having moved back home to Norfolk, Amanda is currently exploring the technique of verre églomisé through gilding, etching and painting on the reverse side of glass. Her verre églomisé pieces are available for interior and architectural applications. Some are available as pictures

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TOBY WINTERINGHAM

Toby Winteringham is a furniture designer and maker based in King’s Lynn. His work encompasses a variety of styles from elegantly simple statements to bold marquetry decoration. He combines original design ideas with innovative construction to produce striking pieces for any setting. He says: ‘To me design is like poetry: the stripping away of all unnecessary detail in order to leave an object in its purest form.’

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