Demonstrations take place at Babington Meadow on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm – the daily programme will be on display at the venue. The demonstrators are:-
Walter Keeler’s pottery is mainly domestic and functional salt glazed stoneware or more rarely earthenware. He trained at the Harrow School of Art, studying under Victor Margrie and Michael Casson and later returned there to teach.
He set up his first studio in Buckinghamshire in 1965 and has been at his current studio in Penallt in Wales since 1975. His influences he says, are Greek Pottery, Roman Glass, eighteenth century Staffordshire Wares and tin oil cans.
Mick Abbott is a full-time artist, dividing his time between Cambridge, Brittany and New York. He has a fascination and fondness for gardens, landscapes and medieval churches, which he paints using acrylic washes over finished pencil drawings and then works in pastels and acrylic paint. Mick was a full- time art teacher at Comberton Village College , Cambridge, for 22 years. He has also been an Artist -in-Residence at National Trust Gardens.
Bronte Photography – Emerging Talent
Bronte is a creative wedding, portrait and fine art photographer based in Redbrook, Monmouthshire.
“The day I picked a camera up was the day I discovered my voice; photography for me is more than just taking photos, my aim is to tell a story with the camera and create magic. I love working with my clients and meeting new people. I’m all about making people feel relaxed, comfortable and encouraging fun and creativity”.
Celestine and the Hare
Celestine is a fibre artist who needle felts small creatures from sheep fleeces. Each creature has an unique character, charm and mischief of its own.
Celestine has exhibited in a number of galleries in England and Wales and holds felt making workshops
Mary Cousins qualified as a journalist on an evening daily paper, later becoming a teacher of English as a Foreign Language at a college of Further Education and at a University, but attended pottery evening classes as career changes allowed.
Finally, when retired from teaching, she developed her ceramic career, writing about ceramic events and exhibiting her work in a number of galleries.
Wild and Precious Doodles are totally unique 'Memory Pictures' which are created in collaboration with artist Pip Falkner-Lee and the person commissioning the picture as a gift for a special person or occasion. Working together, they create a thoughtful and imaginative artwork which is completely personal and full of treasured memories.
Humble by Nature
In conjunction with Art in Penallt, Humble by Nature will be running printmaking courses for adults and children on Sunday 27th September. To find out more and book at www.humblebynature.com. Tel: 07941 309958.
Christopher Langley is an internationally recognised experimental and conceptual artist. Born and raised in Pontypridd, he lives in Cardiff, South Wales. He is involved in visual media including video, art and photography. His paintings have been displayed in a number of Cardiff’s top galleries, in addition to gallery exposure in London, Glasgow and two galleries in New York. He currently has six on going public displays in South Wales.
Made in Monmouthshire
Made in Monmouthshire celebrate the creative talents of local makers, the skills of local producers and their roles in keeping alive traditions that have shaped the landscape
Jantien attended Newport Art College in the late 1970s, but did not further her career at the time as she was too interested in being a “hippy”. She resumed painting after her children left home and now enjoys the privilege of being able to paint almost every day.
Her artwork has evolved from pencil drawings and carefully worked landscapes into a much freer and bolder style. She paints life as she sees it. Her inspiration comes from her roots, “the people and places I love – the farmers, the markets, the animals and the beautiful Welsh landscape that never fails to amaze me”
The work of Richard Wills reflects the contrast within the people and landscape of South Wales. His work includes portraiture, natural and industrial landscapes, sporting scenes and exploration of abstract images. Wills was born in the Wye Valley and trained in Newport, narrowly missing out national honours as a first class rugby player.
Wills has exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal West of England Academy, Royal Watercolour Society, Pastel Society, Wildlife Society and is a member of The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales. He uses oils to paint the hard landscapes of Wales and has also been described as one of the country’s leading exponents in watercolour technique.