Sculptor Isabel Coulton, from South Brent, Devon is working on a chainsaw sculpture of meerktas at Paignton zoo. The group of meerkats is being carved from the stump of a Western red cedar tree near the Zoo’s meerkat enclosure. The stump has 8 cut-off trunks which will be turned into meerkats.
Despite the closure of crafts courses across the country, Plymouth College of Art is bucking the trend with a host of new courses in contemporary crafts, which are already recruiting high student numbers, and have been welcomed by the industry.
The New Territories exhibition features the work of recently voted-in members of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and helps to further blur the lines between art and craft.
Kenyan and Tanzanian beadwork from an Exeter collection will enhance the World Cultures displays when Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) reopens next year.
Spoon carver Jon Mac is part of the Ideford Arts on the Road group, who go on the road to exhibit their work in not-art venues to inspire other artists and encourage art lovers. Here’s his take on the process of going out on the road
The beauty of being a spoon carver is that my skills and the tools I use are easily portable. This gives me a wonderful opportunity to set up and work wherever I choose. I have given myself the challenge of using three simple tools of Nordic Origin: axe, knife and hook knife. These tools are all hand made by Nordic craftsmen. I have great respect for the skills used by First Nations and enjoy the fact that art and everyday objects are often one and the same. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with others and raising people’s awareness of traditional skills. The spoons I make have been described as beautiful little pieces of art. They are also of practical use and are designed to be used, handled and held.
Newlyn is Lincoln Kirby-Bell’s most recent adopted home after studying and working around the world, including Germany as well as Central and South America.
Ceramic artist Jenny Beavan’s is fascinated with water, and the geological changes it can create, and that fascination is borne out in the Water at World exhibition at the 45 Southside Gallery, Plymouth.