Amy set up an online shop and art glass studio in 2009 after a career in mental health. In a remarkably short time she has build up a thriving studio with a steady stream of commissions and a busy exhibition diary. Last year she participated in Devon Open Studio for the first time, and received nearly 70 visitors.
Melanie Beer paints with acrylics using loose brush strokes to capture her local land and seascape in a painterly, impressionistic style. She has also recently begun to work with fused glass to create the movement, colour and flow of the ocean. She has had several commissions already.
Kirstie is a recently self-employed artist who is a part time Fine Art student at Plymouth College of Art. Since starting the course her inspiration had changed from design-led, designer/maker crafts, to emotionally fed conceptual art.
Francesca graduated with a Fine Art Degree from the Arts Institute at Bournmouth in 2007. She currently manages the art gallery, Gloss, in Exeter and creates her work in her spare time.
Devon Artist Network had announced the winners of its five Emerging Artist Bursaries for Devon Open Studios 2011.
A free exhibition of beautiful new sculpture and drawings by one of Britain’s foremost sculptors in wood comes to Devon.
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.