Meet The Maker – Elizabeth Terzza

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Elizabeth grew up in Yorkshire and is currently based in Hereford; her interest and awe for the British countryside are instantly recognisable throughout her collections of handmade, contemporary jewellery.

elizabeth-terzza-sycamore-seed-earringsIn her studio, she surrounds herself with pinecones, sycamore seeds and all the botanical treasures she gathers from her woodland walks in Herefordshire.

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Forever collecting and taking note of her rural surroundings, Elizabeth is drawn to the silhouettes and simplicity in nature; the smooth lines in leaves and subtle textures of tree bark.

elizabeth-terzza-sycamore-seed-necklaceShe adopts these qualities and creates elegant, silver jewellery with an essence of tranquillity that rests softly against the skin of the wearer.

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Since graduating from Hereford College of Arts in 2012, Elizabeth won a placement with Alloy Jewellers and she has exhibited and sold her work widely through galleries across the UK.

e-terzza-leafy-ringElizabeth is currently exploring, designing and working towards producing new collections, watch this space!

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Meet The Maker – Tom Smith

Tom Smith - Artist

Tom Smith – Artist

Tom is a self-taught artist from the Nottinghamshire countryside who makes handmade wooden sculptures that are inspired by nature using the natural characteristics of a wide range of responsibly sourced hardwoods.

Tom first works on his designs then lays them out on the wood

Tom first works on his designs then lays them out on the wood

In 2014 Tom’s work made it to the final round of judging in the David Shepherd Wildlife Trust Wildlife Artist of the Year and was included in the competition catalogue.

Individual layers are then glued up and finished with white polish

Individual layers are then glued up and finished with white polish

His work has also been featured in Craft & Design Magazine and on Nottinghamshire TV where he was interviewed live on the 6:30 Show.

Dry fitting the wenge details in the feathers

Dry fitting the wenge details in the feathers

 

Finished life size Barn Owl on Tom's bench in his workshop

Finished life size Barn Owl on Tom’s bench in his workshop

The technique Tom uses is called “intarsia”, which involves using pieces of wood of different size, shape and species which are stuck together to create something similar to a mosaic with an illusion of depth.

Goshawk Feather

Goshawk Feather

The different pieces of wood are carefully selected for their colour, grain pattern and texture so that there is no need for paint or stain. All of the colours you see are the natural colours of the woods.

Various feathers

Various feathers

After carefully selecting the woods, each individual piece is cut, shaped and finished with white polish both to protect the wood and enhance the natural characteristics. Areas of the pattern are raised or lowered to create more depth.

Life size Barn Owl Feather

Large Barn Owl Feather

The final part of the process for Tom is to glue all the individual pieces together; a bit like a jigsaw.

We are now showcasing this amazing life size Barn Owl in Heart Gallery

We are now showcasing this amazing life size Barn Owl in Heart Gallery

We are delighted to be showcasing Tom’s work as part of our The Way Through The Woods Exhibition, Summer 2015. His work is stunning and he is such a perfectionist with every piece thought through from design to completion with precision.

Tom and myself with a selection of his amazing work at the launch of The Way Through The Woods, 16th July 2015

Tom and myself with a selection of his amazing work at the launch of our                       Summer 2015 Exhibition The Way Through The Woods, 16th July 2015

Here are some of Tom’s videos shot whilst making his large Barn Owl feather you can see on the Heart Gallery wall behind us and I know you will find them really interesting:

Meet The Maker – Charlotte Hupfield

Charlotte Hupfield - Ceramicist

Charlotte Hupfield – Ceramicist

Charlotte graduated from Coventry University in 2008 with a BA Hons Degree in Surface Decoration. Charlotte used her time at Coventry to to explore and specialise in ceramics.

Large Bonsai Dish

Large Bonsai Dish

Having always been attracted to natural surroundings and organic surfaces, Charlotte is drawn to the textures within the world around us. Her work explores the landscape and the detail of many different natural surfaces.

Curved panel

Curved panel

 

Curved panel

Curved panel

Whilst concealed amongst these surroundings, Charlotte feels relaxed and at home. She finds it amazing to see the changes in rocks and coves caused by weathering and erosion from the sea.

Organic Meadow Plate

Organic Meadow Plate

Charlotte loves the bumpy and colourful linear patterns found within fields and hills, and the surfaces in nature where no two marks are ever the same – it is this particular aspect that her ceramics connect to.

Blue Breeze Curve

Blue Breeze Curve

Before constructing the ceramic forms, Charlotte produces mixed-media drawings and prints, which inform the surfaces of the clay.

Coaster sets

Coaster sets

Charlotte’s interest and passion for ceramics is growing rapidly the more she experiences new ideas, and for every piece of work that she finishes.

Oval Bonsai Tree

Oval Bonsai Tree

Charlotte is fascinated by the qualities of the material and likes to keep her work full of excitement. She relishes in constructing an object using her hands to thoroughly engage with what she is making.

Small Butterfly

Small Butterfly

Each piece of Charlotte’s work is hand built and glazed with love using locally sourced materials. Charlotte’s pieces are then fired in an electric kiln up to 1260°C and can be used for interior and exterior display or function.

Small panels

Small panels

 

Sunday December 7th

Blurry hearts

Meet Katie Stone, a jeweller inspired by the beauty of nature whilst being outdoors on walks, visiting beaches and camping holidays with her family.

Katie Stone - Jeweller

Katie Stone – Jeweller

Katie’s collection for us is all about the fun side of jewellery, creating little characters and bringing them to life.  Her jewellery is beautifully designed and  handcrafted, creating little pieces of joy and all her creations are hallmarked with her maker’s mark …  a little bee.

Dec 7th Katie Stone

Meet the Maker – Lucy Burley

Lucy Burley - Ceramicist

Lucy Burley – Ceramicist

Following a career in television production, Lucy began making pots in 1992. After graduating she set up in a shared studio in Battersea and began to make and sell work at open studios and local craft fairs when Lucy was also a member of London Potters.  In 2000 Lucy moved to Farnham and her studio is still in Hampshire today

Vessels - Lucy Burley

Vessels – Lucy Burley

Lucy’s work is thrown on the wheel using white earthenware clay (and sometimes stoneware, with crystalline glazes). Lucy is constantly aiming for harmony of form and colour and enjoys experimenting with a base glaze of her own formulation to make a wide spectrum of colours – mostly subtle and fairly muted, but some more vivid.

Vessels - Lucy Burley

Vessels – Lucy Burley

Lucy makes functional and decorative vessels: bottles, vases, bowls and jugs partly inspired by the still-life paintings of Giorgio Morandi: She wants her vessels to have the same sense of being in family groups, related but not identical. Lucy strives for the simplicity and quiet conveyed by his pictures of groups of bottles and other vessels.

Vessels - Lucy Burley

Vessels – Lucy Burley

The inspiration for Lucy’s colour palette comes from nature: flowers, fruit, the landscape.  The colours she mixes are those of the sky, seashore, precious stones, plants and trees depending on the season.

Vessels - Lucy Burley

Vessels – Lucy Burley

Lucy will also use shades of dove grey, chargoal and ivory which we will showcase at Heart Gallery in 2015.

Vessels - Lucy Burley

Vessels – Lucy Burley

As Morandi said, “What interests me most is expressing what is in nature, in the visible world”.

Bowls - Lucy Burley

Bowls – Lucy Burley

We are delighted to bring Lucy’s vessels to Hebden Bridge and hope that you get a chance to call in to see them soon x

Jugs - Lucy Burley

Jugs – Lucy Burley

 

Meet The Maker – Teresa Winchester

Teresa Winchester - Artist

Teresa Winchester – Artist

Teresa is a printmaker who lives and works in Brighton on an ancient Columbian press dating back to 1842 at the BIP studio in Kemptown.

Teresa's studio

Teresa’s studio

She studied printmaking at Goldsmiths and has returned to working on lino prints in recent years after painting for some while.

Lino printing

Lino printing

Tipu's Tiger lino print

Tipu’s Tiger lino print

Also a storyteller there is an element of magic narrative and a sense of the dream world in her prints, which are sometimes inspired by the books Teresa read as a young girl.

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

Some themes are traditional with a unique twist, and others do not have a text but aim to spark memories and individual ideas.

Running With

Running With

Images are created from imaginary worlds often recalling that place before sleep where girls dance with hares and rabbits garlanded with red flowers race through dark forests.

Witch Hare

Witch Hare

And the moon is always shining.

Run Rooster

Run Rooster

A love of the natural world and the beauty of plant and animal life enriches the work.

Spring Dance

Spring Dance

We are really happy to announce that we now have Teresa’s greetings cards in stock and there is a huge range of her designs to choose from.

Cat At Play

Cat At Play

Plans are being made for a solo show with Teresa in 2015 when we will have a lovely storytelling evening with her and Hebden Bridge’s very own and very talented storyteller Ursula Holden-Gill. If you want an exclusive invite to this evening you must leave your name and address and/or email with us next time you visit or email me at heartgallery@btinternet.com, thank you Alison x

 

Meet The Maker – Katie Stone

Katie Stone - Jeweller

Katie Stone – Jeweller

 Katie Stone’s silver jewellery reflects her love of the animal world and nature. She spends many hours outdoors with her husband walking, camping and having picnics by the sea…this is what inspires her.

Badger necklace

Badger necklace

Badger ring

Badger ring

Her pieces start out as original drawings, which she refines to simplified, friendly animal shapes.

Hedgehog necklace

Hedgehog necklace

Katie then recreates her drawings in silver and engraves all the detail by hand, which is then oxidised to give deeper contrast.

Dog necklace

Dog necklace

Dog footprint ring

Dog footprint ring

Katie’s pieces have a delightful character that any animal/nature lover would adore with some having small moving parts.

Rabbit necklace

Rabbit necklace

Heart Gallery adores Katie’s work and hope that you do too … silver jewellery, inspired by nature with a hint of humour to raise a smile x

Frog cufflinks

Frog cufflinks