It is about to get rather busy around here!

I know that I have been quiet on here recently but don’t be fooled. The studio has been very busy and the kiln has been firing almost non-stop for weeks now. The reason? I am involved with three exhibitions in the next couple of months – all of them really exciting.

First up is Rooted. This is a group exhibition of work inspired by the Cornish China Clay Industry. It takes place at Wheal Martyn Museum and the work that I have created is different, experimental and fun. Please come along and see my work and that of a number of other great artists from Cornwall.

Artists taking part: Amy Cooper, Anthony Hosking, Bircan Harper, Bridget Macklin, Camilla Stacey, Demelza Whitley, Jacqueline Clark, Lisa Rennocks, Joe Fenwick Wilson, Lisa Rennocks, Lottie Matthews, Lucy Spink, Lynne Speake, Paula Downing, Rebecca Walklett, Reece Ingram, Sally Tully, Vanessa Penrose. 

Secondly, we have Shine. This is another group exhibition. This time with the Cornwall and Devon Cluster of Design Nation. It takes place in November at the Bedruthan Hotel on the beautiful north coast of Cornwall and promises to be an exciting showcase of the work of some of the finest and most innovative makers in Cornwall and Devon.

Finally, and most exciting of all, is Lepidoptera. The Royal Cornwall Museum invited me to work with their behind the scenes collections to create a solo show inspired by what they care for on behalf of Cornwall. I was bowled over by their natural history specimens and decided to focus on one small part – the butterflies. This is a hopeful exhibition about the collectors of butterflies and moths, their impact, then and now, and their legacy. It considers the current efforts in conservation and raises the question ‘would it matter if there were no more butterflies?’

This will be my first solo show and I am hugely excited by it!

Summertime

The theme for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition this year was Climate and, having made a number of new works for the Terra Mater exhibition at Tremenheere Sculpture Park I thought that I had the perfect piece. It seems that Alison Wilding RA the co-ordinator for this year thought so too because Planet Under Pressure was accepted and given a space in the Rotunda, Wohl Central Hall.

Planet Under Pressure

Imagine my delight when this piece sold before the exhibition has even opened to the public. Someone must share my feelings about poor old planet Earth! I am so happy that is has been bought and hope that it will spark many a conversation about this place that we call home.