Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Sue Fields: maker of ceramics and mosaics...and lover of turquoise!

We enjoyed spending time with Sue (on the left) at our recent launch party and finding out a bit more about her work and what inspires her.

"My love of clay has thrived over three decades and I still find the process of making exhilarating and rewarding," she says.

She graduated from Camberwell School of Art in 1983 with a BA (Hons) in 3D Design specialising in Ceramics and was then awarded a prestigious Crafts Council setting-up grant and bursary with which to establish her first studio.

"Over the intervening years, two children, ups and downs and general life experiences, I continue to make and sell my ceramics and have also developed a passion for creating mosaics."

Sue's most recent ceramic pieces are high-fired vessels in stoneware and porcelain and draw upon geology, organic forms and the natural world.

She makes her own glazes and describes herself as currently "in love with turquoise!"

She also creates colourful and decorative earthenware pieces featuring vibrantly painted surface decoration of faces, animals and foliage.

"I like to create the feeling of spontaneity in my brushwork, giving myself the freedom to encompass the space within the piece in a fluid, lyrical way," says Sue.

Finally, when she isn't making ceramics, Sue is smashing them up!

"My mosaics are made from a variety of materials, the traditional glass smalti and vitreous glass, but also ceramic pieces (some of which I glaze and fire especially) and reclaimed china," she says.

Sue's work features in our current exhibition "And Then Came Spring", which runs until Monday 27th May.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

And Then Came Spring!

Our first exhibition of the year is inspired by this line from Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of the works of Omar Khayyam and supports Sussex Wildlife Trust.

At the launch party, our customers welcomed the arrival of the new season with glasses of prosecco and canapes...

...and caught up with friends!

We welcomed five of the six new artists who are exhibiting with us for the first time.

We'll be introducing them to you here individually throughout the course of the exhibition but in the meantime, welcome to painter Georgina Moir....

...textile artist Diana McKinnon...

...ceramicist Sue Fields chatting with painter Richard Swann...

...and painter Suzanne Hennegrave in discussion with Jill.

As ever, we owe huge thanks to "Gallery Gals" Sally Gardner, Julie Janvrin, Susie Tomlin and Tiff Thomas for all their help on the day.

"And Then Came Spring" runs until Monday 27th May.