After gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture) at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham,
Ruta Brown also studied silversmithing before setting up an independent jewellery studio.
Directly manipulating precious metals using hand tools and heat, Ruta Brown has developed a comprehensive personal vocabulary of form and texture. This supports the creation of a distinctive visual language that is expressed in a range of jewellery and small objects.
Drawn to the textural possibilities that can be achieved, Ruta Brown has specialized in the technique of reticulation. Directional heat is applied to forged, folded forms, each piece individually fabricated, in exploration of the structural limits of the metal, mainly sterling silver with 18 carat gold as added decoration. The results are a variety of intricate forms, often also incorporating stones and pearls, details evoking weathered fragments of flotsam, or other marine elements from the shoreline.
Angela has been a member of the Hampshire Artists Cooperative since it's inception at the Selborne Gallery in 2007.
After training in ceramics at West Surrey College of Art & Design, Angela went to work at Milland Pottery, near Liphook where she has developed a business around producing domestic earthenware pots and running sessions for all ages for people to gain an understanding of the processes involved in making pots - both hand built and wheel thrown. Birthday parties, Hen parties and team building sessions are all popular. Vouchers for the sessions are available.
Her pots are produced on the potter's wheel using red earthenware clay and decorated with coloured slips under a transparent or matt glaze. Different methods of applying the slips are used, from simple brush strokes to paper resist and slip trailing, sponge printing and 'splatting'. The functional wares have a transparent glaze, which means the pots are oven proof and dish washer safe. Recent pots are decorated with slip and then burnished, parts of the pots are glazed so they can be used as well as decorative.
Angela welcomes commissions for commemorative pieces to unusual one offs.
There is a small showroom at Milland Pottery where pots are on permanent display.
Each November Angela co-hosts a Contemporary Craft Exhibition and Sale at Milland Village Hall.
British Tapestry Group Member | City and Guild Creative Textiles |
City and Guilds adult education teaching | City and Guilds Counselling Skills.
I am a qualified adult education tutor teaching various textile techniques. I specialise in weaving both rugs and wall hangings. I also run The Loom Exchange which buys and sells second hand weaving and spinning equipment (www.theloomexchange.co.uk) I am the author of "Painting with Yarns" a guide to weaving a sampler of tapestry techniques.
I am an artist passionate about watercolour and how its unique qualities work to capture the beauty of the world we live in. My paintings are memories of places I know and love and the resulting image reflects my feelings and emotions about a place rather than identifying the subject itself.
After gaining a BA (hons) in Textiles (embroidery) at Loughborough College of Art and Design
I went on to study as an art teacher. My own creative work has always kept bubbling along in the
background. I now enjoy spending most days in the studio and encourage others to explore their creativity
in workshops and art classes.
My subject matter includes figurative and landscape pieces. There is often a narrative in the piece, a connection to a memory, or a feeling of nostalgia that connects on an emotional level through shape and colour.
I enjoy capturing the light, the colours, textures and the feeling of being outdoors surrounded by nature. I love to pay attention to the sounds, the details and shapes, the surprises and discoveries found in the countryside or other subject matter. This could be standing on the cliffs by the sea or on a regular walk with the dog on the edge of the city where I live, finding glimpses of wildness where nature isn’t tamed.
I work in acrylics, exploring details and surfaces. My process begins playfully, laying down colours and textures on to which the composition develops. Each piece evolves as I explore the subject matter and enjoy the discoveries. Paint is layered, sanded, scratched into and finally glazed and surfaced with a wax finish.
The world about us as seen through Toni's eyes is the world of humour. With whimsical cats, fanciful dogs, quizzical
sheep, curious cows,
luscious landscapes of the rural countryside, hidden harbours and mysterious ports as seen through his rainbow
Toni studied painting and illustration at Southampton College of Art after which he moved to London where he freelanced as an illustrator of children's books. He still works in this field currently working on a project for Club Morgan.
Over the years he has run several galleries in England and from 1982-85 Toni spent 3 years in Boston USA learning how to work in oils and running a gallery. Toni is also passionate about jazz and has played double bass professionally in many London jazz bands.
In 2007 Toni was invited to become chairman of the newly formed Hampshire Artists
Toni lives in Alton where he continues to exhibit and work on his painting and illustration.
Sue loves colour. She enjoys painting abstracts as well as more figurative and expressionist paintings but it is always
colour that is of most
importance to her. She believes that you do not choose colour but that colours choose you..
In fact, for Sue, the whole process of painting is more of a journey of exploration and intuition than a planned exercise.
Sue studied art at Richmond Adult College and has exhibited in London at The Adam Street Club and at Virgin Money in aid of The Samaritans and in The Harbour Gallery in Jersey and participated in Richmond ArtHouse and Surrey Artists Open Studios. She is delighted to be a new member of Hampshire Artists' Cooperative.
In an attempt at diversifying and developing her art, Sue is currently studying abstract landscape painting with Christopher Baker.
Maggie joined The Hampshire Artist Cooperative at its inception. She loves drawing and painting, first
from observation and then using
the drawings to create a larger, more imaginative, expressive and sometimes semi-abstract version. It
has been an exciting journey using mixed media but mainly working with watercolours, charcoal, graphite and
oils. She paints landscapes, people, flowers, abstracts and farm animals.
Maggie has exhibited at The Selborne Gallery in Selborne, Hilliers Garden Centre, nr Romsey, Oxmarket Centre of Arts in Chichester, The Grapevine Gallery & the Ringstead Gallery in Norfolk and the Hereford Gallery. She has also opened her studio with Hampshire Open Studios.
My paintings incorporate my main passions which are the personal space of gardens, nature and the wider landscape and my interest and curiosity about people and their emotions. The 'Positive Emotions' series is an exploration of affirmative and optimistic feelings. Paintings which suggest elements of pleasure, awe and wonder and creating a painterly 'world' of hopefulness. The landscape paintings are bold, expressive and semi-abstract with strong shapes and patterns which reflect elements found in the 'outdoors'. I love the flowing arrangements and repetitions of the patchwork of fields found in the countryside with the contrasting small detail of organic pods, stones and seeds found right under your feet or close to hand in the garden. I am inspired by the changing seasons and work hard to develop art that conveys this beauty and delight. I create figure sculptures inspired by the everyday where each figure has its own unique character, identity and personality. Often thoughtful, spiritual or just reflecting on a moment in life. Figures are coloured with underglaze which is layered and textured. I create figure sculptures where each has its own unique character and personality.
I create glass jewellery, glass homeware gifts and glass wall art. The techniques of kiln forming glass I use include
fusing, slumping, casting and kiln carving, I am also familiar with the hot glass technique of lampworking. I believe
my glass products and workshops bring colour and happiness to the people involved.
My unique jewellery range is distinctive, colourful and eye catching. I love to make my customers feel confident and individual. My quality homeware collections and art pieces will energize your style and bring a striking focus to your living spaces.
I take my inspiration from wildlife especially birds along with my travel adventures. This is expressed in my glass design through imagery, colours and textures.
Developing new skills and experimenting with the glass is an exciting part of my progress so you can expect ongoing new and original designs.
I graduated from Portsmouth College of Art & Design in the sixties and spent thirty years teaching Art & Design
in Portsmouth Schools.
I was Head of the Art & Design Department at Portsmouth College for 13 years. I have always been a practising
sculptor and since retirement
have been fulltime. I have sat on the Board of the Hampshire Sculpture Trust for the last twenty years.
I am able to work in a range of materials but my greatest enjoyment is working with stoneware clay; I like it for its immediacy, flexibility and versatility: it is able to be shaped and refined through all its stages of drying before final firing and glazing and further more I am able to produce forms in a variety of sizes .
Pieces develop organically from observation of form, attitude and movement in the natural world often taking the shape of stylised birds.
I also enjoy the challenge of commissioned work and meeting the needs of the client.
Tina Scahill is landscape painter who uses typography within the work to weave a story, a memory or a feeling.
Bringing the viewer into a picture and then see the image in a new way.
Notions of movement, space and travel through a landscape, glimpsing a moment and reflecting on that moment, reflecting on my existence your existence through the medium of paint.
Lucille Scott is an artist blacksmith creating hand forged metal items inspired by nature and her love for dance and music. She loves the fluidity of
metal when hot and how this can be frozen in time. For Lucille the appeal of working with iron lies in the traditional role of blacksmiths, the
permanence of their work and passing on this tradition to all around her. As a child, Lucille spent many a happy hour watching a blacksmith at
work, in her 20s he offered an apprenticeship but having just completed a BEd in Design and Technology at Goldsmiths College she decided to follow
the path of teaching. After 16 years in education her love of blacksmithing was rekindled prompting her to do some training at Hereford College of
Technology and set up her own workshop, "Little duck Forge" in Eastney, Portsmouth.
Lucille spends a good proportion of her time teaching in the forge, some of it just fun days out for whoever wants to have a go, some designed to foster a love of making in the next generation. She can be seen demonstrating using her kitchen sink hearth powered with a plastic bag at local museums, fairs and garden shows.
Her work is constantly developing, 2015 saw the launch of Earth, Water and Fire, a collection of work using materials born of the earth, inspired by the sea and made in collaboration with other artists using crafts that are fused together by the searing strength of heat.
I am 60 years old and formerly worked in the building industry. I have always worked with metal and I find it fascinating to see how it can be transformed into something beautiful, with a little ingenuity, the application of some heat and an array of hammers
My current works are based on the simple and humorous things in everyday life, and are often inspired by a phrase, saying,
childhood memory or 'what if?' situation.
Subject matter is created from various gauges of copper wire and mixed media, and given a three-dimensional effect when mounted.
Diverse work exploring the boundary between paint and print. Working with colour and texture to explore conflicting planes and balancing abstraction with realism. Her work is a journey, using any medium and tool to make marks. Each piece is rich in layers of colour, texture and structure so that the more you look into it, the more it reveals.
Alan studied art in the 60s and has earned his living by art and sculpture ever since. In his sculptures he seeks to capture the character and the fleeting moment of movement of his subject, whether it be a moon gazing hare or a duck in wellington boots.
Carolyn specializes in silk scarves, hand woven in complex patterns. Chinese silk yarn is bought in the undyed state and dyed by her to the colours desired for the next piece to be woven. Carolyn achieves her colours with both synthetic and natural dyes. Design Inspiration comes from the natural world.