Beautiful, unique hand built ceramics and sculpture on show in Watlington's historic Methodist Chapel and garden. Pieces for sale range from jewellery, mirrors and candlesticks, to abstract indoor and outdoor sculpture; all created in stoneware clay using a dry finish glaze to give textured surfaces reminiscent of natural lichens and moulds, or rusts and patinas on metal. Andrea is inspired by the ancient symbol of the spiral, and also by nature and man-made mechanisms. The venue is large and airy, and will be well ventilated with a one way system and track and trace in operation. Open every day (times below), and Andrea will be on site 15-17 and 21-23 May. Also on show will be work from 3 other artists in a range of media, as well as live demonstrations to launch our new ArtsHUB initiative to offer creative workshops for adults and children.
From a young age Andrea has always been a keen maker and craftworker, but it was only after taking a ceramics evening class in her mid-twenties that she fell in love with the medium of clay. She continued with informal classes for a year or two before completing a City and Guilds Ceramics course at Kingsway College, North London and becoming an artist in residence at Fortismere Secondary School for 3 years. It was there that she developed her style of handbuilt high-fired stoneware ceramics and first started exhibiting her work, while also teaching ceramics to staff and students.
Since then, in between dull but necessary administration jobs, Andrea has been a theatrical prop maker and peripatetic art workshop teacher in schools and managed to keep her hand in with her own ceramics until settling in Oxfordshire and re-launching her work properly again.
Over the years Andrea has explored a wide range of different creative disciplines in addition to ceramics, including photography, stained glass, mouldmaking and casting, wire sculpture, mosaic, metalwork and life drawing, but her favoured medium is still clay.