The Blandford Avenue Marquee will open its doors once again in a beautiful garden setting. There will be ceramics, jewellery and prints to enjoy with a strong theme of the natural world in all the artists work ranging from Morna Rhyse's beautiful thought provoking landscapes to Dominic Harker's simlified flowers and leaves which make such a strong impact. Philippa Norris will have a range of ceramics, many hand painted with animals and flowers with an aim at the decorative and stylish whilst Sue Doughty will exhibit simple, beautifully set stones in silver.
Philippa Norris's ceramics are very much influenced by her imediate environment and a love of animals, ( especially whippets), a love of her garden, and Port Meadow. This year she has experimented with new decorating techniques, painting with coloured slips and carving through clay to reveal a second colour to create the design. Most of her work is slip cast in porcelain but each piece is hand finished and decorated so that everything is unique. The porcelain is a lovely white cheerful clay when fired creating a fresh, fine look. It is strong, oven and dishwasher proof and importantly waterproof in the case of the various vases she makes. Philippa has successfuly participated in artweeks for over ten years and her work can also be seen in November at the prestigeous Art at Christmas Show in Summertown.
During Art Weeks there will be a plant sale in aid a Flexicare, a local charity offering professional baby sitting for families with disabled children.
Philippa Norris studied Paper Conservation at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and worked as a paper conservator for museums, collectors, galleries and private people.
In more recent years she studied ceramics at Cherwell Valley College under the guidence of Graham Hudson and Jane Hanson. She loved it from day one and quickly settled on slip casting despite the complexities of the technique. She makes pots and objects for the love of it , each piece is hand finished and decorated, no two are ever identical.
Anyone is welcome to come and see her work by appointment when not open for art weeks.