Pam Franklin has had a studio at Potato Town for over 20 years. Pam and John shared a studio set up many years ago in Winchester and that has been the core influence behind the blue print for PotatoTown. It is a place dedicated to their own practise and to the support of others. It has become a communal home for the arts, a shared space for the exhibition of artwork and the education of creativity, through classes and events. Due to Covid 19, we are very sorry this year not to be able to exhibit; Ruth Shaw Williams, Ella Clocksin, Sophie Thompson, Barnaby Lea and Lesley Wildman. We do hope to exhibit their work at a later date and resume watercolour classes held here by Ella Clocksin. We plan to develop and increase the classes available at Potato Town, including, introducing classes held by both Ruth Shaw Williams and Pam Franklin. Social distancing will be taken into account in the organisation and running of these courses. If you are interested in the developments happening at Potato Town and want to be kept informed about any further classes, please feel free to email us at www.potatotown.co.uk
Currently, Pam and John are in the transition and process of converting Potato Town. So far, what was their workshop has now become their home, and what was their home is in the process of becoming an additional space to host guests participating in courses, and/or a retreat for those interested in this part of rural Oxfordshire.
Pam Franklin’s work can be seen at Darl-e and the Bear in Woodstock - www.darleandthebear.co.uk
In her work, Pam uses gesso, an established practice used traditionally for fresco’s. She uses the old fashioned method of glue and chalk to create and mix her own gesso which she then uses on board. It is an ancient craft, dusty and messy, but when finished, it creates a bone, white, crisp beginning to paint on. Gesso’s porosity makes it hungry for colour, and this base allows Pam to add many layers of washes and paint to soak into the surface, which can then be sanded or scratched into. Pam’s fascination with the physical practice and performance of this technique has become increasingly more important and significant to her over the course of her years as an artist.
During the renovation of Potato Town, Pam has been working in a temporary, smaller studio and the images of hers show work in progress. In a period of experimentation, Pam has been trailing different techniques, including the tracing and cutting up of thin paper and the use of rice glue. One image shows the method of covering large pieces of paper with marks. This offers a compressed energy, a sort of shorthand when arranged as a literal subject.