Archive for the ‘ceramic sculpture’ Category

katienetley1We are delighted that Katie Netley , a ceramic story teller, will be joining us this summer to exhibit in our garden. I loved her joyful and exuberant work the first time I saw it and will hope that she will bring a sense of fun and energy to the borders this summer to complement our plantings.


Katie has a BA (Hons) in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics (material practice) from Brighton University.

Katie majored in ceramics and graduated in 2011. She has been making sculpture ever since, mainly in clay carving, and is very fond of the use of colour.


She has a small workshop in her mum’s garden along the river in Godalming.

Katie loves learning about different cultures from far and wide, along with colour and pattern to create her work.

katienetley4Tantalising, bold, bright and outspoken; from ideology to technique, Katie Netley’s recent works have been focused on exploring the influences of totemic tribal artefacts.


Katie has developed a confident and honest approach towards expression, whilst playfully working through concerns such as: folklore in diverse cultures, the raw celebration of ritual, the significance of dreams, representations of organic life, geometric recurring patterns, the voluptuous female form and the liberal use of intense colour.

Katie undertakes private commissions for bespoke ceramic sculptures.




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Our week of Fringe events (31st may until 8th June 2014), unusually papery happenings and fantasy would not be complete without the very best artists,sculptors and generally wonderful people helping us, so we shall look in detail at the stars of our own particular show ! so first up is –

Sabine Dahn sabinedahnceramichicken

who will be joining us this year to offer a series of two very different workshops. The first workshop occurs during our Fringe week (1st and 8th June )- Prairie Hens in Paper Kilns is a two day workshop straddling two weekends. First make your ceramic hen and then fire it in a paper kiln a week later !Read more about what that course involves on our website and see what type of chicken  would light your fire !



The second workshop ,later on in the year (2nd August 2014) , is also about light and fire and will teach you how to make a porcelain light inspired by the garden. Please contact Sabine to book your place on these courses.


More about Sabine

The starting points for the functional side of Sabine’s work are oil lamps and the ritual use of fire and light. Light is symbolically used as a guide on the path of life as well as representing the omnipresence of the Divine.

Form and content of her work is inspired by a variety of different sources within the fields of mythology, ancient cultures and spiritual philosophies. The aim is to create an atmosphere of light that invites a peaceful reflective mind.


Sabine has expressed her love for ceramics by exploring its manifold techniques and characteristics with children, young people and adult learners for many years. Her aim is to generate in her students a sense of curiosity, exploration and joy and to support each individual in finding their own creative expression in clay.


Inspiration and Learning

Inspiration and learning  in working with people always happens in both directions and a group project a while ago led to the development of the fun ‘character hens’. These can be bought as they are, or can be commissioned for a special person with their own ‘peculiarities’ in mind! Or come and make your own at the ‘Prairie Hens in Paper Kilns’ event!Beginners  and more experienced potters are equally welcome

For more Information on the pottery events here at Sussex Prairies you can contact Sabine directly on sabine.dahn@talktalk.net   .

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babaracollinsimage3We are overjoyed that Barbara Collins will be returning to our garden again this year,not only to exhibit her fabulous pieces but this time to teach us all how to make some beautiful “Garden Jewellery.”

barbarcollinsimage4Bio :
Barbara Collins works and teaches from Circle Studio in Brighton.

She originally came to Brighton to study art and gained a degree in Three Dimensional Design specialising in ceramics.Following that she set up a workshop and spent the next few years exhibiting her one-off pieces widely both in the UK and overseas.

She has always loved the surface patterns and textures found in nature, and this combined with simple hand-built forms gives her work a quiet presence that encourages relection and relaxation.

At present she is working with simple plant – inspired forms for both exterior and interior use. these comprise flowers and pods mounted on wires and hanging mobiles.These are mainly in white although Barbara is beginning to introduce colour into her work again.

Barbara has always found the creative making process to be very relaxing and therapeutic and is passionate about helping others to experience this in their busy lives. In the past she has worked in schools, further education , adult education and with the disabled.
She now runs small intimate classes from her studio (and now also Sussex Prairies !) , a beautiful, calm space in which to switch off from the outside world for a while and explore your creativity with expert guidence.

barbaracollinsimage3Our Summer Workshops:Come and learn how to make beautiful ‘jewellery’ for your garden inspired by the plants at the Sussex Prairies Garden . Ceramicist Barbara Collins makes mobiles and flowers and will guide you through the process of designing and making your own using porcelain clay.

Dates: Saturday 15th June 2013 and Monday 1st July 2013.

Time: 10.30am until 4.30pm

Cost: £60

Please bring a packed lunch which you are free to enjoy in the garden. You will receive a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and homemade biscuits on your arrival. Thereafter you may purchase tea/coffee and homemade cakes from the  teashop .

Contact: To book please e-mail Barbara at info@barbaracollins.co.uk or call her on 07963 691369

Your completed work will be fired by Barbara at her Brighton studio and be available to collect from the Sussex Prairies Garden approximately two weeks later.
Directions how to find Sussex Prairies and to read more about this inspirational garden can be found on the website http://www.sussexprairies.co.uk

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Su Peta Cloud Fircone

A truly gifted ceramacist , Su Peta Cloud is currently exhibiting in our garden a range of her quite wonderful ceramic pieces that are totally sympathetic to our naturalistic style of planting. From the sculptural curves of the seedheads to the voluptuous pots and pods you will be swept away by these finely crafted ceramics.

Su Peta says : “Nature is my overriding creative inspiration. Living by the sea and surrounded by the countryside, I am enthused by the changing seasons which influences my work. Using different clays, exploring firing techniques, glazes and surface decoration.”

Background :

After finishing my formal art training in textiles, Su Peta  lectured at various Adult Education Centres in Hampshire and West Sussex on stencilling and decorative paint effects. she is now a tutor working for West Sussex County Council’s Enrichment Programme.

For the last ten years she has been a community artist, working with Chichester Festival Theatre on their community carnivals, Chichester Festivities lantern parades and working in various setting such as Children and Family centres, Hospices, Youth and Community centres and schools running workshops. She aspires to bring celebratory art to the local community by organising and producing such events, eg she set up Community Arts Bognor Regis in January 2010. The long term vision is to have a central venue to be able to exhibit, run workshops, showcase the talents of our community as a social enterprise.

Su Peta can be contacted through her website at www.sucloudceramics.com and by email at spcloud@btinternet.com.

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Our constantly changing garden gallery will see the arrival of this amazing ceramic sculptor ready for our opening season this year.

Ken Jaquiery in his own words :

“Nature is the great creator of beauty. Every trip out of the house is another opportunity to discover nature’s creations.

Sculptor Sarah Smith (who will also be exhibiting in our garden this season !!)  introduced me to clay as a medium for sculpting when I attended her Introduction to Sculpture course at the Field Studies Council’s Malham Tarn Field Centre. It is a medium that is pliable, can be carved, shaped by hand or tools and added to. I have found a medium that I can use to create art work of any size or shape I wish. In saying that, using clay doesn’t mean you can make anything with ease. Each piece of work that I have made, I have had to learn how to use the clay to get the result I wanted. Learning to use clay for sculpting will be an ongoing process.

I have also been inspired by the work of Monica Young.

Monica was a little lady who made big sculptural pots. Her style was similar to the lines and shapes I had been incorporating into the jewellery and bone carving I had made in the past. The scale of her work appealed to me too. Monica had built her pots by using the coiling method.  Coiling is a versatile and strong way of building pots, by controlling the drying of the clay, pots can be built to any size or shape. I have concentrated on learning how to coil clay pots, in the hope of being able to make work to the same scale as Monica.

I’m often asked where I get my ideas from. Nature and the world around me are my inspiration. When I come across something I like the camera enables me to bring an idea home and adapt it to my sculptures. Then from one idea I find there is no limit to the variations that grow from the first sculpture. I enjoy the challenge of making a sculpture and I get a great deal of pleasure from other people enjoying the result of my work. Just as body adornment can enhance a person’s natural beauty, sculpture can enhance the beauty of our homes. I aspire to create beautiful sculptures that can enable people to improve the aesthetics and ambience in their homes.”

More of Ken’s work can be seen on his website at www.kenjaq.com

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