New for 2012- we've developed the little courtyard area outside the main gallery to showcase artists who create outdoor sculpture, ceramics and garden art.

 

Developed with artistic guidance from local sculptor Caro Sweet, and with care, nurture and inspirational ideas from the garden services team at FEAT of CLAY, it's now a pleasant haven where you can sit and relax, contemplate .... and just enjoy the atmosphere.

 

THE COURTYARD

SALLY GASTON
metalwork


Local metalworker Sally Gaston has added her galvanised ironwork plant supports, bird bath and bird table to the Courtyard at blue-ginger. Her rusty deer hides by a bush in the garden.

CARO SWEET, ARBS
sculptor


“My sculpture is a celebration of life. I am inspired by nature, belief and belonging and a sense of the ethereal in our natural world.” After recovering from a serious illness in 1997, Caro followed her deepest desire to become a sculptor and chose a classical training at The Frink School of Sculpture. She was Artist in Residence at this year’s Malvern Spring gardening RHS Show.

JAMES BALYLISS
stone mason, carver, letter cutter


James completed a course in advanced stonemasonry at the Building Crafts College in London, and won an award for the Best Diploma Student of the Year. “ My work takes me outside all the time, and it is from this that I gain my inspiration: from the human form to the natural beauty of our surroundings.

PETER GARRARD

stoneware bird houses


Peter graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 1st Class Honours degree in 3D Design, specialising in ceramics. He set up his studio in Gloucester in 2010 and has since exhibited locally. In 2010 he won first prize at the Affordable Garden Art exhibition at Showborough House, Twyning and had his work selected for The GFEST exhibition in London.

In 2011 he exhibited at Winchcombe’s Festival of Music and Arts and at Fresh Air at Quenington. He undertakes work for private commission. He is a member of The Cheltenham Group of Artists.

The bird houses are part of ‘The Ideal Home’ series. Peter’s initial inspiration was the vernacular architecture of the Cotswolds but he became increasingly interested in buildings from his travels and particularly by the decorative qualities of the Moorish buildings of the Alhambra and of Cordoba. Close study of the ancient Chinese brass vessels at the Ashmoleum in Oxford has also been influential. Peter’s hand-built bird houses have complex surfaces which are created through building up layers of textured slabs of clay. These are subsequently glazed up to three times to create a rich patina. The bird houses are made frost proof by firing to stoneware which renders them impervious to water. You can view Peter's work at www.peter-garrard-ceramics.co.uk

STEPHEN MCRAE
blacksmith


Ledbury blacksmith Stephen McRae has worked on large prestigious commissions in London and for the National Trust. He also makes wonderful affordable pieces with the same emphasis on quality and materials. You’ll find his metal water lily waterfeature in the courtyard at blue-ginger, alsong with plant supports, outdoor garden candelabra and delightful robin and snail plant supports and bird feeder hooks.

VICTORIA HARRISON
mosaic artist
" I grew up in the NE of England where I gained a Fine Art degree, specialising in Environmental Sculpture. Whilst a student i continued to find myself drawn to the vitality and versatility of the world of mosaics. My love of bold colour and my fascination with the qualities of light and texture are ideally suited to this medium. I was inspired by many ancient mosaics, their capacity to capture a distictive representation of natural beauty that stands the test of time."

VICTOR HUGO
terrcotta potter
Victor’s name always raises eyebrows, but OUR Victor Hugo hails from the Forest of Dean and makes superb terracotta domestic ware and garden pots and bird houses. Victor guarantees that his outdoor ceramics will survive frosts and extremes of temperature and their organic handthrown forms will delight any discerning palnt!