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Meet The Makers - A chance to see artists at work in the Burton Gallery, Bideford

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 07, 2013

  • Spotted Meadow by Isabella Whitworth.

  • AT WORK: Clive Bowen shows off his ceramics.

  • JEWELLER: Helyne Jennings.

  • EAR, EAR: Open Pod Drops by Karen Adams.

  • RAINY SCENE: Bideford Rain by Rachel Sumner.

  • Dome Studs by Karen Adams

  • CRAFTED: Laminated paper brooch by Helyne Jennings.

  • BIRD-BRAINED: Discovering The Dodo by Rachel Sumner.

  • CONCENTRATION: Jewellery designer Karen Adams.

  • The Olive Ash Jewellery Box by Edward Wild. Picture: Daren Hull

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IF you are curious about the creative process, then head to the Burton Art Gallery. There's an exciting chance to meet six of the area's top artists over the next couple of months. You can watch them work, ask them questions and get top tips on their impressive skills.

Meet The Makers, which proved hugely popular last year, offers you the chance to chat to artists showcasing everything from pottery and printing to scarves and silk paintings.

"In the build up to Christmas there are craft fairs aplenty and we wanted to do something slightly different," said organiser Vic Lindo.

"We work with artists on a daily basis and have a good insight into their working practice, so it's nice to be able to introduce our audiences to a face behind the artwork so often admired."

You can find out what makes these artists tick on the following dates:

November 9: Helyne Jennings

HELYNE specialises in mixed media and creates laminated paper jewellery, embellished by block printing, machine stitching and gilding using metal leaf.

Born in Germany, she has travelled extensively and been exhibited all over the world including numerous appearances at the Chelsea Craft Fair. She has received commissions from bodies such as GlaxoSmithKlyne, Ferrer's of London and Dorchester Abbey.

November 16: Rachel Sumner

PAINTING directly onto silk is Rachel's forte, producing vibrant colours inspired by the natural world. She also uses weaving, felt making and dyeing to create scarves, shawls, cards and wall hangings.

As well as organic sights such as landscape and animals, local landmarks such as the Bideford bridges are common features of her work.

Hailing from Oundle, Northamptonshire, since earning a BA in fine art in Maidstone, Kent, Rachel has gone on to be exhibited in galleries across the South West and now plies her trade from her home in Northam. Our beautiful coastline, and the treasures its sea releases, are both the inspiration and materials for her creations.

November 23: Edward Wild

EDWARD'S speciality is furniture, combining contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship.

He uses wood with unusual characteristics, such as damson and spindle wood, from trees often taken directly from the forest.

A member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Edward's work has been displayed in a number of UK galleries. He trained with prominent designer David Savage, and now teaches courses at the maker's furniture school in Shebbear.

November 30: Karen Adams

JEWELLERY is the focus of Karen's work, and she uses a variety of techniques such as anodising and oxidising.

She likes to experiment with different textures and puts emphasis on colour, while retaining simple designs based on straight lines. All her items are hand-made, hence unique.

Since attaining a BA (Hons) in applied arts in 2000, Karen has set up her own studio in North Devon and has been exhibited across the UK.

She has also run workshops locally and taken part in North Devon's Art Trek.

December 7: Clive Bowen

CLIVE is a purveyor of all things earthenware, his wood-fired pottery reinterpreting the traditions of Westcountry craft.

His pots, made with Fremington clay, are wheel-thrown and decorated with local materials, the aim always being to produce functional, yet handsome, products.

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Clive has gone from being an apprentice at Yelland Pottery to being regarded as one of Britains's finest slip decorators.

Exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad, he has had a one-man show at the Tate St Ives and is the most requested potters on the online site Pottery Studio.

December 14: Isabella Whitworth

KNOWN internationally for her scarves and shawls in fine wool and silk, Isabella specialises in resist dyeing and often uses dyes grown by herself. She draws designs on paper first, then experiments on fabric, before beginning the final work.

A member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Isabella has frequent exhibits and is online features editor for The Journal For Weavers, Spinners And Dyers. She also teaches courses at West Dean College, Dillington House and the Ardington School of Crafts.

Meet The Makers runs each Saturday until December 14, 10am to 1pm. Admission free. Phone: 01237 471455, email: burtonartgallery @torridge.gov.uk.

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