PERCY LIZZARD AND SHANE ALLEN JOIN KATHERINE KINGDOM OF ‘FAT BELLY POTS’ AS THE LATEST GUESTS AT STUDIO 3!

Two new artists at Studio 3, the first, the great Percy Lizzard, is only exhibiting until the 10th of August. Shane Allen, on the other hand, is there until mid-October which means I can take my time choosing from her beautiful jewellery collection.  I had planned to get this blog post out before Percy’s arrival in mid – July but the best-laid plans sometimes go awry, particularly where Covid is concerned.

 PERCY LIZZARD ARTIST  EXHIBITING UNTIL 10TH AUGUST 2022

Influenced greatly by his mother who sadly died when he was just twelve years old, Percy Lizzard applied for the Royal College of Art in his late teens. He studied drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpting and was tutored by some of the leading contemporary artists of the time.

Sadly his early career took a turn for the worse when the German architecture company he was working for went to the wall.

Needing to pay off his debts, he turned to teaching which led eventually to the Headship of a large secondary school and some time as an Ofsted Inspector although never a day went by when he did not indulge his passion for painting and drawing.

I’m sure Percy was an inspirational teacher and Headteacher because he revels in learning and sees it as a lifelong process. In an interview with https://www.littlevangogh.co.uk he says:

“I consider myself still – a learner……“I’m learning all the time – I’m experimenting all the time, and that is a great thrill.”

The interviewer describes Percy’s approach as collaborative and Percy as having an explorative mindset.

“Percy talks freely about his influences, weaving them reverently into descriptions of his own pieces. The old masters and contemporary artists that he draws inspiration from, feel as integral to his pieces as the actual subjects. Picasso, Matisse, Max Beckmann, John Bellany, Keith Haring, David Hockney; the echoes of these fellow artists resound through Percy’s work.”

Percy gives the interviewer an example, relating to a piece depicting Picasso’s mistress Dora Maar:

 “I saw a painting by Picasso which was just black and white……..It inspired me to do some black and white birds and they’ve come out quite nicely.

He talks to the interviewer about:

“……employing Matisse’s colour palette or tapping into Hockney’s flair for reinvention – using what he admires about their work to develop his own.”

Percy’s work can be found in many private collections at home and abroad, including Australia, the USA, Canada and India.  Some of his paintings hang on the walls of “Restormel Manor”, Prince Charles’ residence located in the Fowey Valley, Cornwall. They were bought by Annabel Elliot for the refurbishment of the estate early in 2019.

His paintings are influenced by the natural world and faraway destinations such as India and the Far East. They typically feature brightly coloured birds, plants and animals.

Percy does both small and large framed work, I love these small pieces just as much as the large.

Talking about his work Percy says:

“…..there’s no big secret about it – there are no hidden messages. It’s about being happy, colourful, bright. Enjoyment, that’s what drives me.”

The simplicity, the beautiful vivid colours and the ease with which you can engage with his work are just some of the reasons that I find Percy’s work so appealing and I can’t wait to see it.

Percy has recently volunteered as a manager, overseeing exhibitions at Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s gallery. He has plans to alter the length of exhibitions, make the exhibiting process more equitable and encourage young local talent. In terms of values, he shares a lot with Studio 3. Listen to him talking about this new role on the right.

If you’d like to know more about Percy, check out his website:  https://percylizzard.art. He is also on Instagram: @percylizzard. He can be contacted by email: percy@percylizzard.art

N.B. I had never heard of Little Van Gogh but being a huge Van Gogh fan, I was really interested to find out more. Their mission is to provide high-quality, original artworks to offices and working environments thereby giving people at work the opportunity to discover a diverse and talented range of artists and ensuring that emerging artists get the success they deserve in their lifetimes. Sadly, not the case for Van Gogh whose success was posthumous but who is now viewed as one of the most influential twentieth-century artists. I love this concept and have already sent links to several artist friends. Check it out for yourself: https://www.littlevangogh.co.uk

SHANE ALLEN ARTIST/JEWELLER EXHIBITING UNTIL 8TH OCTOBER 2022

I’m very drawn to Shane’s work so hearing her talk about it with such passion endeared me to it, and her even more.

Shane learnt the basics of silver smithing with Kim at the Bristol Folk House then started making jewellery to sell when she gave up Yoga teaching after thirty years. For those who have never heard of the Folk House, it’s an adult education centre that provides courses and workshops that engage the local community. The cafe provides fantastic organic food and a space to get together before and after classes. It is also open to the public and is the perfect place for those seeking a relaxed and friendly place in Bristol city centre. Live music and festivals happen throughout the year, as well as markets, events and exhibitions. You can check it out here. https://www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk

Shane started selling her jewellery in London in 2018 at a Christmas Craft Sale. The wonderful response that she got from buyers gave her the confidence to take a stall at the Tobacco Factory Market and at our very own Clevedon Sunday Market, although lockdown halted this and she has only recently picked up the reins again.  She is very excited to be exhibiting at the Clevedon Craft Centre and is building up to sell more online, and creating a website, although she does miss selling directly and meeting her customers.

Shane is at her happiest playing with metal, using bright bare silver, copper and brass, in combination with various methods of patination, texture and shape, she loves to explore striking contrasts, and create eye-catching, but elegant, durable and wearable jewellery which is very different.

Making by hand – cutting, shaping, heating, hammering, and joining, allows her to experiment, respond and interact intimately with the material she is working with. Some of the effects are long-lasting, some are surprising, fleeting and difficult to capture…and all the more exciting for it!

Shane’s joy in the process of designing and making is palpable and her work is stunning. I‘ve got my eye on the heat-patinated copper earrings with the silver blob.

If you’d like to know more about Shane, she is on Instagram: @shaneallendesign and she can be contacted by email: shanedallen@outlook.com

And finally, a reminder that Fat Belly Pots are still exhibiting.

KATHERINE KINGDOM:  “FAT BELLY POTS” ARTIST EXHIBITING UNTIL 10TH SEPTEMBER  2022

Allow yourself to be drawn into Katherine’s work. Her oddly Medieval-looking pieces are worth spending time with. The more you look, the more you begin to question, and that’s where the fun begins.

Katherine works in a shed in Newbury. She has a background in ceramics and teaching, making and mending, poking about in museums, mothering and general pottering. She also keeps a lively sketchbook and all of this feeds into her work.

Each piece is hand-built out of clay and fired to 1230C. She uses a mixture of applied, incised and hand-modelled detailing and adds colour using brush-on glazes, underglazes, slips and oxides. The surface is reminiscent of ancient frescos, with hints of the everyday and other, often slightly perplexing goings-on. The toned-down colours, rough edges and lack of uniformity add to this ancient quality. A quality which is often delightfully at odds with the subject matter.

“The work I make is small, carefully crafted and delights in imperfections. I spend time with each piece considering how to best show its character. Not cleaning up and hiding its individuality but looking for ways of emphasising that which it is. I throw and tear and stick, working with both plan and chance then look and think and hunt for possibilities. From these possibilities, characters and stories evolve.”

To purchase or commission work directly from Katherine, to organise a pottery party, a demonstration, workshop or talk, or to be added to her distribution list, you can email her mailto:fatbellypots@gmail.com

If you’d like to know more about Studio 3, you can check it out here: www.studiothree.art and these are the contact details: Studio 3, Clevedon Craft Centre, Clevedon, BS21 6TD Telephone:  07557331967 E mail: studiothree111@gmail.com They are also on Instagram @ studiothree_galler

A quick reminder of the opening times which it’s worth mentioning are not the same as the Craft Centre: open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and Sunday from 11.00 am to 4 pm

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