For the next 3 weeks I have my work in the window display at the Guild of Ten gallery in Truro alongside the leather work of Penelope Sheard. As a member of the Guild we take it in turns to have our work in the window at different times of the year. It is an ideal time to showcase your work & any new pieces you may have created.
The Guild opened in 1979 exhibiting original craft work made in Cornwall. The gallery runs as a co-operative & is staffed by the members much like Back Road Artworks in St Ives. Each member will do duty days each month. I have been a member for several years now & find having an outlet in central Truro to be a great opportunity to show my work.
This window has an underwater theme…I found the wonderful wallpaper online. I thought it would be great to link the colours of the leather work alongside my obviously sea inspired metalwork & jewellery. The beautiful soft leather bags & accessories compliment some of the colours on my metalwork & the lime green in the wallpaper is picked up in a bold statement bag and purses.
I created a couple of my special seaweed collar pieces for the display. These larger pieces can be worn in a number of ways either complete with all the silver elements or in various combinations by removing/changing the order of the pieces and thus creating several necklaces in one!
The ‘Underwater Jewels’ framed metalwork piece was also made in time for this display. The larger metal ’tiles’ feature seaweed & sea creatures which I believe are like ‘jewels of the sea’. Created in copper & brass with etched details & heat/flux patination. A unique piece inspired by living by the Cornish coast.
The Guild of Ten actually has more than 10 members exhibiting now because there are so many talented makers in Cornwall! They show a range of work including ceramics, clothing for both adults & children, jewellery & metalwork, decorative & domestic ceramics all designed & loving made in Cornwall.
So if you would like to visit rather than just look in the window; the gallery is currently open Monday – Saturday 10am to 4pm and is situated on Old Bridge Street near the Cathedral in central Truro.