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Of contraction and expansion

This months sees some changes afoot in our little artist collective OWL, with one member leaving and another one joining.

We are sad to say goodbye to ceramicist extraordinaire Hans Borgonjon, who is off to pastures new and ambitious, and welcome back Anja Grix from Knopf Designs, who makes inventive and clever use of broken crockery in her jewellery and gifts.

Many Frome folk will know Anja already from when she sold her work through her studio shop a Black Swan Arts and other shops in town.

Anja Grix Knopf DesignsAnja’s materials of choice

We’ve decided to go with the flow and embrace all this change by giving the shop a bit of a makeover. We’ve ripped out the existing laminate flooring in the main section, a job long overdue, as it was beginning to peel up all by itself and was becoming a bit of a trip hazard. We now have a freshly painted floor and walls, lending the shop a fresh and spacious feel which sets off all our work just so!

taking-up-floorAnd so it begins…

work-in-progressWork in progress

shop-interior-for-blogA fresh start!

We also welcome blacksmith John CollinsĀ  of StraySparks as our window guest artist for the next couple of months. John’s succesful business is growing steadily, and he now employs two locals to help him produce his award winning range of funtional objects and garden sculptures – all hand forged in Somerset!

John Collins Stray Sparks‘Fern’ (detail), garden sculpture by StraySparks

I too have added to the excitement by introducing some new 2-dimensional work, which has gone down well. These pieces build on the colour experimentation I have indulged in on & off recently, and are loosely based on some sketches of the Pembrokeshire coast I did whilst on holiday last year.

framed-feltSome of my smaller, framed work

Come and see for yourself! We’re on 33 Catherine Hill, open Tues-Sat, 10am – 5pm and the first Sunday of every month for the Frome Independent market (Mar-Dec only).

 

Wall-detailWall is looking good, with wire work by Mel Day, pottery by Steven Jenkins of Hogweed Pottery fame, and jewellery by Anja Grix of Knopf Designs

 

 

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