The last exhibition celebrating our 60th anniversary will be full of unique gifts, perfect for everyone’s Christmas wishes. There will be a wealth of new work from our 350 members featuring recent and established members across the applied arts; ceramics, glass, furniture, metal, paper, silver, textiles and wood.

Focus highlights include Ane Christensen’s launch of her new series of one off metal wall pieces, Ikuko Iwamoto with her inspiring lights and Hannah Louise Lamb with her innovative range of jewellery. Elizabeth Swinburne with her stunning sculptural glass pieces and Sun Kim with her beautifully thrown tableware, alongside the launch of Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling’s carved figurative works. Cathy Miles continues to develop her large scale story telling pieces while Donna Wilson’s playful textile creatures entertain.

In addition to our team who are always happy to assist and inform, we will be celebrating Christmas with a series of free demonstrations and talks. These will include artists such as Carol Farrow working with paper, Robert Cooper working with ceramics, Susie Thomson weaving in willow and Susie Freeman creating structures in textiles. These demonstrations are open to all, please see dates and times for these below.

We do hope you will be able to join us. Contemporary Applied Arts has all the answers to your Christmas wishes. We will be inviting people to leave their wish lists for family and friends in the gallery and tying it, with their name, to our Christmas tree. In thanks for your new or continued support to the gallery throughout our 60 years, a name will be randomly selected from the tree on the 23rd December to receive a special Christmas gift.

We look forward to seeing you over the festive period and wish you all a Happy Christmas & Prosperous New Year.

Demonstrations and Talks

Carol Farrow - Paper

11th & 12th November, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Susie Thomson - Willow
24th & 25th November, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Susie Thomson creates elegant hand woven willow baskets, incorporating a synthesis of German traditions and English basket weaving techniques.  This very personal fusion has been combined with the additional elements of naturally coloured (un-dyed) un-peeled willows, to accentuate the tightly woven patterns and rhythms within her organic forms.

Susie Freeman - Textiles
21st & 22nd November, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Susie Freeman is a textile artist who has exhibited widely around the world. Her work is in the form of clothes, fabrics and framed pieces constructed with a unique pocket technique. These transparent pockets contain a plethora of objects ranging from shells, stones and sequins to tiny photographs, packaging and pharmaceuticals.
Dorothy Hogg - Jewellery
20th November & 1st December, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Dorothy Hogg trained at Glasgow School of Art and went on to graduate from the Royal College of Art, London with a Master of Design. Her aesthetic is driven by her subconscious mind and reflects in an abstract way the events and changes in her life.

Robert Cooper - Ceramics
8th & 9th December 11.00am - 6.00pm
Each one of Robert Cooper’s complex, quirky, exuberant vessels is like a time machine taking you on a whistle-stop journey through ten thousand years of the history of world ceramics.  From the earthworks of Neolithic Britain via the tea-houses of ancient Japan to the pottery factories of twentieth century Staffordshire and then on to the future of contemporary studio ceramics these pots encapsulate a rich and varied itinerary of reference material.



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