Contemporary Crafts 2020

A carefully curated exhibition of work by local designers and makers (both our members and invited exhibitors) in a variety of materials, beautifully exhibited in the SouSouWest gallery at Symondsbury, from 3rd-21st September – open daily from Thursday-Monday, 10.30-4.30. We’ll be hosting some demonstrations too during the show.

Craft Demonstrations

Discover how traditional techniques and skills were used to create some of the exciting contemporary crafts seen in this Exhibition, demonstrated by three gifted craft maker/ designers. The demonstrations are free and no booking is required. They will take place outdoors in the courtyard, a few metres from the Lyme Bay Arts galleries, weather permitting, or inside where Covid-19 safety measures will be in place.

Thursday 10th Sept 10.30am to 4pm – Liz Kent, Artistic Woodturner

Watch Liz using a woodturning lathe to transform a branch of Ash or Oak straight from the tree into functional and novelty items. Liz uses mainly native British hardwoods to produce hand turned wooden bowls and vases, adding colour and texture as the piece develops. She creates interesting textures and effects which enhance or complement the characteristics of each piece of wood.

Sunday 13th Sept 10.30 am to 1pm – Dorset Buttons by Rosalind Atkins

Rosalind is a very experienced Dorset button maker with many years of both making and teaching buttony. She will demonstrate how to make simple cross-wheel buttons. From the mid 17th century, Dorset buttons were hand produced locally and formed on important part of the rural economy prior to the development of machine-made buttons in the mid 19th century.

Thursday 17th Sept 12 noon to 4pm – Ann Pengelly, Stained Glass Artist

Ann is a skilled stained glass maker and restorer. She has taught in Devon, Dorset and Somerset for the past 25 years. Ann will be demonstrating how stained glass panels are made, using different techniques and methods to construct the panel. First, she will cut the glass, then use copper foiling and lead before soldering the panel together. Each piece she creates is individual.

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