Jethro Jackson is invigorated and inspired by the sea. Working from his studio in North Cornwall he is bounded by the ocean and time spent in these surroundings forces an impulsive, almost tidal creativity. His bold, painterly pictures appear to be lit from within, perfectly capturing the mood, tone and unique ambiance of the wild coast as it varies with the tides and changing seasons. Intensive periods of creativity are followed by calmer phases of consideration where the artist will stand back, observe and adjust colours and marks until the image is complete.
Collected moments have resonated with the artist, leaving an indelible trace on his subconscious. Each image is loaded with visual mementos taken from these experiences in the landscape. Walks along the clifftops as a storm approaches the islands off Pentire, illuminated with fiery sunlight; the rolling grey seas and shafts of aqua light hitting the waves, these colours inevitably find their way into a painting, subtly resting beneath the perpetual haze of pale blue and grey. Every image is the result of considered yet totally compulsive process of decision making and decisive creative action.
Hamish Mackie is one of Britain’s top wildlife artists. Hamish has been sculpting since 1996 and has works in public and private collections around the world.
His sculptures are cast in bronze or silver as limited editions, each signed, dated and numbered. Hamish sculpts from life where possible; which allows him to capture the essence of his subject. The selection of sculptures on show at Porthilly Gallery capture the life and vitality of Cornwall and it’s wild surroundings.
Tim Andrews has gained an international reputation for his distinctive smoke-fired and raku ceramics. He makes individual raku work – black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips.
The pieces are usually thrown, although some new work is hand-built. Bisque-firing is in a conventional gas kiln to 1060C. Many pieces have a ‘resist’ slip and glaze applied and are then fired in a ‘top hat’ fibre glass kiln to around 1000C, before removal when red-hot to a smoking chamber. When cold, the resist glaze is chipped off and the pot cleaned up and waxed.
The unique character of Paul Jackson’s ceramic work derives from his process of working the clay. Each form is first thrown on the wheel, using white earthenware as the base, which is subtly altered in form – giving an individual character and strength which is defined by an intuitive manipulation of the material. The journey continues during the next stage where the forms are adorned with decoration.
“The pot’s elegance and sense of balance grow directly out of my concern for harmony between form, colour, and the painted surface.”
Recently Paul has diversified in his working methods, using local stoneware and porcelain in a salt glaze kiln. This has given rise to a new way of making which celebrates the glaze effects and qualities of the materials in their own right, whilst clearly referencing the rock formation, landscape and coastline of North Cornwall.
Chris Prindl is an experimental ceramicist based in North Cornwall.
He creates beautiful vessels using various gas and wood firing techniques – a skill he honed whilst completing a two-year apprenticeship in Japan. Chris’s appreciation of clay and its many forms has evolved from a dedicated process of making and experimenting. His series of salt-glazed ‘Moon Jars’ epitomise this feeling of creativity and the result is a beautiful collection of functional vessels in an unusual array of colours and textured glazes.
Chris often works collaboratively with Paul Jackson, firing their colourful creations in the wood-fired kiln they built together in Paul’s garden at his Helland Bridge Studio.
Jack Doherty creates elemental vessels that are deeply connected to the sea and the body of work on display at Porthilly Gallery draws upon his reflections as the last in a generation of fishermen.
Jack’s personal travels from the north coast of Ireland to the southern shores of Cornwall have filtered into his soda-fired vessels and his beautiful pots are linked to their function but they are not restricted to their usefulness, these are vessels for drinking, for sharing, for display and for storage.