Weavers Gallery in Ledbury will be hosting an exhibition of four creative makers from Monday, November 29th until Sunday, December 5th offering a range of unique items made from stone, wood, glass and print.
Each of the artists in the Over The Hills quartet is working with techniques and materials dating back thousands of years, bringing their contemporary outlook into their work.
Peter Hughes’ wood work is highly individual and often features cleft wood and wood in its natural form, ‘warts and all,’ he said. A lifetime of working with the medium has resulted in a collection of chairs, tables and unusual lamps – each one of which is unique and inspired by the material he has chosen. His simple and beautifully proportioned three-legged stools proved extremely popular last year, with potters to cellists. He also creates smaller items such as rolling pins, honey dibbers to accompany his home-made honey, and chopping boards.
Adrian Shiel is a largely self-taught sculptor. He draws his inspiration from the natural qualities of the materials and works with the stone to reveal often unexpected colours and textures. ‘My work is strongly influenced by geology and archaeology,’ explained Adrian. ‘I work with limestone, sandstone and alabaster.’ The graceful, timeless forms carved by this artist could be equally at home in a modern or ancient setting. They each display a combination of perfect form and exposed texture. Adrian has also created a series of small carved stone dwellings, with a percentage of each sale supporting the homeless charity, Shelter.
Jackie Harris moved from working with glass to printmaking during the first Lockdown. She said: ‘This is a whole new way of working, and I am loving every minute of experimenting with inks, papers and a range of techniques to capture images of everyday things we often take for granted. Some of these images incorporate hieroglyphs or ancient symbols from around the globe, reminding us that recognisable forms of some of these objects date back thousands of years.’
Richard Timney bought Jackie’s stained glass stock and equipment and hasn’t looked back since. He said: ‘The outstanding qualities of light and colour are embedded in the materials I work with, so I get to dream up designs and the materials just make them pop. I hope other people like them and maybe buy the occasional piece, but really, they are for me. My workshop is where I lose myself.’
The four makers will be on hand to talk about their work to visitors, in different combinations, through the week. We will be delighted to answer questions and guide you through the range of work on display and for sale in this unique collaboration.
Over The Hills will be held in the beautiful Weavers Gallery space in Church Lane, Ledbury HR8 1DW from Monday, November 29th to Saturday, December 4th from 10am to 4pm each day, and on Sunday, December 5th from 10am – 1pm.
Covid-19 guidelines will be in place and we look forward to visitors enjoying safely distanced viewings. Please note that access to the gallery is via stairs.