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Visions & Dimensions at Quarr Abbey Free

23 – 28 May 2019


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Visions & Dimensions at Quarr Abbey Free

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Exhibition: Handmade Ceramics, porcelain
paintings and photography

Thursday, 23rd to Tuesday, 28th May, 10am to 5pm - Admission free

Ceramic artist Andrew Dowden, together with potter, painter and photographer Jeanne Mills-Holland, will be showing their work at the Quarr Abbey Art Gallery. This will be their ninth joint exhibition at the venue, popular with locals and visitors alike for its gallery and tranquil surroundings.

Andrew's work is individually-designed, with ideas for his distinctive handmade and hand-carved ceramic sculptural forms and wall panels being derived mainly from the countryside and shores around the Island - tracks made by man, machine and nature leaving their imprint on the earth. Hand-carving is his prime area of interest, with form and surface texture being more important than function. A limited palette of glazes and slips are used, with the clay body being an integral part of the surface design. Other influences include archaeology, architecture and machinery adding further dimension to designs.

Jeanne trained as an Engineering Design Draughtswoman and has also worked in the textile industry and taught art for several years. Her paintings and photography are driven by her love of the sea and, in particular sailing, an interest which has taken her across many waters over the years. Jeanne likes to work with porcelain as it is such a fine material. Her fascination with glazes sees her pottery undertake several experimental firings before she achieves her goal. She produces vases, bowls and decorative ware.

Andrew and Jeanne will be in attendance at the exhibition and will be happy to discuss their work with visitors. Work is available to purchase, and Quarr Abbey, a registered charity, will receive a percentage of all sales. The exhibition runs from from Thursday, 23 to Tuesday, 28 May, 10am to 5pm, admission is free.

Venue information: Large free car park, Visitor Centre, Tea shop, Farm shop, Bookshop, landscaped grounds, Old abbey ruins, woodland walk, disabled access, toilets, onsite pigs and chickens. Abbey Church open to visitors.