Ceramics (Raku)

Ceramics (Raku)
"Moonlight Dance of the Crows"

Sunday, 17 November 2013


Due to a change in circumstances I have now launched my own Art Classes in addition to my regular Life Classes at The Heene Gallery in Worthing.

I love the venue (o.k. it could do with it's own car park but you can't have everything!).
I start my first Monday class tomorrow from 2pm till 4pm with the classes being on a 5 week rolling basis.

It's open to all levels and students may work from their own reference or the provided class theme in their preferred media.

I am also planning day workshops - watch this space!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Interview with Worthing Art

I was really happy to give an interview to this group of talented people. Check out their pages at worthingart.wordpress.com

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Life Classes at the Heene Gallery

The life classes are going really well with great feedback, in a scenario where I have not advertised as "word of mouth" seems to be doing all the work!
Some really great pieces of work being produced across a broad range of personal styles.
The second costume life night was inspired by the folk- lore world of Arthur Rackham's illustrations of fairies.
Our wonderful model for the evening was o.k. with the bracken, ivy and vines - and with wearing the large tissue fairy wings!
The reference photos I took turned out really grainy for several reasons - mainly that I forgot to alter the low res format from a previous shoot. Still, kind of adds to the mystery.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Marcus Finch - "Alchemy? (Or Raku?)

Marcus Finch becomes an "alchemist" when he produces "raku" ceramics, creating lustrous metallic surfaces from glazes of "purest green".
Whether in 3D form or 2D, the works have loose landscape paintings showing the interaction between trees and the moon, sometimes with a recurring theme of the crow.
Below is a detail of "Chanctonbury and the Elusive Crow", which fired higher than planned but produced a greater array of colours

Monday, 24 June 2013


Sometimes in life you get a perfect opportunity. I've been teaching life classes at Northbrook College for a few years now and love every minute of it.

Then an ex-colleague (John Stanley- Clamp) 'phones me up and offers me taking over his Tuesday night class at the "Heene Gallery".
It didn't take long to decide -- "Yes please".

SO - I've just finished my first 5 week block with a number of his previous students and contacts from my own classes. It's been going really well and the period flint and brick hall is a joy to hold classes in.
So much so, I'm already nearly at capacity for my second 5 weeks.

I decided to make each 5th week a "special" with a costume life theme. Last week we had the wonderful "Frankie" http://frankiecluney.weebly.com as our model in a fantastically authentic Toulouse Lautrec period "Burlesque" costume with stage up-lighting (See photo) Thanks Frankie for all the effort you put in to the costume, hair and make-up.

"Frankie - Burlesque"