The Art of Making

The Art of Making

10 November 2017 – 6 January 2018

This winter exhibition brings together five top makers from the local area. A diverse range of artwork and products will be on display and available to purchase: ceramics by David Cleverly, bespoke handmade furniture by Edward Wild, textiles by Sam Pickard, jewellery by Domonique Toucheteau and verre-eglomise art by Danni Bradford.

Meet the Artist Days: Dates to be confirmed

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 15.30.28Danni Bradford : Verre-eglomise art

Danni works from her studio in Swimbridge, North Devon. Some of the processes used to achieve her verre-eglomise glaze finishes on glass are age old techniques, whilst many others are born from her continuous experimentation in the studio.

Using her background as an illustrator with these verre-eglomise, Danni has created her own distinctive style. Her work focuses on the power and beauty of light, colour and movement within the natural world.





SANY0015.JPGDavid Cleverly : Ceramics

David was born and spent his formative years in the seaside town of Hastings, on the south coast of England. He attended Hastings School of Art, going on to study Fine Art (Painting) at Goldsmith’s College School of Art, London.

Moving to Devon around 28 years ago, David started making pottery at his Haytown studio, near Holsworthy. He began making his larger earthernware figures in 1992, with historical, often humurous and mythological characters and creatures.




Sam Pickard Fern, Beech and Rabbit napkins 300

Sam Pickard : Textiles

Sam has created a range of exquisite botanical and floral textile designs and also geometrics. Beautiful 100% cashmere scarves, cushions and other fine textile products are all designed and crafted in her South Molton studio.

She loves nature and it’s earthy imperfect forms and colours. In this North Devon landscape where she walks every day, she finds a calm and natural beauty that makes her feel not only inspired but also happy.






silver and gold plated bracelets-1DominiqueToucheteau : Jewellery

Dominique formally studied as a sculptor in Bordeaux but now lives in Umberleigh, Devon where she makes her elegent, unique handmade jewellery.

Inspired by sculptural forms in the natural environment around her studio, Dominique weaves precious metal wire to create organic patterns and surfaces with textile qualities, often using semi-precious stones, cut or uncut, to provide contrast with the silver and gold weaves.







the_lounge_chair_1-42-567-390-100-cEdward Wild : Bespoke furniture

Following in the tradition of fine English furniture, Edward creates bespoke handmade furniture in a clean simple style. Combining contemporary design with skilled craftsmanship using the finest materials, each unique piece is finished with Edward’s keen attention to detail.

His work ranges from dining, lounge and bedroom furniture to intimate jewellery boxes and other custom-made pieces.