THE EXHIBITORS for 2014

Bridget Whitehouse needs little introduction to those who have been to the festival before and she returns to the festival by popular request. She pots in a studio in Dovedale with views over Dovedale and the Staffordshire Moorland Hills. Much of her inspiration comes from this together with her love of the pure forms of 11th and 12th century Chinese ceramics.

Tor Falcon is a landscape painter based in Norfolk and Cumbria. Her work is very much rooted in the English Landscape tradition, from Francis Towne and Samuel Palmer to John Nash and Percy Kelly. Her small, highly coloured pastel drawings have a strong sense of design and an immediate sense of place.


 


We are exhibiting a range of recent and wonderfully imaginative wood engravings inspired by the Peak District from members of the Society of Wood Engravers. During the weekend, there will be an opportunity to talk to Paul Kershaw, a leading practitioner of the wood engraving arts and a key member of the Society, about the process from the artist’s mind’s eye to the printing on an Albion Press, as well as a little on the three Peak District icons he has himself chosen, and why.

Jane Rye, whose drawings we have exhibited so successfully in the past, will be showing some of her recently made pottery.

Jane says of her work “'Though I enormously admire the almost miraculous dexterity of potters who make vessels on the wheel, I like the more primitive or instinctive activity of  hand-building: pinching, coiling, slab-building - or a combination of all three, decorated with coloured slips and oxides and wax or paper resist patterns. I prefer the organic asymmetry and undulations inevitable with hand-building to the mechanical perfection achievable on the wheel. I try to make things that are useful as well as satisfying to hold and look at. I love making patterns - a pleasure which I think is similar to our instinct for dancing and music.'