It’s time to see what local artists have been up to all year, and check out some amazing art presentations and exhibitions staged this month as part of Oxford Artweeks Christmas.
This potted version of the larger May Oxford Artweeks event will cover the weekend of 14 and 15 November, showcasing the work of our many talented creatives (like Bliss Mill in Winter by Judith Yarrow, pictured above).
ECN is proud to support Chippy artists Crabby Taylor, Judith Yarrow, Rosie Colvin and Martin Sanders, who will all be exhibiting their unique ceramics, paintings, jewellery and woodcraft, while 11 other local artists will exhibit in nearby villages including Chadlington, Ascott-under-Wychwood and Middle Barton.
Artweeks Oxford is a celebration of the best of our local Cotswold artists, who get together to stage a variety of displays, art and pottery demonstrations, and exhibitions in local studios, shops, pubs and public buildings.
Crabby Taylor’s ceramics have more than a little to do with pyromania, as she says herself. This arresting photograph from 2015 Artweeks was taken during a demonstration of the Chipping Norton artist’s unusual and spectacular clay-firing techniques.
Utilising methods thousands of years old, Crabby uses Raku, Saggar and Smoke firing to add unique markings to each piece. Earthy and beautiful, her work has a place of its own in contemporary ceramics.
You can catch more of Crabby’s work at her Cross Leys studio during Artweeks Christmas.
Support local Chippy artists!
Judith specialises in wild and remote landscapes, including the Shetlands, Iceland, Scotland and the Cotswolds. She also makes wonderful hand-bound books.
Rosie creates innovative jewellery from silver, felt and natural materials, reflecting the exuberance of Senegal which is a major influence on her work.
Martin turns beautiful tactile pieces, each one of which is unique due to the unpredictability of wood.
Tina’s still-life paintings layer texture and colour using pastels, watercolour and acrylics to create genuine theatre on the canvas.
Crabby’s hand crafted raku, sagger and smoke-fired vessels are created using age-old techniques. Enjoy the soft earth tones of these beautiful ceramic pieces.
Sophie’s exquisite flower images reflect her fascination for the detail of still life. She loves exploring light and angles in her vibrant flower and plant photography.
Let’s hear it for our village artists
Here’s a brief introduction to 11 neighbouring artists who will be exhibiting at Artweeks Christmas.
Ascott under Wychwood
Guen Palmer: jewellery, Christopher Townsend: sculpture, Jenny Palmer: acrylic collages
Jill Colchester: drawing, Jill Gemmell: mixed media, Jennifer Newman-Fox: jewellery, Mary Knowland: drawing
Tina Hadley: photography
Wendy Todd & Pauline Nolan: painting, textiles
Sophie Thompson: sculpture