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Exploring the Water Margins

4th February 2015
Posted by Ros Connors

Ceramics and Painting by Patricia Douglas

About the exhibitionwaterline 5

In this exhibition Patricia explores the water margins: land and water flow together, reflected sky transforms through water into a moving rock surface and one medium for making art can easily be mistaken for another.

Some of the paintings use traditional painting media but others flow across the margins into three dimensions. They are made from clay and other solid materials. Some have been painted with clay ‘slips’ and others with acrylics. The sculptural ceramic forms are coloured with oxides from the rocks that inspired them and fired to stoneware.

About the artist

After a degree in painting, Patricia Douglas spent many years in FE teaching. She studied C&G ceramics whilst teaching so as to qualify her to teach a basic pottery course for young adult students with learning disabilities. What had begun as staff development soon became an enduring love of ceramics that took over her work. She soon had her own kiln and equipment at home and the garden studio followed when she accepted voluntary redundancy from teaching.waterline 4

Patricia has exhibited in the UK and in France and she has work in private collections in the UK and in mainland Europe. She is a regular exhibitor at The Well House Gallery and together with other members of the Dacha group of artists, she created the Swan Community Gallery at The Swan pub in Horndon. She exhibits there regularly and also organises exhibitions for other artists.

The exhibition (at The Well House Gallery, Oxley House, High Road, Horndon on the Hill, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 8LF) runs to the 15th February. Copy  the link below to your browser for the power-point presentation for a snapshot of the works.

Ali Pretty

Patricia recorded an interview for Gateway 97.8’s ‘Good Afternoon’ programme with the highly talented walking artist Ali Pretty, Artistic Director of Kinetika, who is also exhibiting at The Well House Gallery. Now that Kinetika is based at the High House Production Park, Ali will clearly have a profound influence on local art and art awareness. For more about Ali — and there’s lots of it — just Google Ali Pretty. To listen to the interview, please press the forward arrow on the link below: