This time Steve (http://www.stephenfootephotography.co.uk) wanted to make sure that as well as a set of beautiful images each,
we also all left with the understanding of how to use house-hold items , our own cameras and versions of Photo-shop to get quality photos of our work regularly.
We all participated in the making of images of each other’s work and there was a great level of discussion and evaluation of what we are all doing.
As well as keeping the cost down (each person paid £40), one of the benefits of these collective Shoots is seeing your work through the eye of the Camera and of your peers; you spot flaws and successes that you might miss alone in your Studio. And it is always very encouraging to be with like-minded people. We agreed not to sugar-coat our feed-back and between us we had a great deal of expertise. The day was really interesting and inspiring.
Having a wide range of work materials amongst the group meant more questions and solutions were flagged up.
Here is a selection of my favourite images.
Getting affordable, top-quality Photos of your work can be a nightmare but it is essential. In Osprey Studio’s second open Photo-Shoot TV Cameraman Stephen Foote (http://www.stephenfootephotography.co.uk/) will talk you through the images he takes with his posh (very) camera and also guide you to take good images with your own camera using ordinary ,domestic accessories and lights. It will be an intense day ( do bring a note book) but very rewarding. You will get a minimum of 6 publishing-quality images in digital form to use in any way you want and the pictures you take yourself. And you will go home with a good understanding of how to improve your photography in your own Studio.
We will start at 9.30 am. Bring something to share and we will have a relaxed Pot-luck lunch and there will be tea, coffee, or soft drinks available all day. I learnt a great deal last time talking shop with the other Makers. It was a lovely day.
Let me know as soon as possible approximately what work you will bring so we can be well prepared.
There is parking right in front of the Studio. For info and directions click ‘Visit The Studio’ to your left.
There are only 6 places so do book early.
A Sculpture will transform any Garden, huge or pocket-sized, elaborate or austere. It will need to be made of beautiful, quality materials that have a radiance complimentary to your gorgeous plants. A piece needs to be frost-proof and easily cleaned. No material is as durable or as low maintenance as high-fired Clay.
I make simple , movable plinths with old bricks and attractive stone paving tiles. Dig a hole and put in some bricks to make a foundation if the Sculpture is tall or very heavy, then build a hollow plinth with a small doorway that can double as a safe, cosy home for wild-life. If security is an issue or the piece is tall and vulnerable to high winds sink a stake into the ground, build the plinth around this and have the stake go into the Sculpture- many of my Sculptures are hollow and you can set them securely with cement if needs be.My garden is 8 years old and is now really coming into it’s own.
In the winter sculptures give the garden focal points and structure while the plants rest.
Sculptures will define each area of your garden. This patio at the end of the garden is a calm, reflective place with dappled shade in the summer and warm sun in spring and autumn. In the winter the sculpture stands out and is eye catching from the house.
The exquisite landscapes of this area have influenced my work deeply. It might look like I spend a great deal of time wandering aimlessly about but no, I am Working! Sometimes I take clay out in the Van and work in one of countless stunning spots where the only sound is wind or a river and the wildlife.
Since I moved to Wales 15 years ago, through the Pit-Marker Memorials, I’ve come to know a lot about the social history of Wales. The Geology under-lies everything about this small country. I moved here from the famous Rhondda Valley where the ghosts of the Industrial Revolution still loom large. But out here , only 20 miles away from our old house in Blaencwm, the more ancient past seems closer and Nature seems to have over-whelmed the industrial land-marks. There is still a working mine up the road ( they have made a spectacular mind-boggling hole ! ). There are many Lime Kilns still standing, tram-lines made into paths ideal for talking while walking together with friends, awesome quarries that have revealed entrances to the huge net-work of Caves underlying every thing in the Brecon Beacons. Water and wind, running under-ground.
This western half of The Brecon Beacons National Park has been designated a Geo-Park and there is a really good Website full of information and ways to enjoy the area. http://www.fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk/
All over Powys in Mid Wales, UK, Artists and Craftsmen are opening their Studios and putting on special events to share work. It is a great time to find someone whose style appeals to you and go ask them about projects of your own. We all love talking shop and encouraging others with their creativity. It is an excellent event for Bargains as Artists spring-clean their Studios and admit it is time to part with secret favourites.
Osprey Studios is open every weekend in May or phone and book any time that would be more convenient. Evenings are a tranquil, charming time in the Garden.
Beautiful Penpont ,half way between here and Brecon has an Arts Month site too and is a glorious place to visit. The ‘Visit The Studio’ page here on this site has other attractions, directions and details for having a lovely day here in the south-western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
You can show up on the day for my 2 workshops but booking in advance will secure your place.
You can get a feel for my best white clay, Scarva Architectural,on the Join-in Sculpture which will be on the go all month and I’ll put out my Momentum wheel for anyone to try for free too.
On the 17th the wonderful Photographer, Stephen Foote (see links) that did my best pictures is coming here for anyone else needing top quality images at an affordable price. Everyone is welcome to visit on that day- it will be busy and very interesting to see Stephen Foote working in the Studio.
I have had a massive clear-out; I’ve got a large Commission to build in the Studio. It will be on the go during Powys Arts Month and your feed-back during the build would be a great help. It is not going to be an easy one! I’ll have a lot of brand-new, never shown, work here. You can handle the range of specialist clays I use to see if they might suit you. And there’s also some fab seconds for sale including my Gwenllians.
Taken as a pair they will be just £500 or £300 each. Some of my other smaller seconds will be £1-£30. They are all frost proof.
Everyone including Schools and Families will be very welcome to Osprey Studios during Powys Arts Month. You can relax in the Garden with a complimentary drink and the kids can play with clay for as long as you like.
Osprey Studios has a major commitment to sharing skills and encouraging creativity. I have a great deal of experience in guiding people of all ages and abilities towards their own style. My sculptural techniques have been tested to destruction and make sound foundations for your own exploration of clay and form. You can find my set of ‘How To’ posts here. I update and add to them regularly and get a big kick out of the fact that they are now used all over the world.
From time to time I’ll run a Master class here on a particular thing; Posts about Workshops. If there is something you want to work on let me know and I’ll collect together a group of like-minded people and we’ll set a date that works for everyone. The price is usually around £90 p/day each for a 7 hour day, with a max group size of 8, including home-made lunch and refreshments. Only materials or tools kept are extra.
A Masterclass at your venue can have more students than that depending on your resources.
Groups or individuals are welcome to come to Osprey Studios (SA9 1YT). Being in the Studio environment with work-in-progress and the sculpture garden outside is part of the event. I usually provide homemade refreshments and lunches (included in the fee) and we have relaxing breaks on the sofa or in the garden to swap ideas and chat. There is accommodation available here or lots of other gorgeous places to stay and eat in this lovely area.
Or I can bring everything we need to you in my van. Sculpture in clay makes surprisingly little mess and is easy to clean up.
The Workshop will be custom made to suit your needs and objectives.
- A 1 day workshop guiding you towards your own ‘voice’ in 3D artwork. A very enjoyable, fascinating day with lots of laughs and new experiences in clay work whatever your starting point.
- Making figures: a 1 day workshop incorporating a great deal of very useful information relavent to all sorts of artwork.
- I particularly encourage Teacher’s to do a fun, very straightforward 2 hour Workshop on using clay modelling in school. We’ll cover firing/self-hardening clays, recycling clay, decorating and controlling costs, everything to help you keep clay in the class room because it matters!
- A Portfolio Review will clarify the way you see your work in preparation for college applications or a change of direction.
- ‘How To’ classes with technical solutions for challenging projects, including working on a large scale, hand-building pottery, drawing from life, portraits/figures, all suitable for all levels of experience including total beginners.
- Join-In Sculptures are great fun and full of learning opportunities. They are the ultimate embodiment of unstructured, experiential, messy play! I have done these with adults and children at Events and Parties in all kinds of settings and they bring out the best in everyone. The fabulous, ever changing sculpture is photographed along the way and then we re-cycle the clay. It is a wonderful, flexible, cost effective way to engage and inspire even very large groups ( 80 year 2’s over 1 day is my best yet) and great for working through themes, building concepts and stories and engendering co-operation. No matter how small the contribution it is part of something greater.
Occasionally I’ll go for other materials and processes like drawing or murals. This fantastic 3 metre x 2.5 metre painting was done with many wonderful young people at the Penrhos Youth Centre in short sessions over 6 weeks.
This magical book to go in the Library was part of a sculpture project with year 5 at Pennard Primary School on the Gower.
Fees start at £30 per hour + 44p per mile travel + materials. On average individuals will use around £2.00 worth of clay. On many projects, like the Join In Sculptures, all the material is recycled so there is no charge for it.
Feel welcome to contact me to chat through your idea: phone 01639 731271 / 07913743457 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org