Contemporary craft exhibition at The Byre Gallery; “Walking Distance”, spring 2022

Walking Distance, spring exhibition at The Byre Gallery

Spring exhibition at The Byre

I’m so pleased to be exhibiting at The Byre Gallery yet again. I am now one of the gallery regulars which means my work is always on display at this fabulous contemporary art and craft gallery. It is expertly curated by owner Elaine Dye. The spring exhibition starting on the 2nd of April is based around a series of paintings by Cornwall based landscape artists Imogen Bone and Jill Hudson, inspired by the beautiful Rame Peninsula. The exhibition also features work by glass artist Michele Oberdieck and ceramist Elly Wall as well as some of the regular exhibitions at the gallery, myself included.

I wanted to also take inspiration from the theme of the exhibition for my new pieces and I did so by lookin at the beautiful paintings going into the exhibition. I was delighted to see that there were some pinks and yellows or gold in there and I jumped on the opportunity to work with those colours, which aren’t in my usual colour palette. So here are the pieces I have sent to take part in the exhibition.

Cobble stone inspired pendant

This pendant was inspired by what my husband found while tidying up around my newly converted workshop! He found some cobblestone paving outside the original barn door leading up to the lane at the back of our house. So lovely to find these old cobbles laid down many, many years ago. They inspired this design in that I’ve scattered some beautiful tourmalines in different shades along textured silver “cobbles”. I love the effect and hope to make some more similar pieces, so look out for those! If you want to make sure you don’t miss that do sign up to my email list and you will be one of the first to know.

Tourmaline necklace

The little collection I sent all have pinks and gold/yellow and this necklace is no exception. The gorgeous pink tourmalines are alternated with coastal inspired textured charms onto a simple chain. I made this a short length, meant to wear sitting quite snug around the neck. It also has an extension chain for versatility.

Pink tourmaline and citrine ring

I just love the combination of pink and golden yellow! This is such a departure from my normal colours but I love it. It just goes to show that going outside of the norm is sometimes really good and can result in some gorgeous things. I’ve already had lots of interest in this ring, even before the exhibition has started, which is lovely.

Watermelon tourmaline ring

This so called watermelon tourmaline is a real stunner! I wanted to let it shine so set it on its own in a simple setting onto a coastal inspired textured silver band. The shading from green through yellow to pink is really beautiful and typical of a watermelon tourmaline gemstone.

Bi-colour tourmaline stud earrings

I’ve had these slices of tourmaline for a little while not quite sure what to make with them, but they were perfect for this exhibition. The beautiful shades gem slices are set in a simple bezel setting and joined by more of my trademark textured silver. I expect these to fly out the door, such perfect every day stud earrings but stunners none the less!

Bi-colour tourmaline drop earrings

Another example of beautiful tourmaline gems. The yellows in these remind me of bright gorse along the coastline and the pink is reminiscent of the beautiful heathers. This time I made stud fittings with textured drops for all those large earring lovers out there! The fused textures are directly inspired by the textures and surfaces of the rocks along the north Cornwall coastline where I live.

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That’s it for this exhibition but I’m constantly creating new pieces with glorious gemstones and textured or sleek silver, so if you want to stay up to date do sign up to my email list below. I do hope you’re able to go and see the gorgeous spring exhibition at the Byre Gallery. If you are not nearby or able to come a lot of the work is also available in the online shop and you can get any details from Elaine or gallery assistant Emily. Enjoy!

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