Neil Davies : Earth, Sea and Stone
with Chris Keenan, Gillies Jones and Jane Reeves

26 July to 31 August

Neil Davies: Earth, Sea and Stone Chris Keenan Gillies Jones Jane Reeves

Penwith artist Neil Davies’ dramatic works capture the heightened drama of a rugged landscape of earth, sea and stone at the endless mercy of Atlantic weather systems. This year’s record breaking storms have provided a wealth of direct inspiration for this exhibition of vivid and starkly beautiful oil paintings.

Chris Keenan was apprenticed to celebrated potter Edmund de Waal and has gone on to establish himself as a highly respected ceramicist. His functional domestic works are hand thrown in Limoges porcelain and balance purity of form and colour with simplicity of surface detail.

Stephen Gillies’ considerable ability as a glassmaker is enhanced by the decorative work of his partner Kate Jones. Works in this exhibition are informed by the remarkable landscape in which they live and work.

Jane Reeves has perfected her technique of using powders and fusing to bring together her passions for painting and glass. Her work is inspired by the clear light, natural energy and wild beauty of the Cornish coast.

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New Craftsman Nominated for Best Gallery in the Cornwall Today Awards

We are delighted to have been nominated for Best Gallery in the 2014 Cornwall Today Awards alongside three other outstanding Cornwall galleries.

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Our 2014 Exhibition Programme

We have a fabulous programme of exhibitions throughout 2014, including painting, studio ceramics, sculpture and handmade jewellery by Cornwall and the UKs leading contemporary artists and craftspeople. Forthcoming exhibitions include Neil Davies, Gillies Jones Glass, Breon O’Casey, Matthew Lanyon, Chris Keenan, Matthew Chambers and Tracy and Michael Rees. Don’t forget to keep up to date with all the goings on here at NC via our monthly art blog.


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Matthew Chambers - 16 August to 12 October

From 16 August and throughout the St Ives September Festival, we are proud to present an exhibition of sculptural ceramics by Matthew Chambers. Chambers’ intriguingly complex geometric stoneware combines traditional processes with a love of constructivist art and draws influence from the work of Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley and the sculptural paintings of Mondrian. From 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 16th August the artist will be available at the New Craftsman to meet visitors and discuss the theory and practice that underpins his work.


Jane Reeves' artwork 'Grace' to be sold to raise funds for the RNLI

As part of our exhibition from 26 July to 31 August, the collection ‘Sea Stories’ by Jane Reeves includes a work entitled ‘Grace’, inspired by Victorian heroine Grace Darling. Aged just 22, Grace was awarded the RNLI Silver Medal for Gallantry when she and her father took their small fishing boat out in a fierce storm to rescue survivors of the wrecked steamship Forfarshire. We are delighted to announce that all proceeds from the sale of ‘Grace’ will be donated in aid of the St Ives Lifeboat. Please click here to view this work and others from the collection.


Tate St Ives Commission Designer Range from Artist Emma Jeffryes
to Commemorate their 21st year

In celebration of Tate St Ives’ 21st birthday, longstanding New Craftsman artist Emma Jeffryes has been commissioned to create artwork for a limited edition commemorative mug and birthday bag. Emma’s gorgeously quirky images of St Ives bay have become synonymous with the town and have made her one of West Cornwall’s most popular painters.
The mug will be available from the re-opening of the gallery on 17 May 2014, exclusively from the Tate St Ives shop. The 21st Birthday bag, which will be given away exclusively to visitors buying a combined ticket, will be available from 20th June while stocks last.

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