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We love painted teapots

Sam Bertram

8 October 2014

Everybody wants a lovely teapot and mugs and better still something original. One birthday I was given a gorgeous painted ceramic milk jug and sugar pot from a friend and I loved it.  Christmas closely followed and much to my surprise my mother in law gave me a teapot.  The surprise wasn’t that I got a teapot from my mother in law, but the fact that it was a different design yet matched perfectly with the aforementioned milk jug and sugar pot so the set was complete! Not only do I love them, as they make tea time feel that little bit more special, but they are a constant feature in our kitchen.  It’s lovely to have beautiful things in your kitchen that takes you away from the doldrums of pots and pans.  Better still when it’s something you don’t see in everyone else’s kitchen. Burbage-based Kathryn Spreadbury is an illustrator who paints ceramics in contemporary designs.  She can paint anything you wish, but every piece is unique, and uses quality Italian Pottery and specialises in teapots, mugs, bowls, egg cups, big cup and saucers and even baubles for your Christmas tree!  Her style is illustrative, figurative, colourful and abstract and she gets inspiration from her Wiltshire surroundings, which has influenced both her poppy design and a new abstract field scene.  She’s also spurred on by her love of our furry (bunnies & dogs) or feathery (chicks & owls) friends and does some very cute animal designs!  Her range isn’t fait accompli as she does take commissions and is often asked to do matching items as well as unique items with a message – she recently painted a fruit bowl for a friend’s wedding with personalised message on the bottom. Kathryn was born just outside Marlborough and always knew she wanted to be an illustrator.  She was artistic from a young age and says that some of the amazing visuals from Disney films and cartoons of her youth had a huge impact on her.  Kathryn has lived in Wiltshire most of her life going to school in Pewsey before heading off to Maidstone to study illustration at the University of Creative Arts.  It was here that she met her illustrator boyfriend Iain Cox, so their home is abuzz with creativity.  When Kathryn graduated in 2009 she won the Gold Award for new talent (a national competition) so you know the quality of her work is high. Until recently Kathryn and Iain lived in Burbage, where her studio remains, but are now in Woodborough and loving being 5 minutes from the canal and Pewsey Downs. Despite producing the most fabulous painted ceramics, Kathryn is one busy lady and fits in her painting around other jobs.   Kathryn helps out part time at the New Art Centre outside Salisbury and also works at Splash of Colour – a ceramic café in Salisbury. Prior to that she was an Art and Music teacher at Gymboree in Bromley and volunteering with The Roche Educational Trust.  Her ultimate goal is to grow her painted ceramics business so please spread the word about these fantastic presents. Wiltshire has always felt like home and as soon as she left to University in Kent she wanted to return. A home girl, her father and grandfather are a huge influence in her leap to entrepreneur.  Her grandfather started NV Spreadbury in Burbage over 91 years ago and her father now runs it.  Kathryn has an elder brother and sister, the latter living close by in Great Bedwyn.  She is loving her new home in Woodborough and has always cherished the beauty of the Wiltshire countryside as well as it’s creativity as a county where people care about Art. So when you are thinking of a unique gift for a family or friend this Christmas think of Kathryn.  Her ceramics are fabulous and good value and I can think of many people who would love her product. So please help spread the word so we can help young entrepreneurs like Kathryn succeed. Cuppa tea? www.kathrynspreadburydesigns.co.uk   

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A treasure trove of gifts

Sam Bertram

25 September 2014

For many an Artist’s Studio wouldn’t be the first port of call for a bit of Christmas shopping, but if you’re looking for something unique this year I really recommend a visit to Wagon Yard Artists in Marlborough. There are Christmas cards, jewellery, ceramic and glass Christmas tree decorations, coasters, ring bowls, tea lights, lamps, vases, sculptural pieces, framed original art and prints and beautiful glass plates. Need I say more?  And for those wanting to gift a new skill why not sign-up a family member for some pottery classes? The artists at Wagon Yard have changed over the years as artists have moved away or opened their own studios but it currently has 6 local resident artists, all who live in the surrounding area, and two associates. Jacqui Melhuish, a ceramist, runs the studio and her passion it to develop an idea through clay. If you go to the studios you can see some of the beautiful sculptural and functional vases or plates she has made or attend one of her pottery classes she runs through the week. You can find Jacqui at the studios most days. Colin Palmer works as an architectural illustrator, mainly on commission, and also produces watercolours of local places of interest as well as original paintings with a Mediterranean feel. If you’re stuck for a gift for the person who has everything or someone reaching a milestone birthday, a Colin Palmer illustration of your house or a day’s watercolour class are lovely gifts.  Jeannette Therrien, founder of Wagon Yard Artists, is a glass artist who loves colour and vibrant pieces and creates stunning glass forms that are both functional and decorative. Her plates are absolutely exquisite. Jeannette founded the Wagon Yard Artists in 2007 after graduating and wanted to teach classes alongside selling her work. While doing a business course in Wagon Yard she noticed an empty unit filled with rubbish and storage. Despite it being a bare, run down place in desperate need of flooring and paint it’s now a warm space that houses a hive of talent. Jeannette has her own studio in Ogbourne St George so although her work is on display she divides her time between the two locations.    Mary Thorne specialises in pottery that is very recognisably influenced by the local Wiltshire countryside. She makes a range of domestic ware such as mugs, jugs, bowls and teapots , each one individually made and decorated by hand. Jane Renwick makes the most stunning wall light panels and lamps with porcelain paper clay with illustrations of bees, butterflies, sea shore anomites and fossils. Jane imprints paper clay with lino cuttings and drawings she’s made herself – so allowing the light to come through in different degrees and shades. She has also recently started doing cold cast metals. Kate Wade specialises in watercolours and oil and is brilliant at depicting light. Many people instantly recognise the landscape before reading the label.  She particularly likes Pembrokeshire and lots of parts of Wiltshire too. You can pick up her prints and cards at the studio. What brings the artists together is the opportunity to share space, firing kilns and rent but also do things that are difficult at home because of the dust it creates. There are currently 6 artists there which is the maximum they can take and they often have to turn new artists away. All of them, with the exception of Mary and Kate, also teach at Marlborough College Summer School. So please promise to visit Wagon Yard Artists. It’s a real treat and they love to welcome visitors to the studio. Just give them a call to make sure somebody will be there, there’s free parking at the yard and everything is fantastic value. Their Christmas Exhibition on the last weekend of November is a must. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm they have a cheaper market area downstairs for gifts and an exhibition of more high value work upstairs. Go on – you know you want to! www.wagonyardartists.co.uk

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Sign up for our newsletter and review the things you love and you could qualify for the offer of the month. Fioriblu is offering a gorgeous leather wrap bracelet.

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