Picture Post

Out of the Picture has now been open for a couple of weeks and I’m so enjoying being in the gallery space – I love every new exhibition but the blue walls of this one are particularly pleasing to be surrounded by.

I’m always delighted when the pieces of craft I’ve chosen for the exhibition work with the colour; I want to create a space which both enhances the individual pieces and creates a cohesive feel and doesn’t diminish the impact of the work. No matter how much planning I do in advance there is always a fear that something will just not work and undermine the overall look – fingers crossed, it’s always been ok so far!


Out of the Picture at The Byre

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All change

Once again it’s time for a new look at The Byre as we get ready for the summer exhibition – Out of the Picture. It’s goodbye to the green of Pastures New and ‘hello’ to a wonderful deep turquoise.

Hello Blue
















I’m lucky to have an intern working with me for this exhibition – Summer Varley – so while Summer got to work spray painting some old picture frames (all will be revealed when the show opens!) I got to unpack some boxes of exciting new work.

Summer painting

Like these beautiful coloured ceramic pieces by Lucy Burleyceramics, bowls, jugs, bottles

And elegant porcelain work by Kathryn Hearn
















Lots to look forward to at The Byre this summer – exhibition opens, 16th July.  Look forward to seeing you there.

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Off to pastures new…

ceramics, craft, art

Ceramic Bodices by Ellen Woods

It really doesn’t seem that long ago since I was writing about painting the gallery walls a vibrant green in preparation for the spring exhibition, and now it’s the last few days of Pastures New. 

It’s been a fantastic couple of months in the gallery; as ever I’ve loved being surrounded by beautiful works: Ellen Woods’ stunning ceramic bodices and glass by Ruth Shelley and Catriona MacKenzie have been especial favourites.  It’s also been wonderful to see so many of The Byre’s loyal and regular visitors and to meet new friends who’ve found The Byre for the first time. Thank you to you all for your support, there are still a few days left to see Pastures New if you haven’t made it along yet – or would like to re-visit. 

Ruth Shelley, glass, craft, vessel

Ruth Shelley glass vessel

The Byre’s summer exhibition, Out of the Picture, opens on 16th July and runs until 11th September.  So as well as having some time off I’ll be spending the next few weeks getting ready for that and trying to see the work of as many new makers as possible at degree shows, open studios and craft fairs. A number of makers who’ve shown at The Byre, including Claire Crompton, Jane Crisp and Tracey Falvey are taking part in this year’s Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey in Devon from the 10th to 12th of June so if you are in the area, this is another opportunity to see their work.  

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Glass Act

Ruth sunshine

I’ve been lucky enough to have Ruth Shelley’s stunning kiln formed glass in every exhibition since The Byre opened in October 2013 – her work even featured on the first poster.

Last year Ruth, very deservedly, won the prestigious Glass Sellers’ Award at the Stourbridge International Biennale and since then her work has been in even more demand and now features in a number of the most notable galleries in Europe.  I think Ruth’s work has continued to develop and each new collection seems even more vibrant and exquisitely crafted than the last; her collection for Pastures New is quite simply stunning.

I’m often asked how Ruth creates her work and I’m delighted that she’s a had short film made which explains the process far better than I can do – please click here to enjoy it.

Ruth Shelley Glass Artist, Colour and Light

Fellow glass makers Charlotte Sale and James Lethbridge also have stunning new pieces in the exhibition – all once again proving what a versatile and beguiling material glass can be.

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