Ceramic vessels by Jill Holland and lavender amethyst jewellery by Genna Delaney.
As I’ve said before, opening boxes of new work from makers is a little bit like Christmas morning. And for the new exhibition – Deck The Halls, now that the nights are drawing in it really does feel a tiny bit festive with a box of beautiful new craft to open. Early arrivals are these stunning new vessels from Jill Holland – continuing her theme of oval shapes with vibrant splashes of colour, Jill has developed her palette to include some wonderful rich shades, and fantastically tactile textures.
Scottish jewellery designer Genna Delaney has created a varied and hugely desirable collection for Deck The Halls – the lavender amethyst and silver neckpiece pictured above with matching earrings are divine; I only wish I had pierced ears…
Deck The Halls opens Saturday 22nd November until Sunday 21 December.
It may only just be November, but its starting to look a little bit like Christmas at The Byre. After a few days of re-painting the gallery walls, gone is the deep blue of Telling Tales and in its place a rich claret red, perfectly festive.
Telling Tales is now over. After a very successful six week run, the exhibition closed on Sunday 21st September. If you didn’t manage to see it, there are lots of photographs here and from Monday you can browse some of the pieces in the exhibition at The Byre’s new online gallery. From Monday there will a tab on the home page of this site called ‘Shop’ click on that, and you will be transported…
So although the virtual gallery will be open 24/7, the actual gallery is taking a break. I will be open by appointment however to see The Byre collection – a selection of work from favourite makers or to discuss a commission from any of the makers whose work has featured at The Byre. The new exhibition, in time for Christmas shopping, is Deck the Halls and opens on Saturday 22nd November and runs until 21 December – I’m very happy to take in wish list letters for Father Christmas! More news on this very soon…
Jewellery has proved to be very popular during previous exhibitions at The Byre and so for Telling Tales I was delighted to be able to introduce a new maker, Stephanie Tudor. The main part of Stephanie’s craft practice is the stunning textured wall panels she creates for interior spaces but she also makes miniature versions worn as rings and pendants which she calls,Wearable Textures.
Stephanie creates these unusual and elegant pieces of jewellery by using simple casting methods, trapping a diverse range of natural fibres and elements within composite plasters which are porcelain-like in appearance. Leather bands to replace the more traditional metal ‘ring’ add an extra design dimension – and are also extremely comfortable.
Rings and pendant by Stephanie Tudor
Tracey Falvey’s vibrant recycled silver and enamel jewellery has been much sought after at previous exhibitions at The Byre and Telling Tales is no exception. To coordinate with the colours featured in the show, Tracey has mainly used a palette of rich pinks and purples to create an eye catching collection of ‘box’ rings, earrings and brooches, which add a wonderful splash of colour to any outfit and never fail to attract compliments.
Purple Allium brooch by Claire Crompton
Also receiving compliments is Claire Crompton’s Textile Flora, delicate trees and flowers created from re-purposed threads and paper. The very elegant Purple Alliums sold out very quickly so I’m delighted to report that Claire has just made another three and they are now on display in the gallery. I was also very excited with two extra additions to the range: an Allium necklace and brooch. Made out of the same delicate paper petals coated in purple resin, they are hugely desirable and likely to disappear quickly!
Graphite porcelain beakers by Jill Holland, porcelain vase by Janet Stahelin Edmondson, glass Spritz bowl by Charlotte Sale and large glass vessel by Ruth Shelley
A new addition to the gallery is The Byre Collection – a collective of work not part of the main exhibition which features new work from favourite makers. The Byre Collection will be refreshed, replenished and restyled throughout the year and is available to view and enjoy even when there is no main exhibition taking place. Updated Collections will be posted here!
Graphite beakers by Jill Holland, porcelain vase by Janet Stahelin Edmondson, ‘Spiral’ by Claire Palastanga