Full Bloom is the second of our spring exhibitions at the Byre Gallery and we’re bringing it to you in a slightly abbreviated form – but still bursting with spring colour and brightness, and of course some highly desirable art and craft. As well as some gorgeous new work from our lovely regulars: Lucy Burley, Corrinne Eira Evans, Sophie Harding, Jill Hudson, and Ruth Shelley, I’m thrilled to be welcoming acclaimed ceramicist John Pollex to the Byre Gallery with a collection of fantastic new pieces; much to look forward to. All the work is available on the gallery shop – click here – and you can watch a video introduction to it by clicking here.

There are two other films   which I hope you’ll also enjoy. When I started planning Full Bloom last year I really wanted to find a solution to a problem that I’m often presented with in the gallery: “I need a vase, but it’s got to be the perfect size for buds/tall blooms/dried flowers (delete as appropriate) and I can never find the right one.” As the perfect vase seemed to be rather elusive, I decided to set a challenge to ceramicist Lucy Burley and, to aid her in her quest, I put her in touch with Nikki Nicholson, who creates stunning arrangements from her Millbrook based Flora and Fern Bespoke Floral Design.

The results should have been unveiled at our Private View drinks with a demo from Nikki showing us how to create the perfect display in the ideal vases.  Sadly we can’t welcome you with a glass of fizz, but we can offer you a virtual experience as both Lucy and Nikki have been kind enough to film their creations and my ever able gallery assistant, Emily has, once again, used her fantastic editing skills to turn them into videos.

I hope you enjoy the films – and the rest of the beautiful pieces featured in Full Bloom. If you’d like to see anything in more detail, please do get in touch to arrange a one-to-one virtual tour.  ‘Postcards from the Edge’ continues too click here for its online shop.  For as long as the gallery is closed we’re offering FREE delivery on all items to addresses within the UK.

Lastly, a reminder that throughout May we’re giving 10% of the gallery’s profits to Marie Curie. During the pandemic the nurses are still working alongside the NHS to ensure that the terminally ill and their families continue to have the care and support they need, and I’d like to be able to give something a bit extra this month.