After a few months hibernating, The Byre is now open for spring with our new exhibition: Out of the Woods. As ever an exhibition at The Byre features a mix of work from ‘regulars’ and introduces makers new to the gallery. For Out of the Woods I’m delighted to welcome Cornwall based fine artist, Kerry Harding whose stunning paintings add such impact to the exhibition; hanging alongside Kerry’s work are the vibrant woodcut prints of Sarah Morris which brilliantly capture the rich hues of the Devon countryside where Sarah lives, works and cycles!

Working in wood can produce such incredibly different results: Sally Burnett’s delicate vessels seem to defy the solidity of the medium; while Lizzie Farey’s willow pieces offer supple elegance, Sam Harrison’s work in sycamore and oak perfectly retain the memory of the living tree. On a much smaller scale, Lisa Henshall’s beautiful rings and earrings are paintings in miniature on wooden jewellery. From wood to wire and beyond: Ruth Bateman’s delightful sculptures of hares beautifully capture the movement and character of these wonderful creatures; and textile designer Katie Wallis finds inspiration for her highly desirable cushions and scarves from other wonderful creatures: bees and peacocks. In ceramics, Ali Tomlin is a maker I’ve long admired and I’m delighted to finally have her elegant pieces in Out of the Woods.

Corvus Nero by Sally Burnett, tea cup by Remon Jephcott, ceramic vases and bowl by Ali Tomlin, Textile Flora by Claire Crompton and earrings by Anna Pope

I’m also very pleased to welcome back to The Byre ceramicists Lucy Burley, Paul Cardew, Jill Holland, Remon Jephcott, and Hugh Maitland Perry; glass artists Cat MacKenzie, Charlotte Sale and Ruth Shelley; and jewellery designers Tracey Falvey, Anna Pope and Lucy Spink.