52 Furzebrook Road, Wareham, BH20 5AX
Tel: 07966 433165
‘The Gallery’ is located in the foyer of Furzebrook Studios, a creative community of artists and makers nestled just outside of Wareham.
Primarily, ‘The Gallery’ showcases the ceramics of resident potter Rachel Fooks, but you can also enjoy seeing work made by the other artists of Furzebrook Studios.
Rachel Fooks is an established ceramicist best known for creating fantastical sea inspired sculptures that seem to defy the laws of gravity! She also makes pod shaped chimineas, fire bowls, beautifully formed plant pots, porcelain jewellery and a selection of homeware. Being a strong believer in passing on her pottery skills to others, Rachel also delivers a wide range of pottery classes suitable for all abilities.
Rachel is currently working on a totally new and exciting collection of work which is due to be launched in 2019.
The other artists exhibiting are:
Julie is a multi-talented creative with a long history of working in the art and crafts sector. She draws on her varied experience and knowledge to paint atmospheric landscapes and offers an eclectic range of art classes with a focus on nature.
Emma creates prints which are inspired by the surrounding landscapes and exquisitely made jewellery working in both silver and gold. For the last year she has also been experimenting with a new technique which uses acrylic paints and oil - the results are truly amazing!
Fiona’s mixed career reflects her long term commitment to social change and human rights: She has had the opportunity to work with many people in very challenging situations such as those within the criminal justice system, those who are homeless, people with addictions and victims of trauma. Her experience of working alongside such a variety of people over the years has influenced and motivated her art greatly. Her work frequently combines both conceptual and representational approaches and she constantly seeks new ways to express and explore complex ideas such as the abuse of power in relationships and more broadly within cultures. Fiona’s work is deeply bound to life experience.
Paul is an experimental ceramicist who’s greatly inspired by the pottery of the Japanese masters - you’ll see that many of his forms are reminiscent of this tradition. He also has a particular interest in using objects that have been discarded to create texture and he enjoys walking the Purbeck coastline collecting sea glass that he uses beautifully to decorate his pots. Each of Paul’s pieces are totally unique, making his work very desirable.