‘My experience starts with walking, being aware of what is under my feet, observing the shapes, colours and textures that surround me. I notice the manmade divisions and natural features of the land and the effect of the seasonal changes.
Back in the studio, I experiment and push my materials to create layers and textures. For me, the process of making the pictures is a gradual building up of layers, with each layer being an intuitive response to the one that has gone before.’
After graduating from Derby University with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art in 1995, Claire went to Bretton Hall to do her PGCE. Alongside her personal practice, she has taught art in schools and colleges, and continues to teach for the Derbyshire Adult Education Service. Derbyshire and its richly varied landscape continues to be her pleasure and inspiration.
Alongside Claire we see the return of Janice Allen, working in sterling silver and mixed metal Janice incorporates texture into her work using traditional forging methods and her rolling mill to create a mark in the metal.
Janice has a selection of work for sale at the Gallery. All collections are hand forged and designed to be practical. They are simple elegant pieces that are wearable in an everyday setting, but are special enough to enhance any outfit on an evening out.