I am working on getting ready for this years Open Studio weekend.
What I will be showing is a series of cast taken from the streets of Sheffield, from the parks and a bit further away the beach.
Casts from the street is a couple of casts from manhole covers, quite old one with beautifully hand carved letters. I have made plaster moulds from the cast I have taken from the metal covers, and they are now stoneware and porcelain pieces to be exhibited.
From the parks are seed pods and bird feathers.
Bird feathers are everywhere, on the paths in the park, on the pavements in town and on the sand on the beach. All different in shape and colour, endless inspiration.
The seedpods does not strictly come from a Sheffield park, but from a large tree at the ceramic centre I went to in Hungary last summer. I started some plaster moulds there, inspired by the seedpods, and have now cast stoneware and porcelain shapes from them.
The stoneware casts from the beach shows different patterns in sand. I have made them into cushion like pieces.
It is all about looking around and enjoying what is interesting and beautiful in our environment.
Some of my garden ceramics will be part of the Sculpture Trail and be displayed at Peter Reeds small garden at 11 Katherine Street.
The Open Garden will take place the first weekend-8th-9th September and I shall try to be there most of the time to meet visitors and answer questions on my works. I look forward to being in Saltaire for the festival, it is such a lovely place.
This is the first year of the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth. My studio is only 45 minutes away from the show, at Yorkshire Artspace : Persistence Works in Sheffield. I have handmade planters and birdbaths for sale in my studio, and I will be there over the weekend so if any visitors to the show would like to come along, please email me.
You can see a selection of some of my garden ceramics here https://hannewestergaard.co.uk/garden-ceramics/
My white porcelain vessels are included in the new exhibition at the Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield. The show opens on Friday 10 June and is on until 22 July.
The gallery also shows my small multicoloured vases, which makes good summer presents.
The Cupola is to be found on 178-178a Middlewood Road Sheffield S6 1TD
I shall take part in the Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair on Sunday 7th May with my ceramics.
I will be selling a new smaller vessels and vases as well as some larger soda/wood fired plates and planters.
It will be my first time at this craft fair and I am looking forward to the event. I have heard nice things about it and the list of exhibitors looks exciting.
The fair takes place at Altrincham Town Hall, Manchester.
There is a Facebook event page for the event here where you can find more information > https://www.facebook.com/events/2021166451444856/
Some new vases and vessels for the RHS London Spring Plant and Orchid show next week.
I will be exhibiting my garden ceramics at the RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show in London on the 29th and 30th March.
I have made new vases for orchids and other flowers, but I shall also bring my ceramics for outdoor, my birdbaths and planters.
My soda/wood fired vessels are shown at Cupola Gallery in their Christmas Exhibition.
I much enjoyed making these large nature inspired vessels .
The vessels combine porcelain and stoneware, it create a lot of tensions during the firing, and I get cracks and they split, but it is exciting to watch what the material can carry.
I shall be at the Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market with my ceramics this weekend – Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 November. The market is free and it is open from 10am-5pm.
There will be over 50 stalls at the market selling art and craft.
I will bring some of my lighting. My porcelain lights were very popular at our open days at Yorkshire Artspace last weekend. I will also be selling other pieces, among them my small pebble pots, which makes good Christmas presents.
The Hepworth Wakefield is one of my favourite galleries, so it’s nice to be at the Christmas Market there and get a chance to nip in and have a look at the exhibits.
You can find more information about the Hepworth Christmas Market here http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/christmas/
We are having our annual Open Studios on 18-20 November.
It is always a good opportunity to welcome friends and new visitors to our studios.
It is nice because it is informal. You can show your visitors your work in progress and explain the inspiration behind the pieces and the problems involved.
At the Open Studios visitors can also bay original works for sale from most of the studios.
We are open Friday evening 5-9
Saturday and Sunday 11-4