Gallery Artists:

Bob Park

Bob Park has been making pots since 1968, first in Inverness, where he started Culloden Pottery, moving to Greystoke Gill, Cumbria in 1997 and now working from a workshop at his house in Greystoke. He studied ceramics at Harrogate and Bath Colleges of Art and since leaving has made his living as a potter, producing a wide range of individual stoneware. He uses several glazes, primarily Chun, intermingled on each piece to produce rich, colourful surface decorations reminiscent of the Cumbrian and Scottish landscape. He is also now making more sculptural slabbed and extruded pieces as a member of Cumbrian sculptors.

Marea Goodman Ross

My childhood was spent in Broadstairs, on the Kent coast. Fishing in rock pools, searching for fossils and messing about in small boats gave me a lifelong love of the outdoors. Later, at the University of Stirling, access to Scotland’s vast, wild scenery prompted my first attempts at landscape painting.

Over the next few years, I travelled widely until, back in London, I accepted a place at art college – Goldsmiths’ and then Camberwell. Then in the nineties I married, and moved to Keswick. Every day was a source of new inspiration.  Working entirely en plein air, I was gradually developing a more naturalistic style.

We moved to America and settled in Colorado. Where the clear strong light called for a different approach, and I switched to oils and acrylics. When painting outside, there is more information than you want to use; the question is, how exactly to use a few brushstrokes of yellow paint to make the viewer think they see amber waves of grain.

Now back under Cumbrian skies, I spend more time in the studio, but my approach hasn’t changed. Love of the mountains is at the heart of my work. I hope that people find in my paintings a reminder of their own days among the lakes and hills, and a promise that these magical places are there waiting for us to visit them again.

Simone Louise Ceramics

Born in the North East of England I studied art to A Level before embarking on a career in Estate Management. With the exception of the occasional watercolour painting, I didn’t use my artistic talents again until my late 30’s when I needed a career that would fit around the school run. After taking a night class in ceramics I went on to study at CCAD, now the Northern School of Art, gaining a Diploma in Art and Design. Convinced ceramics was the medium I wanted to work with I set up a home studio and began to experiment further.

My first exhibiting space was with Viridian Gallery in Keswick, owned and ran by my Mum – watercolour artist Diane Gainey, as it had been her suggestion to try making sheep to satisfy the Lake District visitors. So, inspired by a group of herding sheep I made my first few pieces which were so well received I continued on with the herding theme, hence my “Herds” range which also features Highland Cows (or Coos for the Scottish visitor) and Border Collie Sheepdogs.

Mostly self-taught I work mainly with stoneware and crank paperclay, hand building making every piece individually unique before decorating with oxides and slips then high firing.