Recent Exhibitors

Craftsmen at the Priory Exhibitors 2018

Tricia Meynell

Tricia’s photography is mainly abstract, using light, colour and form to create her images. 

She finds much of her subject matter in the surrounding countryside but rather than reproducing her work in a traditionally representational format, she bends and twists the boundaries between photography and painting until the images are more imaginary than factual. 

Tricia’s work is often studied in local schools as part of the curriculum and she also offers bespoke digital photography courses.

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Jane Charles

Jane originally studied ceramics at N. Staffordshire Poly in 1980, but a growing fascination for studio glass made the switch to study glassmaking. 

On finishing her degree she went to the heart of the British glass industry in Dudley in the Midlands. Jane did a traditional course on glass making which gave her the skills to start making her own work. 

In 1987 she established her business Jane Charles Studio Glass and now has premises in Central Newcastle.

Tim Foxall

Unique, handmade, quirky kitchen spatulas.

Julia Neubauer

She has created handmade accessories for fashion and interiors since setting up Chameleon in 1984.

Her latest collection includes pure wool scarves and hats with funky felt embellishment, felted wool bags, purses, cushions and felted jewellery.

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Carolyn Marr

Carolyn aims to make objects that arrest attention and invite handling. 

These may be hold-in-the-hand sculptures or smooth-glazed bottles.

Often using locally-found materials in her work, she also makes site-specific installations. 

Carolyn is based in Brampton, Northeast Cumbria, and is an exhibitor at Potfest in the Pens, EVAN and Brampton Art Weekend. She is a member of Northern Potters Association and Bensham Grove Pottery.

Jonathan Leech

Jonathan has a passion for working with wood, expressing its natural beauty within a contemporary design.

All his wood is locally-sourced and is obtained sustainably, for example from fallen or storm-damaged trees. It’s then air and kiln-dried before being turned by hand into a finished piece. These processes ensure Jonathan’s products are happy in any environment, including centrally-heated rooms.

His preferred style is ‘minimalist’, using a simple design which allows the wood to express its own qualities. This often includes natural edges, knot-holes, burrs, spalting, and other naturally-occurring imperfections. 

Each piece is truly unique.

Lizzy Hippisley Cox

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Hippisley-Cox, BA(Hons), MA, Fellow of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

Trained in stained glass at the Cathedral Studio at York Minster, she gained her first degree in Medieval Studies.

She has since worked to conserve some of Europe's most significant historic stained glass schemes

Lizzy established Eden Stained Glass, which operates from the studio of Peter Strong near Carlisle.

Hilary Harrison

Hilary moved to Cumbria from Cambridgeshire in 2002 to attend Cumbria Institute of the Arts where she studied for a degree in Applied Arts. 

In 2012 she joined The Fountain Gallery in Wigton as a founder member, which has become the main outlet for her work. 

The inspiration for her current work is taken from fabrics, wallpaper and patterns of the 1950’s. Both hand built and thrown work are decorated with slips that are applied by monoprinting, or by hand painting. 

Her interest in ceramics began when she attended evening classes starting in the 1970’s. This extended into her work as an infant teacher where pottery making was encouraged amongst all staff, and in a school that had a large kiln.

She now lives in Cumbria and works from home making thrown, hand built and slip cast work. 

Glynnis Carter

Originally from North East London, Glynnis lived, studied and worked in the North East from 1967 - 2000.

In 2004, having gained a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, she gave up teaching and began to paint full time.

Her work evokes a sense of landscape, the constantly changing light and weather. She does not paint specific places but draws inspiration from the wild landscapes of her home environment and places she has visited.

Elements of remembered landscapes are often found in her work and her aim is to create a painting that draws an immediate response but which also has the depth and interest to reward sustained viewing.

She works instinctively, over several weeks, building up layers of colour and texture, allowing what happens on the canvas during the painting process to determine the evolution of the painting.

Christina Hargraves

Born a farmer’s daughter in the fells of the North Pennines, Christina now lives in Lanercost just across the road from the Priory.

She draws inspiration for her art from her country background, her deep love of the countryside and working in her beautiful cottage garden and paddock, full of wild flowers, honey bees and a few chickens. 

Mostly worked in a 'wet on wet' technique, the watercolour paintings are in impressionistic floral style using mainly pastoral colours, creating an atmospheric pictorial image.

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Kim Tillyer

Based in the English Lake District, Kim’s work begins with drawing and dreaming; usually in the depths of winter, by the wood stove with a pot of coffee.

Personal stories mixed with northern myths, folklore and visual delights of the Lake District mountains, flora and fauna.

A collection of illustrations and designs  create framed original artwork, textiles, greetings cards, printed ceramics and other homewares.

Much of Kim’s work combines cyanotype printing with traditional stitch techniques. Hand drawn motifs like bears, plants, birds and “shelters in a landscape” These include tents, simple houses and romantic, mysterious towers.

Denise Huddleston

Denise of Cuckoo Tree Studio, creates hand printed artwork, interior textiles and jewellery inspired by the natural world.

After living in and being inspired by the Lake District for 20 years, a move to the Isle of Skye has introduced a coastal element to her work. 

A passion for landscape and the natural world continue to inspire her hand pulled screenprints and mixed-media printmaking.

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Caroline Brogden

Caroline Brogden is a largely self-taught jeweller working in precious metals. Her work combines a number of elements with an emphasis on natural from. In particular, those that can be found at the coast. 

Caroline initially started by collecting and casting shells and setting unusual pieces of sea glass; something which she still continues today. Over time she has started to look at the contours and forms found in nature. 

Using traditional silversmithing skills her second body of work looks at ways to mimic these shapes and patterns and develop them into small pieces of wearable art. Her work involves a number of fold-form techniques first discovered by Charles Lewton-Brain. Individual designs are often further elaborated by the use of added adornment such as gold accents and semi-precious stones. These are used to highlight and emphasize the multi-dimensional aspects of the piece.

 Caroline exhibits her work in a number of shops and galleries as well as selected shows each year.

Richard Kennedy

Richard designs and makes furniture and jewellery boxes in local hardwoods. 

His style is a fusion of Arts and Crafts traditions and his own take on modernity . .  though his methods are traditional. 

He also carves panels inspired by medieval misericords.

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Mary Kennedy

Mary loves painting on wood, and has decorated boxes and trays made by her partner, Richard, for over 20 years, in Cumbria.

Her designs come from her interests in landscape and townscape, but also in the history of applied art; patterns in carpets, the painted folk scenes on wooden furniture, and the amazing effects of trompe-l’oeil. 

The 'Housebox' grew from Richard and Mary’s partnership. It is a model of your own house, made in wood by Richard, and painted in every detail by Mary. They have made over 500 Houseboxes!

Mary also makes easel paintings and produces cards from her designs.

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Rowena Beaty

Rowena Beaty has been carving in stone for over 20 years, and finds inspiration in its age and beauty. For her, working with stone invokes a physical connection with deep time. 

She works with a variety of types of stone, mainly limestone, marble and polyphant, and has a particular affinity to Lincoln limestone which is rich in fossils. All her work is crafted using traditional hand tools. 

Rowena's work explores the cycles and rhythms of nature through the human form. Early Greek and Romanesque sculpture, in its simplicity and vitality, has been an important influence. 

She returned to her native Cumbria in 2013 to live on the Solway estuary where she finds inspiration in the open skies and energy of the tides.