fine art

Ceramics craft and Fine art: Fiona Byrne-Sutton

What do you see in this featured photo of one set of Fiona’s ceramic works?  (My answers at bottom of this post). Here’s a brief taster of an article in Craft Scotland – full version here.

  1. she’d like her work to be on show at the new V&A in Dundee, Scotland (currently being built)
  2. she makes freestanding ceramic assemblages
  3. very influenced by medieval art in Florence, Italy
  4. studied fine art at Goldsmiths Art College (sounds like the start of a Pulp pop song!)
  5. as mature student, went on to study ceramics at Glasgow School of Art and Cardiff
  6. happily blends fine art and crafts in her work
  7. there are serious health and safety risks in her artmaking

The 8th fact is that I am instantly drawn to her work, its ins and outs, negative space, simple but cheerful colourways.

I wonder what you see in the shapes on the shelf?

What I notice in the constructions on the shelf are shapes and suggestions of:

elephant, teapot, nougat, pointing, half hoops and a bucket, negative space, a well, a house, a still, a pointing finger, a window, a door, niche, archway, cavity, emptying, filling and visual rhymes (where sometimes the shape is actual and the same shape is in an opening or negative space).


Linocut, Canals and Genealogy – Eric Gaskell

I just came across the work of this artist and linocut maker – he makes very English landscape views – churches and canals.  Also, coloured prints and paintings of still life, viewable on his website:


“Colourful Lock”  £180  31 x 21 cm

Here’s the video (of still photos) showing the many processes which went into the making of this print:

He also produces still-lifes:

four-leg-table_fs.jpg  and a range of landscapesnapton_tmb.jpg here, the village of Napton in the Cotswolds

but one main subject he keeps going back to is canals – in fact, his book of canals b&w linocuts is in its 4th edition.  You can order it directly from his website.


A wide range of prints are also available directly to buy on his website – rangeing in price widely according to size – some as little as £30.

And he generously allows for some of his prints to be downloadable for small amounts such as £5 or £7 – after which, you can print more than one copy for yourself.

What can I say?  I love strong linocut images in black and white.  Separately, I love vibrant colour.  This artist can do both.

In a most interesting way, he combines life and art by mapping genealogy into pictures which look like machine production or landscapes where places and people overlock through family lines.  You can even see the development of this thinking through one of his online drawing books at Youtube:

Loyalty and Kindness – Drawn IN (Carole Bury)


Artist: Carole Bury


Both a beautiful statement and illustration, by artist Carole Bury.  You can see more of her work on her website  She works through fine art, paper, textiles, drawings, often with the subject of birds and flight and associated emotions of joy and release.

“As my pencils and charcoal dance and skitter over the paper I sense I am releasing the secrets of myself and those of my subject. Drawing is an internal dialogue, a conversation between artist and nature, during which each small detail is discussed. By its very nature my drawing is an invitation to the viewer to ‘listen in’.”


Golden Flight Feathers – by Carole Bury

Everything connects

Magie Hollingworth pops up again (see former post on 2nd Feb), with another delightfully thought-inspiring short video.

She trained in fine art, began making embroidered gifts for friends, developed tapestry design (which she finds “addictive”) and loves making papier mache as she hates throwing paper or anything out.

Sitting surrounded by her studio, she is able to point out how her shaped recycled paper sculptures link with her canvaswork and even the clothes she is wearing.

As an artist, she works intensively for a couple of weeks in one medium, then feels ready for a change and switches to another – or sometimes varies it in the same day.  But then finds the connections between what she is working on.