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‘Spring Craft Exhibition’

Exhibition dates: 11 March - 9 April 2005

The Spring Crafts Exhibition 2005 showcases an exiting selection of innovative works by four contemporary UK designer/makers.  These inspiring works will be on display in the project space at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art from the 11 March until the 9 April.
Works by:

Pat Armstrong - Raku fired Ceramics
Katie Clarke - Silver and Feather Jewellery
Janice Derrick - Silver Jewellery
Tord Kjellstrom - Glass sculpture

Pat Armstrong
Having worked for many years as a secretary Pat Armstrong decided at the age of 41, to go to art college.  Having discovered her affinity to clay and the wheel during an Arts Foundation course at Tresham College in Kettering she then went onto the Sunderland school of Art and Design to pass a 3D Design BA(Hons.) Course in Glass with Ceramics, winning the 1990 Charlie Bray Award for the best over all performance in Glass and Ceramics.  Pat specialises in a firing technique known as Naked Raku this gives a rich colour along with a very pleasing and tactile finish.

Katie Clarke
Katie Clarke's work has developed from the combination of two main influences.  Firstly from an unwavering curiosity for learning diverse craft techniques and secondly, a great inspiration from the complexity of form and colour in nature.  As a result her jewellery is brightly coloured and intriguing in structure.  Katie works from her studio at her home in Surrey.

Janice Derrick
Trinidad - born Janice Derrick came to live in England at the age of sixteen.  She later pursued a four-year BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts at Sir John Cass, London Guildhall University.  Inspired by movement and geometry, the pieces are made up of rings around rings.  Geometric shapes join and intersect to produce a very playful yet precious range of jewellery.

Tord Kjellstrom
Tord Kjellstrom trained as a furniture designer in Denmark in 1970 and went on to have a career as an industrial designer, interior architect, and a university lecturer in Industrial Design at Lund University in Sweden.  He first started working with glass and designing it for mass production in 1996.  When he came to settle in Northumberland in 2001, he built a glass studio and completed his MA in Glass at the University of Sunderland in December 2003.

Katie Clarke, silver and feather jewellery, 2004. photographic credit Sophie Broadbridge