Festival Exhibition 09

Featured Artist

Sandy Murphy RSW RGI

Sandy Murphy is a contemporary Scottish artist and was born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1956. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1976 until 1980, when he graduated with an honours degree. He completed a teacher training course and taught in Ayrshire schools until 1985. At this point he took the decision to paint professionally, full time.

Since turning his back on teaching, he has had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries across Scotland and England. These include Roger Billcliffe Fine Art Gallery, Glasgow, Panter and Hall, London, Waterford Gallery, Hale, Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Thompsons Gallery, London, John Davies Fine Art, Stow-on-the-Wold. Other galleries in which he has exhibited include Flying Colours, London, Frames Gallery, Perth, Lemon Tree Gallery, Cornwall and Walker Gallery, Harrogate.

Drawing & Painting

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Julia Smith

Julia Smith graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1996 with a BA (Hons) ceramics degree. Since then she has been making studio ceramics and working on private, public art and community commissions. She has set up the Deepfired Ceramics Studio in the southside of Glasgow and runs classes there teaching people of all ages and abilities the skills of the ceramic artist. She frequently sells her work through the Glasgow Craft Mafia events alongside textile designers, jewellers and other crafty types. She welcomes commissions, such as, customised gifts, tiles for the kitchen, bathroom, fireplace or signage, ceramic basins and especially likes to be given a challenge!

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Functional and sculptural ceramics

Silver & Oxidised SIlver Jewellery

Anna De Ville

I started making jewellery at home in my bedroom. In 1992, as the business grew and became a full time job, I moved to a workshop in the Birmingham jewellery quarter where I still work. I sell and exhibit throughout the UK and my work is held in many private collections.

Essentially self taught, I work on the flat. The shape of the piece is sawn from a sheet of silver and then built up a layer at a time. The areas to be applied are cut out with very sharp snips and then soldered into place. The last details are made with fine silver wire. The dramatic black and white “wood cut” look is achieved by oxidising the background and polishing the foreground with a selection of mops and brushes.

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Silver & Oxidised Jewellery

Ceramics/3d Design

Campbell Firth

Campbellfirth is a collaboration between ceramicist Laura Campbell and 3d designer Richard Firth.

We specialise in designing and making ceramic products. From our studio at 'Out Of The Blue' in Edinburgh, we produce work ranging in scale from jewellery to individual hand made tiles to public art installations.

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Printed designs on ceramic jewellery, vessels, containers and tea-light / candle holders.