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Autumn Exhibition by Isle of Wight artist Andrew Dowden

September 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


Autumn Exhibition of distinctive ceramics and textured wall art
by Isle of Wight artist Andrew Dowden

Quarr Abbey Art Gallery, Quarr Abbey, Nr Fishbourne, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 4ES
Thursday, 22nd September to Tuesday, 27th September 2016
10am to 5pm – FREE ENTRY

Quarr Abbey will be hosting Andrew Dowden’s autumn exhibition – a collection of unique handmade, hand-carved ceramics and complementary textured wall art. This is an opportunity to view Andrew Dowden’s work and buy directly from the artist. A percentage of all exhibition sales goes to Quarr Abbey.

Ideas and designs for Andrew’s ceramic work come from various sources including nature, architecture and archaeology. ‘Pottery has been made on the Island since Neolithic times,’ says Andrew. ‘Learning about pottery and actually working through the different stages of each making process, has made me appreciate this ancient art.’  Andrew was inspired to take up ceramics whilst researching a book on Isle of Wight pottery. ‘It’s sometimes surprising where inspiration comes from. When I’m out walking, almost everything I see conjures up images for possible designs. I make pieces for my own interest and satisfaction but I’m happy that people who buy my work appreciate it too.’

Ceramic tile panels, wall plaques and standing forms are popular with collectors, in particular Tumbling Squares, Standing Stones and Wheel Forms. All work is handmade and hand-carved, wheel-thrown, slab-built or a combination of making methods. Surface texture and form are Andrew’s main interest in ceramics, and textured designs have also been incorporated onto his oil-painted wall art.  A carpenter for 20 years, Andrew made the teak frames from a 1950s sideboard.

Quarr Abbey is situated on the main road between Ryde and Wootton. The gallery will be open from 10am-5pm each day. Admission is free.

Additional venue information:
Free Parking = Visitor Centre  – Tea Room – Farm Shop – Bookshop – Disabled Access – WCs – Gardens and Woodland walk – Onsite animals, pigs and rescued hens –



September 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am
September 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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