Isle of Wight Ceramic Artist, Andrew Dowden, will be showing a collection of unique and distinctive handmade, hand-carved ceramics and complementary textured wall art in oils at the Quarr Abbey Art Gallery. This is an opportunity to view Andrew Dowden’s work and buy directly from the artist. A percentage of all exhibition sales goes to the Abbey.
Ideas and designs for Andrew’s ceramic work come from various sources including nature, machinery and engineering, architecture, and archaeology. Andrew was inspired to take up ceramics whilst researching a book on Isle of Wight pottery. ‘Pottery has been made on the Island since Neolithic times,’ says Andrew. ‘Learning about pottery and its history, and actually working through the different stages of each making process, has made me appreciate this ancient art.’ Surface texture and form are Andrew’s main interest, and textured designs have also been incorporated into his oil-painted wall art. A carpenter for 20 years, Andrew made the teak frames from a 1950s sideboard.
Ceramic tile panels, wall plaques and standing forms such as Tumbling Squares, Standing Stones and Wheel Forms, together with new work, will be on show. ‘I primarily make pieces for my own interest and satisfaction,’ he says, ‘but it pleases me to know that people who buy my work appreciate it too.’
The gallery will be open from 10am-5pm each day and Andrew will be in attendance. Admission is free to the exhibition, Abbey and grounds.
Additional venue information:
Disabled access – Licensed Tea room and gardens – Farm shop – Visitor centre – Bookshop – Old abbey ruins – Woodland walk – Toilets – Large free car park