Bridget ArnoldImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 1 Ashburton Close, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK, TQ13 9EF. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1626 833130
Email:
Web-site: www.bridgetarnold.co.uk
Availability: Please telephone number above before visiting, to avoid disappointment.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Directions: From the A38 come off at Drumbridges (A382)along 'Bovey straight 5', first left at roundabout, up pottery Road, at crossroads, turn right, third house on left.

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Last Updated: 2012-05-09

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

Bridget has been hand building in Stone ware and T material Clay since leaving college in 1997.  She has been developing making enclosed forms that are much stronger than open forms and therefore respond well to smoke firing.  All her work is lovingly burnished with a silver spoon several times to create a smooth tactile surface that demands to be caressed. 

Her inspiration for her forms comes from living in South Devon and time spent on the coast collecting smooth pebbles and shells from the beach. These Naked Clay forms then become a blank canvas for the smoke to decorate.

Presently her work is influenced by Ferns and plants that grow near her home in Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor.

Smoke firing is the baptism of fire to get the still porous forms to absorb the smoke; resists 
stop the smoke entering certain parts. But each pod is unique as the fire has its own random nature depending on the weather and wind direction. So you never quite know what will come out of the fire. But that is part of the attraction of smoke firing for Bridget as she likes to give her pots over to nature once more. 

The forms evolve into various objects Simply sculptural; candle pods; clocks and Garden pods. She also makes tiles to create wonderful Smokey tiled mirrors.

Current Work

Current Work

White stoneware and 'T' material, hand-built and smoke fired.

Bridget also collaborates with Artist/Blacksmith Spencer Larcombe, who makes wonderful stands for her eggs and Spheres to nestle in. These vary from small tabletop ones and wall hangings to larger more dramatic pieces.
The Mirrors shown above are Bridget's latest creations, Hand made ceramic tiles are water etched to give texture then smoke fired in wood shavings. The tiles are mounted around a removable mirror and the wood has been burnt to enhance the smoky appearance.

Inspiration for the water etched texture comes from Nature, the marks left in the sand when the tide retreats and ripples in water.

Work generally available from:
Contemporary Studio Pottery
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF
The Mythic Garden, Stone Farm Chagford, TQ13 8JU - Garden Sculpture
Church House Designs, Congresbury, Bristol, North Somerset BS49 5DG
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN
The Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Kingsley Road, Bideford, N. Devon EX39 2QQ
Wave 7 Gallery, Plain Street, Trelights, Port Isaac, Cornwall PL29 3TW
and directly by contacting the potter.


Other Information:
Available for Demonstrations and workshops.

Teaching Oualifications - Bridget has a certificate in education to teach post 16, for which she teaches day courses in Smoke firing Ceramics and Adult Education Classes. She also teaches for `Big Hand Little Hand' a Devon Guild Education department initiative, RAMM and other organisations.

She also teaches Silk Painting to adults, as well as having run day courses for DAISI and independently in other Primary schools.

She is always open to talking about residencies for schools and commissions of her work and can be contacted via her website or email.

 

Technical Information

Technical Information

Bisque fired in an electric kiln to 980deg. C. then smoke fired in wood shavings. All work is burnished, some is water etched, other are left and resist decorated before smoke firing.

History

History

1979-1980 South Devon College, Foundation Course in Art
1993-1994 Arts Access Course, Estover Community College, Plymouth, A Level GCSE, Arts and Crafts Grade B
1994-1997 BA Hons, Art and Design with Recreation Studies, College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth 2:1
1997-1999 Adult Education Teaching Certificate City and Guilds Stage 1 & 2 at Sealey College, Kingsteignton in partnership with Exeter College
1999-2000 Certificate of Education, Rolle College, University of Plymouth

2000 Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and exhibits in the shop, the courtyard and in exhibitions

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Unglazed
Handbuilt
Burnished
Sculptural
Garden
Smoke