I have lived and worked in a remote rural area for 25 years with my family, where I draw inspiration for my ceramics and drawings. Throughout my personal and professional life art and the environment are intertwined, the affinity I have with nature has always nourished and informed my work
A lifetime of study and 25 years as a self employed Artist/maker, is fed by my empathy for the natural world. Since childhood in Scotland I have been exploring the hills and seas, at first with my father and then on my own, as a Hill walker, mountaineer and sea kayaker. I love wilderness journeys and have made many both in this country and abroad.
Although my work is solitary, the experiences that I have are shared with many through my drawings and ceramics, fierce, tender and at time comic manifestations of my lifelong Passion.
Longham Pottery : Jennie Hale Pottery: Winter Opening
November 25, 2017 to December 03, 2017
Raku fired Animals and birds.
Earthenware decorated with my wildlife drawings. Watercolours ,which inform my work.
Availability of work:
Dartington Ciderpress Gallery
Bristol Guild of Craftsmen, Bristol
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle on Tyne.
Driftwood Galleries,Truro, Falmouth, Padstow, Illfracombe
AuBerge du Val, Guernsey
Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Leeds City Art Gallery, Craft & Design Shop, Leeds
Workshop under the Sky: Founded in 2002 by Jennie, provides 'Nomadic environmental art workshops' where scientists and and artists work together to enable the participants to explore and learn about the natural world around them.
Starting form a slab base each piece is handbuilt using coils, gradually building up the form. To allow one piece to stiffen before adding another, two or three pieces are worked on at the same time.
The form is developed by "paddling" and scraping and compressing before smoothing with a rubber kidney. Detail is added using a combination of blobs, slabs and coils of clay. An assortment of tubing, pipes and various oddments are sometimes pushed into the clay for other fine details. The shape of the mouth, fur and feathers are drawn on a piece with a scriber and holes are pierced through to make nostrils.
When dry the work is decorated using wax resist, underglaze and oxide before biscuit firing in an electric kiln.
Glaze is sprayer onto the biscuited ware and the pieces are raku fired in a "top-hat" kiln. The pieces are drawn red hot from the kiln and smoked in a bin of saw dust.
Because of the arduous nature of this process only a few pieces can be fired each day.
- 1979-1985 elected member of Devon Guild of Craftsmen
- 2003 elected Academician SWAC. (South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts)
- BA. hons. Ceramics. Loughborough College of Art and Design
- Foundation: South Devon College of Art.
- Workshop experience: Assistant to Marianne de Trey C.B.E.
2010 Earth and Fire Rufford
2010 International ceramics festival Nottingham.
2010 March Park life. Leeds craft and design gallery
2009 (June) The contemporary craft fair Bovey Tracey
2009 Earth and Fire International ceramics fair at Rufford Nott’s
2009 Leeds craft and design gallery
2009 Crafts at Bovey Tracey Contemporary Crafts Fair
2007 November Ceramics at the Craft and Design Gallery Leeds City Art gallery Leeds
2008 Royal Entomological society conference and exhibition Art and insects. Peninsula Arts Plymouth. Watercolours.
2007 selected Makers Leeds crafts and design gallery.
2006 Southwest Academy of fine and applied Arts
2006 Ceramics Cornwall ceramics and glass. Such Gallery Cornwall.
2005 Southwest Academy of fine and applied arts
2005Earth and Fire International ceramics fair at Rufford Nott’s
2005 Ceramics, Cornwall ceramics and Glass annual show
2004 Southwest Academy of fine and applied arts
2003 Southwest Academy of fine and applied arts
From 1983-2000: Group Show 22
And in private collections throughout the world.