Jennie HaleImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Longham Pottery, Coryton, Okehampton, Devon, England, EX20 4AA. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1822 860287
Email:
Web-site: www.jenniehale.co.uk
Availability: Please phone first.
Joined on: 2011-09-23
Last Updated: 2014-11-16

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

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.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Longham Pottery : Jennie Hale Pottery
November 22, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Current work and Availability

Current work and Availability

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
Gallery Upstairs, Henly-in-Arden
Primavera, Cambridge

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.

Workshop Working Techniques

Workshop Working Techniques

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.

Qualifications and Training:

Qualifications and Training:

- 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.

Work History

Work History

2009 - present  Decorated earthenware
2007 - Publication of The nature Diary of an Artist  by A& C Black
2002 - present Founded www.workshopunderthesky.co.uk 
2004 - present. Started the Tavistock Big Draw (campaign for drawing)
1994 - present. Writing and illustrating Nature diaries 
1983 - present longham Pottery
1983 - 1988 Producing Saltglazed ceramics 
1983 - present Raku fired ceramics 
1979 -1983 Shinners Bridge Pottery
- Workshop assistant  Marianne de Trey C.B.E.

Solo Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2011 - Watercolours and ceramics , Kelly  College. Tavistock
2010 (March) - One woman show The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle on Tyne.
2010 - Watercolours ,New ceramics , Longham  pottery
2009 - September  ceramics and watercolours the centre for creativity. Princetown.
2009 - Ceramics and watercolours Longham Pottery 
2008 - Ceramics and watercolours the Dartmoor inn Lyford
2007 - Driftwood gallery Truro 
2005 - Pittenweem arts festival
2003 - Craft and Design Gallery, The Head row Leeds
2002 - Of Ceramics and Drawings The Cider Press Dartington
2002 - Ceramics and drawings Longham Pottery
2002 - Ceramics The Open–Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 
1988-2002   8 solo shows  Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
From 1983-2000: Solo shows 12 

Group Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

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

Demonstrations and Lectures

Demonstrations and Lectures

2010 Wandering with words and watercolours,Portland, Oregon U.S.A
2009 Wildlife drawing and painting; Earth and fire2009
2008 Wildlife Drawing and painting for Tavistock group of artists
2008 Presentation , National Conference for Forest Education The Pioneer Centre Shropshire.
2006 Tavistock group of artists
2006 Cornwall ceramics and Glass group
2005 Contemporary studio Pottery Chagford
2004 West Country potters association
1999 Wealdon & Kent potters association
1997 Earth and Fire Rufford
1994 Lecture tour Staffordshire arts Education
1993 The Potters Day, Bridgewater
1992 Bristolguild of Craftsmen
1989 'Clay live' Tiverton
1983 Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Association
1982 Pottery Crafts Lectures
1979-1984 Part time lecturer South Devon College of Art
1985 -1996 Advisor South Devon College of Art
1984-1990 Advisor Plymouth College of Art

Publication Features

Publication Features

2010 Bugs Brittanica, Peter Marren - Chatto and Windus
2007 The Nature Diary of an Artist: Jennie Hale: A&C Black
2005 Raku, Tim Andrews: A&C Black
2004 Drawing birds John Busby, Christopher Helm.
2001 Saltglazed ceramics, Rosemary Cochrane: The Cornwood Press.
2000 The Potters Guide to Ceramic Surfaces,  Jo Connell. Apple Books
1994 Raku, Tim Andrews A&C Black
1994 BBC Wildlife magazine Nature diarist of the year. ( specially commended)
1993 Sixty years of pottery at Dartington.
1990 Animal Forms and Figures, Rosemary Wren. Batsford
1986 and 1983  International Saltglaze.

Collections

Collections

The Bill Ismay Collection  Stoke on Trent
The  Guennol Collection New York.
Nottingham Museum
Exeter Museum
Devon Education Collection
Strathclyde  Education Collection.

And in private collections throughout the world.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Raku
Earthenware
Painterly
Handbuilt
Kitchen & Tableware
Animals and Birds