I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Pring on Monday 13 March – a week ago today.
Anne and I attended a private preview of the DartLife exhibition at the Ariel Centre in Totnes. The work of Chris Pring was on show together with that of many other artists.
- Rosemary Bonney (landscape painter, mixed media)
- Amanda Cardrick (painter, acrylic, mixed media)
- Ann Chester King (landscape painter, mixed media)
- Sue Farrow-Jones (printmaker, screen printer, watercolourist)
- Breda Holden (landscape painter, watercolour and mixed media)
- Val Uglow (mixed media artist)
- Ann Yeoman (landscape and botanical water-colourist)
Chris Pring – ceramic artist
Chris makes functional domestic stoneware and delicate porcelain pieces for the home as well as Goldsworthy-inspired garden sculptures in stoneware and terracotta, and you can see examples of his work on his website http://www.kellatonpottery.co.uk/
At the exhibition, one piece caught our eye and was purchased as a gift from me to my wife on the occasion of our recent wedding anniversary.
The ticket reads:
Skeletal gnarled oak
Roots carressed by clear waters
Giving and Taking
I won’t reveal the price!
When we move back into our refurbished home shortly, this vase will take pride of place on the window sill in Anne’s office. According to Anne – she hadn’t seen the ticket and was simply drawn by the image – to her, it spoke of the individual being the tree, drawing strength from the ground and giving / sharing the gifts or talents that we each have. To the outside observer, the beauty of this giving and taking is not always recognised – they only see a gnarled tree. Their loss …
You still have time to visit the exhibition
This exhibition is on now until 30 March 2017. Entitled ‘DartLife’, it explores the River Dart, which runs as a thread through the work of all the artists, uniting them in a common theme. Don’t miss this one.
If you are a local artist and would like to feature on my blog, let me know when/where you will be exhibiting. Invite me to the private preview! And I’ll spread the word about you and your art. Click here for my contact page.