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Enjoying the sunshine at Flameworks

Momentarily thought about using some kind of pun on the name ‘Flameworks’ for the title of this blog, but, somehow, couldn’t quite bring myself to do it… All variations on the form have been fairly exhaustively used by our (wonderfully supportive) paper, the Plymouth Herald, in any case, and they do it so much better than I ever could… here’s a few examples which stand out!

‘Flameworks will burn bright…’ (June 2012)

‘Dreaming of a red hot Christmas?’ (December 2012)

‘Get ready for a flaming week…’ (July 2012)

Great stuff, not sure where they get them all!

Although we are very sad at Flameworks that resident artist U Lee Johnson will be leaving us (although she will remain a member), we are pleased to welcome two new studio holders! Dara and Chris have both been enthusiastic students of resident armourer Jez Menis, of Black Hand Crafts, at his regular Blacksmithing Skills classes. We’re really pleased that they’ve decided to take the next step and are looking forward to helping them develop at Flameworks.


Dara working with Jez to cast an aluminium ingot.

Flameworks associate member Sean M. Lee has been taking advantage of the lovely weather to get up close and personal with some of Plymouth’s wildlife – we love this image of a duck he posted earlier!


Green woodworker Peter Lanyon is still taking bookings for his next ‘Introduction to Greenwood Furniture’ course at Devon’s Bulworthy Project from 20th – 21st July. Click here for more details on this and Peter’s other courses.


Horseshoe stool by Peter Lanyon

Peter’s also been running an informal gathering in the lovely village of Sparkwell making spoons – click here to get in touch with him and find out more.


(It appears that we have a budding journalist here at Flameworks – a certain resident artist, who shall, as usual, remain nameless, just gleefully shouted ‘Sparkwell spoon whittlers stir it up!’ Oh dear…)

If you’re aged between 11 and 19 (or up to 25 if you have a disability), live in Plymouth, and likely to get bored over the summer holidays, why not have a look at all the free courses and activities available from Plymouth Summer Mix? Sadly, Noah Taylor‘s hot metalworking course is already booked up, but there’s always next year…

Katie Lake has enjoyed working with students from Newton Abbot college to create and install this fabulous new sculpture at their new building – lucky students!


Lots of Flameworks members enjoyed the opening on Friday of a great new pub/bistro for the arts community (and anyone else who likes lovely organic food and a hand-selected range of drinks) in Plymouth’s Ebrington Street. The Bread and Roses has been beautifully decorated and their outside space upstairs is definitely the best new hideout for long summer evenings…


Photo by Rod González of Optimo Images

If you’re looking for art in the Devon area this week, look no further! As ever, Flameworks artists have plenty on display…

Katie Lake‘s beautifully hand-crafted work for the garden is still on display at Chagford’s Mythic Garden.


Detail of Katie’s ‘Circles’ sculpture

Katie’s work is also still on display, along with Noah Taylor‘s ‘Arrival of the Saint by Land and Sea’ in the fabulous setting of Salcombe’s Overbeck’s.

Tomorrow is your last chance to see work by Jan Brewerton, Eddie Fordham and Sandy Wager in Plymouth Council House’s Open Art Display – a great opportunity to see work  by local artists, as well as look round this classic of post-war design (we have a few of those in Plymouth’s hugely underrated city centre…)


‘The Clowns’  by Sandy Wager

Finally, from tomorrow, Devonport High School for Girls is holding an exhibition at Peninsula Arts’ Cube³ Gallery in conjunction with new work by local artists – including a brand new sculpture by our very own Noah Taylor, intriguingly titled ‘Venus in Transition’. The exhibition runs until 9th August.


Brass sculpture by Noah Taylor




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