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campsite washday lowres

As 2014 draws to a close here at New Craftsman and the New Year is upon us, we have fired up the Hotpod and are taking stock of a year of fantastic exhibitions. It’s been pretty peaceful along Fore Street in December, and now there is a rich purple light from the sweeping Atlantic sky that makes the sand of St Ives Bay glow and the rolling sea turn a vibrant aquamarine. In lots of ways it’s our favourite time of year, when West Cornwall is as dazzlingly colourful as it is in mid-summer, and the beaches and streets are empty and all our own.

This time of year also inspires many of our best New Craftsman artists: in the paintings of NC favourite Neil Davies you can see the awesome energy of winter in Cornwall, with its ominous clouds, blinding shafts of light and wind battered heath land. Painter Emma Jeffryes’ sellout 2014 show was inspired by last winter’s powerful storms, a series of breathtaking weather events that gave a thrilling new feel to her work.

In winter we wait, and watch and enjoy the ice cold beauty of this remote peninsula. Christmas lights sway back and forth above our heads along pretty, cobbled streets and reflect in the harbour at night. Smeaton’s Pier is swallowed by pounding walls of salt water and the higher parts of town take the force of a brutal north wind. To quote Neil Davies on the pleasures of living in Cornwall, ‘there is a sense of timelessness, and of nature being, as it should be, very much in charge.’

It is a time to enjoy the calm, because before long we’ll start looking forward to the warmth and the hustle and bustle that comes with spring and the happy energy of St Ives’ many visitors.

Keeping us company over the next few weeks is a beautiful exhibition of contemporary jewellery by Guy Royle, Breon O’Casey and Paul Preston, and a unique collection of one-off works by the Leach Pottery’s talented studio team. Most fitting for the season are Jenny Ayrton’s icey blocks of contemporary glass, with their precious scenes of homely domesticity, perfect for us as we cosy on down for New Year.

Image: Jenny Ayrton, Campsite Washday (wire and metal in molten glass)

NDavies Perched on the Edge Above Crashing Waves

Summer has finally arrived here in St Ives! And as our fantastic Lucie Bray exhibition comes to an end its time to rehang for our much anticipated summer exhibition by exceptional west cornwall landscape painter Neil Davies. 2013 marks Neil fourth solo show here at NC and we are extremely proud to include him amongst NCs key artists. This year we’re a little nervous. During the final day of hanging in 2012 we unexpectedly sold almost half of the forty paintings on show, and so the Private View that evening was already awash with red dots. Buyers from Europe and London telephoned to snap up Neil’s fabulous works quicker than we could unpack them, but all were kind enough to allow them to stay at NC for the duration of the show.

The paintings in this year’s show, Braving the Elements, promise to be just as exciting. Having lived and painted in Cornwall full time since 2000, Neil’s has established himself as one of Cornwalls finest landscape artist. His dramatic, often huge, semi abstracted oil works have a vibrant energy borne of Davies powerful brush and knife work, and the skilful use of classic oil techniques. Alongside these are a collection of exquisitely rendered landscape sketches which demonstrate the breadth of davies artistic ability. We’re expecting a full house at next Saturday’s opening night, and are looking forward to the usual bubbly, champagne truffles and great company.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a showcase of contemporary ceramics by Tanya Gomez, whose elegantly sculptural functional pottery is hand thrown from fine porcelain and glazed in palette of glossy rainbow hues. There will also be a showcase of seascapes by fused glass artists Jane Reeves.

Images: Perched on Cliffs above Crashing Waves by Neil Davies

Neil Davies, Tanya Gomez and Jane Reeves will be on show from 13th July. For more information go to