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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)

Journey Jar

This evening sees the opening of our much anticipated Easter exhibition, so we’re busy putting the final touches to our show as St Ives’ long awaited half term visitors grace Fore Street and the town gets back into its busy seasonal swing.

We’re incredibly proud to be showing the work of ceramicist Adam Buick, who has exhibited regularly at NC for the past four years and in 2013 was nominated for the prestigious Jerwood Makers Prize. And as if having this year’s most high profile British maker at NC wasn’t enough, Adam has created an exclusive collection for our show using Cornish materials including China Clay from Tresowen and Doble’s clay pit St.Agnes, granite dust from Castle-an-Dinas Quarry and metal ore from Porthtowan. We think Buick’s Korean inspired Moon Jars – whether two feet tall or small enough to fit in the palm of your hand – are among the most beautiful ceramics on the arts scene today.

Accompanying him is another of the UKs most celebrated craftsmen, whose talent with hot glass has made his London Glassblowing Studio one of the most influential glass studios in the world. Peter Layton’s distinctive, richly coloured works exude real passion and are dazzling here on show in the early spring sunshine. Layton’s spirited pieces are set against a new collection of works by well-loved St Ives artist Emma Jeffryes, whose paintings are filled with all the contrasting splash and serenity of life here on St Ives bay. All three of these outstanding artists will be at our Private View party tonight along with our many friends and clients, and we’ll be launching our 2014 season in style!

We’ve lots to look forward to this year, with forthcoming shows by painters Lucie Bray, Neil Davies and Matthew Lanyon, ceramicists Akiko Hirai, Chris Keenan and Matthew Chambers and craftsmen Guy Royle and Breon O’casey among others. And while we are on the subject of extraordinary talent – take a look at this video of the work of Rebecca McDonald, who thrilled us with the most spectacular exhibition here at NC in December. We dare you not to fall in love with her as much as we have!

Image /  Adam Buick, Moon Jar from the Cornish Series

paul n goatsThe world is full of art news this week. A newly discovered painting by Vincent van Gogh has been unveiled in Amsterdam, the nominees for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize have been announced (we vote Anoush Abrar by the way) but we can beat that here in St Ives this weekend with the launch of the annual September Festival, the first ever Ceramics Trail Cornwall and the opening of the biggest show of the year here at New Craftsman.

TERENCE COVENTRY, JEREMY ANNEAR and JUDY BUXTON with Guy Royle and Elspeth Owen opens tomorrow, Saturday 14th and we are expecting the biggest Private View party we’ve ever held. Our wonderful gallery manager of fortynine years Michael Hunt is putting the finishing touches to our spectacular show (careful up that ladder Michael!), Paul Haase is selecting the champagne and dusting truffles with edible gold dust (we’d expect nothing less – Paul always spoils us), gallery assistant and recent Art History Masters graduate Sussie Moran has detailed and mounted every single label (the model of professional patience), gallery assistant and talented jewellery maker Sarah Watson is polishing and perfecting the displays (with her artists eye for beauty and detail) and Director Ylenia Haase is overseeing every last detail of a show she has worked on night and day for months.

There’s a great sense of anticipation! We are thrilled to confirm that world class sculptor Terence Coventry will be attending the opening of this, his first show within Cornwall for 25 years, as will abstract artist Jeremy Annear and his wife, outstanding landscape and still life painter Judy Buxton, celebrated contemporary jeweller Guy Royle and respected performance, installation and mixed media artist Elspeth Owen.

The show will run throughout the September Festival and until 12th October so, red dots notwithstanding, this fabulous selection of contemporary art show will stand as autumn’s must see exhibition.

Images: Paul Haase taking a moment to position Terence Coventry’s goat sculptures in NCs window!

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terence coventry-9754This spring marks five years since gallery Director and Curator Ylenia Haase took ownership of the New Craftsman Gallery, and with it the celebrated history and future expectations of the St Ives arts community, to whom this historic gallery really belongs.

Still one of the most important spaces for contemporary artists in Cornwall, having nurtured the reputations of St Ives School artists such as Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Bryan Winter, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon, we continue to showcase original works by emerging Cornish artists, and bringing the gallery successfully to its 50th Anniversary year in 2012 has meant balancing its modernist legacy with demand for a new generation of contemporary artists.

As a result, deciding on our annual programme of exhibitions is both a delight and a challenge. One of our biggest decisions here at NC is selecting artists for the prestigious September Festival Exhibition, when arts lovers from across Europe stream into St Ives for a cultural fortnight of art, music and performance. Selecting artists has taken a lot of reading, thinking, debating and indulging ourselves in reams of artwork images – and as usual we are spoilt for choice down here in West Cornwall. Far too much talent available. Who to select …..?

Well at last, with great excitement – and yes, some pride – we’ve finalised our 2013 September Festival show. Throughout September the white plinths and slate floor space of  NC will be given over to the sculpture of internationally respected artist Terence Coventry (Royal College of Art) and our walls will be graced by the dramatic paintings of Judy Buxton (Royal Academy School London). Paintings by Jeremy Annear, Jewellery by Guy Royle and ceramics by Elspeth Owen will also be on show. This will be a Festival show rich in weighty, textured, metal hued painting and sculpture, further complemented by the exquisite drawings of both Coventry and Buxton. Buxton’s equine, still life and landscape paintings, rich with palette knife texture and tones of rust, gold, copper, silver and grey will provide a beautiful backdrop to Coventry’s powerful, figurative bronze and steel sculptures of birds, cattle, dogs, horses and human figures.

An exhibition of some weight, wouldn’t you say?

Judy Buxton

Images: Sculpture by Terence Coventry. Painting by Judy Buxton.

Terence Coventry and Judy Buxton will be on show from 14th September. For more information go to