The Three Just Potters and their Crafty Friends are:
Sharon, Ayjay and Ian all began potting at the weekly classes run by the Lymington Community Centre. Here they were able to work with earthenware and stoneware clays, learning how to throw pots on the wheel and various methods of hand building. Pottery glazes are specific to the type of clay being used, so how to use glazes was also an important part of the learning process.
Now the three potters are developing their own individual styles of both pot and glaze.
Su Davies is a talented leather worker who hand crafts bags for all occasions and uses.
The bags are hand sewn together and fitted with draw cords and handles as required using different coloured leather pieces to create colourful fashion items.
Jacquie makes a range of hand made artisan soaps carefully crafted from natural plant oils and butters, using the traditional cold process method. They are fragranced with pure essential oils and natural colours. They are palm oil and animal fat free, so are suitable for vegans. Jacquie is proud to be a member of the Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers.
Becky is a local artist, living in the New Forest, who is inspired by the animals that she sees in and around the area, and using a variety of media creates delightful images that capture the essence of the subjects.
The various media used include watercolours, oils, charcoal, pastels and inks. Choosing the medium to work with can really change the effect of the art, and therefore the character of the animal. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it is the artist's mood which determines the medium used for a particular picture.
Peter finds pieces of timber sourced in and around the New Forest and, using a lathe, turns the wood into objects of beauty that show off the natural grain of the wood to perfection. Each wood has its own characteristics, some being harder to work with than others. It therefore takes skill and judgement to get the best out of each piece of raw material.
Belinda makes delicate pieces of silver jewellery. She uses sterling silver wire and sheet, which hand formed and textured to create unique pieces of jewellery. This year there are a number of new designs that will suit all ages.