Pots by Molly Attrill / Paintings and Drawings by Bridget Macdonald
This exhibition opens on Saturday, 8 April and runs until 1 May, 2017 in The Clayden Gallery at Quay Arts, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight
This is the first time my sister, who is a potter, and I have shown our work together. We have chosen to focus on the small stretch of coastline on the Southern tip of the Isle of Wight where we were born and where Molly still lives. She has her studio at Binnel, near Ventnor, and here she uses the inherent characteristics of different clays, glazes, oxides and firing schedules to make her pots. Decoration is based on observational sketches, using techniques including brushwork, wax resist and sgraffito.
I shall show new lighthouse paintings and a sequence of tiny ink drawings (4 x 6 ins) which are as much about memory as the present day. These refer to William Blake’s wood engravings for Thornton’s edition of Virgil, which Samuel Palmer called “visions of little dells, nooks, and corners of Paradise”.