Sunday, January 15

Day Seven Art Challenge Alan Snape Potter




..and so we reach Day Seven of The Art Challenge for the potter...Alan Snape...
At the closing exhibition of his time studying art at St Martins Lancaster...every piece of work apart from two which we still have...sold! 
At that time Alan was working in wood, metal and ceramic. He was creating wall pieces with burnt wood and metal or clay..... big powerful pieces of art.
 I was always sorry that teaching at Penketh High...stopped all that influence. Too much else to think about...apart from family growingup etc!! 
So the commission for a wall mounted work to be placed in the foyer of the Oaks Centre  in Penketh was welcomed. 
The piece is composed of oak beams burnt in the bonfire, down the field, until charred to his satisfaction. Then formed into various sized crosses and three pure white ceramic balls placed within the sculpture.
If you ask him what it means you will receive a gentle shrug and...
 "what do you think?"




I'm adding this early pic of Alan's car....the beloved Nelly...car...circa 1967...in Rochdale with a friend from St. Martin's College Lancaster, the lovely sister @Rosiemcclellandart and yours truly...how glamorous, how young, how innocent we were!
I kept slim by pushing Nelly to start her most days!!

 

Saturday, January 14

Art challenge...Day Six...Jonah in the Boat Asleep.




Day Six of the potters art challenge.

Many of the series Alan has produced have been based on well known Bible Stories. 
This is from the story of Jonah who disobeyed instructions...and ended up inside a BIG fish!....he eventually obeyed ...though still wasn't very happy...read it for yourself!
In this piece from the series Jonah is asleep in the boat...just before they throw him off to the fish!!!! Typical of the potter's sense of humour.


Friday, January 13




Day five of the potter's art challenge....and this camel seen in the window at the Buckenham Gallery in Southwold...is ready, willing and able to paaarrrtay!!
Where do the ideas come from?...I dread to think!
I think this sweet camel is long gone...off partying somewhere classy...but others will follow where he has lead no doubt.
You can always pop into the Potters House here on Heath Road Penketh to see what the potter is conjuring up at the moment.



Looking in  and...



...he's looking out!!

Thursday, January 12

Day Four Art Challenge....Alan Snape





Day Four...Alan Snape's Art Challenge and this Penguin is proudly showing off her/his Venetian crown. 

We spent many happy hours at The Brighton Arts Festival at The Open House of @AnneliesClarke for some years. 

She asked us to consider a Venetian Theme and this is what the potter came up with and very happy we are that he did. 
You can find them in the galleries that supply his ceramics as well as here at The Potters House Penketh......... there are other less theatrical penguins available ........!!



Wednesday, January 11

Art Challenge Day Three




Day Three of the potter's art challenge.
Most artists hate commissions...takes them away from what they want to do...it means they have to ask questions!!
But commissions are also bread and butter for an artist! 
This commission was however a pleasure for Alan.
This is a Baptismal Bowl commissioned by a newly renovated Liverpool Church. 
(pics by G)


Tuesday, January 10

Alan Snape's Art Challenge...Day two.




Day Two for the "Potters" seven day art challenge.
one of the main ceramic pieces that Alan has produced here at The Potters House Penketh has been The Landscape Pots. these have each been individually produced with both land and seascapes.
These can be seen at our shop and gallery and also the galleries that stock his work in Southwold, Snape Maltings and Whitstable.


Monday, January 9



Day One...and the work from Alan Snape...aka the potter...
This is from the early days when he was still working on canvas and wood and metal assemblages....

"Honesty"...oil on board.6x6...still on the wall in our home...I love it. Gx