“Linda Styles is an artist whose passion for colour, form, and the uncensored expression of female energy is at the heart of all her work.”
Linda Styles is one of the UK’s foremost artist potters. She studied Studio Pottery at Falmouth College of Art, and as an undergraduate was selected for Ceramic Contemporaries II exhibition at the V&A London, the Setting Out exhibition at the CPA, and was commissioned by Sir Terence Conran to create an exclusive tableware collection as part of the collaboration Styles and Ward.
She has directed Arts Council, Heritage Lottery and EU Funded public art projects, and lectures by invitation on the subjects of ceramics and contemporary craft. Her work is available at a select list of galleries in the UK.
Peter Wray was trained as a painter, extending his practice into printmaking in the early 1970s, after being exposed to the richness and unique expressive power of the intaglio surface.
With his background in painting, and being largely self-taught as a printmaker, the integration of painterly methodology into the graphic process was a natural development, and it is this combination of approach which gives his work its distinctive style:- “prints about painting, and paintings about prints”.
‘I work with ceramics thrown on the wheel, creating three dimensional functional forms using a local stoneware clay. I then decorate using underglazes and gold lustre to create plants, flowers and wildlife designs to express my passion for the magical natural world in the place where I live in Cornwall and where I grew up on a farm in North Devon.’
‘The intention in my work is always to capture a moment in the process of change; to reflect both the physical and spiritual quality of ‘place‘; and to suggest equal importance in both the inside and the outside of all my forms.’
My main practice is painting, which, over quite a few years, has been in collaboration with my partner, Peter Wray. Our paintings reflects our shared response to the landscape, sea and weather of Penwith.
I am also a printmaker, most recently renewing my interest in lithography, a medium which I find most sympathetic to my love of drawing
Since coming to live in Penwith I have started to make paperclay vessels and to involve myself with Raku firings, which Peter and I carry out together.
Throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn months, we run printmaking courses from our studio at Trewidden Garden.