Maggie Cooke

maggie@upweypotters.com
Maggie at Artists of the Jurassic Coast Exhibition,
Eype Centre for the Arts, Dorset.  September 2015

Maggie's imaginatve works in porcelain combine fine art and ceramics.  Having trained both as a painter and a potter, she has an artists approach to her ceramics using texture and colour to produce images which demand close attention by the viewer. 

Her inspiration comes from nature, wildlife, landscape and the coast.  Sunlight shining through seedheads caught in ice gave her the idea for Winter Seedhead bowls, using the translucency of porcelain to capture this.  Shoreline and tideline patterns and the flight of birds all play their part in her work.

 

              
Tideline Bowl - detail                                                                                Large Tideline Dish

These pictures show the style of Maggie’s work.  Her thoughts, inspiration and p
rocesses are constantly evolving.  Like all artists, anything can have an influence on what she makes such as seeing an early morning misty view across the valley from her home; the dappled golden light through the autumn beeches in the woods; the foamy edge of the waves along the shore; the swooping flight of terns returning to their nests from a fishing trip; winter ice on seedheads.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


                         Maggie’s work changes under these influences. 

                Spring and summer with the birds, colour and new growth;

              autumn and winter with golden colours, harvest and seedheads. 

                    

                                                                                                                    

                  

Close detail of Tideline BowL                           Terns of the Tide - wall hanging           

              
                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                       
             

    
                                                                            
Maggies work can next be seen at the "My Wildlife" exhibition at the Dorset Wildlife Trust's Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Weymouth from 5 to 20 Nov. 2016. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
Also during November at The Creative Gallery, Wareham, Dorset. www.creativegallerywareham.co.uk
After that at the Dorset Pottery Group Annual Exhibition at Bridport Arts Centre during December. www.dorsetpotterygroup.co.uk
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