Celebrating the 5th season

Published on 5 October 2015

Summer is fading but autumn is not yet in its full glory. Often referred to as the “5th season”, this special interval in the calendar is a time to catch the last softer rays of sunshine and to marvel at the first yellowing of leaves. To celebrate this glorious season, the White Fox Gallery is launching “The 5th season” exhibition, a medley of wood artworks and exquisite fine felt work:

Gradually moving from summer brightness to autumnal tones, Heather Potten’s felt creations (vessels and wearables) display a truly amazing command of colour and texture. A very accomplished maker, Heather has generated quite a following with customers returning several times for more of her work.

However, if it is the trees which draw your attention at this time of year, then come and enjoy the simple beauty of the artworks produced by our two woodturners and wood maker. Rustic or elegant, earthy or ethereal, organic, quirky, sleek these are terms which best describe John Smith, John Milne and Rankin Kinsman-Blake’s work.

The majority of John Smith’s work in this exhibition is produced with a natural edge and is a remarkable exploration of the variety found in the grain of local hard wood species. John prouds himself in only sourcing wood grown in the UK, particularly in Scotland. His vessels, executed in oak, elm, pear, holly, cherry, silver birch and yew amongst others are both delicate and yet reminiscent of natural forms. He also turns bowls for everyday use.

John Milne, who exhibited at the White Fox Gallery last year, is, once again, contributing a few pieces to this new exhibition. Having established a reputation for producing works with a great finish, he is also best known for his more exotic wood turned vessels.

Rankin‘s artworks are the products of his peaceful wanderings in the countryside. Whilst harvesting the hedgerows for berries for instance, he is always on the look out for interesting pieces of wood. Old hedges, particularly, can have a diverse range of species in their make up – wild apple, pear, plum, cherry and laburnum to name but a few. Rankin style of work is deliberately rustic and devoid of all artifice. They conjure up a simple life, still very much connected to the countryside. Decorative or useful and utterly charming, they would fit perfectly in any country home.

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