Exhibition at Eype Church Sept 2020

This is a record of images from an exhibition Bill Crumbleholme was invited to participate with Jenny Penny in September 2020.

The photographs are a wander around the church. Some of the display has not been recorded because the snaps did not come out well enough - reflections on glass etc!

Bill made the pots and Jenny the flatter things!

At the bottom of the page are copies of the artists' statements.


I live in Dorset and I am absolutely passionate about Dorset's magnificent wealth of coast and countryside. I have walked and worked in much of West Dorset and Purbeck for 25 years.

I trained at Weymouth College and specialised in metal sculpture. Finding this a very anti social art form to bang out in my back garden, I looked for other ways to develop my passion.

I started working with mount card, cutting it out and layering it in the attempt to come up with an alternative to sculpting. I have always felt dissatisfied with flat pictures. Something inside me wants to bring the picture out of its frame.

My method is to visit the site with a sketch book and my camera. I fastidiously draw my image in pencil finishing off in pen and ink. I then play around with light and shade creating shapes in the attempt to give dept to the overall image. The sculpted pictures are a result of meticulously cutting out coloured mount card with a scalpel and layering them.

I specialise in the landscape scenes on our doorstep. Those that I know so well.



Bill is an Upwey Potter, living, working & teaching ceramics in the village for many decades.

As a member of the Ancient Wessex Network, he works with museums, archaeologists & heritage centres conducting experiments which explore methods of making pottery using prehistoric technologies.

Bill makes authentic replicas of old pots by hand, these tend to be sold to museums & archaeologists. He also produces contemporary wares with the same shapes & decorations but throws them on the wheel & glazes them using more modern methods, so that they can be used as functional pots, being oven & dishwasher proof.

Neolithic bowls, Bronze Age urns & beakers, Iron Age & Roman jars & bowls inspire the designs, with surfaces decorated by impressing tools such as combs, bones or sticks into the clay to form repeating patterns.

Bill built a kiln which he fires using wood as fuel, reaching up to 1300oC. The resulting pottery has a special quality that comes from the fly-ash that lands on the pots & causes mottled textures, this is coupled with the darker colours achieved by a period of reduction – during which the oxygen is starved inside the kiln chamber so that the iron in the clay is changed & the glazes are also modified, green coppers turning pink & browns becoming more fluid. Paler glazes pick up speckles from the ash melting in them. Each pot has a unique journey through the kiln, with varying amounts of ash and reduction, so each one is different.