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
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
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
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
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