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Kathryn Parsons

Inspired by small details of nature – exquisite miniature mixed-media moth sculptures and #SolaceInNature macro photography.

 

This year I’ll be opening my studio ‘virtually’ with a live online Open Studio via Zoom – I hope you’ll be able to join me!  Email me or see the website for a link nearer the time.

 

About Kathryn…

I am a visual story teller and mixed media artist.  I create intricate hand-modelled sculptures that weave together tales of people, places and the natural world.

It is the small details of nature that inspire me. Whether I’m looking at a fragment of lichen-encrusted bark or through a lens at a piece of coral, natural structures, textures and forms delight me.

As I explore these treasures, and delve into the history of the places in which they are found, I find myself wanting to share their stories. Through sculpture I select and combine the elements that most fascinate me. Sometimes new species emerge… new wonders of the natural world that have been waiting to be discovered.

The materials I choose to use depends on the story to be told; from porcelain plants and ephemeral chlorophyll photographs to wildflower-shoes made of sugar. Hand modelled porcelain is currently at the heart of my practice, often combined with found natural and vintage objects. Porcelain’s preciousness, fragility and strength say something of how I perceive the natural world, and I enjoy the challenges of modelling this demanding clay using simple tools. Whatever the material, each sculpture is created by hand, each one is unique, each one is a treasure.

Hand modelled porcelain is currently at the heart of my work.  I enjoy the challenge of modelling this tricky clay with simple tools, and porcelain’s preciousness, fragility and strength say something of how I see the natural world.  Whatever the material, each sculpture is created by hand, each one is unique, each one is a treasure.

Exhibitions, Events & Workshops…

My work has been exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Centre for Craft & Design (solo and group exhibitions), City Gallery Peterborough, and as site specific interventions at Burghley House, John Clare Cottage, Northampton Museum and Derby Museum.  Please see my website for more information about exhibitions, events and workshops.

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To see more or get in touch…

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Contact name
Kathryn Parsons

Website www.kathrynparsons.co.uk

Open days

26 June 2021 (7-9pm via Zoom)
27 June 2021 (7-9pm via Zoom)

Website


Open other times by appointment
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Demonstrations available
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Tuition offered
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Commissions accepted
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porcelain radiolarian miniature

Exhibitions 2020

 

Langdyke Countryside Trust’s 
Barnack Hills and Holes Nature Reserve Open Day
27th June 2020

 

Peterborough Artists Open Studios
4th, 5th & 12th July 2020, 12-5pm

 

 

 

Exhibitions 2019

Open Upp Art, Uppingham, Rutland
Saturday 2nd –  Saturday 23rd March 2019
Open Upp Art is a pop-up gallery in the beautiful market town of Uppingham.  There is work by over 40 selected artists, designers and makers, including several members of Peterborough Artists Open Studios.

Open Monday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
8 Ayston Road, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9RL.
For further details see Kathryn’s website or email openuppart@gmail.com

 

Langdyke Countryside Trust Anniversary Celebrations
28th & 29th June 2019 at Torpel Manor Field and Etton-Maxey Nature Reserves
See www.langdyke.org.uk for details

 

Peterborough Artists Open Studios
6th, 7th & 14th June 2019
All warm welcome to my studio! Venue 28 in the brochure.

 

John Clare Festival in Helpston, Peterborough,
13th July, 10am – 4pm 
Kathryn will be running a free drop-in workshop as part of the Langdyke Stories project, at this popular festival celebrating the life of poet John Clare.  #peterboroughtogether

 

John Clare Cottage Craft Fair
Saturday 3rd August 2019
11am – 4pm
At John Clare Cottage, Woodgate, Helpston, Peterborough
Cambs, PE6 7ED

 

Langdyke Stories Celebration & Annual Meeting
13th September 2019
in Castor, nr. Peterborough – more details soon

 

 

2018

In 2018, I was part of the University of Leicester’s “Brief Encounters” project for British Science Week.  Working with their scientific glass blower, Gayle Price, I created a collection of miniature micro-fungi, inspired by the ones that are used in research at the University… they were exhibited in the Newark Houses Museum, Leicester.  You can find out more on my website.


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