Sue Jenkins - featured artist 2014
Gardening and the countryside! Nothing could be better says artist Sue Jenkins.
Sue lives in the Holme Valley and her passion for her surroundings runs through all her work. Sue has supported our Art Festival from the outset and we are thrilled that she is our Featured Artist for 2014.
Everyone who visits us takes delight in her quirky figures and children and adults alike want to own one of her pieces. Sue has been on many training courses but her originality and appeal come from being a largely self-taught artist who has been working with clays since 1974. Originally, she made hand- made stoneware for the house and garden but is now equally well known for her array of farm and other animals and birds, each of which has its own quirky individual character based on organic themes and shapes.
Variety is her key characteristic and she has also added figures to complement her creatures and extend her gallery of pottery art. She manages to teach her hand-building techniques too and has done so for the past 19 years, firstly teaching children and then adults, currently running weekly classes at Northern Light Gallery and Art School in Huddersfield.
Indeed she is much in demand - she supplies pieces for sale in over a dozen shops and galleries in the region. The local landscape, fauna and flora inspire her and her love of texture transforms her creative ideas into pottery sculptures both beautiful and robust. All her pieces are individually made and there is no doubt that each has its own personality.
Sue's figures are usually what visitors see when they first enter the exhibition and they certainly greet you as you come in. We cannot wait to see what selection Sue will bring along this year and we know that everyone will feel uplifted by her lovely menagerie!