Mother’s Day 2013

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Handmade textile & vintage button card by Jessie Chorley. Earthenware beaker & beech leaf side plate by James Burnett-Stuart

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Ceramics by James Burnett-Stuart. Lino block print & watercolour by Robert Macdonald, our current exhibition

A Mother’s love is…

…special, nurturing, enduring, brave, fearless, supportive and protective – a guiding light.

A cupboard full of domestic ceramics by James Burnett-Stuart

‘I like the way pots enter our lives stealthily, benignly, and exert their quiet influence.  As companions, offering beauty, comfort, practical service, sensuous experience all in a modest almost subliminal way.  This is the beauty of pottery – that it lives side by side with us not calling for attention, and not provoking self-consciousness. But allowing, as it were by slow release, discoveries of depth and detail.

This is why I would always make mugs, cups, drinking vessels generally.  Of all pots the cup is the one we have the most intimate relation with.  We raise it to our lips, we cradle it, we wash it, several times a day.  We have favourites.  We cast our eye over their shelved ranks.  We select or reject them according to our mood or according to some inward inclination we are hardly aware of.’

Valentine’s gifts for your one & only…

valentine newsLove is something eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence‘ Vincent van Gogh

‘I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street’ W H Auden

valentines collectionValentine’s day collections – cards, postcards, ribbons, strings, little wrapped gifts & small works of art…

…a piece of exquisite, hand-stitched jewellery by Amanda Caines, a book of Welsh poetry, a hand-thrown cup by James Burnett-Stuart (‘Of all pots the cup is the one we have the most intimate relation with. We raise it to our lips, we cradle it, we wash it.  Daily, several times a day. We have favourites.’), a hand painted bead necklace by Louise Brosnan RCA, a small box of pink, violet & orange Unison soft pastels, a Kaweco fountain pen, design from 1935 (a friendship for generations), a pocket Moleskine Japanese Concertina sketchbook, a limited edition metal box of Conte a Paris sketching crayons, a John Derian ‘Love’ badge… be romantic.


Christmas & New Year Opening Times

xmas building 2We will be open next week from Tuesday until Saturday at our normal times 9.15am-5pm, and then on…

Sunday 23rd December 10am-4pm

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve 9.15am-3pm

We close over the Christmas holiday for our annual break and will re-open on…

Friday 4th January 2013

We would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2013 with an exciting new programme of exhibitions, new artists, workshops, events and lots more.

A few more Christmas delights…

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Christmas Wreath made by The Art Shop, destined for the dining room at The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

A few more Christmas delights from our winter show ‘Where the Wonderful Happens’…

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Cut Branch Dish by Wally Keeler

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Sneaky glimpse of Alexis Snell’s Peep Show – tiny tin trapeze artists in miniature bottles

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Embroidered Dress by Jessie Chorley

Jade Mellor Jewellery

Hewn Rings (Terracotta, Pyrite & Malachite) by Jade Mellor

Christmas Wrappings, Cards & Ribbons

John Derian Cards

A selection of John Derian postcards

John Derian Wrappings
Wrappings by John Derian, Frederica, Wrap & Khadi

Bright burnt oranges, cerises, violets, scarlets and many more colours. We have chosen papers from all around the world – Indian Loktas, fine Bhutanese, soft Mulberry and Japanese Sanwa (flecked with silver and gold).

We mix them together with multi-coloured zingy sheets of tissue papers.

For the first time we are showing the quirky, divine John Derian wrapping papers- patterned, illustrative and good enough to frame. Give to those who appreciate beautiful papers, not throw away papers, but the ones to cherish and use again and again…

We have attached John Derian’s postcards to lengths of ribbon to hang from our mantle-shelf and from a jug of winter twigs. If you want to post one, we have made glassine envelopes, stuck down with a golden star. (We have tried every pen in the shop on glassine paper and they all work).

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Ribbons– velvet, satin, grosgrain, twine & leaf


Our Circus window for ‘Where the Wonderful Happens

Hand Painted Screen by Cornelia O’Donovan RCA

Cornelia O'Donovan screen 4Cornelia O’Donovan’s screen has arrived. This is not just a four panelled decorative screen, but a painting like a Medieval fresco of foliage, flowers and many little putti – so exquisite.

See more of her screen below.

Cornelia O'Donovan Screen

Silver gilded glass vase by Alice Cescatti

Slipware platter by Dylan Bowen


Run Away With The Circus! Children’s Workshops with Tamsin Thorne

Iwishiwasa… costumes by Tamsin Thorne

On Saturday 24th November, we are hosting two magical workshops with costume designer, Tamsin Thorne.

Use our new exhibition Where the Wonderful Happens’, a Winter Circus of make-believe as inspiration – peep shows, boxing kangaroos, strongmen, snow globes & trapeze artists – to make a show-stopping, fantabulous headress! Wear it for all your Christmas celebrations…

A small, stunning collection of Tamsin’s Iwishiwasa costumes pictured here are for sale at The Art Shop.

For more details and booking information click here

Stone Carving Workshops with Matt Caines

Found Blue Whalebone Carving – 2012 (detail)

Sculptor, Matt Caines, is offering a unique opportunity to learn stone carving at his workshop in Abergavenny. Matt has been exhibiting his work at The Art Shop for a number of years, and having recently moved to the area with his family, has set up a purpose built studio to offer evening and weekend classes.

He has not long returned from six weeks in Arctic Canada on a Wingate Scholarship to learn traditional Inuit stone carving techniques.

Matt studied Architectural Ornament at City & Guilds School of Art, London, following a first degree in Fine Art. Recent work includes designing and carving a plaque in beech, unveiled by H.R.H The Prince of Wales; workshops at the Museum of London based on Roman artifacts and at the Sir John Soane Museum; and the restoration of Sam Wanamaker’s stone at the Globe Theatre. Scholarships include the Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill & Wingate.

Find out more about Matt’s workshops here

Abergavenny Food Festival 2012

Cornelia O’Donovan RCA – A Plate for Dandelion Flowers – pencil & gouache 59 x 42cm

Rachel Eardley –  Tunnocks Teacake – hand drawn ceramic plate

James Burnett-Stuart – Scalloped Big Bowl – earthenware

Come and enjoy our celebration, starting on Saturday 15th outside our shop in our pop-up painting studio with Kumar Saraff, who will be painting and drawing from a still-life table of delicious foods. Come and observe a Royal Academy Schools trained artist at work.

At 1pm there will be live music by Carmina, “a superb mix of jazz, folk and celtic crossover music – taking the audience on a bewitching journey full of melodic grace and inventiveness – a brilliant band superbly fronted by vocalist Pippa Marland and guitarist Rob King” (Jack McGouran, Guinness Jazz Festival).

Our Food Festival Exhibitions this year are…

A Theatre of Platesartist decorated vintage ceramics

A Dinner Set for an Imaginary Banquet – A small exhibition of works on paper by Cornelia O’Donovan RCA (see 1st image above)

Beautiful and Damned – photographs by Camilla Broadbent  

The Angel Hotel – the fine art of painting a restaurant

The newly re-furbished restaurant in The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, is getting an artist’s touch, creating a theatre of dining…

Michael Harding Artist Oil Colour Raw Umber and Manganese Violet have been applied by hand to new lime plaster walls. Other areas have been painted with Unbleached Titanium Dioxide mixed with a smidgen of Sennelier Dry Pigment Yellow Ochre.

Even the frames of some artwork on the walls, such as the photographs of Welsh National Opera productions, have had a  make-over by using Raphael Acrylic Bronze with a touch of Burnt Sienna.

These photographs were taken by Graham Matthews, who was one of the main photographers for the Arts Council of Wales.

The majority of the artwork hung in The Angel Hotel has been bought from the gallery at The Art Shop.