Rachel paints in a range of media but is concentrating on abstracted watercolours for much of this current body of work. Maggie incorporates natural elements into clay to create ceramic pieces which echo some of the natural forms that have shaped our landscape.
Having been introduced through Apple Store Gallery for this exhibition, Maggie and I discussed the theme of Herefordshire, Beauty and Power. Both our work draws inspiration from the natural world, and we were keen to explore the idea of power in the landscape. Looking at a map, and thinking about ley lines, we found points of interest between our studios, and found that we both live near old hill fort sites, and that the Iron Age site of Credenhill, was almost equidistant. When we went to explore, we knew we’d found a spot to be inspired by.
Once the site of a busy Iron Age tribal capital, Credenhill Park Wood has also been a Roman army depot and a medieval deer park. The walls of the fort are still visible in some places, and it’s not hard to imagine past lives there.
We made several visits over a period of time, and each time, the woods and pathways had something new to show us.
I was interested in exploring the shapes made by the trees and branches, trying to capture the layers of shadows and depth and that feeling of ancient history being at your fingertips.
Maggie Kingston Ceramics:Inspired by Nature, Created from Clay with Plant Ash and other glazes. Each ceramic a unique piece of art.
I am inspired by the natural cycle of the earth, and our physical and spiritual relationship with creation.
Herefordshire Landscape, Beauty and Power, takes Credenhill Iron Age Camp as inspiration and was visited several times over the year.
I hope that these ceramics and the poems inspired by the landscape will enable you to weave your own stories around them.