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Press Release | Ceramics by Hilary Mayo at New Craftsman | 25 May - 21 June

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Fragile Field | Ceramics by Hilary Mayo

with paintings by Chloe Holt

25 May to 21 June

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Seljalandsfoss | Hand built stoneware | by Hilary Mayo

Ceramicist Hilary Mayo returns to the New Craftsman with a collection of work that continues her exploration of the spectacular Icelandic landscape. The title Fragile Field makes reference to the negative effects of what is called the Anthropocene period, our current geological era, in which human activity is profoundly reshaping our planet, as evidenced in Iceland's receding glaciers and the impact of tourism on the country's ecology. With a focus on hand-built forms, detailed with multiple layers of glaze and applied marks, her monochrome works respond to the geology of the island's volcanic rock formations, lava fields, waterfalls and glaciers, as well as a collection of native bird eggs, which act as a metaphor for the fragility of Iceland's natural habitats.

Accompanying this exhibition is a new collection of painting by Chloe Holt entitled Where the Sea Meets the Land.  Simplicity is the defining principle in these paintings, which connect new works inspired by St Ives with a previous body of work based around the seafaring culture of Venice. Exploring the area's history, in particular that of St Ives' Leach Pottery and its links with the work of Japanese ceramicist Shoji Hamada, her paintings embrace their common ethos of spirituality and the intimacy of everyday objects.

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Shoji | Oil, gesso, raw pigment and graphite on board | by Chloe Holt

See Hilary Mayo and Chloe Holtfrom 25May to 21 June at New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE. 01736 795652 / /




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SHOJI Chloe Holt 


Editors Notes

New Craftsman St Ives

With an international reputation amongst art and craft collectors for its painting, sculpture and quality studio ceramics, the New Craftsman is regarded as one of the most important spaces for contemporary artists in St Ives. Founded in 1962 by Janet Leach, wife of Bernard Leach, it holds an unrivalled reputation as one of the country's leading art and craft venues. Now in its 55th year, the gallery's annual programme of mixed and solo exhibitions continues to support the work of Cornwall's and the UK's very best painters and craftspeople.

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE | Tel: +44 (0)1736 795652 ||


For further press information or additional images contact Mercedes Smith at Fine Art Communications / Tel 07825 270235 /