Bob Fierek has been an established potter in the Tamar Valley for over two decades and works from a studio in Albaston near Gunnislake. He makes a wide range of functional and decorative stoneware. He is currently experimenting with white earthenware.
His wife, Rosie FIEREK, is also a potter.
Rosie Fierek and her husband Bob FIEREK work from a studio in Albaston near Gunnislake. Her designs are wide-ranging, including individually hung pictures of birds and landscapes, medals and commemorative ware, fireplace surrounds plaques, and motifs for her husband's thrown ware.
Rosie is also an experienced leader of workshops and community-based projects.
Derek Finch lives in Totnes, Devon where he works full-time as the Projects Manager of a housing association for the disabled. His first foundation course was in Art Therapy at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design (1987-8), followed by Visual Studies at Oxford Polytechnic. His degree was in Art and Social Context at Dartington College of Arts in 1993.
As an artist, he works with old, redundant antiquarian books and re-invents and recycles them, to create a new form: "giving them a new creative life. When I make an 'art book' or a 'Speaking Volume' (his commercial name for his work), I let all the aspects of that book influence me: the age, cover title, physical texture, sze and structure as well as the book's literary content, to create another layer of meaning. Each book is re-assembled, sculpted, painted and transformed to unfold a new story."
He visits Cornwall frequently both as a holiday visitor, a working artist and an exhibitor. He has exhibited in bookshops, galleries and museums primarily in the south west of Britain, but also in Switzerland, Germany and Oxford. In Cornwall this includes NAG (1998), Beside the Wave, Falmouth (1999), The Book Gallery, St Ives (1999), The Island Gallery, St Ives (2005) and the Penzance Arts Club (2006). In 2010 he exhibited his work at the Penzance Literary Festival at Trevelyan House, as organised by the HYPATIA TRUST.
She lived in St Ives with her brother, Colonel James Marshall Findlay (d1945) and his wife, Cecile, stalwarts of Arts Club and community activities in the town.
Although she exhibited in a number of tours with STISA, by 1938 she had moved to Glasgow; she did, however, retain her membership of the Society.
Worked in Porthleven during the period of the Summer Painting School administered by Michael CANNEY, and the Porthleven Group's exhibition at the Porthleven Gallery, an old china-clay warehouse on the quayside (c1965-6).
One of the final gestures that the ever-generous Michael Finn made was to present to the then nascent West Cornwall Art Archive (when it was housed in the back-garden library of the Hypatia Trust at Newmill, Penzance) was to ensure that we had a copy of his exhibition programmes and publications. And when he died, through the good offices of Elizabeth KNOWLES who had worked closely with him in later years, he also presented his entire book collection to the project, one of our valued legacies.
Finn had served as Principal of two British art schools in his distinguished career, the first being Falmouth School of Art, and then the Bath School of Art at Corsham. Michael and his wife Cely moved to St Just in Penwith soon after retirement from the latter and took up his mixed media constructions and paintings full-time thereafter. John Halkes in his 1994 article in the Church Times, reveals that he began to make sculptures when his son Richard asked him to make a crucifix for his room, after which a series of sculptures based on the form followed, some of which were part copper and cast in bronze, also mixed with pieces of rough-hewn wood.
Michael was a life-long Roman Catholic and a devoted family man. He and Cely had three children, two daughters and one son, the latter becoming a priest. The family asked the Rev John HALKES, a former and highly-regarded Director of the Newlyn Orion Art Gallery, to take over and dispose of his remaining art works. These were exhibited in a major and well attended exhibition at the Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, in January 2010.
An oil painting, St Ives Harbour (1987) by this artist, is part of the Royal Cornwall Hospital collection.
The artist studied at Camberwell, London and is now based in Mousehole, Cornwall.
He works mainly in terracotta to make detailed, one-off pieces rich in texture and pattern: 'The technique I developed of recessed forms is more a play of shadows rather than the movement of light around the surface. The way I work has to do with the peculiarity of my perspective. Whatever a person does must show something of themselves. There is a world environment which fashions your ideas, concepts and attitudes. Most of my thinking comes out of the diversity of all that art is, and drawn from the enormous resources of the world.'