Herring lived at Pelican Hill, St Ives, but may well have spent part of each year in Spain, as between 1934 and 1940 her exhibits were of Spanish town and harbour scenes.
Ceramicist, originally from Germany, who ran her own studio gallery in Lamorna for some years. She learned pottery in Australia, and lived and studied in Taiwan, India, Nepal and Indonesia - but it was while on holiday in Cornwall that she found that the Cornish landscape and Raku pottery share similar characteristics of the rugged, unexpected and elemental. She never uses a wheel, hand-building every pot which is thus unique, a feature heightened by the Raku glazes she uses, with their unpredictable and individual finishes.
In later years she has turned to academic authorship in theology, primarily in the study of Hindu and Buddhist religions, and tours internationally from her dual bases in Cornwall and India, under the name of Swami Nitya.
Coming originally from Lightcliffe, Yorkshire, Hervey lived and worked mainly in Berkshire and Cornwall. From 1893 her companion was the artist Annie FALKNER, and they shared studios in both places, their St Ives base in the Piazza being used sporadically over some twenty to twenty-five years. Wood, noticing her work in only one circumstance at Smith Street (SS) in 1893-94, writes of her watercolour of Chrysanthemums and also mis-spells her name as Hervy. The best summary is found in Johnson & Greutzner.
She is listed as an exhibitor in the 1911 Show Day in St Ives. In 1918, reviewing a show of the Pastel Society, Ezra Pound remarked that Hervey "has at least tried to have a style" - which is much kinder than his comments about many of the other exhibitors. One of her main exhibiting venues was the Beaux Arts Gallery in London, but she also exhibited at the RA, the RBA and other galleries.
Born in Leeds, the artist trained as an architectural draughtsman, specializing in terracotta. During WWI he worked as a draughtsman in a shipyard, as his eyesight was too poor for him to be enlisted. In the early 1920s he traveled to America and became a naturalised US Citizen.
When he returned to England on a painting holiday, Heseldin met Lily Paul, his future wife, in Newlyn. They were married in the village of Rocky Hill, near Princeton, New Jersey, where their daughter, Lamorna, was born in 1922.
After several years of little success in the USA, he brought the family back to Newlyn where he rented a studio and began to paint full-time. His metier was depticting Cornish street and harbour scenes in watercolour, and his compositions were often detailed studies, probably due to his architectural training. He exhibited at NAG.
In the 1950s he and Lily moved to St Austell to live with their daughter and son-in-law, and he became a member of the St Austell Art Society.
The artist studied at the Slade under Augustus Edwin JOHN and Sir William ORPEN, and in Paris. She exhibited regularly in London and also taught painting herself.
She came to St Ives in 1912 for a holiday, and stayed until 1954 with frequent visits away. She exhibited in 1913 Monday St Ives (Oil), and in the 1914 exhibition of Painters and Etchers held by Lanhams. She exhibited portraits in the Show Days of 1923 and 1924, for which she was rightly admired. The subject of one in 1924 was her son, a naval cadet. An artist of the same name (P HEWITT) exhibited handwrought pewter work at Newlyn in 1928, hence perhaps she also engaged in one of the many crafts being exhibited after the Christmas Show at Newlyn (1924). This introduced such important artistic specialties as the Leach POTTERY, sculpture, and the work of the handicraft guilds of both Newlyn and St Ives.
Her home address from 1931 was 3 St Andrews Street, St Ives. Tovey called her a stalwart of the St Ives colony, having lived there and steadily produced admirable work, often highly praised, for over forty years. In her last year of life she moved to be near her son, and died in Surrey.
Of Cornish descent, John Hewitt was born in London. His father's position as an engineer in the prison service meant that the family was constantly moving house, and John attended several different schools. As a teenager he developed a passion for aircraft and ships. In 1939, at the age of 16, he began an apprenticeship in the RAF. His work as an airframe fitter during the Second World War took him to South Africa, Rhodesia and India. After he was demobbed in 1953 he and his wife Margaret settled in Cornwall, near Newquay.
As a consequence of contracting tuberculosis during the war, John was hospitalised and had one lung removed. This illness proved to be a turning point. While convalescing, he came across some oil paints and began to depict his beloved aircraft. In the early 1960s this self-taught artist exhibited his works at the Society of Aviation Artists in London. He then turned his attention to Cornish subjects, primarily seascapes, which successfully captured the movement of the waves and the light catching the water. He started to earn his living from his art, opening his own gallery at the Pavilion Buildings in Rock in 1968, supplementing the summer sales with commissioned work out of season. He recovered his health and continued to work well into his late 70s, finally closing his gallery around 1996.