Presently, Furzebrook Studios has 6 artists in residence:
Rachel Fooks Ceramic Artist & Pottery Class Tutor
Rachel is an established Ceramic Artist who is best known for her sea-inspired sculptures that seem to defy the laws of gravity! She is a strong believer in passing on her pottery skills to others and so delivers a wide range of pottery classes suitable for all abillities.
Julie Herring Artist, Designer, Curator & Art Class Tutor
Julie is a multi-talented creative with a long history of working in the art and crafts. She draws on her varied experience and knowledge to paint atmospheric landscapes and offers an eclectic range of art classes with a focus on nature.
Iggy DJ & Music Maker
Iggy took the DJ’ing world by storm a few years ago and has picked up numerous awards along the way. His business is client focused offering creative music solutions for events, particularly weddings.
Lea Boultwood Model Scenery Creations
Lea is a market leader in the model scenery industry. He is constantly making new products, most recently miniature gorse bushes, inspired by the surroundings of his new studio!
Emma Ryder Print Maker, Fine Artist & Silver/Goldsmith
Emma creates prints which are inspired by the surrounding landscapes and exquisitely made jewellery working in both silver and gold. For the last year she has also been experimenting with a new technique which uses acrylic paints and oil – the results are truly amazing!
Fiona Dent Fine Artist
Fiona’s mixed career reflects her long term commitment to social change and human rights: She has had the opportunity to work with many people in very challenging situations such as those within the criminal justice system, those who are homeless, people with addictions and victims of trauma. Her experience of working alongside such a variety of people over the years has influenced and motivated her art greatly. Her work frequently combines both conceptual and representational approaches and she constantly seeks new ways to express and explore complex ideas such as the abuse of power in relationships and more broadly within cultures. Fiona’s work is deeply bound to life experience.
Paul Smith Ceramicist
Paul is an experimental ceramicist who’s greatly inspired by the pottery of the Japanese masters – you’ll see that many of his forms are reminiscent of this tradition. He also has a particular interest in using objects that have been discarded to create texture and he enjoys walking the Purbeck coastline collecting sea glass that he uses beautifully to decorate his pots. Each of Paul’s pieces are totally unique, making his work very desirable.