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[Image] We have been hosting an Artist In Residence - Aisling Hedgecock

She has prepared an exhibition in Norway after working here for a few months.  Aisling graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006 and was awarded The Sainsbury Scholarship at The British School of Rome in Italy where she worked for 2 years.  She regularly exhibits in the UK, Europe and beyond. For those who have had contact with Aisling and would like to view her exhibition, click here

Visit her website here

Des has recently finished making a statue from bronze resin signifying the spirit of the child holding the dove of peace for Broadchalke Primary School.


World famous Japanese Master Potter visits Higher Green Farm

Yo Thom (Japanese Potter) who has recently moved to the Shaftesbury area has made a great impression and success in her recent exhibition at Higher Green Farm Arts. She has moved her studio in London and is currently establishing a base in North Dorset. Her latest work called 'Ai-Indigo' was almost sold out. She is looking to develop ideas inspired by our beautiful countryside which she hopes will be a unique marriage of British and Japanese elements.

Yo was apprentice to Lisa Hammond who with Ken Matsuzaki and friends came to visit Higher Green Farm last Wednesday. Des Alner and Julie Turner were delighted to receive such important celebrities. Ken Matsuzaki was an apprentice to National Living Treasure Tatsuzo Shimaoka, a disciple of Shoji Hamada who came to England with Bernard Leach in 1920. Now on the world stage as a leading contemporary potter of exceptional quality Ken Matsuzaki is currently in this country leading masterclasses with Lisa Hammond, a leading potter herself.

Picture: from the left Yo Thom, Ken Matsuzaki and his wife Yoko, Lisa Hammond and her partner Mike, Des Alner.

Peter Rush's latest creation - an enormous praying mantis - will be on show at this year's Glastonbury Festival

Pauline Dawkins' wire sculptures in the garden

Yo Thom, Japanese potter in our studio.

Some exciting news - we have joined a scheme called Arts Award which enables young people (11-25) to build qualifications through creative activities. We are now a centre and provide a structure for all kinds of projects to develop. Julie and Des will be advisors and teachers. Look at their website for more info.

Gift vouchers are now available for courses, or for shop / gallery items. We are developing a range of different courses to choose from at various prices.

Following previous successes of our courses we have now expanded our range of courses for adults and children, with tutors in various media  with a host of talent to offer to inspire and provide opportunities for creative experience. See our 'Courses' page for more information.

We would appreciate your feedback on the site, and also on courses and events you might like to participate in. If you have an art or craft related website, we would be happy to exchange links. Our email adress can be found on the 'Contact' page.

Higher Green Farm, Twyford, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0JF

Telephone 01747 812593