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Des Alner and Clover
Clover Lee, finalist in the BBC 's The Great Pottery Throw Down working with Des
demonstrating Raku Pottery at the Messums Material: Earth  exhibition.


We're very excited to be part of


'Material Earth' exhibition.

Material: Earth is a major new exhibition celebrating the use of clay in contemporary art opening March 12 2017 at Messums Wiltshire. Featuring work by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, Edmund de Waal and other British artists; Material: Earth is the first in a series of three shows exploring the art of making and the use of natural materials in contemporary art.

For further info, click the link below.

[Image] Galanthus, the Snowdrop Dragon, made by Peter Rush and team, was a huge success at this year's Snowdrop Festival in Shaftesbury and was the star of the lantern parade!
[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.

We're pleased to have been part of Art In May - linked with the Shaftesbury Art Trail - from 28th May until 5th June.

Our participating artists were; Yo Thom, Japanese potter (website); Des Alner potter; Peter Rush, paintings (website); Lawrence & Susie Arthurs, paintings (website); Jane Shepherd, paintings (website); Kathleen Littler, woodblock prints (website), Pauline Dawkins, animal wire sculptures (website)       

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.

We now have direct links with :-

Shaftesbury Arts Centre -


The Cygnet Studios


Cygnet Gallery in Swans Yard, Shaftesbury - check out our unit, with lots of locally made crafts and gifts.

Our Shop and Galleries are open - offering creative gifts from a selection of local artists and craftspeople with a wide variety of work available. We are open by throughout 'Art in May'.

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 the success of our courses during Dorset Art Weeks and Summer Holidays, we have now expanded our range of courses for adults and children, with 11 tutors in various media  with a host of talent to offer to inspire and provide opportunities for creative experience. We now have a varied timetable for Spring and Summer - 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

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