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Inspiring Artist of the day – Jenny Southam

I first saw Jenny's work in Ruthin craft centre and it was love at first sight, whenever we visited I'd make a bee line for the shop, and for the ceramics section to see the what she'd been up to.

Last year I found her feed on Instagram, which I watch avidly, just waiting for the next creation to come into view. Everything from bees and trees, to naked wee men offering bowls of fruit, or posing with a seashell.

It's the honest craftsmanship, the way they tell a story and start a conversation with the viewer, the nods to Nicholas Hilliard and Henry Moore, 60's knitting patterns with their audaciously posed models and the inherent humour of the moment. I always get the feeling that Jenny's fictional sitters are on the verge of raising an eyebrow, or bursting into peels of laughter. They make me smile and that's why I love them.

Jenny's Instagram feed

Jenny's website

Follow the links, and visit the galleries!

Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1SU

Bevere Gallery, Bevere Lane, Worcester, WR3 7RQ

Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon. EX39 2QQ

Contemporary Ceramics Centre, 63 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3BF

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, GU9 7DS

Ruthin Craft Centre, Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1BB



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