HUTTONS Ambo artist Sue Kershaw is turning green-fingered for her Hundreds And Thousands mosaic exhibition at the Dutch House arts and crafts centre, café and ecological sculpture garden at Crayke, near Easingwold.
“I wanted to make the collection relevant to what the Dutch House is all about: connecting with nature in its sustainable garden, which also inspired me to create a wildlife-friendly garden at home,” says Sue.
“I’ve included archetypal animals such as The Hare And The Moon and The Fox And Grapes, and as the Dutch House is a family-friendly feel-good place, I wanted to capture this spirit in my mosaics of angels and Earth Mother.”
Sue makes her intricate, hand-cut mosaics mostly in glass and porcelain.
“But I’m always on the look-out for interesting, found objects to make the piece extra special and unique,” she says.
“I’ve included recycled materials wherever possible, such as seashore glass from Palermo, pebbles from the River Humber, slate from Cornwall and the shards of clay teacups gathered from the River Ganges at Varanasi in India.
“Each piece is made up of hundreds and thousands of pieces of material and the choice of what you can use is endless. That’s what makes them so much fun and individual – and if you want to learn how to do it, I run regular workshops at the Dutch House.”
Sue’s next workshop, Mosaic A Glass Vase, will be held tomorrow, followed by Mosaic A Glass Lamp on October 13, both from 10am and 4pm. Places can be booked at dutchhouseyorkshire.com/mosaicworkshops
Sue has exhibited previously at Leeds City Gallery, the Ferens Gallery in Hull, University of York and York & Scarborough Hospital and her commissions have included a mosaic Larkin25 toad in Hull in honour of poet Philip Larkin, an NHS hospital mosaic fountain and a Hope wall mosaic for Macmillan Cancer Support Sue’s mosaics can be seen at the Dutch House, Mill Green Farm, Crayke, until December 28.
Admission is free and opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, until October 31; Friday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, November to March.