We were very pleased to have been asked to take part in this prestigious event. Read on to find out a bit more about us, two craftspeople who live and work in East Devon.

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Who we are :: What's on display :: Contact us :: Exhibition opening

Who are we?

Lois Wakeman and Rosemary Jacks met at adult education pottery classes about nine years ago, and attended St Clare's Adult Education Centre in Seaton on Thursday evenings with tutor Nick Hillyard. With other class members, we also make occasional day trips to ceramics workshops and galleries, and once or twice a year, we organise raku firings, which are great fun.

Rosemary Jacks Lois Wakeman
Rosemary makes a wide range of thrown and altered domestic ware from the practical to the very decorative. She is particularly interested in the shapes of mediaeval pottery, and her large dishes and jugs, with their distinctive forms and applied decoration, are made in earthenware, and subtly decorated with slips and coloured glazes. For the exhibition, she has submitted a jug with an elaborate spout and a bowl with handles in the shape of fish.

earthenware bowl

She also makes a range of smaller mugs, cups and bowls with clear, bright underglaze decorations.

earthenware jug

Lois's favourite pieces are small hand-built animal and bird figures, often with lugubrious or world-weary expressions, made in earthenware and decorated with slips and underglaze colours.

Penguins, seagulls, mice and dogs sell best, but there is a whole menagerie of wild and familiar creatures to choose from, including badgers, foxes, fantail doves, blackbirds, pigeons, anteaters, tapirs, elephants, aardvarks and many others.

For the exhibition, she has submitted a wedding group: penguin groom with bow tie, bride complete with tiara and a bouquet of fish, and attendants. Also a beady-eyed flock of seagulls.

Contact details

Please send any email enquiries to Lois Wakeman , lois@lois.co.uk or Rosemary Jacks, info@rosemaryjackspottery.co.uk. We welcome commissions, and you can also find our work at local galleries including Blue Lias in Lyme Regis, and Otterton Mill near Budleigh Salterton.

The exhibition

Held at the Burton Art Gallery & Museum in Bideford, Devon. Running from Saturday 10th June - Sunday 9th July, 2006, entry is free. Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm, and Sunday: 2 to 5pm. Visit their web site for more info, or ring 01237 471455. (At the time of creating this page, there are no exhibition details online.)