Remembrance at Jinney Ring
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice, the resident artists of Jinney Ring Craft Centre will be producing a series of souvenirs and displays in time for Remembrance Day on 11th November. These include a newly-restored violin built by a First World War survivor, hand-blown glass poppies, poppy-themed fascinators and a new commemorative poem from Penny Turner. See below for details and previews of our artists' upcoming work.
Michael Salt Art Studio
Our resident painter, Michael Salt, has created two new pieces in honour of the centenary, depicting a field in France on either side of the Great War. In the first painting, the field is bare; in the second, it is overcome with poppies (see above). Both the originals and a limited set of prints will be available in Michael's studio.
William Piper- Violin Maker
William Piper (with the aid of Chris Everall) has restored a violin made by an English soldier to its former glory. Known distinctively as 'The Robin', the violin was created in 1923 by World War I survivor Joseph Swain. The violin will be on display in William's studio from mid-October onwards.
A word from Chris Everall on the project: 'The Robin needed to be completely re-assembled and overhauled. The ribs (the sides) were first re-attached to the back plate of the violin. The interiors of front and back plates were repaired and strengthened where necessary. The top plate was re-glued in place on the base of the body. The exterior wood was cleaned of old varnish and then painstakingly French polished. New fittings were made by hand where needed from ebony, and the peg box of the scroll was re-sleeved and new pegs fitted. It was a challenge and a labour of love, but wonderful to think that 'The Robin' can sing again, nearly a century after it was made.'
Peggy Turner Poetry & Art
Peggy Turner has written a poem called 'The Message', in which a soldier in the trenches writes a letter to his sweetheart describing the life they could have shared. The poem will be elegantly presented in a box-frame, surrounded by wilting poppies. The first stanza of the poem can be read here:
'Twas only words upon a page,
Ink that fell on parchment laid.
Yet words so strong, and feelings stronger,
Outlive the mortal act by longer.'
The Pottery Workshop
Hazel Thomson of the Pottery Workshop will be hosting a First World War-themed pottery class on Sunday 7th October, in which members of the public will be taught to sculpt and set their own ceramic poppies. After a 4-6 week firing process, the poppies will then be displayed in the window of the studio. Another of our resident potters, Kate Pullen, will also be producing a commemorative vase (the progress of which can be seen above).
Our resident milliner, Pat Keeley, will be designing a poppy-themed fascinator for the occasion.
Our resident carpenter, Phil Baldwin, will be producing a commemorative pen. It will take inspiration from Royal Mail's 'The First World War 1918' stamp collection, with one of the stamps embossed on the body of the pen.
Having already enjoyed great popularity, Top Glass will continue to sell their poppy-themed garden-cane toppers throughout the commemoration period.
Pegs will be creating a series of poppy-laden felt wreaths and garlands for home decoration.
Belinda Terry Jewelry
Our resident jeweler, Belinda Terry, will be creating an elegant poppy-themed lapel pin.
Alex and Ray Ware of Spinney Winnie's are currently weaving a collection of crochet poppies to adorn their shop and windows. The poppies will be available for purchase, and each one has a clip so that it may be hung in your home.
Lisa and Richard Broomhead of Chocolate Deli will be creating a series of delicious chocolate poppies.