This month our talk was by Hilary Bowen, a silver clay artist from Fordingbridge. She makes beautiful, original silver jewellery from a special clay. It is quite amazing to see how a simple material can be transformed into lovely items. Hilary used a small ivy leaf to make an earring. The clay is rolled to a thickness of 1mm, indented using the leaf, showing the veins and stem, and cut out and air dried. THEN the magic: using a blow torch (or even a chef’s blow torch), she burned off the carrier material and 99% silver is left glowing pink for two to three minutes, cooled in water and then polished using a brass suede brush and Brasso. Hey presto, a silver ivy leaf, ready to have the ear hook attached. Hilary sells her silver jewellery at art shows or by appointment, gives lessons and will have an open studio during the Hampshire Open Studios in August.
The Four Parishes Arts Society’s Arts & Craft Exhibition for 2017 will be held in Quarley Hall on Saturday 13 May from 2.00 to 5.00 p.m. Entrance, tea and cake will cost £3.00 per person. Music will be provided by Suzanne Webber. Members of the Andover Photographic Club will also be exhibiting.
Tickets are available from Lois Allender 889967; Suzanne Webbe 889784; Kate Bennett 712028 and Helen Norman 889337.