A new show opened yesterday at the Isle Gallery and I braved the rotten weather and cold to go and have a look at it. I might have been tempted to give it a miss but it’s ‘Clay Masters’ and I just couldn’t resist – and was not disappointed. It’s a wonderful exhibition of hand built and thrown ceramics by studio potters and professional artists including Faye Christian, Anna Clucas, Colette Gambell, Natalie Norton, Colleen Corlett, Erica Kermode, Marta Ludwig – Looney, Vici Blackburn and Jackie VanToor. There are some wonderful pieces –  ranging from fun to classy and curious to elegant, there’s something for everyone. As usual I had a lovely natter with the artists and in particular had a lovely chat with Erica Kermode who has produced some lovely work. Unlike the last show where I struggled to choose a favourite there was one piece that jumped out for me – but sadly it’s a bit out of my price range at present. I’ll just have to hope it doesn’t get bought! You might be interested to know that if you do fall in love with a particular piece the Isle Gallery can do staged payments for you to make it more affordable. Hmmm, very tempting. Just for now sadly I shall have to refrain.



The lovely Keird Collective had a fabulous day at their pop up shop in the old Castletown Fire Station. Here are a few pics of the wonderful goodies available. I love the wands idea; I wonder if I get one of those for Mother’s Day will actually do the housework and make dinner…? Hope so 🙂


I’m really happy that a few people have taken up the drawing challenge I talked about in last week’s post. What a great start! Anyone at all is free to join in at any time. This week it’s ‘B is for…’.  I’ll pin my ‘B’ to the top of the Facebook page later today. All you need to do is add your picture into the comment with ‘B is for….’. 


I’ve spotted a few ‘March Meet the Maker’ posts on Facebook this week. I’ve mentioned Oh My Pen & Press in a couple of news posts, mainly around workshops and it was lovely to read a bit more about Emma. Along with Heidi from The Flower Studio they have set up She Event Styling – so modern calligraphy and floral delights in one. Beautiful.



Emma – photo by Sarah Jewell


It’s with mixed emotions that I have to report that Svetlana Cameron has a new studio. I’m really happy for her in one sense as this is the start of a new chapter for her – or perhaps more fittingly a new canvas – but sadly it’s not here on the Island. Svetlana and her family have moved to East Sussex. Best of luck Svetlana and we will continue to follow your amazing career.


News Shorts

The Manx Museum is open on Sundays from 1 April – even more opportunities to see great artwork and support local artists (their shop stocks all kinds of locally crafted goodies).


Mae Challis, best known for her lovely voice and songwriting ability, is usually in front of the camera but she has just started her own photography blog. Nice to see somewhere that looks warm and sunny at the moment don’t you think?!

Phil Kneen, who recently took some lovely black and white shots of Mae, posted up that he was supposed to be spending 10 days on a fishing boat in the North Atlantic, but that will have to wait as he’s off to document white squatter camps around Johannesburg and Pretoria for Vice Magazine. Congrats to him on picking up a great assignment and hopefully we’ll see some of his work from this in due course. His Calais pictures were brilliant I thought. Remember this one? For some reason it really sticks in my mind.



I’m sure you’ve all remembered it’s Mother’s Day next week? If not you can always pop down to the Longhouse Collective at Grenaby Studios on Friday or Saturday where you will, without a doubt, find something that your mum will absolutely love. As well as ElementIsle’s stunning jewellery there are other delights by Nicola Dixon, Breeze Candles, Artforms from Nature, Little Tree Soaps and Mark Boyd (photography) to choose from.


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What’s On


On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum and The Sayle Gallery

On now – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

On now – 17 March – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Isle of Man Photographic Society 80th Anniversary Exhibition

On now – 17 March – “Island Voices- Journeys to the Isle of Man” by Milen Stankov at the Manx Museum

On now – 15 April – ‘Clay Masters’ at The Isle Gallery

7 March – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

8 March – The Dome at The Nunnery networking opportunity – Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce

28 March – 2 April – Isle of Man Art Society Easter Art Exhibition

17 April –  Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 at the Isle Gallery for a pottery get together with a chat and some demos


Upcoming Workshops:


10 March – Beginners Creative Photography Workshop (Saturday, 10th Mar / 7th Apr 2018)

15 March – Isle of Man Drawing Club, Life Drawing : SOLD OUT

18 March – DIY Mothers Day Crafts – Mum & Me for adults – 1pm-4pm – The Isle Gallery

22 March – Creative Industries Public Meeting at Noa Bakehouse 6pm

22 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers, the Isle Gallery 7pm

16 April – The Great Manx Build Up and Throw Down – 3 Day Workshop – The Isle Gallery

17 April – Silk Painting with Jean Buck 10am-4pm – IOM Art Society

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time course – 7pm -9.30pm 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.


Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.



Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 5 March 2018

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