Nigel's fascination with science and space led to his unique patented design of WHY, a question mark made from the letters W, H and Y. The W is at the top, the H is halfway down and the tail of the Yat the bottom curls around to form the dot of the question mark.
Edward Woollard, maternal grandfather of current owner Roy Smith, opened the Blue Gallery at 16 Joy Street, Barnstaple in 1946. He was a photographer by profession and also had a café on thepremises. Fast-forward 66 years and the Blue Gallery has grown to be one of the the largest art, craft and needlework suppliers in the South West, selling brands such as Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton, Pro Arte, DMC, Dylon, Coats, Staedtler and much more from the same premises in Joy Street.
We are a friendly group of some seventy members, ranging from complete beginners to experienced artists. We are just coming to the end of the Spring season of workshops and the planning of the Summersession, starting in June, is well advanced. Keep an eye out for full details under WORKSHOP section.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. The gallery aims to promote the work of local artist makers and is based in Barnstaple, North Devon. The work on sale is a mixture of media includingpaintings in watercolour, oils, gouache, textiles, fused and lampworked glass, wood and ceramics.
I create flameworked and fused glass art in my studio in Barnstaple surrounded by the stunning Devon coastal countryside. My initial inspiration is taken from the colours of the sea, preferring towork with various shades of blue, green and azure. Using flat sheets of Bullseye fusible glass as the starting point, I cut and layer the glass before firing it in one of my digitally controlled kilns.
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