At Peak, we regularly work with a selection of artists who deliver a wide variety of courses, workshops and classes within our venue.
Martin Craddock, Ceramicist
· Ceramics; Pottery
Martin Craddock is a professional ceramacist and tutor based in Talgarth. Pattern making is the consistent theme he explores in his work, drawing basic elements from the rich geometric traditions of ancient and ethnic art forms.
Martin strives for strong clean forms in his pots, enhancing them with rich layered glazes that create bold contrasts through pattern and texture. Martin’s workshops focus on slab-moulded dish making, coiled pottery and the potter’s wheel. Martin runs a weekly pottery workshop at Peak in partnership with Brecon & District Mind.
Morag Colquhoun, Artist
· Sculpture; Installation; Photography; Textiles; Multi media
Morag Colquhoun is an artist with a wide experience of art education and training. Her art practice includes sculpture, photography, installation, performance, video, textiles and curatorial practice. Morag has often worked site-specifically in collaboration with communities in environmental contexts and is interested in developing work that emerges from a zone of uncertainty, exchange and dialogue. She has worked on art projects with many organisations, including Peak, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys County Council, Hereford Council, Forestry Commission and Aneurin Bevan Health Board. Energy, entropy and ecology are recurrent themes in Morag’s work and in a project supported by Arts Council of Wales she is currently making sculptural dioramas of beeswax plant models.
Morag teaches part-time at Cardiff School of Art and Design and has an MA in Fine Art (CSAD, 2009) and a PGCE teaching qualification. She enjoys working with all age groups and has a particular interest in art and disability. She has led gallery tours and workshops for Artes Mundi Biennial art prize, Engage (the National Association for Gallery Education) and Celf o Gwmpas, the Powys based disability arts organisation. In 2013, Morag was lead artist for the Criw Celf project delivered by Peak.
Bettina Reeves, Designer
· Theatre design; Costume construction; Prop-making;
· Textiles – appliqué, patchwork, dyeing, fabric painting;
· Giant paper sculptures and soft sculpture; Drawing
Bettina Reeves is currently a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Design at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. One of her specialisms in this role is running the annual Puppetry project, which will be performed as part of the World Stage Design Exhibition. The last event took place at the college in September 2013.
She has extensive experience as a theatre designer with companies in Wales and London.
Her work has also encompassed leading many community arts projects, usually involving textiles, both with adults and children. She has collaborated with Peak for several years, notably on the Abergavenny Food Festival market hall installations and the ‘Dreamscape’ (co-designed with Lisa Hellier) for Nevill Hall Hospital.
Bettina also draws and paints.
Mary Zammit, Basket Maker
· Basketry; Willow Weaving
Mary Zammit is a professional basketmaker and qualified teacher living and working in Builth Wells, Powys.
She weaves individually designed baskets and larger structures with an emphasis on both form and function, drawing on techniques from English, Welsh and French willow working traditions.
Recent commissions include ‘Go with the Flow‘ at Talgarth Mill and ‘The Green Heart of Wales’ for Powys County Council, currently on display at County Hall, Llandrindod Wells.
Her workshops and regular classes explore traditional willow working skills and the use of willow colour, texture and form as a creative medium.
Locally grown willow and the rich variety of hedgerow material available for wild gathering, continue to feed her passion for this ancient craft. Through her work and teaching she seeks to inspire others to develop the skills of generations past and ensure their place in a more sustainable future.
Gillian Herbert, Graphic Designer
· Graphic Design
· Printmaking Gillian Herbert has been a freelance graphic designer since 2007 after graduating at Nottingham Trent University. Gillian has carried out design commissions for a number of creative organisations and artists including Buzz Magazine, Peak, The Fireworks Clay Studios, The Women’s Arts Association, Anne Gibbs, ‘Ave A Go Ceramics, Bombastic Dance Company, Gwent Youth Theatre and The Riverfront Arts Centre.
Specialising in promotional materials, Gillian designs anything from leaflets, brochures, business cards and banners to t-shirts, e-flyers and websites. She is currently launching her new range of graphic prints which will be available online.
Toril Brancher, Art photographer
Originally from Oslo Norway, Toril Brancher lives and works in South Wales. Her MA and BA(Hons) in documentary photography were both achieved at University Wales Newport.
Her most recent Welsh commission is from the Glynn Vivian in Swansea; to make a portrait video installation of the painter Glenys Cour, to be shown at a retrospective show of Cour’s work in 2014. Toril’s work is in the collections of the V&A London and National Museum and Galleries of Wales Cardiff.
Toril’s recent work with Peak has included the documentation of Crafty Women, a workshop group that meets around fabrics and design to learn new skills. An artist book will be produced to celebrate the project.
Crafty Women is the continuation of a project that was inspired by the dress that Toril’s mother wanted to pass on to her grand daughter, who in turn loved wearing it. Toril says it felt as if she was seeing her mother and daughter as one, and was subsequently inspired to make images that depict handed down clothes worn in the Welsh landscape.
Previous work with Peak includes Face to Face, a project engaging with young people in Abergavenny. Youngsters were invited to take their own photograph using a medium format camera and a long shutter release.
Toril is also a Ffotogallery tutor at Chapter, Cardiff and runs Creative Photography courses at Peak.