HND Fine and Applied Arts students from our Winsford campus have produced pieces for an art exhibition at the Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich. The exhibition runs from 2nd December until 11th January 2021.

The exhibition is inspired by the Lion Salt Works Museum and salt’s legacy on the people, industry and landscape of Cheshire, this imaginative exhibition is the culmination of months of extensive research and design, using different artistic processes. The display includes ceramics, glass, mixed media works and paintings.

Of the artwork, lecturer, Chris Malins said “The students have taken inspiration for this exhibition from a variety of sources, including landscape, the daily lives of salt-workers, geology and the industrial buildings at the Lion Salt Works Museum. Our students have worked hard on their designs, which has involved them mastering different techniques, including mould-making, firing, glazing and fusing glass. They have really embraced the topic and their work gives new insights about salt in an imaginative and professional interpretation.”

 

 

HND student, Kerry Porter-Jones from Grappenhall, was inspired by the geology of the area. Using moulded stoneware clay, she produced a selection of inter-linking bowls that she has layered with oxides and stains to produce striking and beautiful representations of salt crystals and the geological layers beneath the Cheshire Plain.

She said: “Cheshire is one of the few places in the country with deep layers of salt and it is amazing to think that for centuries this resource has been so key to the area. Geology is the starting point for all of this and it inspired me to base my work on it.”

 

 

Student Elaine Bass from Grappenhall, said: “My work is mixed media and I have taken inspiration from the flashes, regenerated former industrial wastelands, orchids and the stark beauty of nearby birch trees.

“My work is made up of five glass panels that form the backdrop to representations of salt crystals that I will display on specially-made clay bowls. I have really enjoyed researching the history of salt and seeing its impact on the landscape.”

 

Glass pieces at the Lion Salt Works

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the HNC/HND Fine and Applied Art courses available at Warrington & Vale Royal College, please click here.

To find out more, or arrange a visit please call the Museum on 01606 275066 or visit www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk.