I meet ceramicist Angela Evans in her garden studio, at the back of the house she grew up in, near Preston Park. “It was my mum and dad’s house,” she says. “When they were getting elderly, they needed somebody to be around during the day, so I built the shed.” It feels a little more magical than a shed; it’s a charming space, filled with moulds and unglazed casts, and quirky pieces of “flotsam and jetsam” that she’s gathered over the years.
The studio faces out into the garden, where Angela’s father used to tend a vegetable patch. “He retired quite young, really,” she says. “He was 50 when he had me, and he retired at 60, so in my early life he was around a lot and he was always gardening. A lot of my childhood memories here were shelling broad beans, watering, picking, digging up potatoes – things like that – so I have quite an affinity with vegetable growing.” It’s no wonder, then, that her work now is so interlinked with that very theme... [read more]
Angela is exhibiting with the Sussex Guild of Designer Makers at the Contemporary Craft Show at the De La Warr Pavilion, in Bexhill, on the 20th and 21st of October