Elaine Brett Rowlands is a new maker who has been involved in craft for much of her career, having owned a contemporary art and craft gallery herself for 25 years, including the renowned Pyramid Gallery in York.
Elaine’s experiments with clay and plaster began in her early 20’s living in the beautiful Ribble Valley in Lancashire where she did a night class in ceramics for over 12 years. Whilst in York she became immersed in collagraphy printmaking and etching under the guidance of Peter Wray. She found that she loved how an image could be reproduced but also altered by the way in which paint was applied. This has informed the way I work.
In 2009 Elaine fulfilled a lifelong dream to live in the Lake District and took over Northern Lights Gallery in Keswick. Surrounded by amazing countryside and incredible artists she dabbled with creative ideas but never had enough time to fulfil them! The opportunity came when she retired, moved to live in an old cottage surrounded by meadows and country lanes and created a new cottage garden.
To make her pictures, flowers, leaves and seed heads are pressed into clay. Other marks are made with dried clay, twigs, and anything sharp such as a knife or needle. This is then cast in plaster and moulded in silicone enabling me to reproduce the image. Elaine makes limited editions of 150, as is often done in printmaking, to ensure that the quality of the casts is not compromised by the deterioration of the mould. The casts are then finished using acrylic paint rolled onto the plaster thereby ensuring each piece is unique.
The landscapes are all supplied ready to hang, with an option of framed or unframed, and various sizes.
Visit the online shop to purchase Elaine’s work by mail order.