Seven local art students have created works inspired by salt and the Lion Salt Works’ legacy on the people, industry and landscape of Cheshire.
The exhibition includes ceramics, glass, mixed media works and paintings, and is the culmination of months of extensive research and design by the HND Applied Arts students from Warrington & Vale Royal College (Winsford).
As part of the Lion Salt Works’ autumn season of ‘Salt & Food’, the students took inspiration for the exhibition from a variety of sources, including landscape, the daily lives of salt-workers, geology and the industrial buildings at the Salt Works. Part of the design process involved mastering different techniques, including mould-making, hand-building, firing, glazing and fusing glass. The finished works are imaginative, full of impact and give new insights into the theme of salt.
Ceri Porter-Jones from Wettenhall, was inspired by the geology of the area. Using layering techniques exploring the properties and behaviour of a range of stoneware clays, she produced a selection of inter-linking bowls with detailed application of oxides and stains to produce striking and beautiful representations of the geological layers beneath the Cheshire Plain. Ceri used the formation of salt crystals as inspiration for the small set of bowls.
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.”
Eileen 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 portraying the regeneration of the industrial land of the salt mines, 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.”
The students exhibiting at the exhibition are Sam Dawkins from Northwich, Eileen Bass from Grappenhall, Angel Smith from Northwich, Ariane Baguley from Moulton, Ceri Porter-Jones from Whettenhall, Robyn Bailey from Northwich and Gary Wood from Nantwich.
A salt-themed exhibition by art students from Warrington & Vale Royal College in Winsford. Works include fired and glazed artwork, fused glass, and paintings, all inspired by the history and geology of the Salt Works.