We are really pleased that up and coming artist JJ Stellitano will be exhibiting at Eastcott Studios during the Swindon Open Studios Week in September 2017. JJ himself will be at the studios in person too.
A few words from JJ:
I have always loved painting and drawing since an early age and have always seen it as a way of escaping this world. I suppose in a way I still do. I love the fact I can bring smiles and happiness through my art. I have given out art for free to homeless people as they are no different to me. I love the fact that art can bring all sorts of people together. My favourite artist is Charles Salvador formerly known as Charles Bronson I love the fact that his art is different from the rest and all the good thing's he does with his art for charity I admire the man such a lovely soul. I have done art for several celebrities such as - Jimmy Carr, Katie Price, Tim Westwood, Dave Courtney, Gaz Beadle, Dan Tdm, Cliff Richard, Gino D'Acampo and so many more.. too many to list haha.
I have also donated a lot of art to charities, that gives me the biggest feeling of achievement. I love the fact that when I have donated art to a charity other people can enjoy the art and see what I see. I have donated art over the past months to - The Ymca, Breast Care unit, Willen Hospice, Bus Shelter, Mk Chrisitian centre and MIND
Mary enjoys making ceramics which reflect and are shaped by the contours and seasons of the Wiltshire countryside. A recurring motif in her work is based on the characteristic clumps of trees on the hill tops and along the Ridgeway. Her work is made on the potters wheel and includes a range of domestic ware including mugs, bowls and teapots with the landscape motif picked out in wax resist. She also likes the combination of wood and ceramic, incorporating the grain of the wood into unique landscapes to hang on the wall.
Mary exhibits her work with the Wagon Yard Artists in Marlborough but visits Eastcott Studios on Mondays and Sundays to give throwing lessons by appointment. If you would like to book a session with Mary, please complete a booking form stating which day you prefer and someone will contact you with more information. Mary also accepts commissions.
Ceramicist, Designer, and Illustrator Jo McAree BA(Hons), DipM, PGCE, is the founder of Eastcott Studios.
Her aim is to create a safe, friendly, supportive environment and facilities where creativity can flourish. Nothing gives her more pleasure than encouraging young and old alike to relax, join in and enjoy the thrill and excitement of working through collaborative or individual projects.
Jo specialises in hand building ceramics and offers Tots & Pots, family, create & chill and open sessions plus pot throwing tasters at Eastcott Studios.
Images: Jo with her granddaughter. Other images include children's book illustration, book cover illustrations and ceramic work by Jo.
Creativity can be locked inside us because of the lack of opportunities for us to explore that side of us. Mixed media artist, designer and teacher Martina has positive, enthusiastic way of approaching art and expresses this in all her projects. Martina inspires all her groups to appreciate and enjoy making art.
After studying art techniques at ‘Beaux Arts’ in Paris Martina later went on to complete a ‘Art and Design course’ at Kensington and Chelsea College. In year 2000 she achieved ‘BA (Hons) Degree in Mixed Media Art’ at University of Westminster in London. Recently she completed an ‘Art Therapy foundation course’ for BAAT in London.
Since 2000, Martina has been organising art workshops and exhibitions, teaching foundation courses for Adult Education in London, running mother and toddler therapeutic art sessions for Sure Start centres, working with old people in care centres, preparing relaxing art projects for people with mental health problems, running children art summer schools in UK and Europe, set up courses for home education students in Wiltshire, and other art and media activities.
If you are interested in joining one of Martina's art sessions or would like private tuition in painting or drawing, please contact Martina directly through her website below;