Featured Artist 2016: Lucy Blackmore
Published: 23 May 2016
2016 is the first year that the talented ceramicist and painter Lucy Blackmore will be exhibiting alongside her mother Rosemary Blackmore at their Bluestone Studios as part of the Skipton Open Studios. We're delighted to have her on board with us this year for the first time! We decided that we ought to familiarise ourselves with Lucy's work and her background so we asked her a few questions and Holly Smith captured her working in her studio:
"How would you describe yourself as an Artist?
I am a maker. I enjoy working with my hands and putting pieces together. When I am painting I use my hands a lot, often more than brushes!
Have you taken part in Skipton Open Studios before?
How did you first get into Art?
I grew up in a family of artists and was taught to really look at things from a very young age. I have very early memories sitting at the kitchen table with a lump of clay.
Who is your creative inspiration?
Strangely the people who inspire me work in a very different way than I do, but I enjoy work that has a whimsical nature.
Why should we visit your Studio?
Because there are two of us there! My mum and I are exhibiting together and we work in very different styles, so it should be an interesting studio to visit.
What have you been doing so far in preparation for this year’s Open Studios?
Painting lots of clouds, I spend a lot of time looking up.
What can we expect from you from this year’s Open Studios?
Houses, trees, clouds and the sea. These are the things that inspire me. I aim to create wistful, naive, mysterious places.
Tell me about your work process? Do you have a routine or will you work through the night if inspiration takes hold?
No routine whatsoever! When I do free up time in the week it doesn't happen, I like to be in completely the right headspace, this can come at any time, day or night!
Do you work in silence or with the radio?
Very specific choices of music, depending on what I am painting/making.
Do you like to focus on one piece at a time or do you have lots on the go at once?
Tons on the go at once. They tend to spend some time in my living room amongst visiting friends and family so I can see what needs to be worked on.
Have you recently been to any exhibitions in the UK or elsewhere that suprised you?
I went to the Leach Gallery in St Ives in February. There was a wonderful selection of thrown ceramics there.
What are you artist plans for the next 12 months?
Keep following my process. I am usually led to what I want to paint/create. I trained in Art Psychotherapy and feel my creative process is completely led by how I feel."
We can't wait to visit Lucy and Rosemary at their studio in St Ouen during the west weekend of Open Studios, 25th + 26th June, 10:00AM - 5:00PM. Visit her artist profile page to find where the studio is on the map, contact details and links to her website.
Photos courtesy of Holly Smith Commercial Photography.