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Ceramics exhibition in Ventnor next month

Fri 19 Jul 2013

Ceramics exhibition in Ventnor next month

Lovers of the arts planning a trip to the Isle of Wight might like to check out the upcoming Andrew Dowden exhibition of Ceramic Designs at Ventnor Botanic Garden.

The venue lies in a microclimate more akin to the Mediterranean and the UK, with lush grasses and sub-tropical plants finding the environment the perfect home in which to flourish.

It is one of the most picturesque destinations on the Isle of Wight and therefore the perfect setting for a showcase for one of the island's most prolific and skilled craftspeople.

Mr Dowden will be showcasing his creations from August 2nd to 5th at the gardens, with the show open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 BST.

Featuring an array of hand-carved, surface-textured ceramic pieces, the show examines the many forms of the art, including tiles, wall plaques, plates, jugs, decorative pieces and many objects besides.

The artist will be in attendance throughout the showing of his wares, with visitors able to converse with him on a range of topics, such as his inspirations, techniques and any other general ceramic-related queries they might wish answered.

A carpenter for more than 20 years, Mr Dowden was inspired to take up ceramics in his spare time. He now plies his trade solely in this area, with design and form more important to him than functionality for his artwork.

Further details of the show can be found by getting in touch with the team at the Ventnor Botanic Garden or Mr Dowden himself, while admission will cost £5 for adults and £3 for students and kids, although children under six years old can get in for free.

Conversely, a family ticket can be purchased on the gate or in advance for just £12, covering two adults and up to three young ones.

Guests who wish to take more than one trip to the gardens within seven days can also receive a 50 per cent discount on entry for subsequent visits.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801614665-ADNFCR

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