Teign Heritage Museum, Teignmouth Artist: Jacky Oliver


This weekend visitors to the Museum attended workshops allowing families and Museum Volunteers to develop new craft skills . Firstly they were supported in building their creative confidence,  everyone was shown what it is possible to make with clay and plaster, through exploring texture, surface and depth.

In the first half of the workshop, participants  carved their ideas into clay,  which became a mould for plaster to be poured into to  make relief tiles . Once the carving skills had been refined, everyone was given a cuttle fish to draw into. these again create moulds for pewter to be poured into, once it had been melted with the gas torch.



Jacky Oliver

Originally trained in Jewellery at Middlesex University, Jacky went on to study for an MA at the Royal College of Art. Her career has two mutually beneficial aspects to it – the fabrication of sculptural pieces and the facilitation of others artistic work. Working mainly in metal she utilizes a range of techniques and processes, including jewellery, silversmithing and blacksmithing skills to create small hand held objects through to large-scale architectural pieces. The one thing common to all her work regardless of scale is the attention to detail, gained from her training as a jeweller. Jacky creates work for commissions or exhibitions. Recently creating a site-specific piece for a National Trust Tithe Barn in Somerset. Another rewarding project was her residency at the Botanic Gardens Leicester, where she worked with a number of groups with special needs. Collaborating with two schools, Jacky used elements created by the participants to create two of the three permanent pieces she fabricated for permanent display in the gardens.