Sue Pickering

Mixed Media Artist



The art of everyday life

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By suepickering, Dec 12 2016 01:42PM

There are quite a number of shops in Bristol that sell work by Bristol artists and makers. This means that people are able to support local creatives by buying cards and gifts throughout the year, even when there are no art trails or maker's markets taking place.

During December these shops become even busier as people work through their Christmas shopping lists, looking for that special something. I have my work in 3 shops in Bristol. They stock my work all year round, but at this time of the year I make a bigger delivery of items, including my 'little books', glass tile jewellery and greetings cards.

You can find my 'little books' and greetings cards in 7th Sea, which is located on Cheltenham Road, not far from both Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft. 7th Sea began life in 2012 and has since earned the reputation of being a bit of a treasure on the Bristol scene, stocking the handmade creations of many local artists and designers. They sell unusual T shirts, art prints and cards, through to quirky ceramics and jewellery.

My 'little books' and glass tile jewellery can be found at MAKERS on Colston Street, near the centre of Bristol. MAKERS began as the collective vision of four creative friends, each with an extensive working background in Design, the Arts and Contemporary Craft. The Shop & Gallery provides a spacious showcase in which to browse locally crafted work by artists, makers and musicians.

There is a shop at Hamilton House (where I have my studio) all year round, but during December it doubles in size, taking over the gallery area too. I have glass tile jewellery, 'little books' and some framed mixed-media collages for sale in the Coexist Winter Shopzilla.

So, if you still have some Christmas shopping to do, why not get along to 7th Sea, MAKERS and the Coexist Winter Shopzilla and see what you can find.

By suepickering, Dec 6 2016 01:15PM

Made in Bristol run arts and crafts events, exhibitions and pop-up shops in venues across Bristol to celebrate, showcase and promote the wealth of local creative talent. Working with a huge range of quality makers, including illustrators, painters, jewellers, craft-makers, sculptors, and photographers, every Made in Bristol event is a diverse, dynamic and unmissable celebration of Bristol’s creative heartbeat.

On Saturday 10th December I will be taking part in one of the four Made In Bristol Gift Fairs that take place in the run up to Christmas. This is my second year of taking part and I am looking forward to bringing my work along for people to see.

The venue for these fairs is Colston Hall - Bristol’s largest concert hall, which has been presenting music since 1867. Colston Hall remains at the heart of cultural life in the city, especially since the addition of the new foyer which allows all sorts of events to take place on different levels of the space.

Artists and makers from all over Bristol will be showing and selling their work around the different floors of the foyer at Colson Hall from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, so come along and take care of some of your Christmas shoppping at this great event.

By suepickering, Nov 8 2016 11:18AM

The 2016 North Bristol Arts Trail takes place on the weekend of 26th and 27th November. The trail, which has been running for over a decade, presents over 100 local artists showing their work across a range of locations in the north of the city, including Westbury Park, Redland, Bishopston, Henleaze and St Andrews.

I will be exhibiting my work at Venue 33 - Yogawest on Denmark Place (just off Gloucester Road, near Bishopston Hardware).

I will be bringing along the mixed media collages that I have been working on this year plus paintings and monoprints. I will also be showing and selling my handprinted 'little books', glass tile jewellery and textile jewellery. Come along and have a look. I have cards featuring my prints and collages for those wanting to take away a taste of my work without spending too much!

I am one of 5 artists based at this venue. I will be showing my work alongside Linda Brogan, Denise Lonsdale, Simon Melican and Simon Farrell.

Linda Brogan uses oil paint, pencil crayon, pastel and ceramics to make 2D and 3D pieces often inspired by her travels and her love of African arts. Though her degree is in Fine Art she has been increasingly drawn to working in clay, using hand building methods to produce plant pots, sculptures, 'facepots' and plaques. Her 'Yogacats' have been very popular with yogis and cat lovers alike, and this year she has made a number of small cat and 'kitten' sculptures inspired by her own cats.

Denise Lonsdale divides her time between making ceramic sculpture and enamelling. Currently the main inspiration for her sculptures are the giants of the animal kingdom . At the other end of the scale she builds up layers of enamel on metal to make textures and patterns creating brilliantly coloured enamel jewellery.

Simon Melican was drawn to the process of throwing over a decade ago. All of his work is fired to stoneware (1260 –1300 degrees centigrade) to exploit the properties and interactions of glazes, coatings and textures at these temperatures. Simon experiments with different effects inspired by geological and marine sources using surface techniques, colouring materials, such as oxides, and the inclusion of grits and gravel in the clay body.

Simon Farrell is a Bristol born artist. He studied photography and illustration at Filton Technical College, Bristol followed by an HND in Graphic Design at Swindon College of Art & Design. His work reflects his continual appreciation of the natural beauty of the changing landscape and the iconic landmarks that surround us. Simon also specialises in cartoon and freehand illustration.

For more information about the trail visit

By suepickering, Oct 18 2016 09:09AM

On 5th November I will be taking part in the We Make Bristol pop-up shop. This event takes place in Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church in the north of Bristol. It runs from 10am-1pm.

We Make Bristol was founded by designer-maker Amanda George to provide an opportunity for the creative people of Bristol to share their work. The We Make Bristol pop-up shop is a bustling, market-style experience, showcasing art, craft, paintings, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, and more. The pop-up shop takes place on the first Saturday of the month. For more information about We Make Bristol events and where they take place click here.

In addition to the monthly pop-up shops, We Make Bristol now have a shop, based in Westbury-on-Trym village, stocking fantastic items from artists and makers who take part in the pop-up shops. You can follow the development of this venture on the We Make Bristol Facebook page.

I will be bringing some of my framed collages, giclee prints and greetings cards to the event on 5th November. I will also have my handprinted 'little books', glass tile jewellery and my textile jewellery. Come along and see what we have all been making in Bristol!

By suepickering, Oct 6 2016 09:38AM

In just over a week's time I will be setting up my work at the West Bristol Arts Trail. This will be the fourth year that I have taken part in this trail and I am looking forward to showing my new work. In an art trail some artists show their work in their own homes, but I always exhibit as part of a larger group in a public venue. My venue is the Bristol School of Art - the place where I studied for my Foundation Course 8 years ago.

Art Trails are a great opportunity to see the work of a whole range of artists in a particular area of the city. In Bristol, there are 8 annual art trails - each covering a different area. The West Bristol Arts Trail takes place around Clifton, Hotwells, Cliftonwood and Redland.

I will be showing some of my recent collages and paintings, along with prints and paintings made over the last couple of years. I have giclee prints of some of these pieces for those that don't want to splash out on originals - and also greetings cards, which can be great way to have an example of an artist's work. I also show my glass tile jewellery, wrapped textile jewellery and hand-printed 'little books'.

The 2016 West Bristol Arts Trail takes place on 15th and 16th October (11.00am-5.00pm). If you are in Bristol that weekend - come along and take a look!