New ceramics community at Digswell Art Trust, Letchworth, work by HVA members selected for 'From the Earth' Exhibition, and Maria Luisa-Wilkins wins The Hertford Art Show Mayor's Prize for 3D Best of Show.


Join Digswell Ceramics Community in the centre of Letchworth in the Fenners building which is open from 10-3.30pm on a Tuesday and from 12pm to 8pm on a Thursday.  

Beginners start at the tutored times and when they are more experienced can book to come any time they are open. The class size is only 8/9 and all techniques are taught to enable you to create your own work.

The tutored times are: Tuesdays 10-1pm, Thursdays 12-1.30 and 5.30-7pm.  The time is charged at £5 an hour excluding the clay cost. All are very welcome.

Tutor Debbie Bent is an experienced ceramicist with many years of teaching throughout the county including The University of Hertfordshire, Oaklands College and Courtyard Arts.

Digswell Arts Trust, Fenners Building, 7 Openshaw Way, Letchworth SG6 3ER

Contact: debbie@debbiebent 07946 380234 for further information or to book your place.


A celebration of Ethical Textiles from around the world exhibited at the Mardleybury Gallery in Datchworth.  A year in the planning by Jenny Leslie & Caroline Bell the event aims to promote ethical textile practices in the broadest sense, through the use of natural dyes and printing processes, natural fabrics and fibres, with particular reference to those produced in ethical ways, upcycling and incorporating other natural materials and ‘found’ items.

These four HVA Members are amongst those to have had work selected for this exhibition:

'Rag N Bone' (detail), Connie Flynn

Connie Flynn’s mixed media work consists of a found rusty dustbin, which she cut and flattened, wrapped a piece of handmade felt fabric around it, which in time became rust stained. She then drilled holes into the dustbin so she could hand stitch the rust stained felt fabric to it, hence the title ‘Rag N Bone’.

'Mother Earth', Jackie Hodgson

Whereas Jackie Hodgson’s who has also explored the effects of rust on cloth has created a textile piece to hang, titled ‘Mother Earth’  incorporating cotton cloth and threads rust dyed which she then stitched by hand.

'Gaia’s Security Blanket', Catherina Petit-van Hoey

In contrast ‘Gaia’s Security Blanket’, using 100% sheep-wool hand spun by Catherina Petit-van Hoey, is dyed using onion skins, cochineal and indigo. She has knitted the individual squares and then crocheted them together, the outcome a 'security blanket for our planet’.

'Panshanger Park, Hertford', Joanne Bowes

Similar to Catherina’s dyes from nature, Joanne Bowes has used untreated canvas painted with watercolour pigments, which she has created herself from natural dyes. Her inspiration is taken from the local landscapes, Joanne has two landscapes in the exhibition.

The exhibition is a celebration of Ethical Textiles from around the world to incorporate natural dyes, fabrics, fibres and yarns. The textile techniques and inspirations are just as diverse as the materials used.


Congratulations to Maria-Luisa Wilkings, winner of The Hertford Art Show Mayor's Prize for 3D Best of Show 2016 for her 'Queue of Life (Bus Stop)' and individual stories.

The award was sponsored by Mr Geoffrey Bennett Chairman  of the East Herts branch of NADFAS.