Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’

Winter exhibition ‘Chill’

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

I have put together a new collection of work combining ceramics and natural materials to form part of the winter exhibition at Heritage Courtyard Studios in Wells. My interest in starling murmurations continues particularly given the time of year. As a focal point I have created a large willow murmuration form inspired by the complex flight patterns of flocks of starlings. Other materials used with the ceramics come from the garden such as Narcissus, Sisyrinchium and reed foliage twisted into cordage.

The exhibition is open until 19th December Tuesday – Saturday 10am-4pm

I will also be having an open day at Pilton Cider Saturday 15th December 10-5pm

6 Heritage Courtyard, Sadler Street, Wells, Somerset  BA5 2RR

Fire I Sky I Cider Open Studios 2018

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Miriam Sheppard and I created a pop up studio at Pilton Cider, this is a fantastic space which served as a very quirky backdrop to our work.  We all had a successful Arts Weeks 2018 making lots of new contacts as well as sales.  Here are a few photographs.

Porcelain bowl and Sisyrinchium cordage gone to a new home in Devon

White stoneware, green glaze & reed cordage

Painting by Miriam Sheppard, my new ceramics & willow

Murmuration forms in willow, ceramics and garden plant cordage

White stoneware, Sisyrinchium cordage

White stoneware, Narcissus poeticus cordage

Fire Sky Cider

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

I was brought up surrounded by ceramics, my father, Peter Morley, made tableware and was very influenced by Leech pottery and Michael Cardew. My mother made, and still makes, fine stoneware sculptural pieces. As a child I was never interested in clay nor pottery, my interest was firmly focused on the native flora in the surrounding countryside.

This changed three years ago, when I signed up to a pottery evening class, since then I have been learning about the vast world of slips, oxides, glazes and hand building enjoying the link back to my parent’s world and my world of horticulture.

Over the past year I have been working to combine plant matter such as willow and homemade leaf cordage with my clay forms. I am showing the fruits of this work alongside landscape paintings by Miriam Sheppard at Somerset Arts Weeks 2018 at my husband’s cidery, Pilton Cider.

Somerset is well known for its cider and creative communities, by bringing the two together we hope to challenge visitor’s preconceptions of the use of natural materials in sculpture, landscape painting and Somerset cider. The location, in the grade II listed Anglo trading estate also raises an awareness of the industrial history of Shepton Mallet and offers a quirky backdrop to our work.

Somerset Arts Weeks 2018 starts on Saturday 15th September and runs until the end of the month. We will be open 11am – 6pm daily.

Somerset Arts Weeks pop up studio at Pilton Cider

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Somerset Art Works Open Studios 2018

I am pleased to announce that this year I will be taking part in Somerset Art Works Open Studios 2018. I have joined forces with Miriam Sheppard and Pilton Cider to create a pop-up studio at Pilton Cider’s cidery. Offering art and cider tastings, what more could you wish for!

Miriam and I will be working daily giving a rare insight into how we work; our practice and inspirations. We are also offering concertina book making ‘have-a-go’ sessions for children and cider tastings for adults.

Our pop up studio will be open 11-6pm daily from 15-30 September 2018, do come and see us.


Monday, January 22nd, 2018

It is time to prune Clematis, an easy task for late summer flowering types (e.g. Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’ and Clematis tangutica), just cut low and pull away.  I am sure I will use these prunings in one of my next sculptures.

This is what I have made last week with the tendrils of Vitis purpurea from the garden (pruned November – December).  I will be exhibiting this piece at AceArts 10February – 10 March

Taking refuge, exhibition

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Detail of one of the large forms for my exhibition at AceArts 10 Feb – 10 March 2018

Press release for upcoming exhibition at AceArts

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Taking Refuge’

10 February – 10 March

ACE Arts Gallery, Market Place, Somerton, TA11 7NB


Angela Morley is an artist and garden designer from Shepton Mallet. Born in the south of England she moved at the age of 10 with her family to France. Angela, from a Hertfordshire village, was homesick for England but fell in love with the French countryside where she found solace and safety. The title of her upcoming exhibition – ‘Taking Refuge’ – references these feelings, as does the idea of ‘home’, which is also of prime importance to her.

Angela studied Horticulture at the University of Bath, laying the framework for her work as a garden designer. While living in Hampshire she invested in ten acres of ancient coppiced woodland and began a lifelong fascination with woodland ecosystems and plants. She learned how to handle a chainsaw and spot butterfly orchids, and the experience informed her development as an artist working with natural materials.

Now living in Shepton Mallet, Angela continues to work with the products of woodland and hedgerow, weaving willow, bramble and bamboo into cocoons and nests and cradle-like sculptures embellished with feathers and grasses and found natural objects. Her studio is like a shoreline after a storm, with a tangle of stems and tendrils, thistles and feathers, and lengths of willow and hazel.

Her solo exhibition ‘Taking Refuge’ at ACE Arts in Somerton, 10 February – 10 March, showcases her sculptural work. The gallery, in the old Town Hall, is spacious, which gives her the opportunity to exhibit some larger pieces of work. She is showing five large woven sculptures which can be sited outside as focal points as well as lots of smaller sized pieces on a domestic scale. Children love the large sculptures and adore hiding in them and as they are on metal frames they can be added to by their owners. Taking place in the cold month of February, ‘Taking Refuge’ also embodies the idea of taking shelter from the unruly weather, and of safeguarding precious memories.

Angela says: “For me this exhibition is about showing people the close-up details of the wonders of nature. I’ve used lots of different materials such as fine grass heads and downy thistles, lots of different textures and buds and even peacock feathers. All my work is about opening people’s eyes to the beauty of nature and I hope that if people can see how beautiful it is they will be able to respect it more.”

Solo exhibition 10 February – 10 March 2018

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

I am hunkering down to a lot of weaving using locally and sustainably harvested materials for my exhibition which is only 8 weeks away.    There will be workshops (see my workshop page) and there will be wow factor!

In this exhibition I will be transforming the exhibition space at ACEarts with bold use of willow and woodland materials; expect an installation that will capture your imagination.

The exhibition will create a refuge for the viewer, to contemplate the works’ subtle colours and textures whilst also reflecting on mankind’s ultimate dependence on the plant world for food, shelter and psychological well being. The exhibition will be a refuge from the cold weather outdoors, offering time for quiet contemplation on the healing power of nature and that of our gardens.

New shop now open

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

I have just opened an Etsy shop, take a look at

Tumbling leaf forms available on Etsy

willow / sculpture / handmade / original / natural / art / contemporary / interior design / design / British / somerset / focal point / abstract / woven / ornamental / decorative / artwork / creative / swirling / flowing / gift / garden / maker / designer

Making in the exhibition space

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

As part of our exhibition in the Round Tower at Black Swan Arts, Fiona and I have been offering experimental workshops, mine using natural materials.