Another important area of exploration in my work is teaching, for which my enthusiasm has grown over the years as I have watched so many people’s creativity develop and blossom through the medium of clay. My weekly classes and weekend one-off workshops are run from my studio in my beautiful garden, at my home on the edge of Dartmoor. They cover all aspects of ceramic sculpture and pottery, including Raku and garden sculpture, and are open to all levels of ability, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere usually featuring cups of tea and yummy cakes!
Parisian born, Isabel Coulton, grew up in the bohemian art world of 1960’s France. Her grandmother was a talented painter in oils, her grandfather painted, collected works of art and discovered the now famous Bernard Buffet, whom he exhibited in his Champs Elysee gallery. Her home was a fusion of French avant-garde and the practical quiet beauty of early carved furniture, her English father’s passion, later to become his speciality. Her mother, Lydia Corbett, (nee Sylvette David), once Picasso’s muse, now paints in her own right, drawing inspiration from the great master and exhibits in London’s Maddox Street. Isabel’s love of carving must surely come from her early years, leading her away from painting towards a very traditional and meticulous skill.
After two years preliminary studies in art, the City and Guilds of London Art School alone offered the grounding that she needed in carving and allied subjects. During her studies, Isabel supplemented her knowledge and income by working at the King’s Cross Workshops, 1984-86, before being accepted for a full time position at Thomas Restorations in little Venice in 1987, working mainly for Partridges of Bond street. Here she honed her skills, everyday experiencing the work of Robert Adam, Chippendale, and Thomas Hope. Today, having made her home in Devon, Isabel now enjoys new designs and commissions. Always in love with the traditional styles, she now seeks to fuse the old techniques with new fervour and thinking to enable her to carve with depth, intricacy and feeling.
Work has been exhibited at:
Ways with Words Festival, Devon
Delamore Arts, Delamore House, Devon
Seale Hayne, Devon
English Wine Week
Mythic Garden, Devon
Royal Horticultural Society, Rosemoor, Devon
Greenway Gardens, Devon
Ariel Centre Gallery, Totnes
Gallery Terracina, Exeter, Devon
Sculpture Bretagne, France
Dewsmoor Gallery, Crediton, Devon
Fox Linton, Chelsea Harbour, London
Mentions, Reviews, Features:
House and Garden
South West Sculptors Association
Derek Cadle developed a second career as a sculptor following retirement in 1997 from a hectic career as a hospital consultant. He had spent 30 years closely involved in the development of Intensive Care Medicine in the UK and is a Distinguished Member of the Intensive Care Society.
With such a background it is perhaps not surprising that his sculptural work is both detailed and figurative being human, animal and botanical.
Sculptures are in bronze cast from clay, woodcarvings, wire pieces and mixed media. His work is quite varied and sometimes presented as pairs.
Examples are spread nationally and internationally with work in Monaco, Hong Kong and the USA.