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Whats on in the Parish



Born in New Zealand and travelling to the UK in her early 20’s, Karen moved from London to Dorset in 2009.

Karen has a varied portfolio of glass art, generally centred around the technique of fusing layers of glass together in a kiln which reaches temperatures of over 800 degrees c. The fused piece is often then rested on top of a mould and fired again to take the shape of the mould. Some pieces are fired several times to create the desired effect. She loves the use of vibrant colours and geometric design.

Of particular interest to Karen is creating random blocks of glass using different colours which are fired then cut into strips. The strips are then turned on their side to show the cross section pattern that has been created. These strips then form a centrepiece to create a dish or panel, the pattern bar being the focal point.

Karen’s inspiration comes from her love of vibrant colours and geometric design, the latter coming from her passion for the Art Deco era. Whilst still exploring the many techniques available, her portfolio is constantly expanding.

Her studio has been converted from 3 disused stables, with views of the surrounding countryside which provides for an amazing creative space to work from. Incorporated into this space is a gallery displaying her work.


Helen moved to Affpuddle after 30 years in Chichester.  Delighted to be joining Karen at her studio, Helen says “My work is inspired by our beaches, where I pick litter and collect “treasure”.  I take a camera to record my finds, finding absorption in the hunt.

But this is just the start – work is produced in response to the items that I find on my walks around the shore.   I am drawn to the texture, marks, colour and form of the junked and the jettisoned.  A long lost spoon, a boat engine fuel filter, a piece of ship’s metal – these are my pieces of treasure.  I spend many hours hunting the shores and have developed an eye for spotting things that don’t belong there.  I like to work with a variety of media, in 2D and 3D, utilising found wood, metal, rubber, cloth, plastic or anything else that appeals. 

I am fascinated with the process by which a pristine, utilitarian, commonplace man made item enters the sea and is returned to the land at some point, brought by tide and wind. On its return it has become unique – altered, distressed, made more beautiful and rendered useless! What happens in between is guess work!!

“Chiaroscuro” is made from found rubber, with hand made discs of calico which have either been treated with wax or coated in hand made gesso.

“Wastecoat” is an assemblage of beach found “Muntz” and other metals, with buttons, leather and a nail, all combined in the form of a waistcoat.

Parish Church Fete

Parish Magazine

This is an electronic version of the parish magazine. It is set up as the printers copy A4 folded to A5 therefore the pages are not sequentially layed out – takes a bit of getting used to but its all there – large file to download at about 60- 90 Mb PDF!

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