Catch the Wave

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My present course at  Plymouth College of Art has now been completed. It has been a good experience where I have experimented with using old pieces of sea china and glass, incorporating into new ceramics.

I have also drawn on my personal roots from St.Ives in Cornwall and made some new pieces which reflect on the history of  St. Ives especially it's fishing industry in the late 19th century.

I used the book written by the  St. Ives museum curator, Cyril Noall called the Story of St.Ives  for inspiration.This book was written in the mid 1970's and  discusses the history of the Borough of St. Ives and contains some wonderful archival photographs, including  ones on the important Pilchard fishing industry.

There are a few more pieces to pick up from college, meanwhile here is the first image of these St. Ives inspired sculptures.

This piece is called the St. Ives Wave.

Catch the Wave 1

Catch the Wave 2

I have inscribed the Sculpture with the words Hevva Hevva, which is a word shouted so that everyone could run and get in their boats to catch the shoals of pilchards sighted in the Bay. I have also written "Black as the Arches" which is reference to the St. Ives arches on Smeaton's Pier. They always appear black, especially as a childhood memory.

The St. Ives Wave is now in a Gallery in St. Ives called the Two Seasons Gallery overlooking the Island and just up from Porthgwidden Beach. I worked in the premises during one summer, many years ago, selling icecream and beach items, when it was owned by the St. Ives artist Bob Crossely.  It is really exciting to have the opportunity to have my art available in  St. Ives. I am very grateful to Steve Crossely for allowing it. 


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  1. Gillian Barritt

    Hi Alexi.. Thankyou for being so interested and for the comments about the Wave. The little house is St. Nicolas Chapel on the the Island,an iconic symbol of St. Ives which represents St. Ives Christian heritage and the fishing Industry in my mind.The colours are mean't to show the iron ore which is found in the mines around St. Ives and the colours of the sea.

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  2. Alexi Francis

    This is really interesting. I love the stories behind and surrounding it and the words you've inscribed it with. Lots of history in one piece! And Ilove the gentle colours. Is that a little house represented? I'd love to see a top down view. I'm looking forward to seeing your next pieces! xx

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