cambridge contemporary crafts

Heather Power

Heather Power works in three main areas – Etching, Screenprint and Kiln Formed Glass. She graduated from Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art.

Heather uses both etching and screen-printing to create the images. Her work is mainly elements taken from the landscape. Etching with aquatint enables her to produce a rich dense black for the silhouetted winter trees.  Using screen-printing for some of her work enables her to print on both the paper and glass. By framing with space between the two layers shadows from the glass layer fall on the paper. These shadows move during the day as the light moves round.  Heather also screen-prints on to glass then fuses the layers together in a kiln. The printed fused glass pieces are then returned to the kiln to be shaped into dishes, bowls and other functional forms. 

Heather's recent work was described by the Oxford Times as "remarkable etchings of trees and evening meadow grasses silhouetted against a stark white background which enables the intricately etched bare branches to stand out as they would in nature when viewed against a clear winter sky". The etching 'Islip Edge' was featured in the Derwent May "Oh You Pretty Things" column in The Times.  Helen is a member of the Oxford Printmakers where she makes her etchings and screens.  Since graduating she has worked as one of the three technician managers at the Oxford Printmakers Co-operative, an open access print studio located near the centre of Oxford.


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