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Devon Artist Network (DAN) is a membership organisation set up to promote the visual arts and create opportunities for artists and makers in Devon.

DAN was established in 2004 and is a non-profit making organisation initiating a range of projects across the county including the well established Devon Open Studios (DOS) event that runs annually in September.

Featured Artist: Alison West
My pots are Saggar Fired hand-thrown porcelain. I produce saggar fired unglazed forms. The saggar is a container in which pots are buried in combustible and volatile materials placed in a gas kiln. After throwing and drying the pots, I apply terrasigillata, (a very fine slip) and polish to a shine. The textured pots are dried quickly after throwing to create the cracked surface. I bisque fire to 980C and collect local ferns and plants from the Dartmoor environment in which I live. I wrap the pots in the plant material with prepared fabric and place in the saggar which contains wood shavings, oxides and other organic material. The combustible material burns off and imprints of the plants transfer to the pots. I fire between 850C and 900C for 5 hours. The pots are sealed and polished and vases can be functional and contain water. They are not dishwasher safe. The results are unpredictable and exciting, created by detailed preparation of the pot, the combustibles within the saggar and firing process. I work in the knowledge that the results will never be repeated. I enjoy the risk and varying emotional responses derived from the process and find the controlled atmosphere that produces uncontrolled results reflects life itself and allows me to be adventurous. I strive to convey an elemental sense of earth and fire, contrasting high shine with cracked surfaces. I am inspired by work decorated by flame and fire and influenced by simple, elegant and feminine shapes. My pots also reflect the experience of living in Japan in a ceramics region. I do not consciously create Japanese style pots, but there is an influence.
Forthcoming Events
 DAN Events for 2014

 Wednesday, 18 June 2014

DAN's Events Calendar has been brought up to date - any additional events will be added as soon as they are confirmed.

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 Saturday, 05 July 2014


Contemporary Botanical Art Exhibition 5 July - 10 Sept 2014

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 Friday, 15 August 2014

Bovey Tracey 

Calling all Devon Open Studios participants - make your venue stand out with your own flag

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 Hive Art - "Menagerie a Trois"

 Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Lyme Regis, 

2013 RAMM Art Prize winning group HIVE (Ian Harbour, Sam Harrison & Su Scotting) take curious creatures out to play

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 Life Drawing Classes with Louise Banks

 Wednesday, 28 May 2104


Life Drawing Classes tutored with an expressive approach to drawing

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