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Jennie Hale


After studying Ceramics at Art school I worked as Marianne de Trey’s workshop assistant at Shinners bridge Pottery,then set up my first pottery in West Devon.


It is here that I started to write and illustrate my diaries, at first to inform my pottery and then as work in their own right.


My pottery is now situated by the side of Colliford Lake on Bodmin moor in Cornwall

It has been purpose built, from a steel frame ,is timber lined and clad in locally sourced Larch,it’s light, warm and delightful to work in,and in a beautiful environment.


The landscape that surrounds me is full of flora and fauna to find and capture with drawings and words, I try to go out each day and make drawings or notes on nature,this gives me a unique collection of sketchbook / diaries that inform my ceramic work.


In 2007 A&C Black published The Nature Diary of an Artist, a compilation of illustrated diaries that I started in 1994, filled with notes and drawings direct from nature.


I have been lucky to travel to wild places in this country and abroad and in each landscape, urban or wild, I see nature arrive and survive. It’s that incredible spirit of survival that has always inspired my work and fuelled my sense of adventure.

Galleries I have displayed at:


Wink Gallery Guernsey

Dartington Cider press gallery

Simon drew Gallery Dartmouth

Leigh Gallery Hastings

Primavera Cambridge .

The Craft and Design gallery Leeds

The Bristol Guild of Craftsmen , Bristol

South west Crafts , Tavistock

Trelissick  Gallery

Cornwall Crafts association

Trelissick National Trust Cornwall

Polperro Arts Foundation , Polperro




Ceramics ,Painting and Drawing - I have taught in Schools and Colleges both in this country and the USA.  I have also run Masterclasses and demonstrated both Ceramics and Journalling as well as Watercolour  painting and drawing.


I addition, I run Journalling day courses most Months from my workshop on Bodmin Moor for groups or individuals.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss any of the journalling courses.



Qualifications and training:


BA. hons. ceramics. Loughborough College of Art and Design

Foundation South Devon College of Art.

Workshop experience: Assistant to Marianne de Trey C.B.E.

Elected member of Devon Guild of Craftsmen Lapsed

2002 Founded Workshop under the sky.

2003 elected academician SWAC. South West academy of fine

and applied Art

Member of Cornwall ceramics and glass group


Work History


2017 Art In Clay Hatfield Exhibitor and demonstrator/speaker

2017 Earth & Fire Welbeck International Ceramics

2016 Guest artist Yahats and Portland Oregon

2015 Guest artist St Ives society of arts

2014Guest Maker devon Guild of Craftsmen.

2014 awarded funding for workshop under the sky to run five arts events .

2014 Guest speaker Art in clay

2013 Guest speaker, faculty of interdisaplinery studies five colleges conference Amherst Massachusetts

2012&2013 BBC1 Country file at two rivers paper mill watercolour demo

2012 The Birds and the Bees Craft and Design gallery Leeds

2011 Oxford ceramics show

2011 Firing up , crafts council funded project to put makers in


2011 MarchSolo show ceramics and watercolours Kelly College

2010 March group show The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle on Tyne.

March 2010 group show Park life. Leeds craft and design gallery

June Earth and fire 2010 Rufford Nott’s

July- August 2010 Guest Artist for ,

“Wandering with words and watercolour” Portland Oregon.

2009June the contemporary craft fair Bovey Tracey

2009 Earth and Fire June International ceramics fair at Rufford Nott’s

2009 September Solo show ceramics and watercolours the centre

for creativity. Princetown.

2009 November Group show Leeds craft and design gallery

2008 Curated 40 years of Dartmoor rescue Tavistock Museum.

A history of the Tavistock section of Dartmoor Rescue team.


2008 Two day project for Tamar valley mining and heritage trust

Morwellham nature reserve


2008 Crafts at Bovey Tracey contemporary crafts fair.

2007 November Ceramics at the Craft and Design Gallery Leeds

City Art gallery Leeds

2007 Big draw Fair ground Heritage museum Lifton

2007 Big draw Tailstock

2007 September one woman show driftwood gallery Truro

2007 July Publication By A&C Black, of the nature diary of an Artist

by Jennie Hale

2006 August Compiled and had print run Diary of A forest full of

bugs using all the observational drawings made by participants.

2006 Limited edition Prints from Nature diaries.

2002-present Founded Workshop under the sky.



A nomadic art and science based project with its own Yurt. Where

artists and scientists to work together to increase awareness of

the natural world through observation and creativity.

Working freelance for: Forestry commission, Centre for

Contemporary Arts in the Natural World, South West Lakes Trust.

West devon borough council. World wildlife fund for nature

2004-present. Started the Tavistock Big Draw (campaign for


Writing and illustrating Nature diaries 1994-present

Art advisor for South devon college of art 1988-1995

Art advisor for Plymouth college of art 1986-1990

1983-present longham Pottery

producing Saltglazed ceramics 1983-1988

Raku fired ceramics1983-present

1979-1983 Shinners Bridge Pottery

Working with Marianne de Trey C.B.E.




2011 Wildlife Watercolours Burton art gallery Bideford

2011 Ceramics show case Llangollen Museum,

2010 Solo show Ceramics &watercolours Kelly college

2009 Solo show Ceramics & watercolours

Duchy centre for creativity

2008 ceramics & watercolours Longham Pottery

2008 Royal entomological society conference and exhibition

“Art and insects”. Peninsula Arts Plymouth. Watercolours.

2008 Solo Show ceramics & watercolours the Dartmoor inn Lyford

2007 selected Makers Leeds crafts and design gallery.

2007 ceramics & watercolours longham Pottery


2006 Ceramics Cornwall ceramics & glass. Such Gallery

2005 Ceramics, Cornwall ceramics& Glass annual show

2004 Ceramics & drawings Longham Pottery

2003 Ceramics & drawings, longham Pottery

2003 -2009 Southwest Academy of fine and applied arts

2003 Pittenweem arts festival

2003 one woman show Craft and Design Gallery, Leeds City art

gallery, The Head row Leeds.

2002 ceramics and drawings Longham Pottery

2002 Ceramics The Open–Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2002 one woman shows of Ceramics and Drawings The Cider

2001 Solo shows The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden.

Press Darting ton

From 1983-2000: 22 group exhibitions

: 12 one-woman shows


Work in Collections.

The Bill Ismay Collection

The Guennol Collection New York.

Nottingham Museum

Exeter Museum

Devon Education Collection

Strathclyde Education Collection.

And in private collections throughout the world


Publication Features.

20011 hand built ceramics lark books

2010 Bugs Britannica , By Peter Marren Chatto and Windus

2007 the Nature Diary of an Artist: Jennie Hale: A&C Black

2005 Raku Tim Andrews: A&C Black

2004 Drawing birds John Busby: Christopher Helm.

2001Saltglazed ceramics, Rosemary Cochrane The Cornwood


2000 The potters guide to ceramic surfaces Jo Connell.Apple

1994 Raku .Tim Andrews A&C Black

1994 BBC wildlife magazine Nature diarist of the year. (specially


1993 Sixty years of pottery at Dartington.

1990 animal forms and figures Rosemary Wren. Batsford

1986 &1983 International Saltglaze.


Awards :

Jennie has won numerous awards for my ceramics, watercolours and the innovative project, Workshop Under The Sky





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