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Sheep on the Land felt pots

Sheep on the Land felt pots

By Jennie Loader


British wool, wet felted: 3D vessel forms

Original artworks

Size: H: 8cm x 17cm diameter of rim


Jennie's Sheep on the Land range, created through traditional methods and careful hand-moulding of the felt, transforms British sheep wool into felt vessels. Each one celebrates and champions the source wool to create a very tactile and natural decorative object that is both beautiful and authentic.


The wool fleeces used include Wensleydale, Cotswold, Blue-faced Leicester and Shetland.


As a distinctive, finishing touch, Jenny includes, as rim fringing, unprocessed, curling locks directly from a fleece - a sheep signature for each pot. 


Given their resemblance to erupting volcanoes, we like to call them her Vesuvius pots!


Created exclusively for Spencer House Gallery, they've been selling like hot cakes since our debut show opened. Depending on size, they range in price from £20 up to £100 each. We have included a selection of the small £20 pots, reflecting the colours and strands in her felt landscape pictures, in the images above.


    Jennie is fascinated by natural processes that transform materials - whether she's using sunshine to print botanical plant forms or turning soft, loose wool fibres into textile artworks. Each piece is an adventure where she explores new possibilities and develops her own individual style.


    Her newly-emerging felt collection, Peat Below, Sky Above, is a three-tier exploration of her local Somerset Levels, celebrating the deep, dark peat soil, above which the sweeping patchwork of fields and wetland nature reserves meet the expanse of every-changing sky. The three tiers are made of British Shetland wool, plus a mixture of hand-dyed silk fabric and fibres, plant fibres such as soya, cotton and flax, wool locks and hand-spun yarn.


    Her Sheep on the Land range transforms British sheep wool into felt vessels, celebrating and championing the source wool and including cleaned but unprocessed locks directly from a fleece. We call them her Vesuvius pots!


    Meanwhile, in her cyanotype prints, the beautiful forms of native British plant life are captured using this Victorian manipulated photographic process. Paper or textile is coated with light-sensitive material and, using just sunlight, beautiful silhouettes and transparent dappling results.

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