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Press release 27th March 2015

Margaret Berry’s A Walk on the Wild Side

The Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings

24th-30th April

A life-sized ceramic sculpture of a woman reclining on a movable swing

takes centre stage. Other sculptures include horses, hares, frogs, crabs and birds.

Full catalogue on www.MargaretBerry.com 17th April.

She specialises in suspended sculptures such as a ten-foot flying dragon

One of seven




displayed at

the Pierhead

in Cardiff

Bay, South



Dda”, about

2.5m tall.


suspends the

stoneware on

nylon thread.

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During the exhibition, Margaret will be creating a large sculpture in fibre-

strengthened air-drying clay, which will be offered for sale on conclusion of the show

at Snape. It will also be possible for people to experiment with clay whilst visiting the

exhibition at the Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings. The gallery is close to the road and

unsurprisingly sited by the river.

Another recent creation by Margaret is Bryn Terfel as a kite about 3metres wide,

wing-tip to wing-tip.

At Margaret’s last exhibition people typically paused at the door to say

“Wow. Adjectives in common use by visitors at the show were:




and one completely unknown German female visitor described it as the best

modern art she had ever seen.

The exhibition runs for seven days from Friday 24th April to Thursday 30th and is

open daily 10am to 5.30pm (Friday from noon; Thursday until 3pm). Margaret would

be delighted to welcome you to her small, brief exhibition brought all the way from

West Wales. She will next exhibit her work in June in Oberderdingen, in South West

Germany. She has semi-permanent displays at the “Pili Palas” butterfly house in

Menai Bridge North West Wales and hotels in and around Dolgellau.

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Taliesin 2metres tall approximately

A changeling

from Welsh

mythology and

history as each of

his selves:


Small bird



Grain of


Plants form the

skin’s surface

decoration as he

was born of a

witch’s potion.

Life-sized lady on the movable swing

This is in


at the




examples that

stand at about


including the

mobile swing


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Other pieces are in progress.

These two are


0.5m tall.


Hares from 10cm to

50cm tall (including



Typically 5cm tall

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from threads

in various sizes.

Pictured: crow,


50cm wingspan

and swifts,

made for

Coed Cae.


This crab is


10cm wide.

Decorated in

texture and


on all



Life sized

busts in


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Margaret created her first suspended sculpture in 2005 and won Best

of Show with “Aspects of Love”. Her next suspended piece was sold

to hoteliers in Oberderdingen, Germany forming a centrepiece to the

wooden spiral staircase in their grand entrance hall. She also makes

large sectioned sculptures; Unicorn is the size of a small pony.

Margaret was born a five-minute walk from London’s Fulham Pottery into a loving

family and was encouraged to enjoy the arts. She learnt to draw with Salvidor Dali

prints on the wall and a piano in the lounge.

At 16, she passed O’Level art with a pair of jointed suspended puppets. At A’level,

she sculpted a clay bust that was mistakenly disposed of in the school skip. She

lacked confidence in her work and stopped drawing at 18 years of age.

She pursued a technical career but it gave her little satisfaction and she assumed it

was the job that was at fault. “I loved the study but loathed working in the IT arena. In

retrospect I had some truly wonderful jobs but they simply weren’t right for me” she

says. At night, after her day in the city, she would often look through the Road Atlas

of Great Britain and dream of options.

Three fantastic IT jobs later, she drove to Machynlleth, Mid-Wales for the weekend.

She found an isolated stone cottage to rent and resigned on the Monday. Less than

four months later she had found a six-week drawing course and discovered that she

could draw.

“I listen to my heart when

In 2005, she completed the exceptional Foundation Art

course at Coleg Menai in Bangor with full distinctions

and tremendous certainty that clay was the way

forward. She won an award with a suspended sculpture

in 2005 and bought her electric kiln a year later. She

then finished renovating her period cottage and started

trading as a sculptor in April 2009.

Ever since she was at school, people have asked

Margaret what she does for a living often adding

that they had thought her to be an artist.

Margaret’s work is mostly sourced from Welsh

poetry, myths and legends adopting patterns and

textures found in nature.

I make decisions now and

I’m a lot happier. I like to

work with clay everyday

and miss it, even pine for

it when I don’t.”