Art leaves quite an impression

Art and craft exhibition at Maria Martins Cottage in Polstead. Sculptor Paul Richardson with some of his work.

Art and craft exhibition at Maria Martins Cottage in Polstead. Sculptor Paul Richardson with some of his work.

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GIANT tin statues of cowboys and Indians, curvy wooden sideboards – moulded by a special procedure called steam bending – and beautiful boats painted on wood were just some of the items on display in Polstead at the weekend.

Artists and craft-makers from Suffolk converged on Maria Marten’s Cottage in Marten’s Lane to show off their wares at the 13th annual Polstead Exhibition.

Furniture maker Dylan Pym, from Polstead, founded the exhibition and each year looks for craft-makers and artists to come and put their work on show.

He said: “I always like to encourage young artists to come and show what they are doing to give them a chance to get some attention.

“I try to find artists who are local but sometimes they come from further afield in Suffolk.

“We ran it from Saturday through to Bank Holiday Monday and had a total of 920 visitors over the three days. which was up on last year. It was quite a success and people commented on the great atmosphere.”

A total of 10 artists put their work on display, including ceramics and jewellery as well as paintings and sculpture.

They included Mark Ram, Paul Richardson, Liz Martland, Roger Hardy, Isabelle Reece and Will Bishop.