Dorking sculptor Janet Crook, Surrey Artist of the Year 2013

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:30 22 September 2014

I believe magic feathers should be stylish by Janet Crook

I believe magic feathers should be stylish by Janet Crook


Winner of the prestigious Surrey Artist of the Year competition for 2013, Dorking-based sculptor Janet Crook is intrigued by movement. She makes small automations out of found objects, which she then develops into ceramics, finally adding simple movements with nodding, weighted heads on animals, or wings on fairies made from knitted wire.

Janet began her career with an MA at the Royal College of Art, before working in film and TV, and then going on to produce her quirky and charming statuettes.

“It was actually during a hat making course that I had a eureka moment on how to make my drawings work in 3D!” she says. “I started making small automations with basic movements – up and down, round and around, flapping arms and wings –from odds and ends and bits of found objects.”

Janet, who is now busy experimenting with more complicated movements, says she was thrilled to be last year’s Surrey Artist of the Year.

“I have taken part in Surrey’s Open Studios for many years,” says Janet. “l love watching people’s faces when I show them what they can do with my pieces – they think the ceramics might break, but they are quite tough. Being Surrey Artist of the Year has had the ‘wow’ factor to it, meaning people want to exhibit my work, which has been great.”

A solo show of Janet’s work will run at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham from Saturday September 27 to Saturday October 25.

This will be shown simultaneously with the Surrey Artist of the Year 2014 Exhibition, which continues until Sunday November 16, where the winner of this year’s coveted title will also be announced.

• Janet Crook Solo Exhibition and the Surrey Artist of the Year Exhibition 2014 the New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS. Tel: 01252 713208. Web:

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