THE third Cloth Road Arts Week takes place next month, celebrating the work of local artists. In the weeks before the event, beginning May 3, we are featuring those who taking part.
This week we meet glass maker and mosaic artist Natasha Rampley. Visit www.clothroadartists.com
NATASHA Rampley will be raising money for charity as well as showcasing her artistic work during the Cloth Road Arts Week next month.
The 32-year-old is one of the artists taking part in the 2008 event, beginning on May 3 and running until May 11.
Although a Bath resident, Ms Rampley's artistic heart is in a stylish utility building down a narrow track off Bradford Road in Trowbridge, where her studio is located.
The glass worker, mosaic artist and painter found a wonderful studio and exhibition space when she teamed up with Wessex Water.
She said: "I had a business mentor at Wessex Water who suggested I take on a disused storeroom in the building.
"Once it was cleared it became a wonderful space for me to work in and I am really happy here."
Natasha has nominated Water Aid, also Wessex Water's charity of choice, to receive money from the profits of her exhibition.
She said: "There will be a number of artists exhibiting work in the studio and five per cent of everything we sell will go to Water Aid.
"We'll also be selling teas, coffees and cakes in the studio to raise a bit more money and encourage people in."
Liz Jewett, glass maker and ceramicist; Debbie Cowper, glass maker; Marian White, textile artist; Sally McCarney, textile artist; Andy Millar, wood turner; John Sansom, photographer, and Dennis and Daphne Neate, botanical artists will be showing work in the studio.
Natasha said: "I will be showing my glass as it's a glass studio, and an overview of my Arts4Health company work."
Ms Rampley runs a business that produces artwork for hospitals and health centres.
Natasha has undertaken a number of commissions since graduating from Birmingham College of Art, including a project for a specialist eye treatment centre at Frimley Park hospital, Surrey and a glass owl wing sculpture for a Methodist care home for the aged in Swindon.
One of her most recent commissions, which she has been working on during the past month, is a large pig that she is making for the King Bladud's Pigs auction in Bath.
She is equally happy to work on a smaller scale and welcomes commissions from organizations and the public.