Flameworks: Incubate


Flameworks Director Gabi Marcellus-Temple tells us about the inspiring artists currently taking part in their Incubate programme.

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The Incubate programme provides affordable studio space for graduates from Plymouth’s art college and university, working in craft forms as diverse as ceramics, jewellery, silversmithing, glass and illustration.

With hundreds of creative students graduating in Plymouth each year, we’re working to improve our offer with tailored business support and the opportunity to work and develop alongside our more established artists. Incubate participants also have the chance to get involved with running Flameworks events and exhibitions, as well as building our organisation as part of a dedicated community of artists and makers.

Take a look at the artists currently taking part in Incubate – they’re a pretty inspirational lot!

Luke Axworthy


Louise Rabey


Jane McEwen

Luke Axworthy – www.lukeaxworthy.com

Luke has just finished a degree at Plymouth College of Art, where he was Undergraduate Student of the Year. He also received the prestigious Goldsmiths Company Student Silver Bullion Grant, which enabled him to use the facilities at Flameworks to create his range of original ‘squish cast’ vessels.


Lorna Davey – www.facebook.com/lornadaveyillustration

Lorna graduated from PCA and specialises in illustration and design.

She says, “Flameworks has been such a great opportunity for me. Everyone there is so helpful, welcoming and friendly and it’s so motivational being able to see other practices at work like glass, ceramics and metalwork!”


Louise Rabey – www.louise-rabey-art.com

Having graduated from the University of Plymouth in Fine Art two years ago, Louise originally came to Flameworks under the Jobcentre Plus creative internship programme, following which she took up a permanent position as our project coordinator. Louise’s practice as an artist focuses on painting and illustration and she joined Incubate when the dedicated studio was created. Louise says, “Thanks to Flameworks I am able to continue my practice in a creative and lively space. I have received invaluable support and advice from the other artists and training through their workshops. My confidence has grown immensely and I have been given opportunities that are otherwise hard for me to find.”


Stevie-Leigh Smith – www.stevieleighsmith.com

Stevie-Leigh recently graduated from the jewellery course at PCA, where her final collection, Revival, explored the beauty of death through combining glass casting and electroforming with the delicacy of bone and feather. “It’s a fantastic space to create, with no restrictions and facilities readily available to develop new skills and push ideas to a new level.”


Nicky Noble and Jane McEwen

Nicky and Jane are both second year ceramics students at PCA who have joined Incubate in order to develop their practices in a professional environment. Both are mature students who have come to ceramics as a change in career – Jane was influenced to do so by her experience in art therapy when working with patients with dementia. “Working with other artists at Flameworks has been a huge support whilst I am in this student phase of my career, I have learnt so much from them and I think I can sometimes give back with knowledge I learn in college.” – Jane McEwen, ceramics.


Jane Mooney – www.janemooney.wix.com/janemooneyceramics

Jane has also recently graduated from PCA and specialises in combining traditional ceramic techniques with digital technologies to create detailed and textured surfaces. She is also one of the founders of Doo:zie, an new networking organisation for creatives.


Patrick Hannah and Jake Milford

Paddy and Jake both came to Flameworks to learn hot glassworking skills, originally working with highly experienced artist Roger Corbet. Both are now in the process of developing their own styles and businesses and often assist with demos at Flameworks open days.