Visiting the LAF artists: Jonathan Trim – mixed media painting, and Richard Baxter – ceramics

By Sally Pudney on 10th March 2017

On Thursday Graham and I went down to Leigh on Sea, on the Thames estuary to visit two of our LAF artists.

Jonathan Trim exhibited his mixed media landscape paintings with us at the 2016 Festival and they were extremely popular with our visitors. We asked him to show with us again this year, and I am really looking forward to seeing the new paintings.

We had coffee with him in his garden studio on an overcast, drizzly morning, but inside we were surrounded by the brightness and colour of his large canvases.

Jonathan Trim in his studio

Jonathan has promised us paintings of the Stour Valley, Mersea and Wivenhoe, amongst the selection. He will also have unframed prints in our print browser, small books showcasing his work, and greetings cards – so lots to choose from!

Moving on to Old Leigh, we visited potter Richard Baxter in his Gallery Workshop ‘Old Leigh Studios’, which is situated right on the banks of the Thames. Richard last exhibited with us in 2015, and this year he is doing more than just showing his work! On Monday, 1st May at 7.30pm. he will be giving an illustrated talk called ‘My Life in Clay’, with a live demonstration of some of his techniques and practices using a mobile potter’s wheel. I am really looking forward to this –  it will be fascinating.  If you are interested in coming tickets costing £10 each will go on sale on 1st April, and will be available from our website or from Red Lion Books in Colchester High Street.

Richard Baxter in his gallery

Richard works in a variety of styles, from chunky earthenware to delicate, exquisitely coloured porcelain, and he will be exhibiting a group of ceramics representing all of these styles.

To find out more about Richard and his work go to

To find our more about Jonathan and his work go to

We finished our visit to Leigh with a very nice lunch at the pub opposite Richard’s studio. 🙂


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