Aberystwyth Printmakers Exhibition at MOMA, Machynlleth

Mine Memories Exhibition CARAD Rhayader

Alison has an exhibition of her work about the Cambrian Mountain Lead Mines.


Exhibition/Installation of Sculptures and Prints.

November 9th to December 24th 2013

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Opening 2pm – 4pm November 9th

Old Folk Tales of the Mines told by Peter Stevenson


CARAD, East Street, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5ER

01597 810561/810192


The three areas chosen for this work are Plynlimon Mine, Cwmystwyth Mine and the drovers’ road behind the Teifi Pools leading to small mines; the land where miners walked to Ffair Rhos and to Rhayader.

The work in this exhibition is the beginning of a journey exploring the histories, stories and memories and physical realities about and around the mines in the Cambrian Mountains.

The end of the journey for the pieces will be the return to their origin in the mountains.

One day the casual passer-by may come across them and wonder.



Putting up Exhibition

3 prints of Cwmystwyth Mine

Sculptures and prints of the Lead Mines.

Three ‘Fragments’ are in a new home

Three of the ‘Fragment’ series of sculptures were taken to their new home yesterday, October 13th.

Three of the Fragment series.  Ceramic, metals and mixed media.

New home for ‘Held Memory’

The second Ceredigion Art Trail has just finished.  Quieter than last year but those who ventured to visit the workshop and see my work were wonderful to meet and it was an enjoyable two weeks.  ‘Held Memory’ was taken to her new home near Aberystwyth yesterday.

New work in progress

These figures were shown in Female Frame IV at Theatre Clwyd in Mold, North Wales from March 9th to 20th April 2013. They were then shown in the Strawbale Gallery in Bwlchllan in May 2013, Ceredigion and then 5 of them in Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth June 2013.

They are female figures ‘Fragments’ and prints which reflect and echo a fragmentation and broken body; ‘Fragmented’.

Three will be going to their new home in South Wales very soon.

Sea Pictures Gallery. Clare, Suffolk

Alison’s work is being shown at the Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare in Suffolk.  This is exciting and great to get work into a new gallery.


Suffolk Magazine February 2013                                                             SPG 01 2013


Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare begins the year with an exhibition of some of the best of contemporary photography and ceramics. The show ‘Ones to Watch’ is being staged jointly with a new gallery, Fine & Contemporary. Running for the whole of February and into March, the Sea Pictures part of the show features highly original work by one of the self-styled ‘Iron Maidens’ Alison Lochhead, from deepest mid-Wales. She is almost unique in successfully fusing iron and clay. The dramatic results are hulks of ships that appear fossilized or recently torn from the earth. An example of her politically referenced fossilised female torsos is on display in the Fine & Contemporary section of the exhibition alongside work from fellow Welsh ceramicist, Joe Finch and  landscape painter Andie Clay.

Sea Pictures Gallery is also introducing ceramic ships by Terri Smart and other sea themed work by Harriet Caslin, together with popular gallery ceramicists Frank and Janet Hamer and Emma Williams. New contemporary marine photography from wildlife specialist Rebecca Nason ARPS will be on show with work by landscape photographer Andrew Midgley.

Fine & Contemporary is a sister gallery to Sea Pictures and will hold occasional exhibitions at other galleries and on the internet on non-maritime themes such as archaeology, Wales, landscape or flora and fauna. For this launch event it is showing the complete 20 print exhibition of photographs by Suffolk photographer, Paul Coghlin, that recently won him a Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photography. BIPP President, Roy Meiklejon FBIPP, stated “BIPP qualifications are among the most rigorous in the world. Qualification with the BIPP requires hard work, determination, commitment and lots of creativity”.

For more information visit the website www.seapicturesgallery.com or call 01787 279024. Children are always welcome.

MOMA Death Boats Exhibition

The exhibition at MOMA Machynlleth went really well with lots of visitors.

Here are some photographs from the exhibition.

Iron Maidens Exhibition


Exhibiting: Sarah Clover (USA) Felicia Glidden (USA) Cynthia Handel (USA) Kate Hobby (UK) Justine Johnson (UK) Coral Lambert (UK/USA) Alison Lochhead (UK) Carrie Phoenix (UK) Tamsie Ringler (USA) Theresa Smith (USA) Julie Ward (USA) Simone Bizzell-Browning (UK) “Liquid iron forms the core of the earth and courses through our bodies in the form of haemoglobin. It is the stuff of legends all over the world and its development into useable material has transformed our culture and environment, and fine artists, as the keepers of cultural myths, have been attracted to the material over the centuries. In the last fifteen years cast iron has become part of the contemporary sculptural repertoire and Wales is becoming a European centre of excellence in this material” (Robert Harding, Inheritors of the Vulcan Tradition. Planet 2006) The resurgence of cast iron as a sculptural medium in Wales began in 1994 with the building of a small portable furnace by two USA artists, Charles hook and Deborah la Grasse for Harvey Hood at Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop. A continuing interchange between iron sculptors across the Atlantic was initiated by Coral Lambert who still organises the US/USA Cast Iron Symposia, alternating between the two countries each year. Iron Maidens is an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by British and American female sculptors who work in cast iron. They have all variously worked alongside each other in Butley Mills Studios, Suffolk; The Museum of Steel Sculpture, Ironbridge; Salem Art Works, New York State; Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota; Sloss Furnaces, Alabama; Caerau Metals, Brecon; West Wales College of the Arts, Carmarthen and Berllanderi, Raglan. Iron Maidens is one of the first of several exhibitions shown as a precursor to the International Contemporary Cast Iron Art Conference in Kidwelly, Wales in 2010; where it will have a special showing.

Article in PLANET

Straw Bale Gallery

The opening of the Straw Bale Gallery took place on May 18th 2013.  IT DID NOT RAIN!  Lots of people came and enjoyed themselves.  It was also the launch of the book ‘Revealment – Datguddiad’; poems by Dai Jenkins and images of sculptures by Alison Lochhead.

Marc Perry reading poems of Dai Jenkins at the opening.

Marc Perry reading the poems. To get your copy of the book email alison.lochhead@btinternet.com. See the Book page on the website

Outside Strawbale Gallery

Outside Strawbale Gallery

Sedum growing on the roof.  Sheep in next door field.

Sedum growing on the roof. Sheep in next door field.


My workshop is chaotic and trying to show finished work to anyone is always a difficult experience for all involved.  For a while I could show all my work outside but increasingly my sculptures are becoming more vulnerable to the ravages of the winds and lashing rains and I decided I needed a space for just showing my work, and also for me to be able to explore different ways of displaying my work and further developing the creative process of making. I decided to build a straw bale round house with a reciprocal roof.  I thought it would be a quick build and relatively cheap.  I started building it in 2007 with the idea that it would be finished by the autumn.  The weather stepped in and no small straw bales were to be found as everyone was taking advantage of the one dry day in the summer to make large bales.  I finally found some in October, but this was too late to try and build the walls as dry weather is essential to keep the straw dry.

The basic structure went up in July 2007 and over wintered until building started again in June 2008.  The upright posts are oak and the roof struts are silver birch.

The reciprocal roof structure which went on next, casts fantastic shadows.  I needed to see how big a piece of glass was needed to enable the structure to be seen from within the building. In June building resumed, and so did the rain.  The straw bale walls went up in a day. Then the roof needed to be put on and made weather prrof.  To get to this stage took weeks, being rained off and pallets and tarpaulin constantly blowing off; but finally at the end of July the roofing felt and green roof material was put on.  The roof will be covered in sedum (rock plant) and I am slowly collecting this to start planting.

Plastering has begun, using NHL 2 lime, and days have been spent mixing and plastering.  The penultimate coat is on the inside walls and the outside walls are finished.  The ceilings are just beginning. Needless to say the whole project has taken on a life of its own and is certainly not quick, nor cheap.

August 2009 news. Progress is being made.  The glass went in really easily in June, the stone flooring is done and plastering finished.  Lots of cleaning up now and then decisions about lighting. NEARLY THERE.  There have been many lessons learnt along the way and a few one step forward 2 steps back.  This was especially for the roof and how to safely get the water off without it soaking the plaster; this is sorted but took ages to refelt the lower part of the roof.  As it has been such a wet summer this got endlessly delayed as there had to be a run of dry, and preferably hot, weather.  Found a few days in late July.

Here are some latest photos.

Beams being sanded back to original colour, ready to plaster to the glass.

Final plastering done up to the glass

Getting ready to do the final plastering on the outside walls and overhang.

Below photographs of finished plastering.


The sedum roof has been planted and is growing. The landscaping is done and grass is taking hold.  ELECTRICS are DONE!!

The Ceredigion Art Trail in August and September 2012 allowed sculptures to be put into the gallery and viewed by the public.  Still trying to decide on light bulbs.  I have tried about 20 different ones, but will get there!

It all looks quite weathered now.  The sedum on the roof is almost fully covering the whole roof.

OPENING MAY 18th 2013.