I am Maria Chaloner and I recently gave up my job as a teacher to pursue my passion for art. I bought a basic summerhouse and, with the help of my family, friends, freecycle and youtube, I fitted it out as an art studio in my garden in Bury, Greater Manchester. It is commonly known as 'the shed', hence the name Shedventures. I love experimenting with materials and their natural characteristics to create unique beautiful pieces. I am particularly inspired by the properties of copper as a creative medium. Using chemical and environmental factors it is possible to alter the texture and colour of copper. Whilst I am able to guide the metal to respond in certain ways using specific techniques each piece will also be affected by other factors such as temperature and humidity. The result is an exciting culmination of my involvement and nurture and the copper’s own nature. All the work I produce is original and the nature of the materials and methods I use mean that every piece I create is unique. I also run small workshops in fluid art and lino-cutting and printing. I love running these workshops as it gives me the opportunity to teach other people new skills and techniques and to share in their creative enjoyment.
You can purchase my work directly on my website but you can also contact me to discuss bespoke commissions.