Festival first for Jessica

One of the 10 Parishes Festival’s youngest sculptors Jessica Weetch, 17, found her first ever exhibition got off to a flying start when she sold a sculpture within three hours on the opening night, for £150.

Jessica, of Palace Gardens, Wiveliscombe, who is exhibiting at This is Moorish café-restaurant along with six professional artists, was thrilled when she sold the delicate blue hare sculpture.

“I’ve never shown my art to people before – I feel over the moon,” she said.

She had all sorts of misgivings about showing her work, and whether her fantasy pieces were serious enough, but her parents encouraged her and the hare, made from polymer clay, was snapped up.

“The Fimo Airdrying Light clay means I can do light, very detailed work, and there was lots of trial and error.”

Jessica, an A Level student at Richard Huish College, has been doing craft work since she made sugar craft at the age of five, and later pottery. She is studying biology, sociology and English – and will decide over the next year whether to pursue further studies in art.

* The 10 Parishes Festival runs until Sunday September 15 with a host of events from exhibitions to music to drama and poetry. Visit http://2013.10parishesfestival.org.uk/ for details or pick up a printed Guide at the Wiveliscombe Community Office, tel: 01984 624777, email communityoffice@wiveliscombe.com, libraries and other venues.

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