Meet the artists: Jenny Barton

In the run-up to the Frome Virtual Open Art Trail 2020 we talk to artist Jenny Barton about her work, the impact of Covid-19 and her hopes for the future.

Wooden sculpture of woodpeckerMy name is Jenny Barton. I established Enigma Pottery in Frome in 1999, lived and ran the pottery studio and gallery for 20 years until I moved to the Great Elm on the outskirts of Frome last year.

Moving to a smaller studio and downsizing the business has allowed me the time to venture into other mediums for my artwork. With mixed media of oil painting, ceramic sculpture and wood I now create works inspired by the fauna and wildlife in my beautiful woodland surroundings in addition to my ceramic tableware.

Like many people, this Covid-19 pandemic has given me time to reflect on how much the stress of everyday existence has worn us down. A lot of people I know are feeling like they do not want to go back to the way life was before.

Wooden sculpture of dog pulling owner alongI am so lucky and privileged to have been able to spend the lockdown in the comfort and surroundings of the village and have the sanctuary of my studio to keep me sane. I have greatly benefitted from the gift of time that not working has allowed. This new creative phase of my life is evolving and I would like to spend more time creating larger sculptures.

During the Frome Open Studio, as we have had several restrictions lifted, I intend to invite those interested in my work to come along to the studio by appointment only. To make an appointment to visit please email me at

You can follow Jenny on Facebook or visit her website.

Find out more about Frome Open Virtual Art Trail or visit their website.