White Horse Hare

jomarshall-whitehorsehair

About the Hare

I lived in Uffington for nearly 20 years and could see the White Horse from my bedroom window and garden so when I was asked if I would like to paint one of the Cotswold hares I knew immediately what to use as my subject.
White Horse hare is a celebration of the Uffington White Horse and other landmarks in the surrounding area. The historic landmarks all have fascinating legends attached.
The Blowing Stone was said to have been used by King ...
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I lived in Uffington for nearly 20 years and could see the White Horse from my bedroom window and garden so when I was asked if I would like to paint one of the Cotswold hares I knew immediately what to use as my subject.
White Horse hare is a celebration of the Uffington White Horse and other landmarks in the surrounding area. The historic landmarks all have fascinating legends attached.
The Blowing Stone was said to have been used by King Alfred to call his troops to fight the Danes. Wayland’s Smithy is believed to be the home of the Wayland, the Saxon god of metal working. It is said that if you leave your horse overnight and place a silver coin into one of the holes in the large stones, your horse will have new shoes in the morning.
The surrounding landscape is a very beautiful backdrop of rolling hills interspersed with hidden valleys where you might come across hares or deer while walking on woodland paths or across a patchwork of fields.
How the horse came about is a mystery. It is over 3000 years old and very little is known about it. To enhance this very magical mystery I have given it a moonlit setting and used the colours of autumn as it is my favourite time of the year.

Artist

Jo Marshall

Artist Biography

I am a potter, and a bit potty about hares.
I started my career as a graphic designer after taking a degree in that subject at Art College. A move out of London and bringing up 3 small boys gave me a chance to rethink and look around for a new ...
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I am a potter, and a bit potty about hares.
I started my career as a graphic designer after taking a degree in that subject at Art College. A move out of London and bringing up 3 small boys gave me a chance to rethink and look around for a new career. I took courses in painting and photography and then started having pottery lessons with a local potter in Uffington, Betsy Matthews. When Betsy retired I went on a course at an adult education centre in Oxford and then set up Uffington Potters with a fellow potter Louise Remington.
That was 9 years ago. Louise and I had great fun trying out new designs, making glazes and finding new places to sell our wares.
Last year I moved out of Uffington and Louise and I decided to go our own ways. I now make under the name Moon Hare Ceramics. My work is usually highly decorated and one of my most popular designs feature hares. They are beautiful creatures and I have a great fondness for them so the chance to paint a giant one could not be missed!