She went on to complete a teacher training course at Reading, where she met her soon-to-be husband David Watkins, a sculptor who, at the time, was making money as a musician. The pair’s collaborative compatibility was cemented in 1963 when they presented their first joint exhibition of sculptures and stabiles.
Following this, Wendy Ramshaw’s career took off – particularly throughout the 1970s, with a string of high profile commissions and exhibitions. It seems apt, if not a little melancholy, that her career was celebrated in its entirety last year, with a retrospective at the Scottish Gallery. Marking the exhibition, Corinne Julius wrote in Crafts issue 269:
‘Her achievements remain quite staggering, her style recognisable, her quality of making unsurpassed, her mastery of colour intensity. She is meticulous and painstaking, demanding of others the same (impossibly) high standards that she demands of herself.’
We take a look at five seminal projects by Ramshaw: