Devon based sculptor and interior designer Jill started working with cob in 1996. In 2002 Jill was awarded a QEST Scholarship to travel to Mali to exchange ideas and techniques with local builders and study the beautiful vernacular architecture of West Africa. This visit has been the inspiration for much of the work she has created since.
Working in a partnership with Jackie Abey over 18 years, as AbeySmallcombe, Jill has created a number of private and public commissions, both buildings and sculptures, including projects for The National Trust, The Eden Project and Sustrans. Together they have been Artists in Residence at Exeter Museum and are developing a range of mud cloth textiles and wall hangings. The wall hangings have recently been exhibited at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and sold to several private collectors. Jill is currently working on a conservation project for the National Trust at Castle Drogo.