Saturday, 21 May 2016

Open Studios

Hello

Thanks so much for visiting and your kind messages, I have got rather behind in replying, so sorry about that, I don't know where the time goes!

Whilst at the National Needlework Archive in Newbury recently, quite by chance, I found myself a few steps away from an Open Studios exhibition. All over West Berkshire Artists and Craftspeople were inviting the public to view them at work over a couple of weeks which ends on Sunday 22nd. You couldn't take photos of the work but here are a few pictures from their brochure.  I liked Diana Barraclough's ceramics especially the partitioned ceramic box full of tiny objects precisely arranged called Obsession and you couldn't miss the enormous metal rhinoceros head by Diccon Dadey and the beautiful sculpted dove by Paul Harvey.







Apart from the artwork in the exhibition hall, you could wander around the studios to see work in progress. I even came across some glass fusing which looked as if it had been part of a workshop.



These open days really demonstrate all the creative work going on in the area, help artists to reach a wider audience to sell their wares and might even spur people on to have a go themselves.

London hosts a number of these events allowing the public to see craftspeople at work or visit buildings that are not usually open. Open House London takes place in September as does the London Design Festival and the next London Craft Week is in May 2017.

See you soon!

6 comments:

  1. What a good accidental find, Karen. Both the Open Studios and NNA look interesting places to visit. Thanks for sharing. xx

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    1. I was quite lucky, especially being in the middle of nowhere on the Greenham Business Park. x

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  2. How lovely to be able to have a wander and enjoy artists' work. We went to one here in Somerset a few years ago, and very inspiring it was too. The fused glass is gorgeous, like little coloured pebbles. Have a good weekend!
    Cathy x

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    1. There were also some dishes for sale made from coloured glass that looked rather good. It's always interesting to see other's ideas. x

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  3. Love the glass! Open Studios in Cornwall starts at the end of the month so I'm hoping to visit some of them.

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    1. It's nice to have a look at something different. Hope you have a good time.

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