When I was a whipper snapper twenty or more years ago I used to hop on my bike during July weekends and visit artists' studios. It was joyous to see their work, chat about how it was made and, if the student funds could stretch to it, buy a hand-thrown mug or a print.
Cambridge Open Studios has been running since 1987. It's a group of around 420 artists and craftspeople who work together to promote creativity, the making of original works of art and to forge a lasting relationship between local people and makers. The
COS guidebook is a truly fantastic resource for finding artists in Cambridgeshire. I used it
to bring together an ace group of stallholders for several local arts fair I
organised in the pre-blog days of 2007. Gina and Celia were amongst them.
I've been part of this stupendous organisation since 2010. Our studios, sheds, corners of the living room and potters' lean tos are open during the weekends of July each year for members of the public to see our work and talk about and often demonstrate our making techniques. The yellow guidebook tells visitors who we are, what we make and where to find us.
A jaunty yellow flag outside the house means that you've found the right spot.
My studio will be open as follows
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th and Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July
It would be wonderful to see you there. You can peep at my jewellery, obviously, but many people bring portable craft projects, sit in my shed at the bottom of the garden and chew the fat whilst crocheting or knitting. It's lovely. If I have time I'll bake things and a shiny new studio kettle is on order. The garden will be flowering away and I'm hopeful that my small cut flower patch might have a few spots of colour by then. Come and sit in my studio with me if you fancy.
*may not be entirely true