Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Open Studios

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
from 11am-6pm
Here's my COS page or email emma@minniedog.co.uk for directions.

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.

I'm ready*

 *may not be entirely true


Gina said...

Not sure whether I'll make it this year Emma as I'll be open for your second weekend and the first coincides with various birthday activities. Hope it all goes well - your garden and studio are always so inviting. Wish I could say I was ready!

saffa said...

I wish I didn't live so far away Emma, I would love to see your studio :) Your garden looks a divine place to craft in too. Good luck to you with your preparations and have a wonderful time, Safxxx

Thimbleanna said...

Emma, your jewelry is just so beautiful! Why oh why do you have to live so far away???

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Love Love Love your beautiful jewelry! I would love to buy the scissor, button necklace, if only I could come. I live in the Vermont, USA. Could I?!

Kitty said...

Your jewellery is so very identifiable as 'yours' - and all gorgeous. Good luck with open studio weekends.

Mrs. Micawber said...

I wish I could, I wish I could!

Your garden and makes are as always lovely. :)

CJ said...

I'm wishing I lived nearer too. It is such a beautiful studio and garden, I'd love to sit there and craft a while. One day... I hope it all goes really well. CJ xx

Katie Bedlow said...

Oh my, beautiful garden, beautiful jewellery, what could be nicer?? Only sorry I'm not nearby! I hope it's a great time!

Karen said...

I'd love to visit and we will be driving up from Sussex to Suffolk on the 20 July to a 100th birthday party so there may be time for a detour. Hope you have a wonderful time anyway.

Twiglet said...

I bet your garden and "work shed" will look lovely. I am always tempted to do a fabric collage of your little shed each time I see your picture of it! x Jo

...Nina Nixon... said...

Hi Emma - this is a truly wonderful idea and I think I say every 'I wish!'

Have fun and a wonderful time,

Nina x

Toffeeapple said...

Oh, if only! I hope it all goes well for you.

The House with the Blue Door said...

I too wish I lived near enough to visit your lovely studio and garden - I enjoy looking at your beautiful photos instead. Hope you have sunny weather for it.

Cathy x

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

If only it didn't involve swimming the North Sea , I'd love to .
With such lovely pieces of jewellery , the day will be a resounding success !

viiajewellery said...


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Burlap Luxe said...

Oh to havé a place to create like you. Love your silver creations, I just added a mosaic collage of a bird and hands in my etsy, I adore your bird pieces and the bee is equally adorable.

I am going to follow you so I do not miss out on a thing you are creating and inspiring.
Now I am going to return to your post to read up on your throwing I love pottery.

See you soon.

Beautifully inspiring weekend to you.


Barbara Casillas said...

I like your writing style and reading about your creative journey. Your necklaces are so delicate and unique. I live in the United States, but have visited England several times. I hope next time to visit some artist studios. I recently started a blog about my creative journey. Would love if you would check it out. saltairandpistachios.com

Sterling Silver Rings said...

Nice silver jewelry collection. Really awesome. i like it.

a kitchen in the country said...

What a wonderful opportunity for both artist to promote their work and show how they work and for the public to find their way to the artist. I hope you had fantastic days, met lots of nice people and that your beautiful jewellery found new owners.

Take care.


Anonymous said...

I like all the pieces featured in this weblog.

Can I buy your items at Argos?

Please let me know in due course.

Alan S.

Taciana Simmons said...

You have such beautiful, delicate pieces. I absolutely love all of it and wish I lived closer so I could go see them in person and meet you. Maybe someday ... I have one of your necklaces on my Christmas list ... I think I have been good ... So maybe Santa will bring it for me .
Have a fun time on your open studio ��

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