Worcestershire Open Studios: A Creative Adventure!
Discover fantastic art and crafts created in Worcestershire this August bank holiday weekend (25-27), when artists, craftspeople and arts organisations open their studios, homes and shared spaces for three days at 81 different locations across the county
This is the fourth year that Worcestershire Open Studios has provided the public with the chance to explore the wonderful creative spaces of local artists and craftspeople, as well as galleries and arts organisations. Over the three days, visitors will be able to take themselves on a self-guided art tour through the county, uncovering sensational artwork as well as interesting creative people and take the opportunity to chat to them about their intriguing techniques and inspiration.
Take the opportunity to talk directly to potter Chris Greening, who explains his creative practice: “I’m influenced by the traditional roots of European slipware pottery, but as a marine geologist I’m also heavily influenced – as depicted in my more abstract designs – by the patterns generated by the Earth’s forces (eg metamorphic rocks) and the geomorphology of the coast and the effects of waves on the shoreline.”
And admire the sensational creatures crafted by ceramic artist, Hiromi Nakajima, who says: “I love animals, especially horses. I worked as a groom for a long time and spending time with horses has given me lots of ideas and inspiration!”
With the work of over 170 different artists and craftspeople on display, there’s more than enough to suit every taste. From drawing, painting, printmaking and photography, to ceramics, jewellery, textiles and mixed media, there’s both traditional and contemporary styles and two- and three-dimensional work available to view and purchase.
This year the event features a fantastic selection of talented ceramicists for you to meet. Chris Greening is opening his home studio for the first time this year. Chris says, “This is my first Worcestershire Open Studios, and I’m looking forward to it immensely. Bringing awareness of the creativity in the county is such an important aspect of what defines Worcestershire and having an opportunity to see it in the actual artist’s place of work provides an additional vibrancy to that.”
To help you get involved with the creativity, some artists are also offering demonstrations and ‘have a go’ sessions.
Guides containing details of all the venues, opening times and examples of some of the work that you will be able to see over the weekend are available to download from the website or to pick up from libraries, Tourist Information Centres and other locations. With FREE entry to all venues, it’s a great way to spend a bank holiday with the whole family. Pick up a printed guide or simply follow the dark blue arrows to design your own creative adventure through the county, discovering parts of Worcestershire you never knew existed.
To find out more and plan your trip, visit: worcestershireopenstudios.org.uk
Worcestershire Open Studios a not for profit organisation and is sponsored by Bevere Gallery and Malvern School of Art.
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Nine individual ceramicists and one ceramics gallery are participating in the event this year, with five locations offering demonstrations/six artists demonstrating
Bevere Gallery – ceramics gallery
Contemporary studio ceramics alongside original prints and paintings, from local, regional and national ceramicists and artists.
Chris Greening of Greening Pottery
Functional slipware decorated with abstract designs. Chris will be demonstrating his techniques.
Barry Lockwood with Worcestershire Guild
A display of nine different crafts by members of the Worcestershire Guild. Barry Lockwood creates studio ceramics for the exhibition.
Traditional, magical and fun ceramic art pieces, including collaborative pieces produced with adults with learning difficulties. Demonstrations and ‘have a go’ sessions on offer. These need to be booked in advance (please allow 15 mins) and will incur a small charge, a portion of which will be donated to local charity, Worcester Arts Workshop.
“I’m interested in the relationship between people and landscape and make functional items for everyday use, recently with a focus on baking bowls and pint beakers. I use ‘wild’ raw materials (clay, rock dust and ash), that I find as I explore my immediate environment and other iconic landscapes linked to ceramic production.”
Individual, hand thrown and altered stoneware pottery. “I enjoy experimenting with clay, form and glaze application.” Pottery demonstrations and ‘have a go’ on the wheel sessions offered.
“I enjoy making a wide variety of items including animal sculptures, thrown pots, personalised garden planters for weddings and anniversaries, as well as raku-fired items. My work can be seen throughout the year at the pottery I share at the Jinney Ring Craft Centre, where we also run classes and one-off pottery sessions.” Chris will be demonstrating.
Colourful bowls and jugs as well as quirky birds, all in high-fired stoneware.
Animal sculptures, focusing on horses, hippos, cats and birds. Every sculpture is unique, and Hiromi hopes that when you look at each animal, it will bring a smile to your face.
Functional stoneware ceramics such as bowls, mugs and vases. John and Hiromi are opening their shared studio and are offering ‘have a go sessions’ and demonstrations.