Slate and Stone Birdhouses

This weekend we have some wonderful new things in the Studios. They are all our favourites (as someone off the telly says!) but these birdhouses are especialy  wonderful. Alan Timmins is a retired miner who makes these birdhouses from stone and slate with exquisite attention to detail.  His work has been featured in World of Interiors and exhibited at the Oriel Myrddin Gallery and Reap and Sew.

Alan will be in the Studios over the weekend and is always happy to talk about his work.

Come and visit this weekend

We are flinging open the Studio doors (weather permitting) this weekend and inviting you all in to meet our artists and get the opportunity to speak with the makers of the beautiful, locally made crafts on sale in the shop.

We are also pleased to host an exhibition by painter Erika Robertson. Erika’s vibrant work will delight the viewer, indeed Erika was placed first in the public vote at the recent Hadfield Hall exhibition/

I have seen some delicate porcelain paper clay tree decorations made by Philippa, glass coasters and plates by Catherine Carr, wooden tree decorations and of course Catherine Carrs crochet glass bowls. We will have some books, feltmaking kits and learn to knit kits for children.

The Glossop Christmas Arts Trail is this Saturday and Sunday, come along and shop local for Christmas.

Poster designed by Sam Baxter
His blog is at

Merino 70’s and Christmas

Whilst these themes may not automatically be thought of together, they will occupy me tommorrow. We have just got the Christmas tree from the loft and I am takng it to the shop  tommorrow – and I  hope to find time to put it up. What stands in the way? A big bag of merino 70 fibre from Wingham Wool which arrived this afternoon. I missed the delivery as I was out picking up the display unit and so for tommorrow morning I will be occupied with an alun key. The units will also be used to display all the lovely hand crafted goodies we have coming into the shop for Christmas and the Glossop Art Trail on the 3rd & 4th of December.

And don’t forget that Deb Thompson will be leading a workshop in the afternoon – showing us how to spin with a drop spindle. You don’t need a spindle to take part as we have some you can borrow. The workshop costs £12 and is from 2 – 4pm.

A busy day tommorrow, please pop in for a chat and especially if you want to have a pre-display look at the merino.

Glossop Art Trail

Exciting news!

Artists who have taken part in the Derbyshire Open Arts event (@the May bank holiday) have this week launched the Glossop Art Trail – and the Smithy is taking part.

Over the weekend of Sat 3rd and Sun 4th December, artists are throwing open their studios, talking about their work and selling their work – and all in time for Christmas!

The desire for original, locally produced art and craft work continues to build – and here is a superb opportunity to see what is produced in Glossop. The list of artists taking part follows:

Adrian Holt, ceramicist, 66 Surrey Street, Sk13 7AJ

At Ghislaine Howard Studio and Gallery on Oak Street, SK13 7AP

        Ghislaine Howard, painter

        Ian Mood, artist,

       Michael Howard, artist

       Tracy Cupitt, artist

Rod Holt, artist, Simmondley Lane, SK13 6NS

Wendy Smith, glass artist, Flatt Farm, Cliffe Road, SK13 8NT

Linda Irving, Felt artist, Brook Street Studios, 1 Brook Street

Simon Parkin, Artist, High Street East, SK13 8PN

The Smithy Studios, 1 Smithy Fold, SK13 8DD

        Catherine Carr, glass artist

        Erika Robertson, painter

        Philippa Maye, ceramicist

        Lucy Harding,

        Leah Fletcher

        Simon Denvers

In the run up to the Art Trail, I’ll post pictures and more info about all the artists.

At the Smithy we will also have lots of locally crafted gifts for sale, so please pop in and have a look round.