A 3G signal at last!

I’ve been away on the Isle of Mull this week with no signal, so no blog posts. Can’t complain though, the weathers been beautiful and we had a great day at sea watching for whales & dolphins. I’ll post some pictures when I get home. Other highlights are the arts centre in Tobermory, the ‘self shearing’ sheep, Calgary Bay and the chance to sit & knit. I am knitting the fabulous striped cardigan from Artesano’s Vintage Knits book. I’ll post more with links when I’m home,

Open Studios

Well it’s the last day of this years Derbyshire Open Arts and we’ve had a great time. There is still time to come along and explore our artworks, talk to the artists and have a look around our studio. Catherine Carr, Ella Jensen & Philippa Maye are at the studios & gallery shop today.

And remember to call in at The Oakwood where you can view the large map created by Philippa and Erika showing all the venues and details of the work you can find there. We’ve had some lovely feedback about the map; not only has it helped visitors find us but they have also appreciated being able to seek out the artists they feel affinity with.

We’re open until 5pm and do hope to see you today.

Spash along

Day 2 of Derbyshire Open Arts is going splashingly! Despite the rain (or maybe because of it – visiting studios is a good dry, inside activity) the Studios are busy, the tea & coffee is flowing and our artists are busy creating.We have been filmed too by a local sixth former who is making a film of all the artists in the Glossop DOA group; in one of the photos Philippa is filmed at work. Hannah has been making felt birdhouse using a needle felting technique. Other photos in the slideshow are of Sue’s ceramics, Cathy’s crocheted glassware and Philippa’s porcelain clay vessels.

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If you’re coming to Glossop for the Open Arts call into Information Centre at The Oakwood on the corner of High Street West & George Street – check out the map (thank you Erika and Philippa for their work), have a coffee or a beer and the lunches are great!

Views from the Vernissage

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Vernissage yesterday. We had a wonderful evening; it was lovely to meet family & friends of everyone taking part in the Derbyshire Open Arts exhibition and to greet all the friends of the Smithy Studios as we celebrated our first birthday.

Checking out the prints from Erika, Alex Snowdon & Ingrid displayed in our new bowser.

A tremendous amount of hard work went into juggling shop furniture and art works…

to create this…

Ceramics by Philippa Maye on the top two shelves

Looking hungry or maybe searching for their nesting boxes (psst the needle felted bird boxes are on the opposite wall)

Dark Peak, River Falls

The Studio

so that we were ready to open our doors…