I have spent a frustrating 30 minutes trying to sort out the formatting on the workshops page..and now I give up (well for now anyway!). But the page has been updated with details of our felt making, print making and sewing classes and workshops. Please forgive the formatting – I will see to it alter but right now I need a cup of tea1


Derbyshire Open Arts at Smithy Studios 2013

Selected artwork on display and in progress this weekend at the Smithy Studios today. Pop in and say hello, and enjoy these photos!

Dominika Laszkowska Pottery

Dom is the recipient of the Smithy Studios Graduate prize and has been working at our studios since September. She graduated in Three Dimensional design last summer and her degree show featured these stunning pots, some with wooden lids, all with exceptional use of glazing both externally and within her pots.

Dominika’s work includes bowls from £20, pots from £30 and shot cups at £30.


Dominka has been working at the Studios and so, for the first time, we have a potters wheel in use.

P1060318P1060325 - CopyAnd pots drying…

P1060316P1060504P1060421Dom’s website is here.

Meet up and make in 2013

Hannah popped in this morning to deliver more felt robins and we got to talking about how artists find out about opportunities to show/sell their work. And we ended up thinking that it would be great to provide that opportunity here at the Studios. We’re thinking a monthly get together; a bit show & tell with our new work and a bit networking.

What do you think?

DIY Crowd Funding – please support us

The Smithy Studios is on the brink of something special. This week the Howard Town development opened and the footpath between the car park and Smithy Fold is once more accessible. We now have a real opportunity to build on our successes; the workshops, Open Studio events, the art and craft we exhibit and sell – all of which have supported High Peak artists and makers, developed and expanded their skill base and provided an outlet that works in partnership. We are really proud of our Smithy Studios community.

What do we want to do? To increase our visibility we are going to make large flags that we can temporarily attach to our railings. For these we need carbon fibre rods and Rip Nylon fabric. To do justice to our artists (existing and new) we need a set of open shelves, a card stand, and a display table/shelf. To enhance the workshop experience for participants and, sadly, we will need to move our tall chest of drawers and our large counter to make more space. In their place we will put a smaller counter/desk and a moveable plinth.

To meet all three of these aims we will need approximately £500. We want to continue the community approach and adopt the Crowd Sourcing model of fundraising. We are asking those who know us to donate a small amount to help us meet this target.

All donations will be really gratefully received, we will add a ‘roll call ‘of all those who have donated £5 or £10 to our blog, if you donate £20  you will receive a voucher for 10% off any purchase of wool or  10% off a workshop fee. If you donate £50 you will receive a voucher for 20% off any purchase of wool or 20% off a workshop fee.

You can donate here.

Thank you. Carole, Cathy & Erika