Raku firing photos

here’s some photos of the kiln setting up and the work before it goes in. Apparently the kiln reaches 1000* Centigrade and at some point the work will be removed (whilst at this temperature!) and plunged into the silver dustbin which holds sawdust. I will ask Jim or Philippa to write a more accurate piece about the process later today.

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If you’re in Glossop and would like to watch  – you’re very welcome to pop and view from our window.


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…

Felt Artist Hannah Dodd

Hannah Dodd is a textile artist who lives in the little village of Broadbottom on the edge of the Pennines. For the last six years Hannah has been a member of the High Peak Artists. She exhibits her work in Gallery in the Gardens, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. Hannah also exhibits work in the Bessemer Gallery, Winter Gardens Sheffield, and the Smithy Studios Glossop, where she runs an ongoing programme of felting workshops for beginners to advanced. She teaches all kinds of wet and dry felting techniques.

At the moment Hannah is exhibiting in the Art Cafe Buxton  –  “We Felt Drawn To Nature” until the end of July. She is also exhibiting at the Smithy Studios during the Derbyshire Open Arts from 2nd  June until 5th June. During this weekend she will be demonstrating wet and dry felting techniques.

Hannah designs and creates all kinds of textile pieces from unique designed bags and corsages, top felted 3D birds and owls, and all kinds of framed pictures. She uses the dining room of her own home as her studio and is inspired by nature, flora and fauna in her designs. Hannah also finds herself being inspired by her children’s creativity. She is a stay at home mother of four and has always enjoyed doing craft work with her children. She says that her own mum inspired her creativity from childhood because she saw beauty in everything and was always making things.

Hannah loves to explore added depth and textures into her creations. Her designs are constantly developing and she loves to experiment and try new techniques.  She prides herself that each finished piece is original and unique and is always excited and inspired to create and develop her work.

Links:      Peak District Artisans        Hannah’s website   Gallery in the Gardens         

Derbyshire Open Arts

This years Derbyshire Open Arts weekend is Saturday June 2nd – Tuesday June 5th. Catherine Carr will be joined by other local artists and makers at The Studios as we celebrate our first birthday.

Over the next three weeks the blog will preview the work from the Studios and other Glossop Venues. We have more venues open and more artists taking part this year; we look forwad to your visit.