Artists talking

During last years Derbyshire Open Arts event participating artists were filmed by student Jack Hoard who spent a day visiting a selection of artists in the town.


Derbyshire Open Arts 2013

We’re excited to once again be taking part in the Derbyshire Open Arts event. As in previous years we have a great line up of artists with new work to show.

We always start our preparations with a big clear up – Philippa has been in charge of the Studios…

P1060748Outside, we have new planters a lovely trailing ivy and these…

P1060730And whilst upstairs work on the gallery shop is still in progress but we can tell you that this year there will be more space for art and craft work. This is our 2013 line up…

Alex Snowdon, original screen prints

alex where thers teaPhilippa Maye, ceramicist

20120526-133349.jpgCatherine Carr, glass artist

Thank You!!Jim Symon, potter

P1060426Erika Robertson, fine art

P1040787Habbah Dodd, Felt artist

P1060744Keep in touch in the run up to Derbyshire Open Arts as we bring you more news, our timetable of events and more photos. We look forward to seeing you!

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Being Creative with Felt

On Saturday we held our first workshop of the year. Hannah introduced particpants to felt making …and look what they created.

001 002 003Hannah is running two more workshops over the coming weeks – Needle Felting on Wednesday 13th February, 7pm – 9pm(£20) and Intermediate Felt Making for those with some experience of Felt Making on Saturday 23rd February 10am – 2pm(£30).

A special invite & two new ceramicists

Readers of our blog are invited to our vernissage for a preview of the work on display over the Glossop Christmas Art Trail weekend. As well as work from our established artists and our graduate award winner Dominika Laszkowska we have work from ceramiscists Jill Shaddock and Marie Canning.

Pendant from Marie Canning

Since graduating from Manchester School of Art with a First Class Honours Degree in Three Dimensional Design, Marie has now set up a studio in Liverpool.

Previously having worked in healthcare, Marie is inspired by the way we strive to take responsibility for our health. Fascinated by the Victorian era and their advances in medicine, Marie’s current body of work is inspired by the use of herbal medicine in the Victorian apothecaries and the decorative ceramic vessels which carried them.

Torn between the functional and non-functional, Marie has created both wearable jewellery and non-functional decorative pieces. She primarily works with ceramics, in particular porcelain and uses the traditional process of throwing in a unique way to produce her miniature vessels.

Marie’s work is priced from around £30.

Jill Shaddock is another favourite of ours and a fellow Craft Council Hothouse 2013 selectee with Catherine Carr.

Jill describes her work…

My practice focuses on the exploration of materials and process. My current work looks at celebrating and enhancing the process of slipcasting and exploring how a user relates to a product by creating a narrative. 

By manipulating the normal methods of slipcasting, using a layering technique, I create unique objects that elevate a process normally associated with mass production. My methods of using body stains and firing the ceramic to a high temperature, means the vessels I create are both aesthetical but also functional.

Sushi set by Jill Shaddock

Finally, those details for the Vernissage… 6pm – 8pm on Friday 23rd November

ps – we’ve updated the Xmas Art Trail page

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!

A glimpse at our DOA line up…

We are celebrating our first year opening anniversary with a sizzling exhibition of work from our artists and makers. Artist Erika Robertson will be showing her new work; we can expect layering of colour, texture and chickens; Felt artist Hannah Dodd has a stunning new collection of wall pieces inspired by nature and the cutest felt bird boxes; Sue Hardy is a textile artist and ceramist; her tactile ceramics evoke ancient techniques , Ceramicist Philippa Maye works in porcelain clay exploring text and meaning; Simon Denvers designs and makes jewellery, utilising the precision of the laser cut; Textile artist Ella Jensen will be unveiling the Dark Peak Corset, a contemporary interpretation of traditional skills.