Open Studios, Christmas 2017

We may be biased, but the Studios looked especially welcoming and warm this year – a view that was echoed by our steady stream of visitors over the weekend. The variety of works is astounding for such a small studio – all different but with something for everyone to enjoy.

We welcomed friends old and new; it was a joyous occasion, perhaps helped along by the mulled cider, but with the non-alcoholic version proving just as popular.

And it wasn’t only the children who enjoyed the pomander-making; the adults looked very happy as they nobly assisted their youngsters with tying the ribbons whilst chatting to others (thanks to Chris and Pam who organised the event).

Over the weekend, our guests could watch Jay at work producing gorgeous glass miniature angels, as next door, Hannah made a wall-hanging and macramé pot holders – both artists’ works were sold before they were finished. Definitely hot off the press!

Meanwhile, Debs was busy with her glass-grinder as she made preparations for her new piece of glasswork and Sue was excited to construct half a torso and legs for her next clay figure… the top bit goes on later!

We met some really interested and interesting people throughout the weekend; perhaps the footfall was down a little on previous years, but it was a very worthwhile event and we thank our visitors for their donations (£50) for the refreshments for our chosen charity this year, The Food Bank.

Words by Sue Mitchell; photos by Geoff Mitchell