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Open Studios Cornwall

Open Studios Cornwall

From the Newlyn School of art in the 1800s to Barbara Hepworth and The St Ives School artists to Kurt Jackson, Cornwall has a rich history in producing and inspiring artists, which is why we love this time of year. Every year from the end of May to the beginning of June artists throw open their doors in the Cornwall Open Studios and let us into the creative world they inhabit.

Now in its twelfth year, Open Studios Cornwall is firmly on the map, with 259 artists, craftsmen and designers opening the doors of their studios to the public for nine days. You may notice the distinctive orange circle dotted around the county inviting you to look around various studios in Cornwall.

Check out the map here for a full list of artist participating this year.

We decided to talk to three artists participating this year and see what it’s all about…

BETHANY ROBINSON, Artist, Designer- Maker, Jeweller

Open Studios Information here.

Bethany’s studio is situated in Krowji, Cornwall’s largest creative hub. If you want to take a trip to see a large selection of local artists and makers this is the place to go! Bethany’s work focuses on natural found objects and she has a covetable range of jewellery.

Beth

Why do you take part in the Open Studios Cornwall?

I enjoy taking part in Open Studios because it gives me a chance to meet my audience. I often find people open up to me about their own obsession with nature or their badger skull they’ve been keeping in the shed because they thought it was fascinating. I love to see peoples reactions to my work and I like being able to answer questions about the techniques I use because it’s quite a unique sequence of processes. I often use open studios to gauge reactions to new work. Last year I started to feature my illustrations and this year I am featuring more sculptural work and a new collaborative project called Impressions of Nature.

I’m releasing my new collection during open studios, this includes more organic rings, bones, bees, succulents, a seahorse and a second bird skull. Each piece has taken me up to three days to design, mould and create. This collection contains several pieces I have been eager to cast for such a long time and I’m very excited to finally exhibit it.

Beth Succulent

How does Cornwall inspire / inform your work?

Cornwall directly inspires my work because I cast from found natural objects. Through an extensive mould making process, I replicate the object exactly, in all of its intricate detail in precious metal. Inspiration for new collections hasn’t been hard because I just need to walk out of the door into the beautiful and wild countryside. All the skulls are found in the area so the wildlife of Cornwall features heavily in my work. My studio is full of skulls and bones many people have brought me through events like open studios.

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CHARLOTTE JONES, Ceramics

Open Studios Information here.

Charlotte’s studios are one of the closest to the hotel taking part in Open Studios Cornwall, she works creating ceramics that reflect the environment around her; from using hand-dug clay to pinching the rims of her pots to resemble the riven edged slates on the chapel roof where her studio is situated.

Copper Lines

 

Why do you take part in the Open Studios Cornwall?

I look forward to Open Studios every year, I have a massive clean up and sort out, very necessary, and this year I have a new workshop to show off so it will be very special for me. After 15 years of cold and damp I have a beautiful wooden insulated building at the end of the garden, built for me by my husband and son. The only reason my commute to work takes time now is because I do a bit of gardening on the way!

I work alone, so really welcome visitors so I can talk about my work and explain my thought processes; it actually helps me in my work to do this. I spend so much time looking at making work, that it is good to think about finished work. I have regular visitors who have become friends and they know that during Open Studios they will be very welcome. Last be not least it is a vital source of income for me and people know the money they pay for a piece of art is going directly to the maker and for that I am very grateful, as it means I can make more!

 

Bowls

How does Cornwall inspire / inform your work?

I walk every morning for at least an hour; I love the rhythm of the walks, noting the changes each day brings. It might be a colour, pattern, sound or texture that sparks an idea. Details, granite grain, an old delabole slate roof, lichen, dead leaves, mushrooms, animal tracks…

Living in Cornwall opens your eyes; colours are clean and bright, hedgerows wild with flowers, Cornish hedges full of history and the sea stretching over the horizon. It’s like being on top of the world. My location in a renovated chapel overlooking Falmouth bay informs my work too. The granite mason up the lane from us calls this the “best view in Cornwall”. I have to agree, the sea meeting the sky, changing field patterns, amazing sunrise mornings, and well just about any time. You can see for miles, the distance seems astonishing; something about the amazing land/seascapes encourages you to open your eyes to look and see. That’s all you need to do to be inspired.

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RACHEL STOWE, Textile Designer Maker

Open Studios Information here.

Rachel is based in the small, picturesque village of Mullion on the South coast.  She produces unique silk and velvet accessories using hand printed and hand painted techniques, as part of the Open Studios Cornwall she will also be hosting workshops where you can try your hand at screen printing or lino cutting (find information on how to book here).

 

Rachel Stowe Workshop

Why do you take part in the Open Studios Cornwall?

I take part in the Open Studios as it’s a fantastic opportunity to open your studio doors and show the public that we makers are real and what or how we produce our work. Open studio allows the public to see some of the processes and techniques which I use in my work to enable me to produce my bespoke scarves, whether I’m dyeing, screen printing or lino cutting.

Rachel Stowe

How does Cornwall inspire / inform your work?

Cornwall inspires me through its intense and ever changing colours on the coast and the exotic flowers and foliage. My most recent collection has been inspired by the cliffs and rocks, however, I have just started researching the sea and water for a new exhibition piece for July.

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