Made in Kings Heath, a group of artists and designers with a Kings Heath connection, are opening their doors for their fourth annual Open Studios Art Trail on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November from 10-5pm and 10-4pm respectively. The event gives artists and residents the opportunity to meet, talk about their work and buy unique handmade items in the informal setting of the artists’ homes and studios. Four years ago I got together with felt-maker Emma Jackson to organise the first Made in Kings Heath using Emma’s home studio on Hazelhurst Road as the first venue.
“After the success of our first event, it was obvious people enjoyed discovering and supporting the artists and makers who live on their doorstep. We always provide a warm welcome with festive nibbles and drinks, and people are keen to see first hand where some of the artists actually make their work.”
Emma and I feel that the success of the event is reflected in its growth, “Last year we expanded to include more artists in the home of ceramic artist Katie Robbins, who had her studio available for tours, and this year we are delighted to have printmaker Ruth Green, hosting five artists at her home studio. We are also offering visitors who complete the artist trail the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win £50 to spend with the participating artists.”
The 2017 line up of artists includes:
Jewellers – Rita Patel and Miranda Sharpe, Knitwear designers – Sarah Hazell and Sara Fowles (of Stitches and Hos), Printmakers - Ruth Green and Emma Hardicker, Ceramic artists – Melanie Keevil and Katie Robbins, Mixed Media and Product designers – Giles Hughes and Monobrow Designs, Embroidery – Sue Bibby, Stained glass – Clare Wainwright, Feltmaker – Emma Jackson (Silversoles)
Further details of the venues, our artists and our work can be seen at www.madeinkingsheath.com
Final day of the show at the Art Barn this Sunday. Thanks to all who have made it out to the wilds of Warwickshire so far. All the artists will be there today to talk about their work.
Finally after months of hard work our show at the Art Barn is open to the public. There was a great atmosphere at the private view on Friday night and the first weekend has been very busy. The images below are two of my larger new pieces. The first took inspiration from a journey through the south of France whilst the second is far closer to home, silver birch trees in Sutton Park. The show is open daily until 6pm until Sunday 5th July.
Arts and Craft Fair
Coustis Hair & Beauty Salon are celebrating 30 years in business with a series of events in collaboration with local artists and businesses, to support and raise funds for The All Saints Youth Project, Kings Heath. On Sunday 16th November Coustis are holding their 4th event, an Arts and Craft Fair in the salon. It promises to be a great event and I will be exhibiting ceramic wall panels as well as a new range of porcelain jewellery. Other local artists invited to exhibit work include Silversoles who design and make beautiful felt textiles.
Sunday 16th November 2014 10am – 6pm
Tomorrow I will be at the RBSA Craft Gallery setting up an exhibition of my latest work. With over sixty ceramic panels to prepare, it will be a late night getting everything finished and organised. As well as showing my work based on aerial views of Birmingham (featured above), I will also be exhibiting a range of new pieces called “Fragments”. The show runs from Monday 1st September to Saturday 11th October at the RBSA, 4 Brook Street, St Paul’s, Birmingham B3 1SA. If you can make it to the show over the next six weeks, it would be great to hear your comments about my new work.
Only two days left to go before the private view at Preston Bagot. Final kiln firing went on yesterday and should be ready Friday morning! No pressure! 78 pieces of work on show. Should be good but I can’t guarantee the weather!