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
Come along to the second ‘Made in Kings Heath’ event and join us in a glass of mulled wine and festive treats whilst enjoying a friendly start to this year’s search for unique Christmas gifts.
Local Kings Heath Artists – Melanie Keevil (Ceramics), and Emma Jackson (Silversoles-Felted Textiles) will be sharing their work along side guest exhibitors Sarah Carlton-Gray (Jeweller) and Jane Bradshaw (Textile art), who will be exhibiting their locally produced art for Christmas 2015.
Pop in any time over the weekend;
Saturday 28th November 11am – 5 pm
Sunday 29th November 11am – 4pm
Venue: Silversoles Studio: 129 Hazelhurst Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6AG
Directions: Silversoles Studio is at the rear of the property. 129 Hazelhurst Road is situated at the Featherstone Road end of Hazelhurst Road, (house woodwork painted blue). Reach the Studio via the garden door on the right handside of the house, following the signs to the rear of the garden to the studio.
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.
Less than three weeks to go until my latest show with Tom Millard, Nigel Priddey, Zoë Taylor and Nik Taylor. Two more glaze firings and then I will need to assemble the panels. So there’s still lots to do. The private view is on Friday 19th June from 6 to 9pm.
My next exhibition will be with Zoë Taylor, Tom Millard, Nigel Priddey and Nik Taylor as part of Warwickshire Open Studios at the Art Barn, The Old Rectory, Preston Bagot, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire B95 5EB. The exhibition will showcase how landscape can inspire a wide range of interpretation.
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
Just a quick reminder. If you are at a loose end tomorrow (Monday) night. Come down to the Warehouse Cafe in Allison St. Digbeth for lovely food, my latest collection of ceramics and live music from my friends, The Trees ( Carl and Geoff) debuting their new selection of tracks. All for a bargain £5 and you can bring your own booze! Hopefully see you there.
As one show ends, another begins. On the Monday evening of 13th October I am launching an exhibition of my new work at the Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth. It promises to be a great evening with delicious food and great music. The food will be a range of the excellent vegetarian and vegan dishes created by the Cafe’s culinary experts and the music will be provided by the Trees, a sublime combination of folk and country with a tinge of bluegrass. It’s £5 on the door and bring your own tipple so if you want to do something a little more exciting than your average Monday night, get down to Digbeth. If possible let me know in advance if you are definitely coming as this will help the Warehouse Cafe with preparing the right amount of food.