Friday, 20 July 2012

Marlborough Open Studios 2012 - a visit to 2 studios

42 exhibiting artists appeared in the brochure, and the intention was to visit a many of the studios, there were after all 4 weekends to choose from.
I ended up visiting 2 studios on the last afternoon; it is a really good idea from my point of view to find out how other people conduct their open studio event and pick up tips.
Cycling out to the studios seemed like a lovely idea, especially since it wasn't raining.

The first studio we visited was  Bryan Hanlon's at Keeper's Cottage Hodson. Bryan's recent work on show included still lives, landscapes, birds on canvas and life sized sculptures. The work is very professional, the setting idyllic and Bryan was very hospitable and ready to talk about his work, I didn't take any photos, but do visit his studio next year if you can, and meanwhile look at his website:

From there we went to Jeanette Therrien's studio in Ogbourne St. George, it's called 'The Clay and Glass Studio', Grey Gables.
Jeannette shared her studio with Denise Roberts, a ceramicist and Kim Pethbridge, a stone sculptor.
We were warmly welcomed here, offered orange juice and encouraged to join in the chat.
And what did we see?
 Lots of Denise's pottery
And above Jeannette's glassware, and below part of a window in Jeanette's studio.
Jeanette and Denise offer courses and have website showing work in more detail:
To find out more about Kim,
And about MOS in general:
Last but by no means least, on the way home along the old railway track, we came across a group of orchids, they have flourished in the wet conditions, but these are the first I have seen this year:

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