Friday, 8 July 2011

Cambridge Open Studios 2011



I haven't been around here much lately. I've had so many silvery items to make that it's made me a bit scarce. Perhaps I should spend a bit of time on the bloggers' naughty step, or perhaps there's just a limit to the amount that can be squeezed into a day.



Preparations for this year's Cambridge Open Studios have been keeping me super busy - it's a truly fabulous event when over 200 Cambridgeshire artists open up their studios and special sheds during the weekends in July and the public can drop in, find out how the work is made and watch the creative process in action.



Last year was my first ever Open Studio. I sat at the bottom of the garden in my little beach hut and people came to see me. About 150 people! I could hardly believe it. Sometimes we had tea. Sometimes we chilled out in the garden. Mostly we gossiped about making. It was just ace.



I'll be opening up the beach hut this weekend and the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July. I'm even more thrilled this year because I found a (slightly rickety) old table, have set up a new workspace and started making in the hut (pictures to follow) instead of on the dining room table.

I've finally overcome the kiln fear too and have been trying out new enamelled designs inspired by the garden, which is Very Flowery at the moment..



It would be wonderful to see anyone for whom it's not too far. There will be jewels and tea and flowers and chat. Hope to see you there.....

35 comments:

millefeuilles said...

I would LoVe to come ...... Tours is a little far, sniff, sniff.

I adore days like that filled with likeminded conversations, most of which inspire you to aim higher, as well as gardens, cakes and tea.

Have a great time.

Pomona said...

Your jewellery is so beautiful that I am sure that you will do really well. And I love your shed! How on earth did you fit 150 people in there ....?

Pomona x

Poshyarns said...

Oh Emma, I wonder if I can escape any of the many assorted children activities which seem to be ring July, I shall try! Would love to see you at work in the hut. I hope it is wildly successful for you.

summerfete said...

hello! your garden is indeed fleurifirous (not spelt correctly!)

Wish I could come but July is busy already, hope you get just as many visitors though!

xx

dottycookie said...

I wish I could come, I really, really do, but we're already quadruple booked this weekend :-( Maybe the later date ...

Hope it goes brilliantly - how could it not?

Planet Penny said...

We're hoping to come on the 23rd, Higgins an' all if that's ok. Really want to see you and your lovely studiuo! xxx

driftwood said...

wishing you a hugely successful weekend, wish it wasn't so far, I would Love to come..... xoxo

Toffeeapple said...

If I had any sense of direction I'd be there like a shot, but I don't so I can't. But you will do wonderfully well and have a fabulous few days. You Beach Hut looks lovely in your garden.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

I love your garden Emma - it looks so inviting! Good luck with Open Studios this weekend. x

Twiglet said...

I love the photo of your little beach hut. I am tempted to make one of my little fabric collages. If I do - I will pop back and tell you. x jo

Indigo Blue said...

I wish I stilled lived in the next village as I would definately come and visit. Best of luck for the two days and hopefully next year I will be able to pop along.
x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I wish I was nearer!
I'm sure it will be a great success.
Vivienne x

quinn said...

Your garden looks wonderful and your displays entrancing - fingers crossed for good weather! I'm doing my part by keeping All The Rain over here. You're welcome ;)

Thimbleanna said...

Oh gosh -- I think I should have boarded the plane already to make it in time. Your boards looks wonderful -- I SO wish I could be there. I hope it all goes wonderfully!

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Silverpebble..maybe you could make yourself a little silver shed to remember it all by! If I was in England, I'd come to see you too,but I feel very priveleged to see your work here on your blog!

by Teresa said...

Emma.. that is stupendous, your artist open studios!! You have lots of things ready to sell.. I do hope you'll photograph your studio with the guests and show us your work table. I visited some open studious on an island in the San Juans off Washington State once and it was fab. I should organize something like that where I live! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
(ps, please come visit my blog and see my visit to a wonderful rose garden yesterday!)

underatopazsky said...

The garden looks wonderful and the jewellery that's been inspired by it is gorgeous too.

pebbledash said...

Good luck Emma, I'm sure you'll have a great weekend! If only I wasn't so far away...
Diana x

small catalogue said...

I so wish I could! Maybe next year...

Charlie P said...

WOW! What a beach hut! Wish Mr. Pigeon and I could fly down for tea and jewels. I'm sure it'll be good fun. Do you manage to get anything made when there are people sauntering in and out for a look or do you just end up chatting?

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Emma, Oh how I wish I could come and visit your lovely opening and have a spot of tea with you! It sounds so lovely and I know it will be a huge success! I wish you the best of luck and a record breaking turnout! xoRobin❤

Rachel said...

I hope you have two really successful weekends. Unfortunately I can't come and visit - maybe another year...

Ali said...

How long would it take me to drive to Cambridge....... it looks wonderful.

kristina said...

Oh how I wish I could come! Your beach hut looks very inviting.

K x

Locket Pocket said...

How I wish I could come along and see you! Hope it goes really well Emma. Lucy xxx

P.S. Mr Locket plans to ring you very soon to discuss my birthday present!!! :o)

Moogsmum said...

Oh Emma, I'd love to be there - I'll be with you in spirit, sharing a cuppa and a crafterly chat. I hope your days are a great success - they certainly should be :o)

Your garden looks fabulous and I need your beach hut!

I'm working on Mr Moog - trying to convince him I really need a shed of my very own.

xx

the crafty chicken said...

what a lovely idea, i hope this years goes as well for you. lovely blog too

mrspao said...

Hope it all goes well. Your jewellery is fabulous and I'm sure it will be great.

Gina said...

I hope you've had a successful w/e Emma. It certainly looks as though you've been busy. I'm open again next w/e but hope to pop up and see you on weekend 4 if possible.

Menopausalmusing said...

It all looks so wonderful. Wish I was nearer......... love that bottom photo - so YOU!

planetcoops said...

That all looks fantastic!

The Coffee Lady said...

Is that really a year ago? Good lord.

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hello lovely - hope the Open Studio is going well? So nice to hear from you - yes! New Lane is a bit epic but so much fun and I am learning all about land management, life is a crazy roller-coaster sometimes!

Sarah x
ps LOVE the birdy labels!

Handmade in Israel said...

Oh, best of luck! Everything looks delightful! I wish I could come and visit.

shadygrey said...

I wish, wish, wish I was there. Your garden looks so beautiful. And the jewellery... wow! Have a wonderful day.