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  • Writer's pictureDanielle Hopkinson

So to the rest of the year...

We've got just 4 months left (can you believe that!?) but we're already beginning to use the 'C' word! Adding more workshops to our calendar, we thought it was time to give you a round-up of what's been happening and what's coming up:

Here's what we've been up to recently:


We were privileged to have an artist in residence for the month of August. Catalina Carvajal spent time in our creative space developing art of her own - away from any specific brief or commission. We know that she enjoyed her time here, and we certainly did. To see more of Catalina's work, find her at 142 Gallery in Felixstowe as part of Wam Fest - Women in Arts & Music - from 8th-14th September, and at Beach Street, Felixstowe on Saturday for the Art at the Beach event.


Beginning our workshops again, we've welcomed Mikaela Rackham to teach an experimentation in Cyanotypes workshop. Photographer Mikaela brings a great energy to our creative space and the outcomes are always amazing - we're looking forward to working with her more in 2023.

On Wednesday signwriter extraordinaire, Wayne Tanswell taught a full-day Signwriting for Beginners workshop. Our lucky guests did incredibly well - just look at their amazing work:

One of our guests wrote us a 5* Google review and we're delighted:

"Absolutely smashing venue for everything artsy. Danielle is a fantastic host who provided a warm welcome and kept us fed and watered as we took part in an educational and, quite frankly, thrilling sign writing course run by Wayne Tanswell. Cannot recommend enough!"

And here's what's coming up:

This weekend we've got two new workshops, both of which are sold out -

Our trusted jewellery teacher, Andrea Wright will be working with our guests to create cabochon rings.

On Sunday we've then got Selfish Designs teaching visitors to create jesmonite planters and terrazzo coasters.

Both tutors are also teaching other classes in October if you weren't lucky enough to bag places on these ones - take a look at them all.

We've still got a couple of places left on our Stained Glass for Beginners weekend workshop on 17th/18th September. You'll be in the incredibly capable hands of glass artist Danielle Hopkinson and Ian Davies who each have almost 30 years' experience in our sister company The Stained Glass Studio next door to our building. They'll take you through every step of the process over the weekend and you'll come away with your very own stained glass panel. Take a look at what's involved - it's a great way to spend a couple of days!

If you can't make September, there's one final chance to learn this amazing traditional craft this year on October 15th/16th. Book yourself or some other lucky person in here.

Ending September is a workshop with our resident potter, Henry Moore that sold out in a very short period of time - making a set of 4 mugs and decorating them with mark making. Although there are no available throwing classes with Henry this year, there's still space on our hand-building of architectural planter workshop in October.

Keep you eyes open for a special Christmas workshop or two with Henry that's being formulated as we write!


Kicking off October we've got a great workshop with fabulous printmaker, Helen Maxfield.

Reduction Linoprint involves using a single piece of lino and creating a multi-coloured finished result by carving and printing in stages.

You'll be given demonstrations and individual guidance, taking away with you beautiful pieces to frame, or to gift. Places left at the moment - book now as they're limited

We've got lots of creative things for you to learn throughout October. Other workshops with spaces are:

If you've every learned from Andrea Wright, you'll know what a fantastic tutor she is - her relaxed and yet informative workshops have given many of our visitors the skills to create silver rings and cuffs. Now, here's a chance to create an adjustable lariat necklace on 8th October - here's how to book

We often get asked about drawing and painting workshops - well, here's one in which you can experiment with both. Steve Joyce is bringing us a Mixed Media Drawing and Painting workshop on 22nd October - a whole day in which you can explore the limitations and potential of various media.

Pottery is not always about throwing or using a wheel - hand building is an art that takes skill and patience. Take a look at one of the results of the last Architectural Planter workshops that we hosted previously. How do you fancy giving it a go? Tutor Henry Moore, our resident potter, is offering places on 23rd October - here's how to book

A fitting way of ending the month of October is with a Jesmonite Pumpkin making workshop with Selfish Designs just two days before Halloween. Be the talk of your street with a unique decoration that you created yourself! More info and booking link here


Creeping in with the 'C' word, we've just added a couple of fused glass Christmas decoration workshops - evening classes that will allow you to create your own festive wonders. Take a look at these, and keep your eyes peeled on our Workshops page for other Christmas-based workshops that will be added in not-too-distant future (think pottery and printing!)

and finally...

We're dropping the 'C' word big-time - we've set a date for our Christmas pop-up market; an evening when we bring together our tutors, friends and colleagues who are all local artists, makers and independent traders for your festive shopping delight and delectation.

Get it in your diary!

For news of anything else that we've got going on, to keep up with new workshops added and events announced, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and our website and don't forget, if you'd like to share the art of creativity with someone else, we have gift vouchers available too!

If you're a tutor and want to teach your creative art or skill, if you have an idea for a pop-up event, exhibition or other use for our creative space, or if you'd like to talk about bespoke glass or pottery workshops, get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

As always, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to our workshops very soon.

Danielle and Ian

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