Last weekend saw the Plymouth Art weekender take place all over the city. It was lovely to see so many artists getting involved, opening up their studios, putting on special events and generally showing that Plymouth's art scene is pretty fantastic!
I have only just moved into my new studio at Ocean Studios - G17 and I was still trying to unpack, sort and make it feel like it was mine, I wasn't really prepared to open it up and show people in. I am so glad that I did! Saturday was the busiest day and there was a constant stream of people wandering in, all of who were very chatty and interested in the space and my work. I find this type of thing very nerve wracking, talking to complete strangers, explaining my work - personal tastes are so varied! Also it was the first real time the ceramics studio had been open to the public in a very long time and there is a lot riding on this for me. The atmosphere in the yard was brilliant, it was so lovely to see people in the making space, jewelry workshop and print room, spilling out into the courtyard and milling around the studios. Looking forward to next years already!
This week it was time to come back down to reality and look at ways to make sure this venture works! Back to workshop I went with a new spring in my step. First - I announced the winner of my competition, thank you to everyone who entered, and am really looking forward to meeting her and her friends very soon. (I'll run another one at my next open studio event in December) Next it was workshop prep time which involved a bit of maths (ish) out came the cardboard, scissors and cellotape, it felt a bit Blue Peter like but I made a template that fits and works. First Herb Plant pot made and ready to be fired. (taking bookings now for the Saturday workshop on October 14th)
All that's left to do now is look at what I am going to do for the 'C' word - way to early for me to thinking about it but I have learnt from last year that as a maker it tends to sneak up on you!
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Take care Bx