Friday, 8 March 2013

Meet the artists at Stourbridge Open Studios – 18 & 19 May

There's a not to be missed opportunity this May to view beautiful pieces of art and meet their creators at work in their studios.

 Artists and makers based at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge will be opening their doors to the public on the 18th and 19th of May to coincide with the national Craft and Design month.

This will be the second time the Centre hosts an event of this kind but the first time artists have been invited from the wider area to take part.  The organisers say “there is so much talent in the Stourbridge area and it will be great to see the public getting involved and being able for the first time to meet and talk to individual artists in their own studios.”

Vic Bamforth at work, Ruskin Glass Centre
The idea of open-studios originated in the salons of 17th century Paris and has been carried through up to the present day. As an internationally recognised event, Open Studios are run in several countries, including  the UK, Holland, Germany and America.. An Open Studio is intended to foster creativity in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement and freedom of expression.

Craft and Design Month was first launched in 2011 by craft & design magazine. The project receives no funding or grant aid and is funded by the artists themselves.

'Land Lines' by glass artist Jo Newman ©Simon Bruntnell

Philip Potter,  Kairos Sculpture, said “combining an open studio event with Craft and design month is a great idea because it expands ‘open studios’ from just artists to include makers of all kinds, from textiles to glass crafts to jewellery”.

The core of this year’s event is based around the studios of the Ruskin Glass Centre at Amblecote in Stourbridge.  The event can also be followed on Facebook at Stourbridge Open Studios

You can also learn a lot more about the artists and makers of Stourbridge on their open studios blog.
''Transparent Glass Studio' by Paul Floyd & Monika Mihalyfi ©Simon Bruntnell

Thanks to Philip Potter  for his press release and to  Jo Newman for further help.

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