Open Studios 2019

Opening Times : 10am – 6pm; Weekends + Bank Holidays
Dates : 27th / 28th April; 4th / 5th May; 11th / 12th May; 18th / 19th May; 25th / 26th May
Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS
Entry : Free Entry and Parking. Children and families welcome. No dogs please.
For more information : 

Open Studios & Workshop Residencies: “Handmade in Suffolk”

Each year the Spring Festival offers a series of Workshop Residencies to artists and makers from Suffolk and other parts of the UK and abroad. These are offered seasonally to selected individuals and organisations during the festival period to help promote and develop their practice. For 2019, we are focusing on artists and makers who work with natural materials, including wood, leather, stone, textiles, metals, clays, rushes and wool.

The OPEN STUDIOS are arranged in farm workshops and old stables in the back farmyard. They are open to visitors at weekends and on bank holidays during the four week Festival season between 10am and 6pm – during which time the artists / makers will be demonstrating their work and available to talk about their practice.

NOTE : all makers have work for sale / can undertake commissions. Please take time to explore the Open Studios and talk to makers who are on site. All commissions and sales are made via the Alde Valley Spring Festival Sales Desk in the Entrance Barn.

A pdf Map of the Open Studios will also be available in Spring 2019. 



Open Studio 1

The Old Pig Sty ~ Alice-Andrea Ewing  

Alice-Andrea Ewing first took part in a bronze casting residency at White House Farm in 2014 – as one of The Artists Bronze Casters from Butley Mills Studios. During this four week residency she experimented with direct burn-out casts of some of the more unusual produce from the walled kitchen garden at Great Glemham House. This led to the start of The Great Glemham Collection – an ongoing series of bronzes made from direct burn outs and moulds of produce gathered from the garden. This in turn was a seed for a much larger project : Pomarius.

“Pomarius now consists of a wide variety of natural specimens, fruits, nuts, chillies and other varieties of plant and produce. Many of the collections have developed from personal relations between people and their homes, specific or ancient trees, and shared memories within these places. In every case, the translation into bronze is understood as a making explicit of the inherent value already held by the organic specimens - a value understood by the gardeners and carers of these locations. Collections are produced through the seasons each year and are consequently limited by nature.

All Pomarius works are selected, cast, finished and patinated at my Suffolk studio and foundry. The foundry, established in 2018  with fellow artist, Freddy Morris, and the bronze casting process are central to Alice-Andrea Ewing’s overall practice. In many ways, the development of the Pomarius project coincided with my own introduction to bronze casting. Following a degree in History of Art at Cambridge University, I began shadowing and working for other artists as a route back to practicing myself. I have settled finally in a foundry context, developing a practice which experiments within the various stages of the casting process and relies heavily on my own personal involvement in each phase.

As one of the first locations in which I developed a Pomarius collection, returning to the walled garden at Glemham House presents an exciting milestone. Over the last four years, the Pomarius project has continued to develop and grow through interactions with new locations. It has exhibited at the Botanical Gardens Edinburgh and Kew through Handmade in Britain, RHS events and developed collections with the kitchen gardens at Soho Farmhouse. Works from Pomarius have also appeared in World of Interiors.”

Alice-Andrea Ewing; November 2018.
Open Studio 2

The Glassroom ~ Buzz Mitchell – Sea Glass Jewellery. 

 Open Studio 3

 The Glassroom ~ Sharon McMullin – Stained Glass

The Leather Workshop ~ Nienke Jongsma / Studio Vandertas
Nienke Jongsma manages her business Studio Vandertas from a workshop at White House Farm. For the Spring Festival Open Studios she is presenting a selection of beautiful new handmade purses, bags and wallets for sale. Please Note : Nienke’s studio will also be open on weekdays. Please follow signs at the farm or ask at the Festival Exhibition Sales Desk for directions. Commissions undertaken. 


Wood Turning and Chairmaking - Jon Warnes
 Author of books about working with green willow, Jon Warnes is also a gifted green wood turner, spoon carver and furniture maker. At weekends his workshop is open to visitors with examples of his work on display and for sale. These include : hand turned bowls; hand carved spoons; spatulas; boxes; stools; outdoor benches. Commissions also undertaken or pieces made to order using local Suffolk wood.

COURSES : Please enquire about woodcraft and woodworking courses including : bowl carving; spoon carving, willow work, chair / stool making; shed-building; charcoal burning.
  Open Studio 6


Open Studio 7

The Furniture Workshop ~ Jim Parsons - Chairmaker

Chairmaker Jim Parsons is widely know for his beautiful Wenhaston and Sandling chairs – and his Cransford Stools. He has also created a number of Spring Festival Chairs, including a Festival Settle, Festival Boot Bench, a Great Glemham Hedge Chair Carver and a magnificent set of 14 matching Suffolk Ball Back side chairs.
Open Studio 8

Stable No 1 ~ Elidh Allan – Jewellery

Based in Great Glemham, Eilidh trained in jewellery making with a research interest in Celtic jewellery designs. She works with silver and [semi] precious stones, creating her own designs and also undertaking commissions for clients. To support her interest in Celtic jewellery, the Spring Festival has loaned examples of Etruscan, Roman and Celtic brooches from its collection.
  Open Studio 9

Stable No 2 ~ Tobias Ford

Knife Maker Tobias Ford works as a sculptor at Butley Mills Studios, with examples of his work included in the 2018 Alde Valley Spring Festival Exhibition. He is also an accomplished and very gifted knife maker. The Spring Festival has underwritten the cost of creating a forge at White House Farm to support his knife-making practice, which ranges from kitchen knives to foraging knives. Blades are cut or hand forged from recycled steel, using local Suffolk hardwoods / recycled tropical hardwoods for riveted handles. Examples of kitchen and foraging knives are on display and for sale; bespoke designs can also be made to commission. Recent examples of commissioned knives include : a set of three rosewood handled kitchen carving knives; a mushrooming knife made with a blade of North Sea steel and a handle of spalted horse chestnut wood.
Open Studio 10

Stable No 3 ~ Boris Aldridge – The Ionia Residency

More information to follow in early 2019.
Open Studio 11

Stable No 4 ~ TBC
Open Studio 12

  Open Studio 13

Saul Hunt – Tree Surgery and Woodwork

Saul Hunt is based at White House Farm and has a display of tree surgery information at his Open Studio. He is also demonstrating large scale / monumental woodworking in Open Studio 14 in the front farmyard. He helps supply furniture and knife making workshops at White House Farm with rare / unusual woods. Please enquire about tree surgery work and specialist tree felling.
Open Studio 14

Steel Barn ~ Big Table Workshop + Eco-Pod / Glamping Design Workspace

The Steel Barn doubles up as a sheep shearing /wool store at different times of year in the farming calendar. During the 2019 Spring Festival it is being used as an Open Studio space to demonstrate large scale / monumental table making with tree surgeon Saul Hunt. White House Farm is home to small areas of semi-natural, planted and wild / self-sown woodland. Timber from the woods is milled each year to provide materials for furniture making. Dead oaks with high timber / low wildlife value are also felled for planking. Each year one or two larger dead oak trees are set aside to be cut into outsize planks and lumps of timber, which are then available for processing into enormous table tops, counters and display stands. Examples of these are on display at weekends together with information about the woodlands and different kinds of timber that are used on the farm.
*** New for 2019 *** Eco-Pod / Glamping Design Workspace: this will be open at Weekends and on Bank Holidays. More information  to follow in early 2019.
Open Studio 15

Old Storeroom ~ Jason Gathorne-Hardy – Drawing Studio

The Drawing Studio is open at weekends showing sketchbooks and recent works on the drawing board / easel. Unframed works are available for sale, including ‘Lucky Dips’ - smaller original drawings in sealed envelopes.

The Farmyard Classroom was created in 2014 with generous support from Natural England. It is furnished with floorboards and furniture made with oak from the farm created by Raymond Hopkins, Alex Johnson and Drywood Ltd. The paint on the walls was dug up from a field called Holly Tree.

The Classroom is used for Farm Education visits by local primary schools and students from Easton-Otley College. More recently, it is also used by Marisa Formicola to offer “Flourishing through the Arts” – a programme of workshops for home-educated children aged between 4-10 years old.

For more information about Marisa’s workshops, please pick up a card in the Classroom or contact the Marisa directly : 
The circuit of OPEN STUDIOS includes a large map signboard of the farm. During the Spring Festival a series of short Farm Nature Walks are made available for visitors to use and explore :

The Woodland Nature Walk, The Hedgerow Nature Walk, The Bluebell Walk and the Meadow Nature Walk past the big picnic table.

If you visit the OPEN STUDIOS and farm, please feel free to explore the Nature Walks – but please keep to the way-marked routes and also please treat the land as a home to wildlife .. go quietly, take time and photos, but leave nothing but footprints !

* Health & Safety : Please note that the ground may be uneven in places. Visitors are responsible for their own safety when using the Nature Walks and visiting the farm. Please keep children accompanied at all times and please do not enter ‘No Access’ areas on the farm. FIRST AID and FIRE POINTS are marked in the farmyards.


For More Information about Open Studios : 


  • Lettering Arts Trust.

    A workshop space for guest letter carvers including Louise Tiplady, Ayako Furuno , Jaki Blackman.


  • Eilidh Allan.

    Handmade silver jewellery. New collections inspired by trees, fruits & seeds. Work for sale and commissions / bespoke jewellery made to order.


  • Glass Studio.

    Sea glass jewellery by Buzz Mitchell – for sale and made to commission. Paintings and other creations made by Isabelle Sarginson Allen.


  • Tobias Ford.

    Knife making forge. Hand forged / handmade kitchen knives available for sale and made to order.


  • Tuesday Knitting Group in the Tea Rooms
    10am – 12 pm : 30th Apr ; 7th, 14th, 23rd May.


  • New for 2019:

    Alexander Herbe-George & Slightly Nomadic. Glamping wagons, living pods, micro-shelters made to order.


  • Aspen Press.

    Letterpress. Demonstrations. Commissioned work also undertaken.

  • Foraging Centre with Foraging Walks led by Forager and Permaculture Gardener in Residence Sam Starke.    

  • Stephanie Bunn.

    Basketry research studio working with local plant materials and exploring the relationship between geometry and basketry.


  • Nienke Jongsma / Vandertas.

    Handmade foraging bags, floral shopper bags for sale; handmade leather shoulder bags, satchels, work bags, purses and wallets.


  • Jon Warnes.

    Jon Warnes.  Wood turning, handmade spoons, stools, benches and bowls for sale.



    New Iris Paintings by Jelly Green including Cedric Morris / Benton End varieties.

  • Pop Up Tea Rooms open in the Farmhouse Dining Rooms with cakes and pastries from The Great Glemham Bann.

  • Farm Suppers.

    Thursday evenings with Suffolk Chef Peter Harrison and Guests of Honour from the Writing at Great Glemham residency programme.


  • New Allotment Paintings by Tessa Newcomb and Winter Garden paintings in egg tempera by Ruth Stage.

  • Farm Nature Walks open.

    Families welcome.

    Great pubs nearby in Sweffling, Rendham, Great Glemham, Snape and Framlingham.


    New works by Becky Munting and Emma Green in the farmhouse Dining Rooms.


  • New works by Alice Andrea Ewing from The Great Glemham Series and the Pomarius Residency.


Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
The Festival Shop

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

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