Open Studios

Meet local artisan makers and artists

Online Open Studios

Artisan Makers & Artists

Each year the Spring Festival offers Workshop Residencies to selected artisan makers. These provide workspaces for free for four-six weeks, allowing makers and artists to meet customers and to also develop their individual practices in a communal setting. At weekends and on bank holidays the workshops become Open Studios, giving visitors a chance to meet the makers and artists, and to understand their work in more detail – with the additional opportunity to buy and commission works as well.

In response to current circumstances, we have had to cancel all the physical aspects of the Spring Festival. But the Open Studios feel important : they are a vital part of our annual calendar and, more importantly, support the livelihoods of the many makers we work with.

We and have consequently decided to move the Open Studios online as virtual workshop residencies. Almost all the makers who would have been at the farm at weekends and bank holidays for the Spring Festival are now represented on the website and on our instagram account.

It feels both an honour and a privilege to work with so many gifted artisan makers. We have worked closely with all who are taking part in the online Open Studios and chosen a selection of their favourite works for sale.

Please do take some time to explore each maker’s stall and contact us for sales and / or bespoke orders.

If you would like information about work for sale – or would like to commission bespoke work – please do not hesitate to contact the Festival office.

Guest Makers for 2020 Open Studios

Jim Parsons wooden chair

Jim Parsons
Handmade Wenhaston, Sandling chairs and Alde Valley Settles.
View Catalogue

Isabelle Sarginson Allen floral painting

Isabelle Sarginson Allen
Decorative arts and hand-painted furniture + textiles.
View Catalogue

Buzz Mitchell

Buzz Mitchell
Sea glass jewellery from East Anglian shorelines.
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A Wooden Chair made by Otis Luxton

Otis Luxton
Ball back and Mendlesham chairs made to order – in association with The Suffolk Chair Collection.
View Catalogue

Handmade Leather bag by Vandertas

Vandertas
Handmade leather and textile travel bags, foraging bags, purses, wallets.
View Catalogue

Eilidh Allan necklaces

Eilidh Allan
Silver jewellery inspired by the natural world and historic/Celtic designs.
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Sarah Butters Woolwork

Sarah Butters
Woolwork and natural dyeing.
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Steven Wills mugs

Steven James Wills
Porcelain pottery made with natural glazes.
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Herber & Co Soaps

Herber & Co
Handmade herb soaps and shampoo bars + workshops.
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Artwork by Boris Aldridge - The lighthouse

Boris Aldridge
Song writer, watercolour painter and tile maker.
View Catalogue

Leo Wood knives

Leo Wood
Knife maker and metalworker.
View Catalogue

Jon Warnes Stool

Jon Warnes
Wood turning and furniture making.
View Catalogue

Stephanie Bunn basketry

Stephanie Bunn
Basketry and the mathematics of loop baskets.
Catalogue to follow

Mercury Hare
Tactile, colourful pottery.
View catalogue

Artist Open Studios

Jason Gathorne-Hardy Drawing

Jason Gathorne-Hardy
Field sketches from the farm.
Illustrated Catalogue

Emma Green Blossom Painting

Emma Green
New studio paintings of cherry blossom [Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram Residency].
Illustrated Catalogue

Becky Munting Painting of birds

Becky Munting
Paintings of birds at White House Farm [Hedge Hut Residency].
Illustrated Catalogue

Tessa Newcomb painting of birds

Tessa Newcomb
New paintings of birds and wildlife at the farm [Horsebox Studio Residency].
Illustrated Catalogue

For more information about Artists / Makers / Commissions please contact us

Venue : White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk IP17 1LS

Instagram : @aldevalleyfestival

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