If you’ve ever wanted to explore the mysteries of a working artist’s studio, Artweeks is the perfect time to do so.
Three Chippy artists will be opening their doors between 2nd and 10th May 12 – 6pm daily, on hand with guides, refreshments and answers to any questions you have about their work, their craft and their artistic life.
Painter Judith Yarrow will be joined in her Cross Leys studio by ceramicist Crabby Taylor and jeweller Rosie Colvin, with a fascinating exhibition of their contrasting work (see Judith’s Iceland Sun Shaft above and item of Rosie’s jewellery below).
And everyone is welcome to step inside, including families with children – the urn will be on all week for tea, coffee, biscuits and lively conversation.
The new Delicacy deli (above), in Middle Row, is acting as a hub for Chipping Norton Artweeks. New co-owner Liz Hogarty is also an artist, currently exhibiting her work at Asthall Manor 11am-6pm between 2nd and 10th May, and 11am-8pm on Thursday 7th May.
The deli will provide guides and information on individual exhibitions, with a taster exhibition from 24th April. Coffee, tea, cake and light lunches are also available. Guides and trail maps can be found at various town venues including the library, leisure centre, theatre and Jaffe & Neale bookshop.
The natural world is the inspiration for Chippy artists Judith, Crabby and Rosie, reflected in their respective work.
Judith’s paintings use unique mixed media methods, resulting in subtle and atmospheric landscapes which feature remote islands, mountains and coasts including Shetland, Iceland and the Atlantic coast of France. Her recent and ongoing collage work explores imagined and dream landscapes.
There’s also quite a buzz about her evolving book in a hive. Do ask Judith about her experience of living with a beekeeper! Her studio is always open by appointment.
Each of Crabby’s hand-built ceramic pieces (above) is a unique object for contemplation and reflection. She will be pleased to discuss the techniques she uses, including Raku, Saggar and smoke firing. Check out a demonstration of Raku firing on Friday 8th May, during a late-night opening 6-8pm with drinks available.
Rosie’s jewellery (above) combines the natural qualities of felt, silver, fossils, pebbles and stone. Senegal and its culture are also an exotic influence on her work.