Somerset Open Studios 2018 and plans

Kilve Strata

A couple of people have asked, and the answer is, I am not taking part in Somerset Open Studios this year.

However, the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen will be venue 171 and will be showing work by Guild members Pauline Rook, Chris Kampf and Sue Sinclair.

Pauline Rook, Photographs of Somerset Life. Specialising in portraiture, Pauline is well known for her rural documentary work.

Chris Kampf, Metal Sculpture. Based on natural forms, Chris’ simple interpretation of leaves and buds in steel, stand out well in a garden background.

Sue Sinclair creates kiln formed pate de verre and calst glass. She is inspired both by the colours of nature and her background in archaeology.

(My work will still be on display in the gallery, but not as part of the Open Studios event.)


My own studio is much more mobile, so is not suited to be a venue. I’ve managed to reduce my equipment down to a few boxes and I am planning to move around in the next year, hoping to get out and about, around Somerset and the South West.

I may take part in a local Christmas Fayre, more about that when I have details.

I plan to do a workshop in Wells next year. Probably just one.

I may do an occasional art/craft fair.

I plan to focus on printmaking, mainly reduction linocut prints.

Introduction to Linocut Workshop 11th August 2018 Wells, Somerset

I’ll be running a one day “Introduction to Linocut” workshop at the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen gallery, in Wells, on Saturday 11th August 2018 from 10am to 4pm.

It is the only workshop I will run this year and will be limited to a maximum of five participants.  As a beginner’s workshop the focus is on helping you to get started and giving you enough information and experience to carry on with linocut after the event. I’ll be showing you a method you can use at home, without the need for a press or too much expensive equipment.

The workshop will include demonstrations followed by practical hands-on experience and experimentation with tools and techniques to create your own unique linocut print. Mark-making is incredibly important in linocut, so there will be time to learn on a practice piece before moving onto working on your design. The tools are sharp, so I will teach you about safety too.

Prints from a workshop in Crewkerne

I always like it when people bring their own ideas/subjects to the workshop. It is amazing how diverse people’s interests are and it always makes for some lively conversations during the day.

If you have any questions about the workshop then please send a message via my contact form or ask for more details at the Guild shop in Wells.

Booking is through the Guild (Telephone 01749 671112). It is £55 per person.

The next workshop after this one will be in Spring 2019 and will run over a number of weeks. More information on this later.


Somerset Art Weeks 2017 review

Art Weeks 2017 Exhibition
Art Weeks 2017 Exhibition

Somerset Art Weeks 2017 festival has finished. It was the first time I’ve taken part and was an interesting experience. I spent most of my time at the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen’s gallery where my work was part of the “Paper Prospects” exhibition, so I’m afraid I didn’t get out to see any other venues.

Kilve Beach (Detail)
Kilve Beach (Detail)

I made some new work specially for the Prospect theme, joining the many artists who have created work inspired by the landscape at Kilve Beach. I’ve been intending to extend my choice of subjects for some time.

Chestnut tree, Nynehead

While I was at the gallery I was working on a linocut of an ancient sweet chestnut tree that I saw at Nynehead near Wellington. I didn’t manage to finish it during the two weeks. I’ll add it to the gallery on my website as soon as it’s done, so you can see the results.

Have A Go lino print
Have A Go
The Family friendly “Have a Go” event was lots of fun. I’m very grateful to St. Cuthbert’s Mill for the idea and for providing the paper too.
I created two ready cut lino blocks so that people could try printing on St Cuthbert’s lovely Somerset paper. It was a popular event with some very enthusiastic participants ranging from three years old to quite a bit older. I interpreted “family” very openly to mean “anyone at all.”  I will do a rerun of the “Have a go” event sometime, perhaps at half term.
Although the Paper Prospects exhibition is now finished, my work remains on display at the Guild alongside craft items from all the Guild’s wonderful makers.
We are getting ready for the Christmas rush, so you know where to come to do all your present shopping! We are open every day except Sunday, from 10:00 till 4:00.
I hope you enjoyed the Art Weeks.

Somerset Art Weeks 2017


Art Weeks 2017 Exhibition
Art Weeks 2017 Exhibition

My linocut prints are currently on display, until 8th October, at the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen gallery in Wells, as part of the Somerset Art Weeks festival 2017. I’ll be there most days, working on a linocut, so please do call in.

Multicolour Linocut Workshop

I’ll be running a Multicolour Linocut Workshop on 23rd and 24th August, from 10am to 2pm each day, at the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen’s gallery in Wells.

23a, Broad Street, Wells, Somerset BA5 2DJ

Contact the Guild Gallery (01749 671 112) for details and booking.

The cost of the workshop is £70 per person, maximum four people.


Linocut Workshop in Wells Somerset

I’m running a multicolour linocut print workshop, on Saturday 13th May 2017, at the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen’s gallery in Wells. This is a follow on from the Linocut for Beginners workshop that I run. The focus is on learning more advanced registration techniques and processes for making multi-colour prints with accurate registration at home, without the need for a press. It will not focus on mark making or cutting. The aim is for each participant to cut two blocks and use these to make a two colour print. The technique used will allow you to make prints with more than two colours, as many as you want.

All tools and equipment required are provided for use on the day and you will be able create your own unique 2 colour print. There is a maximum of 4 participants to ensure individual attention.

The workshop will start promptly at 10am and finish around 4pm. The cost is £55.00 and can be booked via the Guild gallery in Wells.:-
23a Broad Street, Wells BA5 2DJ (behind Pickwick’s Cafe)
tel. 01749 671112


Two workshops

By popular demand I’ll be running two more workshops at the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen’s Gallery in Wells, Somerset.

On Saturday 1st of April it will be a beginners workshop, for people who want to try out a new craft. This is a chance to learn the basics of linocut, mark-making, transferring designs, inking and printing.


Then, on Saturday 13th May I’ll run a Multicolour Linocut workshop as a follow-on to the introductory workshops.


This second one will be an opportunity to learn how to make multiple-block prints with as many colours as you like. On the day I’m determined that we’ll manage two colours. The focus is not on mark-making, but on registration and the different techniques you can use to create multiple colour prints with perfect registration.

Somerset Guild of Craftsmen at Wells Market


I’ll be on the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen’s market stall again tomorrow, selling my prints and promoting the Guild shop. It is surprising how many people don’t realise that the Guild shop is in Wells. It is just behind Pickwick’s Cafe on Broad Street, right next door to the entrance to the School Uniform shop.

It is is one of the oldest Craft Guilds in the country and has been promoting excellence in design and craftsmanship for more than 80 years. The Guild has 60 members exhibiting in the gallery shop and there is always an amazing variety to choose from.