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.


New cards

I have a new selection of greetings cards available on the website.

The theme is Sea & Coast, and the images are based on my linocut prints of Kilve beach.

Kilve is part of the Jurassic coast. It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is worth visiting for the views out over the Bristol Channel, the amazing ammonites, the geology and the rock pools.


Summer Art Car Boot Sale

Tomorrow, Sunday 16th July, I’ll be selling my linocut prints at the Frome Art Car Boot sale, in the Old Cattle Market car park in Frome, from 10am till 4pm. It’s an annual art sale organised by and raising funds for the Black Swan Gallery.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet over 50 artists, and to buy art direct from the makers.

It is also one of the few occasions this year when you’ll be able to buy my prints without paying a gallery commission. That’s up to a 45% discount. If you are looking for “affordable art”, then this is the place to be.