Our launch weekend runs across Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June.
Lots of studios are open and running a number of activities highlighted here. Studios are open 11am–5pm.
Ceramicist Suzanne Cohen 1 will have tea, coffee, home made biscuits and meringues available as well as gluten free cake.
Mosaic artist Claire Fulleylove 2 will have tea and coffee available. Visitors will also be able to see the artist at work throughout open studios.
Metalsmith artist Maria Billington 3 will be providing tea, homemade cakes and a glass of fizz.
Photographer Diana Jane 4 will be serving wine, Pimm’s, soft drinks and nibbles.
Glass artist Juliette Derwent 6 will provide Pimm’s, tea, coffee and nibbles.
Glass artist Caroline Rutter 12 will provide a prize of a glass bird for the child (16 and under) who submits the best illustrated Avian Alphabet Trail Map after finding all the bird species in the Garden.
Painter Cup of Jojo; Joanne Alam 20 will demonstrate a loose palette knife painting and visitors can also have a go.
Sculptor Malcolm West 25 will be working with a dancer who will be posing for him whilst he develops sculptures in progress, painting or drawing.
Four artists / makers at Kent Road Studio 29 will be demonstrating machine knitting, creating textured silver jewellery, enamelling, and cutting and stitching leatherwork throughout the launch weekend. They will also offer ‘have a go’ sessions. In addition, Linda Connelly will offer visitors the opportunity for ‘drop in’ miniworkshops where visitors will be able to make a small enamel pendant to take away with them. There will be a charge of £5.
TENartists 19 On the launch day Paulene Cattle will be demonstrating how to embed fabrics into handmade felt. There will be tea, coffee and other refreshments served.
Cintia Yankelevich 42 visitors can handle clay and experiment with its elasticity by making simple forms. There will be refreshments and nibbles in the lovely garden.
Palettes and Tripods 47 studio will be offering tea, homemade cake and the opportunity to ‘paint a Horley Stone’ on Saturday 1 June.
Painters Jennifer Court and Celeste De La Luz 51 will have cake and canapes at their studio across the weekend.
Amie Antoniak 52 will offer tea, coffee and home made cakes.
Textile artist Jacky Hatton 56 will be offering refreshments and running demonstrations.
Monica Dyer 59 Paint a portrait of your loved one in ink and watercolour with this introductory workshop to painting portraits. Running 2–4pm on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June, bring an A4 print of your loved one (human or animal). Pre-booking required. £10 to cover paint and materials. monica@ monicadyer.net
Mixed media artist Penny Webb 60 will demonstrate the process of working with resin at 2pm on both days plus refreshments.
Members of Wey Ceramics 64 will be holding a Raku demonstration day on the first Saturday. Three demonstrations will be held during the day commencing at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. This is a free event (repeated on the last Saturday of open studios).
Jeweller Victoria Phillips 79 will be offering a short demonstration of the effects of heat on metal (copper and silver). This will cover the basic principles of annealing and fusing and also provide an introduction into the process known as reticulation. Viewing space is limited in the workshop – two at a time is probably comfortable. Refreshments and home baked treats will be available (dogs welcome).
Woodturner Peter Westermann 82 invites visitors to have a go at making and colouring a spinning top while it is still on the lathe. This activity is suitable for adults and children over 12.
Painter Sarah Cox 163 will offer visitors a complimentary glass of Pimms or cordial in her garden on arrival and she will be demonstrating how to create texture when working in acrylics.
Painter / printmaker Sue Smith 168 will be offering tea, coffee and cake.
Ceramicist Julia Roberts-Brown 170 will be offering tea, coffee and cake in the garden.
Printmaker and painter Rose Seber 179 will offer tea and coffee, cake and biscuits.
Sculptor Alison Catchlove 182 will have tea, coffee and cakes available whilst offering visitors the chance to have a go with some of her tools and materials such as forming metal into basic leaf shapes, offered across the weekend.
Ceramicist Jane Silk 93 will have tea, coffee and cold drinks available plus home made cakes and cookies. Jane will be demonstrating clay work throughout the weekend.
Painter Sue Jelley 95 will be demonstrating in a range of media in her studio and will have a large selection of paintings and signed limited edition prints. Bubbles, soft drinks and nibbles will be available, ample parking in the grounds with a separate barn/ studio. Children welcome.
Painter Marilyn Bailey 98 Live in the studio – a still life demo will see Marilyn demonstrate how she creates her paintings using everyday objects, making simple shapes for a strong composition through to the fine details. Refreshments available.
Ceramicist Annabel Roberts 99 will demonstrate hand building in clay in the afternoons from 2pm as well as refreshments including homemade cakes.
Painter Alison Orchard 109 will be creating seascape paintings as acrylic monotypes; demonstrating the use of Golden OPEN Acrylics with the Gelli printing plate – an immediate and exciting way to make artist prints without using a printing press.
Painter Emma Dunbar 114 is welcoming all curious visitors with tea, coffee and homemade cake.
Bartley Heath Pottery 126 has pottery making demonstrations with a sculpture trail and cream teas (in aid of Kidney Research UK) in the garden. Mick will be demonstrating teapot making and Lesley will be building coil pots. On Sunday Gill Waller will be making slab pots. Demonstrations will take place between 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–4.30pm.
Artist and illustrator Maria Ellis 127 will have refreshments and homemade cakes.
Creative Response 135 has an illustration workshop by Peter Rush on 1 June, covering illustrating stories, letters and diaries. Students need something prepared beforehand to save time. Times 10am to 4pm. The price per student is £25. Call 01252 716876 or email Julie.wise@ creativeresponsearts.org
Ceramicist Melissa Ryland 140 will be offering tea, coffee, prosecco and nibbles.
Painter Clare Edworthy 141 will provide soft drinks on Saturday 1 June.
Glass artist Rachel Mulligan 148 will be offering homemade lemonade and demonstrations.
Painters Lizzie Crawford, Susan Goodridge and Jillie Capstick at The Studio 155 will be offering Pimm’s, tea, coffee and lots of treats for visitors.