Sunday, 2 May 2010

Studio Visits

Yesterday I went to the Fife Open Studios. I went especially to see some glass studios of people that I have come to know, but have never seen where they work. So I got to see where Liz Rowley works. This is a purpose-built studio with windows on two sides, one of which makes a perfect light easel. I was assured that the studio is rarely so neat, but it still looked a workman-like place. She had some work in progress displayed and there were numerous photographs. It was fun for me to see how another person doing very similar work organises things. The studio talks were given by Eilidh Mackenzie who has some of her work displayed too.

I then took my wife on to see where Adrienne McStay works. The address is of a farm, but the setting, although rural, is not mixed with animals and equipment. Her studio is the old dairy of the farm, with interesting rounded ends to the building, and tiled floors. Surrounding her studio are a number of the wood and glass objects she creates. There also is a large canvas covered area to allow her to work outside. Also of course there is a furnace and an annealing oven for her glass work.

These open studio events are really interesting for the maker and general public alike. You can also purchase items direct from the artist, or commission work from them. We purchased a few things:


Amethyst Sea Stone

Green Sea Stone

These are, if you like modern takes on paperweights. I like them for their feel in my hand. Maybe these are my new worry beads.

The Fife Open Studios run until 5pm on Monday. Get along to some of them if you can

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