Former milking shed now an artists’ haven

An art course in progress at Calf House Studios, Bishop Burton
An art course in progress at Calf House Studios, Bishop Burton

Bishop Burton’s Cold Harbour Farm used to be alive with the sounds of cows being milked and pigs being fed.

Now, however, it is the peaceful work place for seven talented artists who use the rural setting to produce a wide variety of original work.

The artists at the farm’s Calf House Studios are having an open day on Sunday November 15, 11am and 4pm.

It will be well signed from the village of Bishop Burton.

The resident artists are Tracey Spurgin, who tutors classes in silver and bronze jewellery, from beginners to advanced level, as well as designing her own unique range of jewellery. She has been invited to teach in Spain and the USA.

John Denton is a master portrait photographer who uses the rural location to provide unusual backdrops for his photographs.

Debbie March is a glass artist who makes bowls, pictures, coasters and birds in coloured glass.

Graham Chambers paints rural scenes in watercolours and oils as well as running popular lessons in watercolour painting. His commissions have come from all over the world.

Rob Porter makes items from recycled wooden wine boxes such as clocks, cheese boards, gift hampers and drinks boxes. His skill in woodwork has led him to design items from other reclaimed wood.

Alison Brice creates amazing shapes on her potter’s wheel which she then decorates in her uniquely talented manner.

Peter Brown is a stone carver and artist as well as finding time to practice as an art therapist. He will have sculpture and paintings on display.

The open day will be chance to see the artists working in their studios and it will be possible to buy work direct from them without any gallery commission.

A lot of courses for all levels of ability are run at the studios so it will be a chance to find out more about them.

As Cold Harbour is a working farm, there will be a chance to see some of the newly-born calves in the beef herd.