Opportunity to get crafty as 16 local artists open their doors to the public

Jill Ford, at Jill Ford Ceramics.
Jill Ford, at Jill Ford Ceramics.

A number of artists and artisans in the area are getting ready for this year’s Open Studios event.

Anyone interested in the arts will get the chance to witness paintings, prints, jewellery, photographs, ceramics, woodwork and textiles being created as the artists open their doors to the public

Gerry Grant at Fangfoss Pottery delights visitors during a presentation.

Gerry Grant at Fangfoss Pottery delights visitors during a presentation.

Pocklington Area Open Studios (PAOS) also offers the opportunity to peek into the worlds and minds of the artists.

Visitors can take a look around at materials, pore over sketchbooks and equipment, and find out how artefacts are made.

This annual event continues to grow in popularity and gives artists the chance to showcase their talents.

Work on view by the 16 talented artists includes paintings, prints, jewellery, photographs, ceramics, woodwork and textiles. Everything is made by hand in the studios, with passion and care.

Shirley Davis Dew paints in her studio.

Shirley Davis Dew paints in her studio.

Work can be handled, explained and purchased directly from the maker.

Commissions will be welcomed by most artists and many offer lessons and workshops that might be the catalyst needed to start and develop your own artistic skills.

Jill Ford, at Jill Ford Ceramics, said: We are open for the weekend on 5/6 May between 10am and 5pm, and have devised a leaflet with handy map outlining a trail around the ten studios in and around Pocklington, exploring quaint hidden villages along the route.

“At every venue you are assured a warm welcome and the offer of refreshments to keep you sustained throughout the day.

16 artists will take part in the Open Studios event.

16 artists will take part in the Open Studios event.

“Leaflets are available from tourist venues and shops in the area or from our Facebook page Pocklington Area Open Studios 2018 - disabled access details are available.

“You are invited to visit us over the weekend – when we throw open our studios doors and welcome everyone in.”