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    Wishing I could go to more Cornwall Open Studios…

    We made a brief family outing on Saturday to our friend Chloe Williams' open studio in Nancledra. Jeweller Chloe and ceramicist Julie Murdoch George had put on a lovely tea party with Pimms and flag topped cup cakes in celebration of the jubilee weekend and the Cornwall Open Studios.                     We had a good nosey around the garden and studio, looking at Chloe’s delicate silver and seaglass jewellery and Julie’s funky bright coloured mugs, jugs and bracelets (one of which went home with me!) and then popped over the road to the old chapel that houses the glass blowing workshop of Tim Casey. The big open space inside had lots of mysterious equipment and he was demonstrating making one of his gorgeous rose tinted wine goblets. The unfortunate thing is Biba does not take kindly to looking round artist’s studios, or craft fairs or anything that involves being quiet, careful and not touching things! So our brush with Cornwall Open Studios was much briefer than Justin and I would have liked! (As the daughter of two crafters we expected better, really we did!) So I have contented my self with a ramble through the catalogue and perusal of the websites of those featured, not as good as getting a good nosey through peoples houses or as getting to rifle through the oh so tempting seconds tables! But, till the true crafter in her awakens, it will have to do!                     The curiously named C’est ma place Studio of Dave Cooper. Beautiful illustrations by Esther Connon are at Krowji studios in Redruth along with many others. I love these paintings on wood by Jenny Birchall Wonderful articulated copper sculptures by Michael Chaikin And finally awesome automata by Jane at Opi works