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Whitby Abbey series

I began the day by doing a bit of cleaning and tidying ready for North Yorkshire Open Studios and put a few enamels up on the wall, the first things to go up since my studio was rebuilt at the beginning of the year.

I will be open on Saturday 9th June, Sunday 10th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012 and also be open during the week 11th to 14th June by appointment. During Open Studios I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques during the day, starting at 11am – including making unique silver jewellery using art clay silver.

The road from Egton to Glaisdale is going to be closed near Beggars Bridge for three weeks during the period of Open Studios. To get to Glaisdale you will have to approach via Lealholm or Rosedale. This affects anyone intending to visit – but it will be worth the trip to see my wonderful new studio, watch demos and buy something from my new ranges of work.

I had to give in to the urge to work on more of a series of enamelled panels of Whitby Abbey with moths.

Here you can see one of the panels I have been working on. Each time I apply a colour the panel has to be fired in the kiln at around 800 degrees centigrade. Opening the door means a lot of heat is lost and this kiln takes a while to get back up to temperature but I enjoy working slowly at this scale.

This panel is the first one I did a few weeks ago – but today decided it needed more work. Enamel is a fantastic and versatile medium to work in and will withstand a large number of firings so it was possible to continue to add detail to this piece.

Here is another, maybe my favourite so far but I will probably change my mind by tomorrow.

I had a short break mid afternoon when I had a visit from fellow Open Studios artist Caroline Riley who came to drop some leaflets and cards off from other local artists and collect some signs ready for the weekend. I hope we all get plenty of visitors and am looking forward to meeting new people, demonstrating techniques, sharing ideas and selling some work!

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