It’s that Open House time of year!

       
May is the start of the Open House season.

I have been taking part in Open houses for around 15years. I been lucky to take part in several venues within the Artists Open House group in Fiveways. Fiveways Artist group was were it all started over 30 years ago.

 
This year I also took part in an exhibition called ‘Breaking the Rules’ which was at the Jointure Studio in Ditchling. An historically artist community!

 
It is the ninth year that an art trail has taken place in Steyning. I organised the Art Trail as part of the Steyning Festival. As the festival went to a biannual event, I stepped down from this role. Steyning Arts was formed. Several years ago I joined the organising committee. I am now current Chair, and along side a committee of eight other we organise various community arts events. Our role as a society is a combination of supporting fellow artists providing them with facilities to exhibit and hopefully sell their work. Also enabling the public to gain easy access to the visual arts 

  
   

www.steyningarts.co.uk
I always views these events as potential selling times, but more importantly a time to meet your public, and spread the word about your work. Display standards must be maintained. 

  
         

June heralds the start of open garden season. I will be taking part in Henfield Garden and Arts, West Sussex.

http://www.henfieldhub.com/festival-of-gardens-and-arts/gardens-arts-is-gearing-up-for-june

Also in July I will be at Parham House and Gardens, near Storrington, West Sussex, for their Garden weekend.

See you somewhere soon!

http://www.parhaminsussex.co.uk/events-and-courses/events.html

It’s nearly ‘that’ time of year!

Every professional artist maker is hectic this time of year, making up orders or getting stock ready for sales, I’m no different.
The only problem for me is that my kids lives seem to go on extra busy too! So I become the juggler.

I’m currently getting all the stock sorted for:

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And also Steyning Arts at Christmas

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Getting ready for Christmas means that my stock design turns to making gifts, these do tend to be smaller pieces which are slightly more affordable and so slightly more available.

This year I am concentrating on helping raise money for Breast Cancer Care in memory of Jane. She was one of my students who battled with cancer for many years but lost that fight this summer.

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I do love this time of year as I get to meet all my customers, who I may only see once a year. It’s fun to catch up! I enjoy making jewellery that I know is appreciated by others and bought with love!

If you would like to come an visit my studio please do get in touch.

Have a lovely festive season.

Spring time

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Spring time for me is one of the best times of year! Everything is bursting back into life after the winter. It is also a time of great promise, the gears are set into motion for the rest of the years exhibitions. Applications processed for all the up coming shows and open houses are filled in and stocks is prepared ready.
It seems to have been a busy few months already!
I have been asked to exhibit in two Open Houses in Brighton this year and have been heavily involved with the organisation of the Steyning Arts Art trail.
I will also be taking part in Henfield garden and arts event in June. This sees the conclusion of my eight weeks with no weekend breaks! It’s hard work but a necessary evil when you work for yourself! I love meeting the people who buy my work, it’s the closure of the circle for me, it’s weird not knowing your client.
Today I’m off up to London to take my work up to the annual exhibition for The Society of Botanical Artist, I have been a member for a few years now and am one of only a few non painter members. The exhibition is always brimming with gorgeous images of botanical life, a highlight on my calendar!

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It’s been a while!

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Since the busy summer I have taken a look at life! Getting divorced is part of this but also the intricacies of just juggling every day life. My autumn resolution is to do more exercise.

Part of this has involved sticking to my Zumba classes with Clare in Steyning on a Monday and Thursday night, but I have upped the anti by also taking a walk for an hour or so three times a week. Some days are harder than others.

However, it has meant that I’m exploring the country side, trying to go on a different walk at least once a week. Walking in the fresh air is great. I also love taking photos whilst there.

Above are some of my favourites.

I have also started to look more, just to slow down a bit and actually see things. We are all very good at rushing from A to B without actually seeing the world around us. Rain drops and dew drops are a new fad for me! Just wondering if I can replicate this in my jewellery!!!!

The calm before the storm

Generally between January and April is a quiet work time for me. I continue to teach my Jewellery making workshops but use the rest of the working week to source new outlets to sell my jewellery, apply to exhibitions like Made- Brighton 2013 and to generally promote my work. I have been a little hammpered by the weather this year which has meant that I have had to put off trips to galleries and cancel some classes, but all in all I’m happy with the progress I’ve made this year so far.
I have too new outlets, The Tollhouse in Lindfield and Whispers in Steyning and continued having my work in Created in Chesterfield, Heart Gallery in Hebdon Bridge and Julian Stephens in Brighton.
I have had my work accepted for the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition in Central Hall, I am a member of the Society, but still have to have the work selected to take part in this fantastic Flowery Exhibition in the heart of London!!

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Beautiful Moonstone Studs £48

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Green Pearl Bracelet with Ivy Charm

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Turquoise earrings

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Mixing it up a bit with this garnet set pendant which I have strung onto a two strand mixed bead necklace £130

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Lace imprinted Heart Studs £25

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Bangle with Ivy Charm £70

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A very snowy studio stopped play for a few days earlier in the year!!!

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Ivy leaf ear studs £48

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All laid out, the basic shapes for a few pairs of earrings

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Ivy necklace with triple pearl necklace in green £150

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Two pairs of heart studs £25 each

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Double bangle with Oak leaf charm and peacock pearl

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Small Heart necklaces ideal for wedding jewellery shown in white and black pearls but could be made in any colour pearl

It’s all about earrings

A couple of weeks ago I took a little bit of time out to design and make some earrings. Normally, I always leave earring making to the last minute, before an exhibition. I decided to do things differently this year!!! I now have plenty of earrings ready for Christmas sales ranging from £20-65. My favourites are the hydrangea studs, I did these in a drop earring too. These may not make it general consumption, they might get smuggled out of the workshop!!!!

Summer and Autumn


I always look forward to the summer as a time to take things easy and recharge my batteries. I’m very good at using the kids being around as an excuse to switch off a little. This year has been no exception. I have made sure that they have been first and for most, at the end of the day it’s only a few weeks.

I have used the time to catch up with myself though. This means that when I get back to the bench proper, I’m ready to go full steam ahead for Autumn and Christmas!!!

I have just received my latest lot of silver gilt pieces back from the platers and I’m full of grand plans and great designs for the new season.


Rich colours like turquoise, red and purple are on my list along with silver pearls!

I’m off to a trade show on Monday so watch this space for lots of lovely goodies, can’t wait!!!

This an exhibition which I’m taking part in in a wee while, if you like Botanical Art this is a must. I am always inspired by exhibitions like this and I don’t even paint!!

My Extended Studio Space

My Studio is in a converted stable/farm workshop across the yard from where I live. In the 1990’s my Dad converted two bays of the building into a studio with office space.

This has always worked very well, however as a way to earn more money I teach. I have always been frustrated by the space. I was able to work with five students comfortably, which

was fine if they were all beginners, but more and more I’m finding that my beginners are becoming self sufficient and so more space was required!

My ex started the concrete laying in February and it was finally finished last month, yippee!!!

This is my space now, I have my bench looking out into the yard, and I also have two spare benches for renting out per day or half day. I love the fact that I now have space to leave project laid out!

Here is my collection of pliers and cutters, will need to get some more to put in my teaching area! And this is my hearth for all my soldering needs.

Most of my equipment is very old, most older than me but it is all in working order and fixed when my Dad comes over!

This is the new teaching space, windows on two sides and lit by strip lights so no more working in your own shadow!! Here I can seat 6, and there is room for two more over the other side of the room.

The room always had loft space which is so handy, as the space below was a general dumping ground before!!!

For more details about classes look at www.klawriejewellery.co.uk/classes