I will be doing two Open Studios this year, Harrow Open and Herts Open. Harrow takes place over two weekends in June, Herts over several weeks in September. I will publish dates and details nearer the time but you can email me if you want to make a note in your diary.
It is great to have something to work towards. I really enjoy the whole process of working with a goal in mind.
I used to have regular gallery shows of my paintings, but I do not want to do this again, for a variety of reasons. ( I will not work with a gallery owner who does not appreciate his or her artists properly - galleries are lucky to receive work from artists on a sale or return basis, and I like to feel that this is acknowledged properly - unfortunately this is often not the case. ) I do provide several nice gallery owners with my bowls. But I only allow small quantities out of the studio.
So this is why I have yearly Open Studios - it gives me a goal and makes me feel I am in charge of my own destiny. I can put in as much, or as little, effort as I wish.
At the moment - there is quite a bit of effort going on. After seeing the movie of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I was reminded strongly of the glorious colours I had seen in Rhajastan some years ago. My work at the moment reflects this, and Open Studio here in June will be colourful and vivid. There will be a small selection of paintings, and a lot of more affordable items, in glass and enamel on copper.
Here is some work in progress:
Painting of street sellers in Rhajastan:
Even my enamelled bowls have begun to take on rich colours: