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Open Studio in Lympstone


A selection of Art, Crafts and Collaborative Pieces by Four Lympstone Artists:

Claire Belcher, Louise Banks, John Welton, Mai Welton –

On the Early May Bank Holiday Weekend, Claire Belcher, John Welton, Louise Banks and Mai Welton will be hosting an Open Studio event at 1 Clays Cottages.

This comes about via a joint connection to land, sea and a love of Lympstone. With a focus on nature and the environment John and Claire work with wood, whilst Louise’s recent work has much focused on the water and our connections with it, and Mai with the many estuary birds seen on our mudflats.

John is well known in the village for his woodturning work, creating an array of bowls, plates, lamps in a range of styles from traditional through to modernist abstract pieces. He works with all wood-based materials including burled and mottled woods, capturing the beauty and nature of wood at its best. Since Louise moved to the village, she has built a deep connection with the Lympstone landscape and water and uses watercolour to capture the feel and energy of the shoreline and boats. Many will be familiar with seeing her work, not least because her work entitled “Ways to Leave Land” was featured in the Sunday Times Watercolour Compeition in late 2020. She has recently had some of her work elected for the Royal Society of British Artists show at the Mall Galleries in London. Mai is particularly known for her intricate wire bird sculptures, for which she receives a considerable number of commissions. She not only creates uncanny representations of our shore birds, but weaves in colour and texture to create captivating pieces. Claire is a newcomer to the Lympstone art and craft scene (despite being resident here for over a decade). Over the past year she has been working with pyrography, hand burning images on wood as frameable pictures and more recently working together with John to create unique decorative wood turned pieces. Like Mai her work often features birds.

If you are interested to come and see what this collaborative have been up to then please come along to the Open Studio that runs 1st-3rd of May of 1 Clays Cottages, The Strand, Lympstone, EX8 5JR.

Please bring a mask, alcohol hand gel will be provided before entry and only 2 people will be allowed inside at a time. If weather permits some of the artists may provide demonstrations of their practice outside, for you to enjoy.

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