North Antrim Christmas Crafts Trail Open Studio Event
Three acclaimed craft studios in north Antrim are joining together to host a day of coordinated open studios on December 8, 2018, from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m..
The participating studios include the ceramics studio of Adam Frew (www.adamfrew.com), the
studios of Benefield Spencer Glass (www.benefieldspencerglass.com) and the mixed media workshop of Sharon Adams (www.sharonadams.co.uk). The artists will be present to demonstrate their crafts for the public, answer questions about their practice, and offer examples of their work for sale. All members of the public are welcome to visit.
Adam Frew is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful potters, creating thrown porcelain pots on the potter’s wheel that range from mugs, bowls and plates to one-off large vessels. He has had a long relationship with the Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, and recently opened his own studio in Aghadowey this past summer. His work is exhibited and sold throughout the UK and he frequently teaches workshops both at home and abroad. He will have a good selection of functional and one-off pots for sale during his open studio, and will also be selling some seconds at a reduced price.
Benefield Spencer Glass was established in 2010 as BTU Studio in Randalstown, and re-branded with the makers’ names when they moved to a property outside of Ballintoy in 2016. They are Northern Ireland’s only independent professional glassblowing studio, producing an annual production line of handblown functional objects which are marketed throughout the UK and Ireland. During their open studio day they will provide demonstrations of glassblowing from the furnace, as well as demonstrations of glassblowing with a bench torch (flameworking).
Applied artist Sharon Adams is based at Frocess Yard near Cloughmills where she has her studio in the old barn. Using wood, metal and textiles she creates tools and objects informed by her life-long relationship with the local farming landscape. You can see (and buy) examples of her ‘functionless tools’ and observe some of the processes and materials involved in creating them. There will also be festive treats to enjoy, and pieces from her new ‘Utility’ range.
Adam Frew Ceramics: 21 Cullycapple Rd, Park, Coleraine BT51 4AS Benefield Spencer Glass: 35 Lagavara Road, Ballintoy, BT54 6NG Frocess Yard: 81 Old Frosses Road, Cloughmills, BT44 9NA
For more information please contact Scott Benefield at 07497648213
Where: Three locations:
Adam Frew Ceramics: 21 Cullycapple Rd, Park, Coleraine BT51 4AS
Benefield Spencer Glass: 35 Lagavara Road, Ballintoy, BT54 6NG
Frocess Yard: 81 Old Frosses Road, Cloughmills, BT44 9NA
Organised by Benefield Spencer Glass/Sharon Adams/Adam Frew