Sketch books are for everyone - children included. Good for ideas, poetry, notes, doodles or whatever. Different sizes: small ones fit in jacket pockets or bags, larger ones for use in the studio and ‘official’ work on a project; brainstorming, notes on different techniques, inspiring quotes and other artists. Serviettes, programmes and newspaper can also be used when out and about and feeling inspired. Mentors encourage daily sketching to hone drawing skills.
Sketchbooks can be used in a variety of ways. Enjoy regular sketching times with friends in gardens, cities, museums etc; these sketches are a great resource. A sketch of a stuffed zebra head in the Brighton Booth museum morphs via a Matisse inspired papercut some years later into a logo.
Random holiday sketches recapture forgotten memories, or give opportunities to experiment with new equipment e.g. a new Pentel brush pen. See centre image below.
Feel good equipment: that brush pen, not cheap - get one for the artist you love; travelling paintbrush, the precious brush head is protected by a cover, brass is nice; small paintbox.
An artist can often start with an idea but not know how the eventual piece will end up. The images below show some of the processes gone through before arriving at the final linocut print, Brighton Patisserie. Note the use of the Brushes redux App (made famous by David Hockney) on the iPad.
Sketchbooks are fascinating, and are a great way to chronicle life.
We currently have a space available, suitable for a ceramic artist or clay sculptor.
12 friendly artists, of mixed disciplines, share our lovely artists studio. It is spacious and light and a stones throw from Brighton seafront (near the peace statue and meeting place cafe.) We’re a sociable bunch and occasionally get together for food and drinks. We have a dedicated ceramics room currently shared by 7 ceramic artists. It’s a creative mix of hobbyists and professionals. Do you think you’d fit in?
Rental is £125 per calendar month (inclusive)
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This reduction linoleum print (after the style of talented Ian MacIntyre, printmaker) is in appreciation of the amazing job done by the Bangladesh Shipbreakers. Our ships tend to last about 25 years and then they are moored along the coast of Bangladesh. The people there then break them into bits using basic tools. It is hard and dangerous labour.
Thanks to Mike Hettwer and Peter Gwin for their inspiring photos and article in the National Geographic.
Well, we can't quite believe it's over....all that hard work and effort has paid off and we had a great final weekend of the Artists Open Houses. All of us at Mews Art Studio would like to say a really BIG thank you to everyone who visited us and supported us throughout the month of May. Thank you also to our fantastic guest artists: David Webb, DNA and Bright and Beautiful, we hope you all enjoyed it. Our chosen charity this year was The Survivors' Network, and we're pleased to announce that we made just over £200 on our raffle to donate to them. Thank you to all who enjoyed the raffle! If you would like to join our mailing list so we can keep you up to date with news and events, please click on the 'About Us' tab and fill in your details. Please do come and visit us again soon!
is a courageous artist who uses her skills to respond to strong themes. A powerful recent exhibition, consisting of 15 stoneware heads, expressed different aspects of being a woman globally. She also creates more humorous pieces, Octopus and Seahorse Water features.
Halinka has a joie de vivre and the sea wind.
Gill Morgan is a ceramicist, organised with a mischievous streak. Her character shows through in her work. Beautiful designs, clean lines with surprisingly satisfying spots as part of her ranges. She incorporates bright orange and yellow glazes that compliment the muted greys and blues, beige and black that she also uses.
Some of her work is functional; cups, bowls and plates but she also makes ceramic sculptures.
Kathy is a ceramicist in our Studio and trained at Grays school of Art in Aberdeen in a variety of disciplines but never looked back since first touching clay.
She is also a garden designer and has transformed many Brighton and Hove gardens in the past 8 years.
She often makes garden wall planters that have become popular using landscape and flower designs as decoration. There is something of her Scottish roots in her designs and with her glazes often creating moody grey / blue colours.
This year her porcelain robins, birds , lanterns and flowers on rods for the garden have become best sellers. She likes to make different birds each season and this year it is the Wheat Ear!
Kathy once owned and ran a cafe in Greece on the beach in Vassiliki from where she could happily windsurf when not so busy.
I'm very pleased to introduce Sarah, one of our resident ceramicists here at Mews Art Studio. Sarah studied ceramics at university where she specialised in mould-making and slip casting. More recently, she has decided to try a different technique, and is now branching out into learning the craft of throwing...no mean feat, as anyone who has ever had a go on a potter's wheel will tell you! She seems to have mastered it pretty quickly, and her beautiful, calm stoneware and porcelain pots can be seen on show in our studio during the May festival.
Inspiration for glazes comes landscapes and the changing colours of Brighton seascapes. Her delicate porcelain pots have been inspired by bringing the old into the new, adding texture with vintage buttons that have been handed down to her.