Hassocks Artists Open Houses

Open Houses Trail TODAY June 24th and TOMORROW 25th 2017    11am - 5pm

FREE TO VIEW        Large, diverse range of unique art and crafts available to see and buy        FREE TO VIEW



Open Houses Trail June 24th and 25th 2017
 11am - 5pm

Large, diverse range of unique art and crafts
available to see and buy  FREE TO VIEW
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Hassocks Artists Open Houses Art Trail has been running annually for the past 12 years, growing in popularity each year.
2017 looks like being the biggest so far with around fifteen artists taking part, you can see examples of their work further down the page.
Hassocks is on the main railway line between Brighton and London and lies just outside the South Downs National Park. 
You can hire bicycles at the station giving an opportunity to explore the Park whilst visiting the artists on the trail!
The high street has many cafes, including a Cycling coffee shop (Proper) and a vegetarian eatery (Mamma Ghanoushe).
On the Saturday of the trail the popular local secondary school 'Downlands' will be holding its annual fair.
There is a large garden centre on the edge of the village which houses a very busy Heritage Centre.
Hassocks offers all the ingredients for a full, entertaining and worthwhile day out.
click here to download route map
John Gilbert - Studio Pottery
Born in Swansea in 1952 John studied pottery at school and art college in the late 1960’s.
Since retirement he has been participating in local Open House events and the Brighton Festival Open House events .
John  focuses totally on thrown work (i.e. produced on a potters wheel) producing decorative rather than functional pieces. 
He uses predominantly porcelain and stoneware clay and particularly enjoys employing the Japanese Raku glazing technique with the resultant random and dramatic effects this produces .
Martin Lucas, together with his daughter Hetty, will be showing garden statues together with a variety of textile designs and products.
You can see the full range of Martin's statuary at www.lucasstone.co.uk
Martin has been designing and making statues since he was a young boy helping his Father out in school holidays. 
Hetty has been making clothing and textiles for herself and friends for many years.  She has her own label 'LOVE HETTY'.
Jeanne Argent's  work is informed by the natural world, in particular the plants and trees in her garden. The Downs and the coastline of Sussex are also a source of inspiration. 
Jeanne combines all of these elements to produce shapes and patterns in sculpture, prints, textile and mixed media works. 
The sculptures are modelled, moulded and cast by her in low number limited editions and are made of Cement for outdoor display. Jeanne also makes smaller indoor pieces, some of which are fired and glazed ceramics.
Sue Collins is a printer, designer and workshop tutor. 
Using a combination of photography and sketching, as well as drawing on her own personal experiences and memories, she creates wall art and textile designs. 
 All of her work is handmade and produced at her studio in the beautiful Sussex countryside. 
Her workshops are run out of the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks. 
You will find more work and information at www.suecollinsart.com
Hetty Lucas has been making "all things hand made" since a very young age, for herself, friends and family. Mostly focusing on sewing, her biggest project to date is her own design prom dress. Her interior accessories and custom commissions are very popular. You can see more of her work on her Instagram page: www.instagram.com/hettylucas

Ashley Hutchinson is a designer and printmaker. He produces limited edition lino and wood cut prints with a twist. Incorporating embossing into all of his designs, he gives them a unique look and feel. He is inspired by nature and the patterns within it, combining this with bold, graphic designs. www.ashleafprintmaking.co.uk
The studio will include a number of local artists and designers:
Jonathan Croft, Mel Croft, 
David Woodward, Lyndsey Harwood, Joanna Moore,
Sarah Skeate
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Linda Tucker worked in a modern architecture practice in London for many years. When she moved to the Sussex Downs to raise a family her love for silver smithing & jewelry design was rekindled.
Linda's current work focuses on her passion for textures paired with a minimalist design ethic. She is currently working predominantly in sterling silver
Nicky Twaites paints large, semi-abstract, acrylic paintings featuring natural objects such as flowers, fruit and landscapes. She is currently working on a new series featuring sea, clouds and skies. Nicky has a Master's degree from Sussex University and works at a local sixth form college.
Follow Nicky on Instagram: nickyabt

Jackie Bass works under the name Mamma's Mosaics, producing large scale mosaic wall hangings inspired by art from the tattoo world. Her husband Neil is a well established tattoo artist and creates the designs which Jackie makes her mosaics from. She uses ceramic, glass, mirror and broken crockery. 
Mamma's Mosaics has been involved in Brighton art trails, tattoo conventions and can be found at: 
Alexandra Richardson is a British artist born in Cornwall but spent most of her teenage years in Virginia U.S.A. With an unusual bohemian style upbringing, Alex has been influenced by places captivating her imagination such as the lost and forgotten gardens of Trevarno Cornwall, the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and more recently the Sussex sea and countryside.  Alex has taken great pleasure in teaching herself new techniques  and specialises in mostly nature related topics.

Sheila Southwell studied all techniques of the fine art of china and porcelain decorating with one of Australia’s leading porcelain art teachers. She often uses 22 carat gold and lustres in her work. She specialises in commemorative pieces for special occasions.
She has made eight Watercolour DVD’s, has appeared on TV and exhibited at the city of Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum. Her work is in collections all over the world and her unique porcelain is often commissioned by collectors. 

Louisa White’s current work is inspired by a love of dance and movement from the Sufi turning to classical ballet and contemporary . 
She trained at Wimbledon School of Art and Central School of Speech and Drama (originally in costume and set design) but returned to her first love, fine Art . 
She uses acrylic, inks and more recently painting onto glass. The glass series is shaped by a passion for Rumi poetry and is painted onto a collection of bottles and jars of varying sizes. 

     
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