Cowal is a peninsula in Argyll and Bute, in the west of Scotland, that extends into the Firth of Clyde. Scattered along these secret shores there live a wealth of artists expressing themselves through various media.
Here you will find painters, glass artists, ceramicists, sculptors. We have photographers, jewellers, artists working with textiles and wood. All these skilled people choose to live and work among the inspirational land that is largely hidden in this area of Argyll.
Come and discover it for yourself…
Welcome to the Cowal Open Studio Weekend!
We’re making some changes to the event to protect our visitors and artists from Covid-19.
This year rather than artists hosting visitors in their own studios, there will be multiple spacious hubs, with a number of artists exhibiting at each. This will allow us to implement social distancing and improved hygiene in a safe, controlled setting.
Welcome to our virtual exhibition!
We know that due to the current circumstances, many of you won’t be able to visit an Artist Hub in person. Please take a look at the selected works below, and at the individual artists pages.
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Hello my name is Frank Stephenson and welcome to the Cowal Open Studios artists takeover. Well, what a time to take over, our Art in Glass gallery, out at Blairmore, has just received a makeover and I think it is now fit to be called a gallery.
We welcome visitors, by appointment, on 01369 840414, at any time if we are available, which in my case is 90% of the time.
I would have found it difficult getting through the last year without having my work with glass to fall back on. I don't suppose I am alone in this, BUT, and it is a big one, the more you produce, although very satisfying, the more you have to sell. So it is not too late to drop by to check out our Christmas decorations and more sophisticated pieces; we are buzzing! On your way back from our studio you could always drop in to visit Moira in her gallery at Holy Loch Pottery.
That's all for now till I look in the Kiln. Halleluja! ... See MoreSee Less
Hello, my name is Michaela and welcome to the last of my Cowal Open Studios artist takeover. Here is a close up of another of our ceramic artworks. Each piece we make features poetry by Chris which I imprint, one letter at a time, into the clay. Once fired, I use underglazes and glazes to pick out the lettering and details in the sketches, before firing the ceramics for a second time. You are invited to follow us @seatreeargyll and @thisfragiletent for more behind the scenes info. For more information on all of the COS artists too, go to www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less
Hello, my name is Michaela and welcome to the Cowal Open Studios artist takeover. Here is one of our ceramic artworks. Each piece we make features poetry by Chris and often seabirds, geese, trees and water.. We have work for sale in our open studio/Christmas shopping day today. We might be able to squeeze you in, if you aren't already booked in. We are taking one household/bubble at a time.
Thank you for your support of artists and makers! We are @seatreeargyll and @thisfragiletent. For more information on all of the COS artists go to www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less
Here's Chris, the other half of seatree, and welcome to the Cowal Open Studios artist takeover. Chris is a writer, poet, worker with wood. This month he's working on a much larger project.. building us a new shed, extra room for displaying stock, so we have more room for socially distant workshops in the studio. For now, stock is being displayed in studio for today's 'Christmas shopping day' here at our studio in Innellan. We are @seatreeargyll and @thisfragiletent. For more information on all of the COS artists, go to www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less