The Year of Coast and Waters

25-28th September, 2020

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!

Artist Hubs

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.

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7 days ago

Cowal Open Studios

Looking for something creative to get through lockdown #2? Cowal Choral Club are getting ready to start their new session....2021 sees Cowal Choral take on more exciting projects with Director Alison McNeill! Come and be a part of it! Whether you are a current member or someone who has never sung with us, we'd love to welcome you.

🌟Tuesday 26th Jan, 7pm we begin three online weekly workshops to get your voices in shape for our new music video project and the opportunity to sing some solos for those who wish.

🌟Tue 16th Feb, 7pm we begin our rehearsals to prepare for our second music video showcasing your voices and the stunning scenery all around us.

🌟If you are interested in joining us, please contact jennyemm194@sky.com
Cost: £50 membership for 1 yr

#argyll&butecouncil #argyll #dunoon #choral #singout #singtogether #joinus
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Looking for something creative to get through lockdown #2? Cowal Choral Club are getting ready to start their new session....

4 weeks ago

Cowal Open Studios

Hello again - this is my fourth and final post for the Cowal Open Studios artist takeover.
I have to say how wonderful the committee have been this year in organising the event so well under the difficult circumstance of lockdown. Well done to you all and I’m sure all the member artists involved with Cowal Open Studios will echo these comments.
This final contribution features a further look at my workshop and some of my experiments in copper - including one of my early attempts at flame painting. It’s the one which definitely has a Munch theme looking like a combination of The Scream, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and our old boxer dog.
In case you are not familiar with flame painting, it’s exactly as described - I use a hot flame like a brush and “paint” designs on the copper.
It features on all my hand beaten copper wall panels which are framed by the lovely lady at SP Framing. Thankfully I married her over 50 years ago so I get special rates - but I’m still put to the bottom of the queue when other artists need their work framing.
You’ll also see some off my attempts at origami in copper.

Thank you for your interest and please do visit my workshop in Lochgoilhead when the all clear from lockdown is announced.

At the moment my work is available directly from my workshop in Lochgoilhead and locally from Pinetrees in Lochgoilhead, the Tighnabruaich Gallery, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Fynewood in Dunoon, The Barony Centre in West Kilbride and Turadh in Taynuilt
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4 weeks ago

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Derek Prescott - Hello again - these are more examples of my work, including some of my rings - with one of the photos illustrating the back of a ring showing that the settings are curved to fit snugly on the finger. I did search for many years to find fingers which were half round with a flat bit on top but they all seem to be round!!
As I mentioned in the slide presentation in my previous post I do make lots of handmade chains and I’m showing a few more here. They do take a long time to make as each component is made individually, soldered where necessary and linked with jump rings which will also be soldered.
Also featured are some silver spoons which I make to order
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These r amazing! 😍

1 month ago

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I started my jewellery work over 50 years ago and I am still at it. In truth, after a few years or so, I did take some time off to become a photographer (but only for 35 years) and eventually returned to my bench five years ago when wonky knees and doddery old age caught up with me.
My work is deliberately very simple in design so that it’s wearable for everyday use, and I feel this makes it timeless. It gives me great satisfaction to hear from customers who are still wearing my work bought over 45 years ago.
These photographs show how some of the work is made and each photo has a caption explaining what it shows.
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1 month ago

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Hello to you all.
This is Derek Prescott - here on The Cowal Open Studios artist takeover for the next couple of days. I am a jewellery maker and I also produce copper sculptured work.
Here is a short slide presentation which runs for just over three and half minutes showing an introduction to my work - CLICK IMAGE to hear music and see on full screen
I’ll show more of my work over the next two days.
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Beautiful. And great to find someone working with copper

Brilliant, Derek!

The 9 Dolphin Pendant has to be my favourite. But, all your jewellery is absolutely stunning.

1 month ago

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This is my last post in the 'Takeover' of COS Facebook. My work ranges in size from huge pieces of sculpture (which can be a challenge to carry into the kiln) down to mini-items you can hold in the palm of your hand. These include small planters for succulents, cacti etc, but more recently, containers for Air Plants (they don’t need soil). I now have a selection of these plants and containers displayed in the conservatory at Aldersyde, along with my mini standing stone and pebble pot planters, ready planted…ideal Christmas gifts. I also accept commissions for one-off items. Recently this included a request for a hand wash basin, which would match up with some tiles. The shape wasn’t a problem, but I had to run some tests to get the drainage hole correct!
Holy Loch Pottery shall again be open before Christmas on Saturday 19 December (10-4). For other visits please contact me to arrange (T: 07711 039 528 or moira@holylochpottery.co.uk). Can I take this opportunity to thank COS jeweller and photographer, Soozie Tarkenter, for recently taking a series of beautiful photographs of my work, several which have been used in these postings.
Why not take the opportunity to look at the Cowal Open Studio’s artists on the COS website pages at www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk where artists also explain what inspires their work. There’s time to contact many of them if you’re still looking for Christmas gifts! Also, if in Dunnon between now and Christmas, try to nip into the Burgh Hall Gallery to view their Christmas exhibition. Again, it’s an opportunity to think Christmas. I look forward to seeing some of you at Holy Loch Pottery this coming Saturday (19 December. 10-4). Where more garden pots are planted up for last minute Christmas gifts! I hope you all have a peaceful, if not a quite quiet Christmas in this unusual year of 2020.
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