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…

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6 hours ago

Cowal Open Studios

Hello, my name is Natalie Sedgwick (Lapwing Designs), welcome to the Cowal Open Studios lockdown takeover.

I have always had a love and fascination of nature. It's curves, lines, flexabity and strength. Trying to emulate that feeling using precious metals and stones is my passion.
Although I have loved making jewellery since a kid it wasn't until 2004 I started an apprenticeship at Skye Jewellery on the Isle of Skye.
My designs range from Celtic weave, floral, traditional wedding bands and engagement to more abstract designs.I will be showing more later.

Many of my one off designs will be available during Cowal Open Studio , September 25th-28th. Please see cowalopenstudios.co.uk for further details. Look forward to seeing you there.

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Hello, my name is Natalie Sedgwick (Lapwing Designs), welcome to the Cowal Open Studios lockdown takeover.

I have always had a love and fascination of nature. Its curves, lines, flexabity and strength. Trying to emulate that feeling using precious metals and stones is my passion. 
Although I have loved making jewellery since a kid it wasnt until 2004 I started an apprenticeship at Skye Jewellery on the Isle of Skye. 
My designs range from Celtic weave, floral, traditional wedding bands and engagement to more abstract designs.I will be showing more later.

Many of my one off designs will be available during Cowal Open Studio , September 25th-28th. Please see cowalopenstudios.co.uk for further details. Look forward to seeing you there.

#visitscotland #dunoonpresents #cowalopenstudios #artcraftfinder #artcraftfinderdirectory #argyllsecretcoast #artsinscotland #scottishjewellery #scottishjewellerydesigner #madeinargyll #handmadejewelry #floraljewelry #visitdunoon #celticdesigns #lockdownjewellery 
#goldsmith

7 hours ago

Cowal Open Studios

Hello, my name is Natalie Sedgwick (Lapwing Designs), welcome to the Cowal Open Studios lockdown takeover.

I have always had a love and fascination of nature. It's curves, lines, flexabity and strength. Trying to emulate that feeling using precious metals and stones is my passion.

Although I have loved making jewellery since a kid it wasn't until 2004 I started an apprenticeship at Skye Jewellery on the Isle of Skye.
My designs range from Celtic weave, floral, traditional wedding bands and engagement to more abstract designs.I will be showing more later.

Many of my one off designs will be available during Cowal Open Studio , September 25th-28th. Please see cowalopenstudios.co.uk for further details. Look forward to seeing you there.

#visitscotland #dunoonpresents #cowalopenstudios #ArtCraftFinder #artcraftfinderdirectory #argyllsecretcoast #artsinscotland #scottishjewellery #scottishjewellerydesigner #madeinargyll #handmadejewelry #floraljewelry #visitdunoon #celticdesigns #lockdownjewellery
#goldsmith
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Hello, my name is Natalie Sedgwick (Lapwing Designs), welcome to the Cowal Open Studios lockdown takeover.

I have always had a love and fascination of nature. Its curves, lines, flexabity and strength. Trying to emulate that feeling using precious metals and stones is my passion. 

Although I have loved making jewellery since a kid it wasnt until 2004 I started an apprenticeship at Skye Jewellery on the Isle of Skye. 
My designs range from Celtic weave, floral, traditional wedding bands and engagement to more abstract designs.I will be showing more later.

Many of my one off designs will be available during Cowal Open Studio , September 25th-28th. Please see cowalopenstudios.co.uk for further details. Look forward to seeing you there.

#visitscotland #dunoonpresents #cowalopenstudios #artcraftfinder #artcraftfinderdirectory #argyllsecretcoast #artsinscotland #scottishjewellery #scottishjewellerydesigner #madeinargyll #handmadejewelry #floraljewelry #visitdunoon #celticdesigns #lockdownjewellery 
#goldsmith

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Natalie makes very beautiful jewellery, don't miss visiting her and seeing her lovely work.

Margaret Minion

3 days ago

Cowal Open Studios

Hi again, it's Frank Stephenson from Art in Glass on my second day of writing for the Cowal Open Studios lockdown takeover. I hope you enjoyed yesterdays post about what we do and showing some of the styles of glass we produce.
The studio is adjacent to the house and is a converted coach house and stables. Originally built around 1858 an additional floor has been added, running the whole length of the building. (Large enough to contain a full size snooker table.)
Today I will show a few more types of glass art we create, which outlines other areas of versatility that can be produced with a little planning.
The first pictures shows a platter with what appears to be "disappearing holes". Obviously an optical illusion created by using stringers, 1mm diameter pieces of glass about 40 cm long. A number of these "rods" are fused together, cut into strips and further cut at a 45 degree angle, reassembled and refired onto a base, finally slumped onto a mould to produce the platter, which is about 25cm square.
The second picture shows glass strips being used to create a "lampshade" effect around a modified pre-purchased wooden lamp base.
The pink and white platter is again made with the use of stringers. The stringers are glued onto a base every 8mm. covering the whole area. Another base is constructed, identical to the first. These are then placed into the kiln on top of each other, stringer to stringer. They are then fused trapping air between the stringers and creating bubbles.
The next picture shows how glass, at various thicknesses, can be used to produce a magnifying effect.
The final picture shows the use of glass to create a "picture" of a wave. (Part of our work for "seashores")

I hope these insights into my work have not been too detailed. There is so much to pass on, which hopefully you will be able to enjoy during a visit to our studios during the Cowal Open Studios weekend. ( 25 - 28 September 2020)
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Beautiful glass

6 days ago

Cowal Open Studios

Hello again from Derek Prescott - this is my final post for Cowal Open Studios lockdown takeover.
And now for something completely different….my sculptural work is inspired by natural or organic forms and is produced as a result of the various hammering processes used in their making.
The photographs below show some of the copper work (and occasional work in brass). I find it interesting that when people see a sculptural piece they sometimes ask “What does it do”. The answer is quite simple - it is exactly the same as a painting, it doesn’t do anything, it just sits there, stimulating the imagination or emotions and hopefully giving pleasure. In one of the following images you can see six different aspects of the same piece.

My wife is a picture framer, so if you visit my workshop you will be able to see her workshop too. She makes bespoke frames for many artists and for my copper panels. These panels are produced using various hammering processes combined with folding and unfolding of the metal. Some pieces are polished, some are deliberately patinated and some are coloured using a process called flame painting, which is exactly as it states - colouring using the flame as a painter would use a brush.

Thank you for looking at my posts over the past two days and I hope you have enjoyed venturing into my workshop. I’m looking forward to The Cowal Open Studio event in September and hopefully to meet you here in my studio.
Open studio events provide a wonderful opportunity to see artists and artisans at work, and to appreciate the care and attention which they put into their art to provide unique piece for you to enjoy and cherish.

I’m certain you will find great pleasure with the next lockdown takeover starting tomorrow.
This will be Frank Stephenson who makes the most wonderful glass art.
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6 days ago

Cowal Open Studios

Welcome again from Derek Prescott to my Cowal Open Studios lockdown takeover.
In this post I’ll show a selection of my Tree of Life pendants and some recent Dolphin pendants made specifically with The Year of Coast and Waters in mind - again no two will ever be identical. This applies even more so to the beaten copper work which I will show you later. It would be impossible for me to reproduce an identical copy, so each piece is definitely a one off.
I also make pendants and rings featuring stones and some of these can be seen below.
Sadly many of these are languishing in various galleries at the moment, which are all closed because of this lockdown, but hopefully this will not last for much longer.
#lockdownart
#cowalopenstudios
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#visitscotland
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1 week ago

Cowal Open Studios

Hello, this is Derek Prescott again - welcome back to my Cowal Open Studios lockdown takeover.
Here is a little more information about my work.
When I returned to jewellery making a few years ago I was delighted to get comments and messages from several people that they were still wearing pieces I made 40 years ago. I have always felt that my jewellery should be practical and comfortable to wear both for everyday use and special occasions.
All my work is entirely handmade. Hand crafted work is, by definition, not machine made and each piece is made individually, and therefore it is unique even if the design is similar. I had no formal training as a jeweller and, as my drawing skills are poor to say the least, I usually design by experimenting with the materials. Again, this makes every piece unique.
These are some examples of the chains I make. I have always enjoyed making chains and by ensuring that every part of the chains and links are soldered they should last a lifetime. Two of the chains shown here are more of a filigree style and are based on ones I made 40 years ago. They involve scrolling around 100 short lengths of wire by hand followed by soldering these together to make various units.
This is a link to my Youtube channel where you can see a video of how I make the chains, but be warned, it lasts 23 minutes. youtu.be/Jg5HSsUD1C4
This link can also be found on the Cowal Open Studio website. www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk where you will find plenty of information about all the artists and their work.

Tomorrow I will be showing some of my other work in more detail

#lockdownart
#cowalopenstudios
#VisitCowal
#visitscotland
#argyllsecretcoast
#madeinargyll
#scottishartists
#yearofcoastsandwaters2020
#scottishcrafts
#creativecowal
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Really love this work as well as your exceptional photography. Long to visit Scotland someday. This particular area wll be on my itinerary.

There's a reference to my photography below - See...https://www.facebook.com/derek.prescott.7

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