Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Jo Sweetings Winter Open House

Hello all.. ... Its been a while and to be honest I am more at ease with carving tools in my hand than on a Blogspot! So apologies for the delay in posting this Blog but I will endeavour to do better!
I have been busy carving small plaster carvings based on winter gardens and have some new alphbet pebbles and lots of new work which I look forward to sharing with you.
This weekend I am opening my house to the public and will be showing work by a wide variety of makers.We have buttons, jewellery,oak benches,woollen blankets,embroidered and painted assemblages,flowers and plants,fairies and dolls,prints and of course some lettercarved work too!
Do come along...
72 Ashford Road Brighton BN16LJ
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 10-6pm
Free gift wrapping service too!
Images to follow...
When I recall how to do that!
Im building shelves and out in the workshop this afternoon fixing plinths to my work.
The garden is looking wintery and I hope we will keep a fire going over the weekend if the rain stays away! Come and warm yourselves and take a look at the workshop and teaching space.
All the best,
The Lettercarver

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Hurstpierpoint Festival Lettercarving and Sculpture Demo

Here are some of the pebbles I have been carving recently. They are beautiful limestone and sandstone and although very hard too carve because they wobble terribly,produce a lovely line with great colour definition. I will be demonstrating lettercarving on Sunday 19th September at the Church in Hurstpierpoint as part of the Hurst Festival.2-4pm and there is no entrance fee.There will be a group exhibition and lots of exciting events going on.If you cant make it but would like to try Lettercarving or sculpture I offer individual tuition or small group work from my workshop in Brighton.Excellent and massively competitive rates available to all!! Hope to see you soon!
I am off to relax now as I have been carving a piece of slate all day with the words..'Walk Beside Me' as a commission.A beautiful purple heather slate from Wales and a delight to carve.When its finished Ill post it and you can let me know what you think!
The tools have been wrapped up and cleaned off for the night.....

Monday, 6 September 2010

Art Wave and Teaching

A wonderful Art based weekend spent in the beautiful garden at the Garden House surrounded by late flowering umbellifers and the sound of bees drowned out by the Lettercarving chisel tapping!I got up to the letter J on a new alphabet whilst speaking to some lovely people so a great day!
Sunday was spent at Victor Stuart Grahams Open House in Meeching Road Newhaven where I am in a group show. 2 til 5 pm Sat and Sun next weekend so do come along! Joy Fox Button work,Carol Butler embroidered nests and some surreal boxes and of course a fabulous collection of Lettercarved delights!Its the last Art Wave weekend so dont miss it!
Back to the Workshop now where a huge bowl awaits a 52 letter quote which will be carved on to the top rim......Ill let you know how it goes! Tap tap....Tap Tap..... 

Friday, 3 September 2010

The Garden House

This Saturday I am spending the day Lettercarving in the beautiful surroundings of Bridgette Saunders huge and romantic garden 'Taster Day'. I will be demonstrating cutting letters on pebbles and discussing my forthcoming teaching weekend on Botanical Relief Carving.There will be food from Terre a Terre and wine tasting form the Butlers Cellar and of course lots of fabulous plants to buy.....best of all its totally free!