Summer Open Studios Weekend

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 May 2023, 10am – 5pm

free entry


Alice Straker is an Artist and designer of a kitchenware brand. Her oil paintings are thickly textured created using palette knives and brushes. Chocolate éclairs have become her signature Art ‘dish’ inspired by nostalgic trips to a café when she was little. Alice is currently working on a cake series alongside commissioned work. See more at


Amy Goodman recently won the commission to sculpt Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for their hometown, Dartford. The ‘Glimmer Twins’ will be installed later this Spring. Come and view the alchemy involved to turn a clay sculpture into timeless bronze. The Talos Art Foundry team are instrumental in monumental Projects such as this. Amy’s studio will be open for the public to view many of her other works too, and she is so grateful to have also been bestowed the immense honour of sculpting our late Queen, Elizabeth II.


Elaine’s work comprises of Animal sculptures made in stoneware and porcelain clay. Each piece is hand modelled and decorated with glazes and oxides, then fired to 1250 degrees c. She currently exhibits work in the uk and France, as well as working on private commissions.

Photo by Russell Sach.


Jeremy Smith designs and makes furniture to commission. Recent projects have included dining tables and chairs, desks, bookcases and shelving, console tables, and a number of ecclesiastical pieces. He also makes boxes, games boards and small objets d’art, often incorporating fine marquetry. He also teaches short courses both for woodworking beginners and for those with more experience. Jeremy trades as Denner Smith Furniture.


Katy Rundle works with patterned fabric collage and stitch which is inspired by a need to celebrate life, capture memories, and seize joy. Katy is coming to the conclusion of her series of Kenya wildlife work and has been drawn into the world of birds, freedom and light. Katy is currently creating a pheasant in flight which she hopes to have ready to exhibit in May.


Mark Taylor and David Hill have worked as glassmakers since 1989 and have devoted almost all their time to re-creating Roman glass. As well as undertaking private commissions for artists such as Grayson Perry, and making glass for films such as ‘The Favourite’ and television programmes such as ‘Outlander’, they also work on projects involving ancient and historical glassmaking techniques. In recent years they have reproduced the Amarna Fish for the BBC and have made glass for the King’s Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court Palace. They have recently installed a wood-fired furnace which has given them the ability to run a wide range of experimental projects involving ancient glass as well as making glass for sale.


The last six months has seen Matt go into production mode, fulfilling many orders including the sell out collaboration piece with Pat Bull, “Three little birds” birdbath. One new piece did manage to get squeezed into the schedule, the Nuthatch and will be debuting at the  open weekend. Matt is most definitely looking forward to some serious creative time in the next few months.


Maya Martin is a lettering artist and memorial mason specializing in the traditional methods of the craft. She works mainly on commissions for memorials and signs in limestone, slate or sandstone. Working closely with clients she strives to develop something fitting and reflective of their needs and although she loves having the opportunity to be creative in her design, she also finds deep satisfaction in creating something formal and traditional.


Sally Newton’s latest work is inspired by her travels through Rajasthan. Sally recorded her experiences in a sketchbook with a series of pencil and watercolour sketches. Sally will be exhibiting her rich and compelling multi page ink pieces and vibrant oil paintings capturing the intensity of India at the Golden Lion Gallery, Ramsbury from the 10 – 17 July. Sally is currently developing her landscape drawings and paintings based on the rural Hampshire and Wiltshire landscape, following her artist residency at the mixed organic farm, Cholderton Estate. Her new work will be on show at our open studios in May


Soraya French is working on a collection of paintings to be exhibited at the Wykeham gallery in Stockbridge from 20 May – 3rd June 2023. The collection includes travel based subjects as well as florals and landscapes. Soraya is currently exhibiting at AppArt in Surrey and will be exhibiting at The Mall Galleries in June alongside the members of the Society of Women Artists.


Talos Art Foundry (near Andover, Hampshire) offers a handcrafted bronze or silver casting of your original sculpture, trophy or memorabilia, using the lost wax casting method. We cast for all, from internationally renowned artists to those sculpting for their own enjoyment. We also offer on-site installation, repair and restoration services, including stone and wood plinths.