This is also where I live, so the place has a very homely feel.
My apartment is above the studio.
The Granary, as it is known locally is a grade 1 listed building, built around the same time as Claydon House 1753. It's draughty in the winter and remote, but I love the peace and quiet and all the wildlife I encounter. Mikey the cat loves it too but his delight is more about the taste!
Claydon House is the main attraction here, gifted to the National Trust in the 1950s. The gardens belong to Claydon estate so there is a small charge for entry even if you are an NT member.
Well worth the price of a coffee.
The Phoenix Kitchen in the main courtyard is where you will enjoy lunch and a delectable array of homemade cakes and goodies.
Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to enjoy the space and the garden.
On display is a variety of my own artworks which I distribute to galleries throughout the UK and internationally.
There are also paintings by my friend Jen Davies who has a very ethereal quality to her work.
All Lucinda Brown collections are available to buy from the gallery.
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The workshops are from 10 am until 4 pm until April when the light stays longer.
From then it's from 11 am until 5 pm. Through until October.
The morning session is spent deciding on a design and experimenting with different methods of adding clay to the base.
You will learn various methods of hand building at this stage.
we break at 1 pm for lunch at the Phoenix Kitchen in the
main courtyard of Claydon House.
This is when the brain processes all that has been absorbed so far.
I always see a difference in the confidence of clients after lunch.
We have a glass of Prosecco after the break, this gets the party started!
What I try to help everyone understand, is that you cannot make a mistake.
If you do something that you don't like or is likely to fail in the firing,
you can redo the elements until satisfied.
Clay is very forgiving right up until it is bone dry.
Once everyone is happy with what they have done and considered the piece completed, it is left with me to dry, fire and then glaze or oxide wash before the second firing. After this some further embellishment
with metallic acrylic if wanted.
The whole process takes around two weeks to complete, depending on how much I have to go in the kiln.
I will call or email to arrange collection.
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