Monthly Archives: May 2016

Etching course 1 for blogMy studio is a fabulous place for courses, particularlly in the summer when the light is wonderful, and it’s warm (we hope). Etching can even happen outside if it’s very warm, or if we need to use the large etching bath. Here you see my regular Monday course beavering away, and here are the sort of etchings that you might make during the 3 day summer course (these were made by students in Venice a couple of years ago, over a weekend, so not even 3 days).

Etching course 3 for blog

I’ve decided to offer a basic book binding course this year. The basics are easy to acquire and go a long way: I still often use the simple fold book for preference, but it’s good to add a few others for a different approach. This one is Single Coptic stitch, which is learnt in a day, though it requires practice to perfect it. It’s a hugely useful binding: as you can see, it’s a way of attaching single sheets, and it opens out flat.

Handmade books 2 for blog

The third of the three day courses will be tutored by Robin Frood, and is Mokuhanga: Japanese woodcut which uses water-based inks, so is a form of printmaking that can happen on the kitchen table. Here are some of the students’ works from 2 years ago

Mokuhanga 4 for blog

and here is Robin (and me) with some of the students at the end of the course.

Mokuhanga 2 for blogFinally, click on the link below for details of fees, dates and how to enrol.

Dove Studios Summer Courses Programme 2016

(I’ve just discovered that doing this downloads the pdf; it doesn’t open it in WordPress)



Mud and Thread

Documenting the creative collaboration between ceramic artist Gill Bliss and textile artist Joy Merron.


BTW poems and links to Barbara Turney Wieland

Venice: I am not making this up

My personal account of living real life in real Venice, and more

These Days

Writing about the emergence of new and sustainable business

Campaign For A Living Venice

In support of a sustainable future for the Citizens and City of Venice

Artist Development Blog

The latest from artists in our Artist Development Programme

Painting into sculpture

a creative journey


with Kathryn John


pages from an unbound book


Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, PROCESSIONS marks 100 years since the first women in the UK won the vote. Somerset Art Works and artist Dorcas Casey deliver a programme of creative workshops leading to Somerset participation in the PROCESSIONS mass participation artwork in London on 10 June 2018.

Books On Books

Curated by Robert Bolick


On ne fait pas d'omelette sans casser des œufs.

Katyboo1's Weblog

The random jottings of a woman called Katy

Anna Raven | Artist's Notes

Life as a painter in the Highlands of Scotland.

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