Create Space - Art Studio in Wirksworth, Derbyshire
My creative workshop and studio gallery in the beautiful market town of Wirksworth!
I have set up a permanent display of contemporary art and craft by some of my favourite makers, selecting work I feel is ideal to browse for your homes, offices and your gift giving needs. The studio is home to my glass fusing workshop, where I will teach you to make your own glass art and accessories. Come and explore all things handmade by my selected makers and talk about commissioning something extra special.
Create Space Studio & Gallery
27 Market Place
Standard opening Thurs, Fri and Sat 11am – 4pm
Happy to make arrangements for you to visit by appointment, so just get in touch.
Contact Stevie email@example.com or 07884402036
Stevie Davies Glass
Feel free to check out my About Me page to read a little about my arts practice and follow me on social media for an insight into my day to day life.
As for the reasons why Create Space exists, well, I am lucky enough to have met many inspirational artists over the years. My 15 years as a maker have also been filled, part time, working in independent art galleries, museums and theatres, as well as within groups of artists, curating exhibitions, hosting events and programming creative workshops with various artists.
The art world can be a small one, there are links everywhere and everything I do seems to build connections with others. I value the ability to be able to support and shine a light on the talented makers that I am honoured to know.
Please support indepedant makers, a like, a follow a share…. and a purchase of their work or a booking on a workshop means a lot to us!
Inspired by the rugged Canadian landscapes where Jay grew up and the Cornish coastline where they now live. Jay is drawn to imagery of solitary houses and figures in wide open landscapes. Using this imagery, he explores themes of home and belonging. Creating work that provokes feelings of peace and tranquillity but also loneliness and a sense of isolation at the same time.
Mainly working in linocut and wood engraving. Jay loves the repetitive processes of printmaking and finds it extremely meditative. Having a lot of patience for repetitive tasks and enjoy focusing in on the tiny details.
I selected Jay Caskie to offer the prize of a featured showcase at Create Space for the Derby Print Open 2023
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Jillian’s ceramic vessels are created using porcelain or parian clay and provide a wonderful canvas for her handsculpted birds, animals, flora and forna.
Her simple colour palette adds to the drama and some are embellished with 24 carrot gold leaf for extra indulgence.
Check out her website to see more!
Create Space showcases two of Annas jewellery ranges with a focus on chunky bangles!
‘Out of Line’ designs are made from etched aluminium with an acrylic infill, the illustrations are all Annas own and they explore the environment and industrial heritage.
‘Nocean’ explores the use of recycled plastic bottles while adding vibrant colour with her own specialist techniques.
Mr Ps Pots
James Pettinger, sometimes known as Mr P, is a potter and maker based in the heart of Derby. Graduating with a degree in Cabinetmaking, his background is heavily influenced by process, design and functionality.
His traditionally wheel-thrown pottery is tactile and understated. It retains the marks made during the making process, emphasising the connection between the object and its maker. Each piece is truly unique, no two are the same size, or even the same shape. From raw clay to finished item every piece is handmade.
He believes that everyday items can be beautiful.
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Judith has been working with wire since 2004, when she began hand stitching with wire; a technique inspired by her degree in Embroidery. Her most recent jewellery collection, Foliage, is inspired by the details in wild flowers and leaves. She uses silver wire, which is oxidised, and glass beads for subtle colour and texture. During the lockdowns of 2020, she began working on a larger scale with wire, creating wire drawings inspired by the flowers and plants she learned about on many local walks around the Staffordshire Moorlands where she lives. She works from her studio in Leek where she also runs workshops. I highly recommend them!
Check out her commissions and workshops on her website.
David William Sampson
David describes how in ceramics; cracks, pin-holed glazing, mixing of clay and patchy slips are seen as defects, but he has created a body of work that enhances and celebrates these.
Some will see the children and have an instant parental instinct, then look closer to see that they are decapitated, broken faced or damaged and it leaves people unknowing how to feel.
They are all intriguing little characters that are all individual and hold their own temperament, from princes to clowns and apomorphic elements creeping in, these children just want to play, be loved and adopted into a new family.
Learn more on his website
A South African jeweller living in Nottinghamshire Helen finds her inspiration in seed pods, leaves and other natural objects she finds in her surrounding as well as her earlier work in the African bush, and travels around South East Asia.
Helen forms and shapes each piece, patterning the surfaces using
hammers and other hand tools. Patterns are sometimes imprinted, using a rolling mill, these could be different fabrics, leaves or other fibres, or by hammering and stamping, to create specific textures that are rich in detail.
Explore Helen’s website
David Pryor – Youlgrave Clock Company
Fabulous Raku Clocks individually glazed and fired 10 miles from the shop. Create Space is the exclusive stockist of these cuties.
David’s clocks are hand-built and then fired using the Raku method. This is a rapid firing process where the red hot pots are removed from the active kiln and quickly buried in sawdust to cool rapidly and without oxygen. This physical process gives both the distinctive crackle and metallic finishes to the glaze and the black, carbon finish to the un-glazed areas. The term ‘Raku’ is often said to mean ‘happiness in the accident’ – which says something about the unpredictability of the process and the totally unique character of each piece created!
See more photos on his Instagram profile
Zaza Lewis is a mixed media artist who has been creating bold and contemporary pieces using mainly scalpels and scissors instead of brushes.
Her distinctive and unique style is achieved by the confident use of bright coloured textiles next to the sharp contrasts of dark backgrounds.
She has an eye for architecture and landscapes – from the intricate ironwork of a balcony to a pier and beach, or even a coastal town. Plants, from the foxgloves to the study of nasturtium also take pride in her collection.
Originally from France, Zaza has been living in Derbyshire since she was 18. You will see both her French roots and her adopted country – including her own garden – reflected in her work.
See more from Zaza here