Open Up 2018


Open Up 2018

We are taking part in Open Up Sheffield 2018, for their 20th year!
We will be open on all the dates, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 5th May • Sunday 6th May • Monday 7th May
Saturday 12th May • Sunday 13th May

Scroll down to find information on some of the artist exhibiting at The Art House during Open up.

Throughout the whole Open Up weekend we will be running a raffle to raise money for Anna Mercedes Wear. Any donation for a raffle ticket will be appreciated.
There will also be a stall on the first weekend, ran by WEA class members selling ceramic pieces, with all proceeds going to Anna.
If you would like to donate anything to Anna’s Justgiving page, then click here.  

Mary Else

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“My pieces are slab and coil built. I use different layers of glazes, Oxides, slips and under glazes to achieve a varied colourful surface. New work also includes a variety of clay bodies My current work is influenced by natural elements and formations, such as rock, shell and fish shapes, seed pods and music. With all of my work colour and form are of equal importance to me. I always wish to create a whole piece in which the colour is part of the form, both inside and out. I also allow the material and its properties to help inform where the work will go. This determines the colour and shapes/patterns used. I take part in Sheffield Open up every year and have found that it’s a great way to promote yourself and meet with the public. I have been creating with clay for a long time! Some of my favourite Ceramic Artists include Lucie Rie, Mo Jupp and Grayson Perry.”

Click here to see Mary’s website.

Mary’s work will be available to view in our exhibition on both weekends, if you would like to meet her to talk about her work she will be available on Sunday the 6th and Sunday the 13th.


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‘Traditionally a graffiti artist, coLor can usually be found basking in Sheffield’s wealth of post industrial decline. Between ciders and talking to dead pigeons he produces a wide range of styles but has become well known for his inventive use of the surroundings. His work spills onto the streets but not usually on walls, no surface is spared.

In recent years he has turned his hand to ceramics having always had an interest in modelling and sculpture and having recently developed an interest in staying warm and dry through winter. His work is inspired by designer vinyl toys, nature and a two way dialogue with his street art.’

coLor will be showcasing his work at The Art House on the second weekend of Open up, 12th & 13th of May.

Click here to visit coLor’s Instagram page

Emma Parkinson

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“I’m a part-time ceramic artist and I like to make individually handcrafted pieces. These are usually press-moulded and added to using the coiling technique. I then decorate with colourful slips and once bisc fired with underglaze and a clear earthenware glaze.
I completed and gained an HND in Design (ceramics) back in 1987 and went on to complete and gain a post-graduate certificate in Ceramics at Goldsmiths college.
My ideas and inspiration are from a wide source – nature, patterns, colour interactions, and I like to keep up to date with the latest art and craft exhibitions.”

Click here to see Emma’s Etsy store.

Click here to see Emma’s Instagram page.

Emma will be at The Art House showcasing her work on the 12th.

Anna Massey

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I am a freelance Artist and Art Tutor creating paintings, drawings and prints inspired by colour, light and the natural world.
My past has led me through many art disciplines: a degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University, my own business in eco paints and murals and working as a Senior Tutor, teaching painting and drawing.
Now as a freelance tutor I continue to run painting and drawing courses, workshops and home tuition sessions for adults and produce and exhibit my work across Sheffield and the Peak District.

Click here for Anna’s website.

Anna will be at The Art House showcasing her work on the second weekend of Open Up, 12th and 13th May.

Angie Hardwick

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“I have been a freelance visual Artist for several years and I have worked with various companies on many creative projects. I have facilitated workshops with a wide variety of groups, in a number of different communities, ranging from preschool to residential homes. I particularly like working with groups dealing with challenging issues, such as special needs, mental health illnesses, homelessness, drug and alcohol problems etc. I like participants to engage in projects, feel included, have fun learning new skills and feel a sense of accomplishment. If one of these elements are achieved in my session I consider it to be a successful project.”

Click here for Angie’s website.

Click here for Angie’s Facebook page

Angie will be at The Art House, showcasing her work, throughout all the Open Up dates.

Mia James

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‘I print birds, usually pigeons. These are printed onto fabric or plywood and I like experimenting with block printing (making my own blocks) and printing with found materials. I am inspired by either feral or racing pigeons and sometimes have details or textures representing building ledges or windowsills.

I also create fabric designs for cushion covers and other textile products for the house inspired by children’s book illustrations. My current designs include magpies, chickens and crows. I have worked as a fabric printmaking tutor at The Art House and other local other venues demonstrating this technique.

I have worked as an art tutor for over 15 years, working with children and adults in formal and informal learning environments. I have experience of delivering GCSE arts courses and have taught (and marked) courses in secondary school and as a home tutor. I have delivered many community projects, developing tailored work for drop in events, one day workshops or group projects lasting several months. Much of my work has been with new arrivals, people learning English and with people who have faced trauma. I like cross-curricular work or joint projects with other providers and I tend to work using printmaking, working with found materials or collage. Most project work has had nature, storytelling or local history as a theme.’

Click here for Mia’s Facebook page.

Stepping Stones 


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Laura Page

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Originally from Liverpool, Laura now lives in Sheffield where she studied for an MA in Philosophy. She has spent the past ten years or so living in Barcelona, Derbyshire and Sheffield working as an artist, news photographer and photojournalist and her images and writing are published and exhibited internationally. She also works photographing weddings, portraits, events and running workshops.

Click here to see Laura’s website.

Laura will be at The Art House showcasing her work, throughout all the Open Up dates.

Marcin Szuba

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‘I work from my studio, but I am inspired bynature, a place I am most at home. During the past years I have been painting and spending time in numerous national parks and by the ocean in Brazil and Portugal. My work is an exploration of my memories of those places, the moments in time and the people I met there.

I graduated with MA in painting from Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland in 2004 and now I am a tutor at The Art House in Sheffield.’

Hannah Weber 

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‘Born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, I grew up surrounded by decaying mills and the remnants of a once thriving textile industry. From a young age I became fascinated by old machinery and dreamt about what had gone before when I found fragments of ceramics, glass, wood, metal and textiles as I scoured river banks. This interest extended to wherever I went, for instance, when I visited beaches at the coast and as I passed farmers’ fields as I walked in the countryside – to this day, I am always on the lookout for ‘treasure’ when I go places. What intrigues me the most about the things I find, is the impact nature has had on them – I love items that are aged, weathered and corroded.
Inspired by my local environment, in 2004 I did a degree in Textile Crafts (after firstly completing a BTEC in General Art and Design), where I specialised in weaving. I got to use looms and other machines salvaged from local textile factories, however, I became increasingly interested in hand-weaving methods – enjoying braiding, basket making and tapestry weaving most of all.
Over the years I have also tried many other types of art and craft – printing, sewing, film photography and felting, to name just a few. I have always had a strong urge to create and express myself visually – as a child I drew, painted and made things from all sorts of materials. I was drawn to areas where I could physically construct things from scratch – I think this was spurred on by a love of working with raw materials. I created things from wood, fabric, wool, found objects – anything that was to hand. Clay was something I only had access to now and then whilst at school and college when growing up. It wasn’t until I did a teaching placement whilst studying for my PGCE in 2009, that I got chance to really start to explore clay – I worked with a group of adults in a pottery for wellbeing class at a day centre – it was only for a couple of hours per week, but during this time my love for the material grew and grew.
When the Art House opened in 2015, I became a pottery volunteer, which has had such a possitive impact on me – meeting others with a shared admiration of ceramics has been so inspiring. I love being around clay, in a studio environment and in an educational setting.
The ceramic art I currently make is highly influenced by my background in textiles – I make jewellery by knotting and weaving with clay, put my handmade ceramic pendants onto cords that I carefully braid and my buttons are created with the hope that one day they will adorn handmade clothing, bags and other accessories. Like the ‘treasure’ I collect, my pieces look as though they have been weathered by nature – it’s as though water has worn their edges, the sun has bleached them and time has allowed them to acquire patina.’

Hannah will be showcasing her work at The Art House on the second weekend of Open Up, 12th and 13th May.

Miranda Trojanowska 

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“Abstract expressionistic style using oils, acrylics and mixed media, interpreting the physics of force, movement & flow; the hue, tone and colour of chemistry; to leave an imprint symbolising evolution over time.”

Click here for Miranda’s website.
Click the following links for Miranda’s Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Miranda will be at The Art House, showcasing her work, throughout all the Open Up dates.

Mick Randle

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“I have been involved in ceramics for seventeen years now and I am still learning different
techniques and ways of creating pieces using glazes, slips, clays, underglazes and oxides.
My preferred method of creating has always been the pottery wheel and have worked toward
a production pottery style of throwing and strive to make my work usable, beautiful and affordable. As well as teaching throwing at the Art House I have a small studio I built three years ago. I retired from the N.H.S. two years ago where I worked in an adult acute mental health hospital facilitating pottery sessions for patients as a therapeutic activity, patients found this helpful and a considerable number of people continued working with clay as an art form and as a therapeutic activity on leaving hospital. My work can be viewed at the Art House and on my Instagram site. Mick currently teaches a number of advanced pottery wheel throwing classes at the Art House.”

Mick will be at The Art House showcasing his work, throughout all the Open Up dates.

Stephen Smith

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“After years of work in heavy industry, I was introduced to Art by a very good friend. At first a rather reluctant learner, I eventually came to realise
that creating with the hands provides a sense of fulfilment not easily obtainable elsewhere. I am inspired by personal history, and use both sculpture in clay and very short stories illustrated with watercolours to recall significant events in my own and my family’s lives”

Stephen will be at The Art House, showcasing his work, throughout all the Open Up dates.

Amanda Packham 

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“In my BA degree in sculpture I focused on Ceramics as a second subject and choose to pursue a career in teaching, working with numerous diverse groups in the community of Edinburgh. After my BAed I went on to work as a sculpture/ceramics teacher in Bedales School, Hampshire and then at St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow. On my return to Sheffield I procured a post of Pottery tutor at Freeman College and retrained in horticulture. I have worked with primary to Open college levels. I work now as a tutor in The Art House and a horticultural specialist at Seven Hills school.

My work is influenced by my horticultural interests and concerned with weight and balance, taking clay to its maximum building potential. It is sculptural, built in structural clay by strip coiling and slabbing, abstract organic in nature and I use oxides and local clay to tint surfaces. I have been producing work for over 30 years and have exhibited work in galleries in Dundee, Edinburgh, Manchester, Hampshire and Sheffield. ”

Amanda will be at The Art House, showcasing her work, on the 6th and 12th of May.

Mike Scown 

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“It was working in a restaurant that first drew me to making things from clay. They had just begun using locally handmade tableware when, during a shift one evening, the glaze on a particular bowl caught my eye so much that I decided I needed to learn how to do it myself. Having just graduated from a BA in Fine Art I set myself to learning the processes involved in working with clay. The more I learned about ceramics, the clearer it became that a lifetime could be devoted to investigating the endless possibilities it offers. My primary interest is in the chemistry of the glazes and the work done by the kiln to transform raw materials dug from the Earth’s crust into beautiful objects to be used daily around the home. I keep glaze formulations as simple as possible, allowing the atmosphere in the kiln to do the talking. My first kiln was made from common house bricks retrieved from skips, insulated with mud from the top of the garden and fuelled by locally scavenged scrap palette wood, making the whole thing free to build and fire. I have since continued to experiment with kiln designs, and currently fire a small propane-fuelled kiln constructed from ceramic fibre. I currently teach at The Art House Sheffield and produce thrown tableware.”

Click here to see Mike’s website.

Mike will be at The Art House, showcasing his work, on all the Open Up dates. He will be doing Throwing on the Wheel demonstrations on the 6th, 7th, 12th and 13th at 11:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm.