2 more sleeps! – Newstead Open Studios 2017

Newstead Open Studios is on again as part of Castlemaine State Festival with most studios open 18-19 and 25-26 March 10am-4pm, and some open during the week.

We have a website again this year – https://newsteadopenstudios.wordpress.com – and a Facebook page too (Newstead Open Studios). Some new studios too – have a look!

What’s happening at Place Matters? Well I’ve been making a lot of clay – re-hydrating and wedging up a variety of clays that people have given me or I have some how collected! So I’ve been playing with my usual terracotta and added some stoneware, and so there are some quite different pieces in the studio this year. Maybe there will even be a chance to play with some clay too – pinch pots are a fun way to get a feel for each clay…

As well, Sally Roadknight is joining me – Sally makes beautiful things from nature – this time hand-stitched baskets – and drawings.

Come and visit!


Visit Newstead Open Studios

This long weekend – 12-14 March, and the following weekend 19-20 March 2016, I’m opening my studio along with other Newstead studios and heaps of others in Castlemaine. Please come and have a look at what I have been making – 11am to 4pm or let me know if you’d like to have a look at another time.

Our new website – Newstead Open Studios – here there is a flier and map to download, and pages on each studio.

Lots of new work – from bowls to buttons.


Detail – small dish in iron rich clay

Pendants and buttons

Pendants and buttons

Yunomi - before firing

Yunomi – before firing

Open Studio – you’re invited

Exif_JPEG_PICTURECome and visit my studio during the Castlemaine State Festival 13-22 March 2015. You’ll be able to see Landforms-Lifeforms – a combination of drawings by Maritsa Gronda and my ceramics. The studio will be open on weekend afternoons – Sat & Sun 14th-15th & 21st-22nd, 1pm to 4pm.  The studio is in a lovely bush setting. To get there, download the Newstead Open Studios guide and map.

In our local Newstead area, 6 artists’ studios are open during the Festival featuring sculpture, ceramics, print, photography, drawing and painting.

Each day of the Festival, you can visit Trefor Prest’s studio and Roger McKindley’s Antares Iron Art Garden. Studio Paradiso at Sandon, featuring the prints of Dianna Orinda Burns, is open on 16-20 March.

As well as my studio, two other studios are open on the two Festival weekends:

  • Georgina Duckett & Bronwyn Silver are showing sculptures and photographs in Newstead: Sat & Sun 14-15 March; Fri, Sat, Sun 20-22 March, 1-4pm
  • Sally Roadknight and Julie Patey are showing paintings and collage at Sally’s studio near Maldon: Sat & Sun 14-15 March; Sat & Sun 21-22 March, 1-4pm.

Get your Newstead Open Studios guide and map here or from Newstead Spadeworks exhibition at the Newstead Community Centre, 9 Lyons Street, Newstead, open 11am-5pm each day of the Festival.