Part 1 by our guest blogger, Ceramicist Anna Simson
Chalford has always been home to a wealth of artistic talent and has grown even more recently with the development of artist and artisan studios in Halliday’s Mill and now Victoria Works Studios (the old Chalford Chairs factory), which is being redeveloped as I write and will be the subject of its very own post later this month.
Halliday’s Mill has artistic form. Part of the site was once used as a workshop by Dutch cabinet maker Peter van de Waals who was a highly respected craftsman associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. The organ gallery, chancel screen and lectern in Christ Church, Chalford were all made in his workshop.
Today, Halliday’s Mill is home to several artists, all of whom welcome visitors.
Celestino Valenti’s fabulous wirework creations occupy the whole of the ground floor of Chestnut House. (As you drive into Halliday’s Mill, it’s the first prominent building with the Georgian frontage.) Contact 07790 546028
Goldseal Portrait Studios offer family and wedding photos. www.goldsealphotography.co.uk
Ritz to the Blitz reproduce beautiful 1930’s and 1940’s women’s fashions made from recycled sari silk and adorned with true vintage finds. www.ritztoblitz.co.uk
Manouche, which is part of this year’s SELECT Trial (www.sitselect.org/sitselecttrail ) specialises in imaginative mosaic mirrors and humorous boxes, clocks and curios made from predominantly recycled materials. www.manouche.org
Nu-Red makes stunning jewellery and leather accessories (below). www.nu-red.co.uk
Felt artist Sarah Brooker, whose fabulous wall hangings (above) can be seen now at Made in Stroud and as part of the Select Trail (www.sitselect.org/sitselecttrail ) shares a studio with Sophie Buckley and her lovely felt and crochet creations. www.sophiebuckley.co.uk
The Sculpture Studio has a great setting on the second floor where they run weekly courses for all levels and take commissions. www.thesculpturestudio.co.uk