All things at Alby

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Norfolk is a lit­tle gem for lovers of art, crafts and tasty treats

EDP Norfolk - - Destinatio­n - For fur­ther de­tails visit­by­ Norfolk and Nor­wich Open Stu­dios runs from May 27 to June 11. Il­lus­trated brochures with full de­tails of open­ing times and maps of all the Open Stu­dios can be found at many venues through­out Norfolk – in­cludi

BOAST­ING A garden full of year-round beauty, mak­ers of high qual­ity art and craft, en­coun­ters with res­i­dent pea­cocks and a tea­room with a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for great food and quirky decor, there is nowhere quite like Alby Crafts and Gar­dens.

The se­cret of its ap­peal lies in a unique har­mony between var­ied, cre­ative busi­nesses and the tran­quil set­ting. It is truly one of Norfolk’s hid­den gems.

Where else can a life­style shop packed with af­ford­able lux­u­ries, work­shops of­fer­ing be­spoke cloth­ing and home fur­nish­ings, artist gal­leries and mak­ers of flower essences be found?

At the heart of the com­plex of tra­di­tional barns and of­fer­ing re­fresh­ments is the won­der­ful Alby Tea­rooms, which serves freshly-cooked lunches and too­good-to-be-true gluten free cakes.

For the first time, this May, the five artists of the Lower Court­yard at Alby Crafts and Gar­dens are par­tic­i­pat­ing in Norfolk and Nor­wich Open Stu­dios.

The scheme, the largest of its kind in this coun­try, is a great op­por­tu­nity to visit some of Norfolk’s many artists’ stu­dios and see how they cre­ate work.

He­len Dixon is a pot­ter and ce­ramist whose work has evolved from be­ing al­most en­tirely sculp­tural to her cur­rent fo­cus on dec­o­ra­tive ce­ram­ics, specif­i­cally graf­fito and raku tech­niques, cre­at­ing two very con­trast­ing bod­ies of work.

Mitchell House, a tra­di­tion­ally-trained sculp­tor and tu­tor, has ex­hib­ited na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Three of his plaques are on per­ma­nent dis­play on Sher­ing­ham prom­e­nade and he works mainly in iron, bronze and cold cast bronze.

Claire Knight cre­ates de­tailed pa­per cuts, into which she of­ten in­cludes gold leaf and col­lage, cre­at­ing im­ages that re­flect the coun­try­side, flora and fauna around her home. A trained pot­ter, she has re­cently re­turned to mak­ing pot­tery, work­ing cur­rently with raku, and draws in­spi­ra­tion from the en­vi­ron­ment in which she lives, with a sense of walk­ing in the foot­steps of an­ces­tors.

Kev­erne Dewick pro­duces be­spoke fur­ni­ture and turned pieces. His pas­sion is for clean, sim­ple lines and is in­flu­enced by Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh and ori­en­tal pieces. Most of his fur­ni­ture is pro­duced from tem­per­ate hard­woods, also ash, sycamore, maple or fruit­woods, such as cherry.

Tracy My­ers is a print­maker, pho­tog­ra­pher and graphic artist. A world trav­eller, she draws in­spi­ra­tion from her jour­neys to re­mote points on the com­pass – Antarc­tica, Ice­land, Africa, Aus­tralia and the Bri­tish Isles – their var­ied cul­tures, cli­mates and wildlife. The re­sul­tant stream of ideas form the base for im­agery which is con­stantly evolv­ing.

Alby Crafts and Gar­dens is open all year from Tues­day to Sun­day but closed on Mon­day. Open­ing times for in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses can vary.

Alby Crafts & Gar­dens

Alby Gar­dens with pea­cocks

Alby Artists

Tea room

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