Come and visit me at my open studio

19 July 2012, Arts, events and places, Would you like to leave a comment?

Open Studio 1st to 16th September

The studio and workshop

For the first two weeks in September, I will be opening my doors to the public and holding my very first open studio! You will be able to see me busy in my workshop, examine my latest work and enjoy some home made refreshments in a very relaxing environment!

If you have ever wondered how a natural edge bowl is produced, how the wood is finished or you are looking to commission something special and would like advice, this could be the perfect opportunity to answer any questions you’ve been wanting to ask. I will be demonstrating the whole process of woodturning, from chainsawing chunks of wood (the noisy bit!), to rough turning, final turning and finishing. You can have a look through my wood store and maybe find a piece you would like turned into a bowl!

Throughout the two week period, you’ll be welcome to browse through a large selection of my latest pieces of work on display in my showroom and throughout the house. You’ll be able to pick up a huge burr and feel its gnarly spikes! All of the work featured on my website will be on show, as well as some rather special pieces - but I’m keeping those secret for now! Please bear in mind that my website prices include delivery, so a 10% saving can be made on all items which are currently featured.

No event is complete without refreshments – and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! For a small charge, there will be tea, coffee and a selection of homemade cakes. Proceeds will be split between the Air Ambulance and Knoxwood Wildlife Trust.

Wooden bowls on display

Just some of the peices that you will be a ble to see


The workshop and wood shed

Neighbouring artists participating in C-Art

My open studio is part of cumbria's C-Art event with more artists displaying their work nearby. You may wish to see some other local makers, such as Ben Fosker, a potter based near Bowness on Solway. Ben produces a selection of stoneware using both thrown and hand building techniques and incorporates local materials into his glazes. Jenny Abbot is an artist based near Port Carlisle and produces realistic and abstract pieces in oil, acrylic and watercolour.

For more details on the C-Art event you can visit the website. This includes details of all 130 plus exhibitors.

Places of interest in the surrounding area

We are situated between the Lake Ditrict foothills and the solway coast, with many places of interest to visit nearby. The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding National Beauty is famous for its rich and varied wildlife and stunning views across the estuary towards Scotland. The local village of Bowness-on-Solway is the start/end of the National Trail Path of Hadrians Wall, a fantastic walk crossing England at its narrowest. Why not combine your visit with a walk and have lunch at one of the local pubs? There is also a small cafe in Bowness on Solway which is open during the afternoons. 


Left to right: Start of Hadrians Wall National Trail; Views from Bowness-on-Solway and Hadrians Wall. Please note the best preserved sections of the wall can be found east of Carlisle.

Travel directions

From the M6;

Leave the motorway at junction 44 (Carlisle north) and head for Workington along the new bypass. Continue along this road until you reach the roundabout sign posted Kirkbride. This is the seventh roundabout from the motorway. Turn right for Kirkbride and stay on this road until you reach Fingland village (8 miles) - you will pass through Moorhouse, Thurstonfield and Kirkbampton. We are on the left hand side about half a mile further on from Fingland, but before Kirkbride - look out for a green oak porch and stone wall!

Heading from the Lake District;

From the A66, head towards the main roundabout at Keswick. Take the turn off sign posted Bothel and Carlisle and follow this road for about 12 miles until it terminates at a T junction. Turn right onto the A595 and head down the hill towards Carlisle. Take the first left hand turn for Wigton in about 8 miles. This is at the Red Dial crossroads, just past the Sun Inn. Follow this road until it terminates at the monument in the center of Wigton. Turn right at this T junction and then left towards Kirkbride, a few meters down the road. You should then pass Wigton railway station, just before this road terminates at the bypass.

From Wigton, turn right onto the bypass (A596) and then left almost straight away (sign posted Kirkbride). Head along this road (B5307) and follow signs to Kirkbride. Greenspot is aprox 1.5 miles after Kirkbride, but before Fingland. We are on the right hand side. Look out for our outside staircase, stone wall and green oak porch!

If you prefer to use a sat nav, then my post code is CA7 5EH or you may want to see this google map.

Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

Your comments

  1. Gravatar of Peter & Rosemary
    Peter & Rosemary22 July 2012 13:42

    Well done, all the very best. It's great to see this offer. We will be looking in.
    By the way, there's someone in our village who does resdential courses in pottery, I'll find out more! Pete.

  2. Gravatar of Jonathan  Leech
    Jonathan Leech29 July 2012 20:26

    Hi Peter & Rosemary,
    It will be great to see you - I hope all is well with you both. Lets hope we get some sun in September!

    Best wishes

  3. Gravatar of Paul Kettle
    Paul Kettle14 September 2012 17:19

    It is great to find a person with such an exciting and creative vision. Jonathan has the ability to reach into a tree and reveal it's hidden beauty. His work shows an awareness and understanding of function and form which allows him to create some outstanding work. I spent a very enjoyable afternoon with him in his workshop where he was able to communicate his enthusiasm and commitment to his work.

    Many thanks Paul Kettle.

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