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Apr 29, 2010

lovely people making lovely things: oxford studio tour

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Apr 29, 2010

lovely people making lovely things: oxford studio tour

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Got any weekend plans? Might I suggest a road trip? Deep in the heart of Southwestern Ontario's bucolic countryside, Oxford County is home to a number of highly-respected artists - both emerging and widely-renowned - and this weekend just happens to be your best opportunity of the year to snatch up some of their original works at the  Oxford Studio Tour. Don't worry - it's not a snoozy guided museum tour. Instead, it's a map of the studios (in and around Woodstock, Ontario - so it's easy to access by the 401) participating in a county-wide open house that you're free to explore at your own pace between 9 and 5 on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to check out one of my fave ceramic artists, Shane Norrie: an in-demand artisan whose innovative and organic designs have been featured in Style at Home, and on HGTV's Pure Design. There's a tangible earthiness to Shane's pieces, not to mention they're absolutely fascinating on a textural level.

A peek inside Shane's studio in Ingersoll, Ontario. In the last few years, Shane's branched out into stunning original painted artwork as well.

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Love the highly textured, barnacle-like growths on this series of petite ceramic vessels... So pretty!

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A fascinating form - they remind me of curiously stemmed acorns - and a metallic finish elevate these sculptures to "statement piece" status.

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Another artist on my "most-coveted" list - and also a participant of the Oxford Studio Tour - is acclaimed painter Sue Goossens. Sue's watercolours are positively dreamy representations of southwestern Ontario landscapes, with the occasional well-loved landmark in the mix, and they never fail to instantly transport me back home.

February Ravine, 27" x 39"

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Winter Ridge, 28" x 20"

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Winter Puzzle, 20" x 28"

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And of course, there's the natural beauty of the area that's sure to inspire. I took these snaps last weekend on the farm - the abundant forsythia is absolutely luminous! forsythia Follow Style Sleuth on Twitter! Subscribe to Style Sleuth!
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