York Open Studios Workshops 2016

We are planning some more excellent workshops as part of our up and coming 2016 event.  As we haven't yet been through our selection process we don't know what they will be.  But keep an eye on this page.

Friends of York Open Studios will have priority booking at a reduced fee.....

In 2015, the following workshops were held, and were very popular

Suzanne Dekker - Glass, Ruth Claydon – Upcycled Jewellery,  Milena Dragic - Lino Printing, Lyn Wait – Drawing, Emily Harvey - Collagraph, Anne Hutchison - Mosaic   Simon Palmour - Photography and Ben Arnup – Ceramics

The artists share their own skills and enthusiasm, giving hands-on experience of working with their particular medium.


Below you will find a list of current artists offering their studios and services in a variety of media were you can join them and take part in their sessions. If you are interested please contact the artist directly using the information given in the advert.

Emma Welsh - Jewellery Making classes

Emma offers afternoon and evening classes that are run all year round at the Rogues Ateliers Studios, Fossgate in York. The classes are suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.

You can request more information at Emma's facebook page 

Alternatively you can contact her via email at or by phone 07817050718


Jill Ford Ceramics Thursday Evening, Autumn/Winter Workshops

Fun, relaxed evening workshops where you learn a new skill and create your own lasting keepsake.

Come along for a chat, welcome drink and a guided ceramic lesson that takes you through the stages of making, glazing and decorating your own bespoke piece!

There are two workshops running;

26th November 2015

Oriental pagodo lantern

Make a ceramic lantern from slabs of clay.

Suitable for battery powered light and for indoor or outdoor use.

10th December 2015

Tree decorations 

Fill your house with beautiful porcelien decorations this christmas.


Worksop sessions run from 7.00 - 10.00PM

£22 to inc all materials and firings

To Book a place please email 


Peter Heaton, Vale of York Darkrooms: Traditional Black and White Photography

Darkroom hire available, for both individuals and groups up to a maximum of five people.

Darkroom Facilities now available for hire to external Photography tutors wishing to run their own courses.

Equiries: visit or tel. 07851 036375

Suzanne Dekker: Glass fusing, casting, copper foil and leaded glass

Come and experience the fun of working with glass on a one to one/two (or more by arrangement) basis in my home studio.  

Suitable for anyone over 16, for total beginners or those with some experience. Times by arrangement.  £20 for a two-hour session which includes use of all tools and some basic materials.

29 Eastfield Crescent, Badger Hill, York YO10 5HZ, t:  07760 354699,,

Phil Reynolds: mixed media drawing and painting

Mixed media art classes in the studio of Fulford based artist Phil Reynolds.
The sessions are predominantly still life study through visual analysis.
Professional development and criticism is there for the more serious
student. All levels of ability are welcomed. The two hour class costs £10
and includes materials and refreshments. Please check out the class blog on

Suitable for people over 14 years of age.

Wed 7pm-9pm and Thurs 10am -12 noon

Call 01904 655091

Jane Marsh: Batik

My studio is open every Saturday from 10am - 1pm with a few exceptions which are posted on my website.

I can give free demonstrations by appointment at:    

Originality Studio, 34 Rawcliffe Lane, York,   YO30 5QB

Contact me:  Tel. 01904 631749 or email.

Emily Harvey: Printmaking.

Regular one and two day courses in collagraph and experimental printmaking.

Courses take place in my studio near York, with a maximum of 4 people to ensure everyone has space and time for 1-1 tuition. The atmosphere is friendly and informal, encouraging people to share ideas and learn from each other.

Everyone makes several plates and a mini portfolio of about 10 – 15 completed prints to take home.

You will learn technical skills and techniques as well as developing confidence in your own creativity.

All the short courses aim to free up thinking and technique, encouraging an inquisitive experimental approach that can feed back into your own creative work, whatever that may be. They are suitable for all levels of experience (or none) unless otherwise indicated.

Please see my website for more details;  

Catherine Boyne-Whitelegg: Potter & Teacher

Individual hand-building pottery sessions £16 per hour, or wheel lessons at £32 for 2 hour session.

Day sessions for £60 or full weekend workshops from £140 including clay & firings.  1-1 or group sessions for up to 10 people.  01904 427681

2016 Directory

A copy of the 2016 directory will be available early in 2016.  It will contain a fold-out map to help you navigate around the studios.

When the new directory is published, you will be able to download a low-resolution version of the directory here, which might help you plan a route in advance of arriving in York.  

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