Visit Scotland’s Spring Fling open studios this June!

3rd May 2012

By Natalie Osborn

Published in CRAFTS BEAUTIFUL on 03 May 2012 

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From fabulous hand-made furniture to superb slipware – the annual Spring Fling open studios event is a showcase for some of Scotland’s finest crafts makers.

This year’s event runs from 2-5 June, coinciding with the Queen’s diamond jubilee holiday, and offers a great opportunity to explore a remarkably beautiful part of Britain. Spring Fling features 76 specially invited craft makers and artists from across Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland – a region which is recognised as a hotbed of talent.

Among those opening up their studios is Hanna McAndrew whose highly functional pottery, whether it’s cereal bowls or casseroles, features beautiful decoration inspired by the local countryside. Her work is attracting international attention and she is one of three makers featured in a ‘Best of British Slipware’ exhibition in Tokyo. Visitors can also see work by Trevor Leat whose remarkable willow sculptures have featured in Edinbugh’s Hogmanay celebrations and who creates the huge paganistic figures which are burned at climax of the annual Wickerman Festival.

There is also the bespoke furniture of Daniel Lacey, the glassware of Amanda Simmons, with its coastal inspirations, and the unusual jewellery of Alison MacLeod, which often incorporates ‘found items’ from mother of pearl gaming pieces to plastic loops from bra straps. And there’s plenty more, including turned wood, mosaics and textiles. The lovely ‘wearable art clothes’, often in delicately patterned silks, by Morag Macpherson are a real delight.

This year is Spring Fling’s 10th birthday, so they are really pulling out the stops, with a wine tasting, ceilidh, talks and hog roast. Visitors can guide themselves round the studios using a free smartphone app, or even go on magical mystery bus tours or free guided bike rides and walks.

To find out more, see a short film and download a free brochure visit