Keeping it fresh at Studio 3 in Clevedon Craft Centre!

Goodness me! November guests already! Aside from the wonderful team of resident artists at Studio 3, they host a regular number of guest artists which means there is always something fresh to look at. Studio 3 have such a diverse, eclectic selection of exhibits: a huge mix of paintings, prints, ceramics, clocks, photography, batik lampshades and cushions, fused glass, wood-turning and cards. It is an absolute cornucopia of delights!


“For me, painting is about not only capturing the visual appearance of my subject but, more importantly, the feelings it inspired in me”

Born in Somerset but having lived in Berkshire for almost thirty years, Stephanie recently moved to Portishead with her husband Andrew and miniature poodle Frankie.

Stephanie has specialised in painting on silk for more than twenty years. She exhibits her work widely through galleries, group and solo exhibitions. She has had work included in the Society of Women Artists annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and in  2017 she was named Landscape Painter of the Year by Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Magazine.

“My paintings are mainly painted on pure Chinese habotai 8 silk with specialist silk paints. I start each work with a drawing on paper and then trace the image onto a piece of white silk stretched onto a wooden frame. I then apply a special paint called gutta, which contains natural latex called gutta-percha, over my traced lines. This creates a resistive barrier through which the coloured ink will not flow. I apply the coloured ink with a brush and use salt dropped into the ink whilst wet to created textured effects.

The finished painting is removed from the wooden frame, ironed to fix the colour in the fabric and stretched onto acid-free mountboard ready for framing.”

Stephanie has  also done a series of paintings on British shot taffeta silk woven at Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire. This grade 1 listed mill is the oldest working silk mill in the UK.

She is  a member of both the UK Guild of Silk Painters and Silk Painters International.

Stephanie describes the way she feels about her work is summed up very well by William Henry Davies poem:


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

If you’d like to know more about Stephanie before you visit, she has a website, which you can access here: She is on Facebook @stephgay.artist and on Instagram @stephg_artist If you want to get in touch with her, you can do so  here:


“I have been a creative being all my life.”

Debbie was at Cardiff University from 1980 to 1983. On leaving university,  she joined the team at Bristol Craft Centre, now Centrespace,  a thriving independent and sustainable community of artists and craftspeople. If you’d like to know more then check them out here: Debbie was there until 1991.

Debbie has been with Aardman since 1984. She started garden design and maintenance in 2012. She is one very talented lady.

Debbie describes herself as having  been a creative being all her life, with work and interests so closely aligned, continually seeking ways to combine experiences, concepts and materials in a mix of styles.

“Whether working in clay, plasticine, pen or paint, wood or metal…. or even gardening in the natural world, I strive to draw inspiration from everyday life, objects or events, be they triumph or tragedy, mundane or ridiculous, three dimensions, two dimensions and/or beyond!”

She added:

“Quirky humour is a recurring theme and my best work emerges when I am spontaneous and working instinctively.”


Paula, Ilaria and Jane-Marie met when they used to volunteer at ‘Heartspace Studio’ a local artist’s workshop and gift shop selling artists work that used to be in Westbury Park. When ‘Heart Space Studios’ moved they decided to get together and continue to share their common love of all things creative.

Paula picked up the reins of the knit and stitch club that still meet on a Wednesday in term time in the ‘Coffee bar’ at Henleaze United Reformed Church. These three creative individuals decided to call the club ‘knitnatterstitch’ and now have approximately twenty-three members.

If an item is labelled ‘knitnatterstitch’ then it has been produced by the three creatives, Paula, Ilaria and Jane-Marie working together.  

Items that are made by them as individuals, they sell under their own name. They do however love to swap ideas with each other and ensure they are using similar fabrics, textures and colour ways to make sure that they have a cohesive range of items to sell.

They love this time of the year when they can exhibit as guests and be part of the team of amazing artists that reside at Studio 3.

Let me introduce you:


Paula’s whole career has been as an early years teacher where she enjoyed the natural creativity of the children and it also allowed her to indulge in many of her creative ideas which she now enjoys using whilst also leading the ‘Knitnatterstitch’ Club.

She loves working alongside Ilaria and Jane-Marie on projects where they can bounce ideas off each other and share each other’s experience. She has particularly  enjoyed working with freehand machine embroidery.

There is nothing Paula loves more than pottering around her garden, so she has loved  bringing the ‘Botanics’ theme of this year’s range alive using the fabulous poppy seed heads and alliums amongst others as reference.


Ilaria spent many hours with her grandma whilst growing up in Italy and learned very fast to get things right !!! If she didn’t, sew, knit or crotchet the right way, the work had to be undone and remade until perfect.

It was that eye for perfection that led her into her main job, as part of a team, making promotional quilts for Kaffe Fassett, to be shown in his books.

So when she gets the chance to, Ilaria loves to make one of a kind handmade items using natural fabrics and innovative designs using the skills she learnt from her grandmother..

Nothing pleases her more than gifting something to someone that she has made….

And If you’d like to know more about Ilaria before you visit, she is on Instagram @undertheelmtreedesigns.


With a background as Display Manager for John Lewis, there is nothing more that Jane loves to do than being creative.

Jane commented that with Paula and Ilaria by her side the amount of fun and time they spend bouncing ideas off each other, she is surprised that they ever get round to making anything!

Green fingered Jane, loves this year’s theme, Botanics, as her passion is gardening and working with flowers. Jane is one half of ‘Best of the Bunch’ using her own allotment  British grown flowers to create and style beautiful flowers for weddings or special occasions as well as running  seasonal floral workshops and hosting flower parties at your home. If you’d like to see more of ‘Best of the Bunch’, you can check them out here:

Can’t wait to visit Studio 3 and see this fabulous work in situe.

If you’d like to know more about Studio 3, you can check it out here: alternatively or as well as, you might like to read my blogpost here: These are the contact details: Studio 3, Clevedon Craft Centre, Clevedon, BS21 6TD Telephone:  07557331967 E mail: They are also on Instagram @ studiothree_gallery

A quick reminder of the opening times which it’s worth mentioning are not the same as the Craft Centre: open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and Sunday from 11.00 am to 4 pm

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