One of the many things I love about Studio 3 is that Gail and Lucy, the co-founders, go out of their way to ensure that they are exhibiting the widest cross-section of art. They have very different tastes in guests which makes for a wonderfully diverse gallery but the thing I love most is their shared passion for the unusual. Read all about their latest guest artists.

But first, a  quick reminder of the Studio  opening times which it’s worth mentioning are not the same as the Craft Centre. They are open seven days a week Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and Sunday from 11.00 am to 4.00  pm


I first came across Mandi ‘the feather lady’ some years ago and when I heard about her specialism  I honestly thought I’d misunderstood what she was about!  Mandi creates the most unique, exquisite, detailed paintings on real feathers!

We’re not talking about any kind of special feather, the chances are she will have found them on her daily dog walks in the countryside with Chili or they will have been sent to her by friends and followers.

A little bit about Mandi’s background. Mandi has always loved drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. She studied Printmaking as a ‘mature student’ in her 20’s.  This enabled her to discover a working process that offered unlimited options to experiment where the subject didn’t matter – everything she did back then was Abstract. After college, Mandi specialised in photography. She realises now, that was being an artist too – just making beautiful images using a camera rather than paintbrushes or a printing press!

In 2009 Mandi met a falconer and his birds of prey. She was compelled to paint them and she hasn’t looked back. She didn’t have a clue how to paint – it just happened. Spending time with the birds of prey has inspired so much of Mandi’s artwork – in particular, her greatest achievement to date, ‘Feathered Friend’. This piece was selected as a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of The Year 2014 where it sold during the Exhibition in The Mall Galleries, London. She was shortlisted again in 2015. This success gave Mandi the recognition she had worked so hard to achieve and a huge confidence boost to keep doing what she was doing!

 Mandi has won numerous awards for her paintings and is proud to sell regularly to collectors in both the UK and internationally. Now represented by several galleries throughout the UK, Mandi also sells directly from her website where you can find all the information about where and when she will be exhibiting. An extensive exhibition programme has been planned for 2022 after the past two ‘unmentionable’ years – details of all the events and exhibitions where Mandi and her feathers can be seen can be found on her website under ‘Feathers On Tour’.

As Guest Artist at Studio 3, Mandi is presenting an exciting new body of work called ‘The Inky Paintings’, created using alcohol inks on yupo paper. Yupo is a completely recyclable, waterproof synthetic paper, made from 100% polypropylene. No part of it is taken from any tree product.

Ever inspired by the birds and countryside she loves, these vibrant, fluid colours offered Mandi a new way to express her love of nature in a way that working directly on feathers does not allow. She thoroughly enjoyed the unpredictability of this ink and the effects created with it.

Feather painting remains central to Mandi’s working practice and new feathers are always being painted – She is particularly fond of her owls painted on extremely fluffy feathers – a technique she has been perfecting for some time now!

If you fancy having a one-of-a-kind, beautiful feather painted just for you, then check out Especially For You on the website. Mandi also enjoys painting domestic animals and regularly takes on Pet Portrait commissions.

If you’d like to know more about Mandi, check out her website She is also on Facebook  and Instagram: @mandib


Lester is Somerset born and bred and grew up on a farm in nearby Tickenham. Lester attended the local village school, then The City of Bath Technical School where his interests in woodwork, painting and drawing were nurtured.

At university in Nottingham, Lester graduated in civil engineering, in which he made his career and still works part-time. He has been involved in a number of engineering projects in and around Somerset, especially the Levels.

Lester took up watercolour painting and marquetry in his late teens. Then an interest in pen and ink drawing, especially on architectural subjects, led him to develop a letterpress printing business as a side-line to his main career.

Marriage, family and a shortage of funds resulted in improved skills in furniture making and house improvements, which have continued over the years.

Lester resumed his marquetry craft work some years ago and now specialises in small detailed designs depicting local architectural and landscape scenes which have proved very popular, together with abstract designs. Some are finished as framed pictures whilst others are crafted into wooden caskets using native hardwoods.

The level of detail and the intricacy of Lester’s designs are stunning, I particularly love his landscapes.

Lester exhibits in a number of galleries notably The A2 Gallery in Wells and One Craft Gallery in Shepton Mallet

Lester can be contacted at


Lesley is a Bristol-based artist who works mostly in acrylics with mixed media on wood and canvas. Her paintings tend to reflect her spiritual journey. She’s completely new to me and I love what I’ve seen online so am very excited to see it for real so to speak.

Lesley started out painting twelve years ago, with a very decorative patchwork style.  She loves vintage, ethnic textiles and patterns from around the world. 

Her work has developed over the years and she now tends to work in a more abstract intuitive style using collage, drawing and a lot of underpainting to build up layers. She incorporates figurative elements in a simple naive style.

Lesley never knows how a piece of art will turn out, she said that story will often appear but she’s sure her unconscious plays a significant part. 

“I find inspiration from my daily life, from my spiritual practice and nostalgia.. Family history and objects often appear.  When my dog died, for the next six months I seemed to have a dog in every painting.  It is a therapeutic process for me and not always an easy one.”

Lesley has had one exhibition at the Island, a studio complex, arts facility and events space in Bristol city centre and it’s not her first time at Studio 3. In 2021, she had one painting on display at the RWA open event.  “Her Patchwork Soul”

If you’d like to know more about Lesley, she is on Instagram: @lesleyannecottle and she has an Etsy shop


And finally, a reminder that the super talented Paul and Renate are exhibiting for a long time yet.

Paul and Renate met, in 1979, in Bavaria, where Renate had grown up amid the strong tradition of Bavarian crafts, using natural materials to produce decorative objects for the home. Paul was working there as a cabinetmaker, antiques restorer and musician. They decided to combine their skills and sell their work at Christkindl Markets. The products flew off the stand!

Paul, by then, had been in Europe for nearly ten years and decided it was time to return home to Somerset. Renate came with him.

Whilst he was looking for work as a cabinetmaker they discovered the British craft scene and began selling their work at Craft Fairs. At that time, he was a member of the British Toymakers Guild, winning awards three years running.

Paul’s unique groups of interlocking animal families continue to grow in popularity and he is still adding to the range. He has also become well-known for his Heirloom pieces, such as the Ark and the Living Oak, which have attained front-page coverage in various magazines.

Three years ago, he began to make his original and very unusual mirror designs, often using burr wood, when it is obtainable. These have become so popular that he finds it hard to keep up with demand.

Much of Renate’s work is based on tree shapes, using natural roots, seedpods, nuts, spices, etc. from all over the world, and she is never short of ideas for new designs, which can always be guaranteed to be eye-catching and original. She is renowned for her beautiful floral designs. At Christmas, her stunning range of seasonal decorations has to be seen!

Paul and Renate can be contacted by email and if you want to see more of their work, this is their website

If you’d like to know more about Studio 3, you can check it out here: and these are the contact details: Studio 3, Clevedon Craft Centre, Clevedon, BS21 6TD Telephone:  07557331967 E mail: They are also on Instagram @ studiothree_galler

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