Cockpit Arts' Open Studios events take place twice a year

For the very first time in 30 years our famed Winter Open Studios are taking a different form.

Yes, like many others, we’ve gone digital this year.

Join our virtual 2020 event where we introduce fresh new talent just arrived at Cockpit Arts – and where our 150 makers will be present exclusive items and experiences available nowhere else.

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Throughout December we’ll be recreating Cockpit’s special festive atmosphere online – you’ll virtually be able to smell the mulled wine!

Tours

Here at Cockpit, we have a long history of offering engaging and interesting bespoke tours of our makers’ studios. These are exclusive opportunities to see behind the scenes, gain insights into the skills involved and buy direct from London’s top crafts people.

As part of Cockpit Makers’ Market, we’re bringing 16 of these virtual tours to our digital extravaganza, enjoy them from the comfort of your home, through the wonders of Zoom.

All bookable via the link below – at a suggested donation of £5 – you can enjoy themed virtual tours including ‘Inspiration from the Jeweller’s Bench’ with Lucy Martin, Tamara Gomez and Clara Breen, ‘Studio Ceramics and Glass’ with Vanessa Hogge, Michele Oberdieck, Lucille Lewin and Helen Johannassen and ‘Style on the Move’ with Justin Oh, Eva Dennis and Joost Pasman.

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Online Events

Join our makers for Instagram Live presentations. And if you missed them ‘live’ head to IGTV on each maker’s Instagram page.

Friday 4 December – 6pm @chalkjewellery
Textile artist Onome Otite will be chatting on Instagram Live with one of Cockpit’s new makers Malaika Carr, who will show pieces from her new collection – available through #cockpitmakersmarket and direct from her own web shop.

Onome has been part of Cockpit’s amazing community of makers for some time now and has really helped Malaika to settle in to her new space. She’s keen to make Malaika feel welcome at a time when our studios would normally have hundreds of visitors.

We’ll then get a brief tour around Onome’s studio so we can see her wonderful array of items for sale.

Sunday 6 December – 1pm @sally_lees_london_jewellery
Celebrating 20 years at Cockpit Arts in 2020, join Sally Lees on Instagram Live at 1pm on Sunday 6 December for a tour of her new studio in Deptford. She’ll be showing off the tools used in the jewellery making process and an insight into how it’s made. These hand crafted earrings were created for The Houses of Parliament as part of a collection of jewellery to accompany the launch of ‘New Dawn’. ‘New Dawn’ is a light sculpture created by Mary Branson to celebrate women’s suffrage and was installed in Westminster in 2016.

Sunday 6 December – 4pm @mayaselway
Cockpit makers and good friends Maya Selway and Maria Hatling invite you to join them on Sunday 6 December at 4pm on Instagram Live.

During this conversation they’ll share how they’ve managed and nurtured their creative processes during lockdown, how they’re balancing family life and the positivity that’s come out of it, in the midst of uncertainty.

Tuesday 8 December – 11am and 6pm – @timeasido_ceramics
A seasonal and inspirational two-part Instagram Live will be presented tomorrow 8 December by @timeasido_ceramics
Part One – 11am – Timea’s introduction on how to decorate a Christmas tree in an original way, the elements you need to adorn the branches and insider tips on the secrets of layering. Timea makes beautiful white earthenware festive decorations which she’ll share in this first instalment.
Part Two – 6pm – The big reveal! We were thrilled with Timea’s amazing tree for our Winter Open Studio last year and can’t wait to see the end result this time with her handcrafted decorations.

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