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Kathryn Parsons

Inspired by true tales of nature, place, history & people. 

A warm welcome to my garden studio! You’ll be able to see miniature sculptures inspired by sea-creatures of The Wash, skeins of wool dyed with local plants, handmade greetings cards and much more… plus a host of true stories about our local area!

Plus my ‘Meadow and Sea’ porcelain decorations.

About Kathryn…

I create sculptures and other artworks that share little-known stories of nature and place, working alongside wildlife charities, experts and museums. My work is often shown on-site. It’s research-based, and I select the materials and techniques that best tell the story. 

I also create beautiful handmade treasures for people’s homes, and run workshops that nurture creativity and delight in nature. Workshops include NatureCraft online creative gatherings.

Currently Artist in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust, much of the work you’ll find in this year’s Open Studio is inspired by Langdyke’s nature reserves and the wider ‘John Clare Countryside’. For the last two years, the site of an ancient forgotten meadow has been the focal point of this work – Westings Meadow is now a place of nature reserves and gravel extraction. Neolithic families once gathered here and Victorian poet John Clare walked and wrote about this place.

If you can’t come to any of my Open Studio dates, please get in touch to try and find another time.

 

Exhibitions, Awards, Events & Workshops…

I have exhibited at The National Centre for Craft & Design (solo and group exhibitions), and created site-specific artworks for Burghley House, University of Leicester, John Clare Trust, Derby Museum’s porcelain gallery and on nature reserves. In 2012 one of my artworks was selected for “Inspired by…” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. I’m a selected member of ArtCan,  Artist in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust and member of GroundWork NetWork based at GroundWork Gallery, Norfolk.

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To see more or get in touch…

Visit my websiteTwitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Contact name
Kathryn Parsons

Website www.kathrynparsons.co.uk

Open days

6 July 2024 (12pm - 5pm)
7 July 2024 (1pm - 5:30pm)
13 July 2024 (12pm - 5pm)
14 July 2024 (1pm - 5:30pm)

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Tuition offered
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Commissions accepted
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porcelain radiolarian miniature

Dates in 2024:

Victorian Puzzle Purse & Nature Doodling!
Wednesday 12th June 2024
7:00 – 8:45pm at The Peacock, 26 London Road, Peterboorugh PE2 8AR
Make your own Victorian Puzzle Purse from folded paper, and decorate it with nature-inspired doodles! All materials provided. Tickets £10 without food. £15 including pizza (other food options also available on the night). Contact The Peacock to book.

advert for Victorian Puzzle Purse workshop

Miniature Clay Fungi!
Saturday 29th June 2024
at The Sawtry Tea Room, 2 High Street, Sawtry, Cambs
10am – 12:30pm (including a 30 minute break when you can purchase refreshments)
Make a collection of miniature fungi sculptures from air-drying clay. All tools & materials provided.
£38
For more information and tickets click here

Peterborough Artists Open Studios
6, 7, 8 & 9 July 2024
from my studio in Peterborough, Cambs – I hope you’ll call in!


Porcelain Hanging Decorations Workshop, at Barnsdale Gardens

Saturday 2nd November 2024
at Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland, UK
10am – 12:30pm
Make beautiful porcelain hanging decorations, ready for Christmas or to enjoy all year round! We’ll start with a short walk to collect inspiration from the stunning plants at Barnsdale Gardens.
For details and bookings click here.

 

 

Celebrate Nature! Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 2024
Exhibition of work by Sarah Lambert and Kathryn Parsons
at Torpel Nature Reserve, Helpston, Cambs
All welcome, more details nearer the time 🙂

2023

Celebrate Nature! Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November 2023
Exhibition of work by Sarah Lambert and Kathryn Parsons
11am – 4pm
At Torpel Manor Field Nature Reserve, Helpston, Cambs, UK (nearest postcode PE6 7DU)
with Langdyke Countryside Trust

Call in and enjoy seeing our recent experiments in natural dyeing, plus cyanotypes, photography, miniature mixed media sculptures and more!

Learn about our local landscape, biodiversity and the work of Langdyke Countryside Trust!

Treat yourself or another and buy truly unique, locally made gifts and artworks…. with 10% of takings going to support Langdyke’s work!
In the wooden cabin on Torpel Nature Reserve, by the junction of West Street and Langley Bush Road. Cake & hot drinks available.
More information here: https://langdyke.org.uk/2023/09/celebrate-nature/

 

Midsummer Guided Walk on ‘Westings Meadow”, Wednesday 21st June 2023, 7pm – 9:30pm

Near Etton and Maxey, just north-west of Peterborough, Cambs.

Join Kathryn Parsons & Sarah Lambert for a gentle evening guided walk on the historic site of an ancient meadow! Hear about their research & enjoy the nature! £10 +booking fee. Tickets & more information here.

Kathryn and Sarah are Artists in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust. The Trust manage 3 (soon to be 4) nature reserves on the historic site of Westings Meadow.

 

 

Swaddywell in Spring, Saturday 15th April 2023, 2pm – 4:30pm
tickets by donation (£10 – £20)

A relaxing, gently creative afternoon and explore the beautiful Swaddywell Nature Reserve in spring!

Sarah will take you on a slow guided walk, with time for mindful photography of spring wildflowers and insects (bring a phone camera or DSLR – both will work fine).

With Kathryn you’ll hunt for natural treasures and use them to create beautiful ephemeral arrangements which you can photograph as a lasting memory of a very special afternoon!

(near Marholm and Helpston Peterborough)
With Kathryn Parsons and Sarah Lambert, Artists in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust

More info & to book tickets here Places are limited, so tickets must be booked in advance. Suitable for adults and over-12s (children need their adult supervising them at all times).

join Kathryn Parsons and Sarah Lambert for a creative afternoon at Swaddywell Nature Reserve

 

NatureCraft creative online gatherings for nature lovers – Monday and Tuesday evenings (UK time) via Zoom, once a month. Tickets by donation.

Shock of the New
Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford
12th January – 6th May 2023

Peterborough Artists Open Studios
1,2, 8 & 9th July 2023

Langdyke Countryside Trust Artists in Residence Autumn Exhibition
tbc

leaf ephemeral photograph

Ephemeral photograph created by sunlight on a leaf

 

 

Exhibitions 2019

Open Upp Art, Uppingham, Rutland
Saturday 2nd –  Saturday 23rd March 2019
Open Upp Art is a pop-up gallery in the beautiful market town of Uppingham.  There is work by over 40 selected artists, designers and makers, including several members of Peterborough Artists Open Studios.

Open Monday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
8 Ayston Road, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9RL.
For further details see Kathryn’s website or email openuppart@gmail.com

 

Langdyke Countryside Trust Anniversary Celebrations
28th & 29th June 2019 at Torpel Manor Field and Etton-Maxey Nature Reserves
See www.langdyke.org.uk for details

 

Peterborough Artists Open Studios
6th, 7th & 14th June 2019
All warm welcome to my studio! Venue 28 in the brochure.

 

John Clare Festival in Helpston, Peterborough,
13th July, 10am – 4pm 
Kathryn will be running a free drop-in workshop as part of the Langdyke Stories project, at this popular festival celebrating the life of poet John Clare.  #peterboroughtogether

 

John Clare Cottage Craft Fair
Saturday 3rd August 2019
11am – 4pm
At John Clare Cottage, Woodgate, Helpston, Peterborough
Cambs, PE6 7ED

 

Langdyke Stories Celebration & Annual Meeting
13th September 2019
in Castor, nr. Peterborough – more details soon

 

 

2018

In 2018, I was part of the University of Leicester’s “Brief Encounters” project for British Science Week.  Working with their scientific glass blower, Gayle Price, I created a collection of miniature micro-fungi, inspired by the ones that are used in research at the University… they were exhibited in the Newark Houses Museum, Leicester.  You can find out more on my website.


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