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For the first time in a long time Thetford was back on the Norfolk Open Studios map. The idea began when award-winning textile artist Annette Morgan got chatting to Corinne at Leaping Hare (one of her stockists) and the rest as they say is history. Corinne was able to make her local Airbnb Maker’s Cottage available as a pop-up studio.

For nine days, six creatives were able to display their work and were on hand both to chat to visitors and provide demonstrations too. Work was also for sale and artist Dan Morgan was thrilled to sell a good mix of original paintings, prints and cards.

Alongside Dan’s work, Annette Morgan created a piece of textile art from scratch beginning with silk screen printing. Christine Sanderson from Hullabaloo demonstrated felting and Brett Straight from Too Beez Pottery made some of his Norfolk Dumplings range alongside his illustrations and poetry. Sadly Caroline King from Stepping Stones Emporium was unable to attend due to an operation, but her vegan soaps were very popular.

The team saw over 160 visitors and received excellent feedback from both residents and visitors coming to Thetford for the first time. “Really lovely selection, and so interesting to meet the makers and be able to have a talk about their work.”

Leaping Hare is passionate about bringing local makers together and their Meet the Makers events help promote local talent. The Open Studios was their most ambitious yet but very successful and something they hope to repeat next year. As well as work being sold, several commissions were taken. There is something very special about something that has been made for you, uniquely personal between the maker and the commissioner. You will find the work from all these makers and more (they currently have work from over forty makers) at Leaping Hare’s King Street shop.


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