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Saturday 2 September 2023

Tasmania's latest drawcard is a working artisans studio

The small southern Tasmanian town of Cygnet is known for its many craftspeople, several art galleries and lively café scene.

Now Cygnet has a new attraction for lovers of arts: the The Artisan's Hand creative space in historic Balfour House, which specialises in multi-dimensional arts and crafts.

The brainchild of furniture maker Peter Rhodes and partner Kerrie, who have completely restored the lovely space, The Artisan's Hand opens today to give locals and visitors an inside look at creative arts and artists.

Among the featured artists are Peter himself, who will also offer classes in how to make items including wooden tables and stools, ceramicist Freda Bosgra from Raw Ceramics and her husband Aaron, a graphic artist and screen printer, as well as jeweller Emily Duggan.

One room has been put aside for pop-up artists doing temporary residencies, including the likes of weavers and wooden spoon carvers.

There will also be regular small group classes in the likes of pottery and weekly art classes conducted by Ruth Lindsell from Ripples Art Farm, who will hold both day and night sessions.

The Artisan's Hand will initially be open Thursday to Sunday from 10am until at least 2pm, and sometimes later, and offer the chance to see artists at work and talk to them about their skills.

If you want to follow the artists check out the artists in residence: @bosgray_at_glaziers_bay, @emmirejewellery and @petermarkrhodes_tas

The Artisan's Hand is at 22 Mary St, Cygnet, TAS 7112 - just a stone's throw from where I live.

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