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This year's Autumn Leaves Studio Tour coloured Grey County this past weekend

blacksmith working in the flames

Brad Kush, assisted by his son Logan, gave live blacksmithing demonstrations at his Broad River Forge in Neustadt during the Autumn Leaves Studio Tour. Passionate about his craft, Kush makes hand forged ironwork using traditional methods with a particular penchant for making tools. He also offers private blacksmithing lessons.


BY LYNNE TURNER FOR SOUTHGREY.CA — Paintings, photography and pottery, as well as glass, metal, fibre and wood creations, were all part of the annual Autumn Leaves Studio Tour October 4, 5 and 6.

Artists across a wide swath of Grey County flung open the doors to their studios October 4, 5 and 6 for the 26th annual self guided tour. Several hosted guest artists and their craft as well.

looking at a brochure and metal

Sharilyn Clowes, right, shows a brochure about the artistic ironwork and fabrication done by her husband Brian Clowes, to Karen McClellan, while Greg Sheldon takes a closer look at a chandelier. McClellan and Sheldon are orchestra musicians from Windsor who made a weekend out of the Autumn Leaves Studio Tour. Forty Hills Forge was a guest at Jennifer H. Clark's West Grey studio for the weekend.


jennifer clark standing in front of work

In her straw bale studio on the Camp Oliver Road, Jennifer H. Clark creates paintings inspired by the beauty of West Grey. With a background in ceramics and a love of form and texture, Clark's paintings on canvas or wood are created with unique sculptural frames as well as traditional wooden frames.


sitting at the potter's wheel

Richard Mund of Richard Mund Pottery in Neustadt gave wheel throwing demonstrations throughout the weekend. A collection of his maiolica and polychromatic glazed functional pottery was on display at his Jacob Street studio.


standing in front of display of work

Woodturner Larry A. Cluchey, who has been creating fine artistic turnery for 30 years, is a mainstay in the Autumn Leaves Studio Tour. He is pictured with just a small portion of the items on display at his Neustadt area studio. He was joined this year by Kieran Clutchey who makes wooden earrings.


tim fisher and lamb

Fibre Artist Jennifer Osborn gave barn tours so visitors could meet her sheep and ducks while Tim Fisher, pictured with Neville Lamb-Bottom, manned the All Sorts Acre Farm Store on Highway 6 north of Mount Forest. Neville Lamb-Bottom is a premature lamb which the couple bottle-fed. Handcrafted small batch sheep milk, gelato, pastured lamb and local wool fresh from the farm are offered for sale at the farm store, as well as Osborn's handmade wool felt creations.

Photos by Lynne Turner

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