Thank you to everyone who visited our last Open Studio event in April 2023 as part of the wider Chichester Art Trail. Our next Open Studio will be held on Saturday 18 May, Sunday 19 May, Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May 2024.
Can I visit your workshop at any other time?
Yes of course! If you are unable to attend our open days, or would like to visit us sooner, please contact us. We can then make a suitable arrangement for you to visit.
What is an Open Studio?
“An Open Studio is an experience in itself. It offers the exciting invitation to see artists’ [and designers’] work in the context of its creation”. – COS
Open Studios provide the ideal opportunity to see inside the very place where ideas and concepts creatively come to fruition. Edward Johnson’s studio and workshop is at the very heart of his business, and he loves to ‘open the doors’ and share it with you all.
It is an ideal opportunity to visit (or revisit). The open studio enables you to see a display of Edward’s furniture, see work in progress, meet some of the team, and of course, most importantly, meet Ed who is available to discuss his work, techniques, and design inspiration. We always look forward to meeting you for the first time or to seeing you once again at this annual event.
Ed first joined the Chichester Art Trail in 2018, and has continued to do so each year since (2020 was missed for obvious reasons!!). The fabulous Nicola Hancock (former Chair of Chichester Open Studios) conducted a studio interview with Ed back then, that is still highly relevant today. In the interview Ed discusses the studio, workshop, tools, and the daily routine.
What is your normal day in the workshop like?
Lights on, kettle on, and check that my fellow cabinet makers are clear on what needs doing for the day. Nowadays, more of my time is spent in the studio and visiting clients, but I also still work at the bench especially when we have complicated projects on. My typical day involves keeping the team busy, whether that is designing the next project, selecting timber and materials, producing production drawings, problem solving and project management or hands on making. My list is long and varied.
From an interview between Edward Johnson & Nicola Hancock
Edward Johnson Ltd, Pea Barn, Old Park Farm, Old Park Lane, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8EX
Directions to our studio and workshop.
*Please note: We politely request that all children are accompanied by an adult due to the nature of the workshop setting.