The Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival, the county’s giant May banquet of paintings and pottery, silvesmithing, stained glass, fashion and furniture moves into its second week this weekend, as one hundred and twenty venues across South Oxfordshire open their doors and welcome you in to explore a wealth of art spaces, and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with the artist/designer-maker who inhabits them.

With 1000 people showing their art across the county, there’s a whole A-Z of artists, so here’s a selection of the alphabet who are exhibiting this week and next, from May14-22.

Arlidge, Anne: glass artist

Working from a studio in Lower Assenden, Anne Arlidge works with recycled Dartington glass which is blown, cut and polished, slumped and cast into both decorative and practical forms, small and large. They catch and hold the light, whether the low light of winter or that of the full summer sun, providing every changing enjoyment. Her pieces include a varied range, from ‘meltwater’ panels inspired by the Thames and incorporating a message on climate change, to fun and more frivolous group of vases called Jelly Pots because they started with the colours of jelly beans. Anne can be visited in Ewelme this week at Artweeks venue 220.

Bosley, Jo: potter

With her neighbour and fellow potter Lyn Harrison, Jo Bosley is opening a whimsical wildlife wonderland for Artweeks– their decorated stoneware planters and decorative pieces are unique, and fired to 1240 degrees centigrade making them frost-proof, they’re fit for the garden. Visit their two interlinked cottage garden spaces on Steventon Green, and you’ll find these small green spaces crowded with characters: ducks and hens, cats and more surprising creations. Some are straightforward, some have an aboriginal patterning and others would be fit for a Beatrice Potter tale, as a frog fishes lazily from a ceramic boat, or be tempted by the owl and the pussycat to decorate your garden pond. Jo can be visited in Steventon this week at Artweeks venue 241.

Cropper, Louise: furniture maker

Louise Cropper has been designing and making furniture since the 1980s, using marquetry, the application of thin pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures, forging a career from the crafting of straight-edged cabinets that look curved, an ‘impossible steps’ cabinet inspired by Escher, and a range of mirrors that are perfect for a Wonderland Looking Glass.

Cropper first became interested in woodwork at school and ‘I was the first girl to take a Woodwork O level, much to everyone's consternation,’ she laughs. She was inspired to make furniture with an illusionary element when she realised that just by changing the thickness of a line you can create an illusion, give an image shape or depth. Meet Louise and be surprised by her impossible furniture, boxes and more this week, in Nuffield near Wallingford, at Artweeks venue 225.

Duff, Jane; painter

Tucked in a picturesque spot at the bottom of Wittenham Clumps, artist Jane Duff has spent the year capturing Oxfordshire's hidden nature reserves with her paintbrushes. Having recently taken an advanced diploma in environmental conservation, her eyes were opened afresh to wildlife trust land, reclaimed gravel sites and newly planted woodlands around the county, and their beauty. Jane has also recently painted specific viewpoints of the Blenheim Palace estate for their current Capability Brown 300th anniversary exhibition and with her new found love of the hidden natural landscapes, has been inspired by the woodland, the ancient oaks, river and wild flowers around the lake. You can see these this week, and hear more about Jane’s inspiration, at Artweeks venue 204.

Zinovieff, Annabelle; book-binder

Who could be better to summarize the A-Z of Oxfordshire Artists that Annabelle Zinovieff, the maker of handbound notebooks in a striking range of primary and natural colours, patterned and plain. Annabelle is showing her work in Great Coxwell Village, home to a magnificent tithe barn, where nine artists will be showing and demonstrating their art including stone carving, wood turning and photography. You’ll also find delicate jewellery incorporating semi-precious beads and stones, hammered and soldered in silver and gold by Margaret Townsend and wonderful colourful mosaics by Faringdon’s Jo Webster. These artists can be visited along a village trail in Great Coxwell, near Faringdon as Artweeks venue 294.

Oxfordshire Artweeks for south Oxfordshire runs from May14-22. Go to