Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019 - Deptford


Cockpit Arts, Deptford



Open to the Public


Open Studios

Winter Open Studios

6 – 8 December

Cockpit Arts, Deptford

Cockpit Arts’ celebrated Winter Open Studios - located in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford and heart of Bloomsbury – brings you the chance to meet and shop directly with over 140 of London’s finest makers during two weekends. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive chance to meet some of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent.

Throwing open the studio doors, it’s the destination for festive shopping and to buy direct from Cockpit’s makers, designers and artists. Whether you’re looking for jewellery, homewares, ceramics or fashion accessories … there’s so much to choose from for a gift that will be truly treasured. 

"A visit to Cockpit Arts is one of London’s most joyful winter experiences,” says Cockpit’s CEO, Annie Warburton, "whether a once-in-a-lifetime heirloom piece or a simple, hand-printed card, there’s little to beat buying fine craft in the studio where it was made, direct from the person who made it.

I love how people’s faces light up as they discover something new or get lost in browsing, conversation and the warmth of Cockpit's atmosphere.  It’s a convivial experience, far away from the affray of the high street, and many come back to us year after year to see what’s new.

There’s a special magic, like nowhere else - and gifts bought here carry that magic with them."

What’s new?

Cockpit has welcomed many new makers in 2019 and those opening the doors to their studios for the first time include:

Fashion jeweller Ella Fearon-Low (Cockpit Arts / Newby Trust Craft Excellence Award), wood-turner Arturo Soto, (winner of 2018 Cockpit Arts/UAL Artist/Maker Creative Enterprise Award and 2019 Turner’s Company Award), ceramicist Ula Saniawa (2019 Clear Insurance Award winner) and two 2019 Clothworkers’ Company Awardees, Jacob Monk and Ariane Fourquier.

Constructed-textile artist Richard McVetis joins Cockpit as recipient of the Cockpit Arts / Newby Trust Craft Excellence Awards. Richard was a 2018 finalist of the prestigious LOEWE Craft Prize, established by British fashion designer and LOEWE creative director Jonathan Anderson as the major annual international award for contemporary craft. 

Buy direct from the studios of well-known makers

Cockpit supports well-established and highly acclaimed makers as well as those at the start of their journeys. Taking a break from their busy schedules to meet Winter Open Studios visitors, this talented group include

  • artist-wood turner, Eleanor Lakelin (2019 highlights include Collect, Scorched at Sarah Myerscough Gallery and Masterpiece)
  • jeweller and now sculptor, Jo Hayes Ward (public art commission for Riverside Studios’ new building and featured in Vanity Fair On Jewellery magazine)
  • glass artist, Katharine Coleman MBE (TEFAF Maastricht 2019 with Adrian Sassoon Gallery and solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh)
  • ethical jeweller fair trade champion, Ute Decker
  • FRANZ Rising Star Awardee, ceramic artist, Helen Johannessen
  • milliner-to-royalty, Judy Bentinck

London’s top jewellers

The perfect special occasion gift has always been jewellery and you’re spoilt for choice with Cockpit’s resident makers. Made with gold, diamonds, gemstones, and less conventional materials, stunning pieces are available exclusively from leading jewellers including:

Catherine MannheimEmma CalvertHannah BedfordKelvin BirkJacqueline CullenLucy MartinPetra BishaiMark NuellTeri HowesFrances Wadsworth JonesMaya SelwayLaura Ngyou

With many being selected to exhibit at this year’s prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair.

Stylish homewares

Available from some of the best retailers and direct from the source during Winter Open Studios, the array of stylish additions for your homes include hand thrown porcelain tea-lights by Luna Lighting, blankets and wall pieces by handweaver Laura Woodhouse, printed kitchenware by Thornback and Peel, beautifully illustrated wallpapers by Sian Zheng, knitted cushions and throws from Polly Griffiths and bold interiors by Lush Designs and Jen Rowland.

And if you’re searching for more unusual gifts

Then look no further … marbled notebooks by Marmor Paperie, miniature DIY curio kits by Another Studio,  wallpieces by Tuesday Riddell, created using the ancient craft of japanning, bespoke bicycle saddles from Grafton Saddler, handmade violins from Jonathan Hill, contemporary basketry from Alison Dickens  and 3D printed accessories from Rentaro Nishimura.

Accessories for everyone

High quality, stunning leather bags, cases and wallets from Yussico, Pasman Leather, Justin Oh and Charles Laurie are just a handful of examples available, with high-fashion headwear from top milliner Karen Henriksen and Elise Gustilo.

HOLBORN  29 November – 2 December

Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP

Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square

Opening times TBC

DEPTFORD 6 – 8 December
18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ

Deptford Bridge Deptford

Opening times TBC


Advance tickets £5 (includes entry to both Holborn and Deptford)

Tickets available from

Please note advance ticket sales start on 1 October and close at midnight on 24 November.

On the Door

Holborn £6 (inc. free entry at Deptford)

Deptford £4