Kate Marshall – artist, teacher, associate artist

I have always been open to collaborations with people working in different disciplines so I was very proud to be asked to be one of the first Coombe Associate Artists alongside Belinda Lee Chapman,  but despite a passion for watching contemporary dance, I hadn’t worked with a dancer so I was immediately intrigued to see […]

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Belinda Lee Chapman – Director B2B Theatre & Coombe Associate Artist

Black and white image of Belinda Chapman dancing at Coombe Farm Studios

Very recently Lara asked if I would like to be an associate artist at Coombe Farm studio’s, along with Kate Marshall a local Devon artist. Part of the deal was that I would write a blog, I’ve been putting it off for a while, not sure if it would be interesting enough for any one […]

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Sarah Bee

Sarah Bee Pastels & Mixed Media Tutor Portrait

We are delighted to be adding a new tutor to our stable of professional artists who share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sarah Bee moved from working as a graphic designer into makeup and body painting for the film, photography and advertising […]

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I feel completely taken care of while working at Coombe, the food, the coffee, the lush environment, and mostly the helpful and talented people who take care of you.  It is a truly special artists retreat. Laurie Steen RWA  …

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It’s the start of a new development for Coombe…partly bringing some of my Dartington, Visiting Arts and British Council worlds into the Coombe Valley…   Whilst we were developing the new Coombe website it seemed a like a good time to think about what Coombe is really about, and what we will be doing over […]

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Beetroot and Coconut Soup (feeds 4)

White bowl with Beetroot & coconut soup

Another really simple quick lunchtime soup that’s popular with all our students – it’s delicious, nutritious and gorgeously colourful so suits Coombe perfectly! Thanks for this Lauren! 1 x tin coconut milk // 2 fresh beetroot // Salt and pepper to taste // Pinch of cumin seeds // Pinch of grounded cumin // Pinch of […]

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Gemma Mallol on the art of yoga

  There is so much to be learned from what is happening inside of us, from being able to feel into our internal world, from being viscerally connected. There is so much life, creativity, connection available to every human being. There is so much in this modern world that encourages somatic disconnection – that fosters […]

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Veg Patch

Coombe vegetable garden at dusk

I’m happy to report that after a rather slow start the vegetable garden is now coming into it’s own. Garlic planted last November has been harvested and broad beans all eaten. Rhubarb crumbles and tarts are frequent deserts! Now as you can see from the basket we have deliciously peppery radishes, mange tout, artichokes and […]

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Unlock your creativity

Dolphin Rock by Gerry Dudgeon

Gerry Dudgeon wrote an excellent article for Artists & Illustrators magazine titled 9 tips for Unlocking Creativity. They included; What about composition? Should you draw the imagery onto the canvass first or work totally intuitively and allow the activity of painting to dictate the arrangement of forms as it progresses? This is a tricky question […]

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Roses in bloom

Peace Rose Coombe Garden

The roses are blooming beautifully at the moment, the peace rose at the back of the house has never had so many blooms. I think it looks stunning in a vase with some acid brights like our yellow poppies. The courtyard is turning a gorgeous shade of blue, perfect for painting, with Campanula blooming in […]

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Clearing out space + recycling clay

Bowl, Clay, Gloves

We had a great clear out of the studio spaces the other week prior to having a wedding in the Studios – 90 people eating, dancing and generally having a good time. It was the wedding of good friend Katrina to her partner of 17 years, Adrian. Katrina and I were at school together and […]

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Quick lunchtime recipe – Spinach & Thai Curry Soup

Baby spinach

    One of our popular lunchtime soups at Coombe is a really simple one. A Thai Green curry spinach & potato soup that’s really easy to make and everyone seems to love it… as long as I don’t over spice it… which can happen because I spent months in Vietnam years ago & now […]

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Skill Sharing

Earth coloured paints squeezed out to demonstrate colour hues

We run residential courses year-round in painting, printmaking and ceramics. Non-residential places are also availble. Tuition at Coombe centres around a passion for sharing skills, ideas and knowelege to enable and grow creativity. All our tutors are professional artists who make a living from their art, and whilst each of them have their own style of teaching, […]

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Great food, good company

Long lunch table at Coombe Farm studios

Our couses focus on the sharing of skills and techniques so you can advance you skills significantly at whatever level you are. The experience of being here is also about being in a beautiful place, great food, good company, fantastic locations and a relaxed and friendly environment.  Courses run year-round with each season providing its own unique […]

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Paint fresh, vibrant watercolours

Paul Riley 'The Magic of Watercolour Flowers' book cover

Our lead tutor, Paul Riley, is best known for his fresh, vibrant watercolour flowers and following his previous books selling out we thought it was time for an update on the his classic ‘Watercolour Flowers’. In his new book The Magic of Watercolour Flowers, you’ll find a lush guide to a favorite medium and a […]

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Yoga at Coombe

Yoga has become an integral part of life at Coombe. We have a regular drop in class on Tuesdays (6.00pm-7.30pm, Vinyassa Flow, open to all abilities). It is open to the general public as well as participants on our courses and is £8 to our tutor.   We also have a regular workshop programme run […]

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Robert Manners

Robert Manners print 'Implied Resistance'

Robert works across disciplines including painting and printmaking. His interest in painting and his approach to it extends to the way he approaches printmaking. Meticulous in detail and taking layers as a starting point he constructs beautiful work combining the constant experimentation of materials with the use of strong colour, often with surprising combinations. Following […]

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Studios & Gallery

Kate Marshall teaching at Coombe (c Malin Sjoberg)

Our studios are used for our residential courses, for artists making new work and for creative retreats. They include a large light filled multi-diciplinary studio, which we primarily use for painting, a print workshop, a pottery and a jewellery workshop. All the studios are located around our central courtyard. If you are an artist living […]

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Kate Marshall

Kate Marshall Linocutting

Living and working in Devon, Kate graduated from Goldsmiths in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art and History, Live Art performance often feature in her shows; including the 2006 Liverpool Biennial, which received coverage on BBC 2 and her debut solo show in London in 2007 which was singled out by the Sunday Times […]

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Jill Fanshawe Kato

Jill Fanshawe Kato

Jill Fanshawe Kato is an internationally renowned ceramicist & lecturer, she exhibits widely in the UK and Japan where she has had over 40 exhibitions. She writes regularly for ceramics, craft & design publications and taught at Goldsmiths College for many years. Jill has been teaching ceramics at Coombe Farm Studios for over 13 years […]

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