Needham’s Artisans Offer Studio Tours and Spectacular Gifts


Needham, MA (November 30, 2009) – Gorse Mill Studios will hold its premier holiday open studios on Friday, December 4, through Sunday, December 6.

Open to the public, the family-friendly event will feature demonstrations and a chance to purchase the unique work of Gorse Mill artists, including pottery, hand-blown glass, jewelry, paintings, photographs, and many other gifts.


In addition, award-winning storyteller Cindy Rivka Marshall will be offering performances for all ages throughout the weekend.

This event will provide visitors with an opportunity to meet a wide variety of artists and craftspeople in their studios, some of which are open to the public only twice a year.

Hours for the event are:

December 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; December 5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; December 6, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

To accommodate holiday shoppers, many artists will also open their studios from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, December 9, 16, and 23.

Professional storyteller Cindy Rivka Marshall will tell stories that portray the importance of creativity on Friday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 5, at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., she will present “Animal Tales,” folktales from many cultures.

On Sunday, December 6, at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., she will tell stores for Hanukkah.  During the weekend, Cindy will have interactive story activities for all ages.

Gorse Mill Studios is a 19th-century former textile mill – the last of its kind in Needham – located at 31 Thorpe Road. The building was recently renovated to create art studios and the Jared Branfman Memorial Gallery, a shared gallery space that has featured several art exhibitions. Among the building’s artists are potters, ceramicists, glass blowers, painters, sculptors, mosaic artists, jewelers, photographers, illustrators, stained-glass artists, graphic designers, mixed-media artists, a storyteller, a poet, and a clothing designer.

World-renowned potter Steven Branfman and former building owner Lewis Cohen conceived of and spearheaded the renovation. Branfman’s own Potters Shop and each of the other 32 studio condominiums is deeded for artistic purposes only.

Says Branfman, “Gorse Mill Studios is the only building I’m aware of with artist-owned, work-only spaces that’s guaranteed to be artist-occupied forever.” With more than 60 percent of the studios sold in the first few months, Gorse Mills has become a vibrant community of artists from Needham and neighboring towns.

The Gorse Mill studios artist community has grown and the artists have been busy creating new work.  Come see their latest creations and see demonstrations by potters, painters, and more.  Whether you are looking to see the latest trends in contemporary and classic art or are shopping for gifts, stop by to see what the Gorse Mill artists and crafts people have to offer.

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