where creativity blossoms through interactive learning.This beautiful space nestled alongside Clear Creek on The Silver Thread Scenic Byway is home for unique studios and galleries. In 2008, sisters, Teri Didde Inman and Kathy Didde Killip, became inspired to create The Studios at Bristol in the building that for 26 years had been home to The Bristol Inn Restaurant. Giving space to display decorative arts and crafts was not the only reason for this new venture. It became the mission of The Studios at Bristol to allow both artists and visitors to learn through interactive, educational exchanges using the creative process to empower their expression of creativity. Visiting with artists and craftspersons while they create their art and craft allows a better understanding of the process and builds an appreciation in the mind of the viewer.
UNDERBRUSH LTD. STUDIO, since 1977, features nature inspired designs by Kathy Killip in the form of natural wreaths, angel ornaments, photography, photo-notecards, fused glass, jewelry and Demdaco gift products including Folk HeartTM santas, snowmen & angels; Vintage Virtues® figurines of children; and Wildflower Angels® and Silversong® angels. Kathy uses her talent for combining pattern, texture and color to create her distinctive designs. She designed for Hallmark Cards Inc. for a decade and was one of three founding artists for Demdaco. She offers a rich variety of products that she has designed.
BRISTOL YARNWORKS STUDIO, since 1976, features handwoven designer originals by award-winning fiber artist, Teri Inman. She specializes in silk, cashmere and fine wools, often incorporating the process of arashi shibori into the fabrics. Designer originals include a variety of elegant styles in a medley of complex color blends. The sensual fabric, flowing with color, is created as luxurious fibers interlace in intricate weave structures. Wool from her Navajo Churro sheep is hand-dyed and spun for rugs and tapestries.
SLICKROCK STUDIO GALLERY features wood art for the home and garden by Rocky Wilson. Uniquely designed benches, love seats, headboards, tables and bowls hand hewn from juniper and pinon pine from the four corners area spotlight Rocky’s talent for finding unusual pieces of wood and then creating distinctive furniture with them. Natural stone surfaces accent bench and tabletops. Beautiful burls which Rocky has carved out into massive bowls are one of a kind centerpieces.
THE LOFT GALLERY features artworks by local artists. Beautiful nature photography by Bob Seago is offered in framed artwork, mounted artwork and notecards. Vi Koch creates quilt art with images inspired by nature. Woodworking, by J.B. Norton, in the form of cheese trays, tables, and bowls featuring burl wood are products that J.B. enjoys creating. Beautiful surface designed fabrics by Darlene Danko have been fashioned into distinctive jackets. Mary Hoeksema’s watercolors are famous for their crystalline design and fluidity that balance realism, abstraction, nature and spirit. Western bronzes by Bill Chappell are also featured in the gallery.
THE WORKSPACE GALLERY features functional pottery by Micheal Smith, western and Asian themed functional pottery by Ron Taylor, felt supplies by Handbehg Felt, gallery photographs by Kathy Killip and giclee prints on canvas by various western artists. Workshops are held in this space for jewelry making, felt embellishing and wreath making directed by Kathy Killip.
THE YARN SHOPPE features natural fibers and yarns hand-spun/hand-dyed at the studio as well as high quality brand names sourced from around the world. Weaving, spinning and braiding equipment and knitting and crochet needles and notions as well as fiber art books and patterns and supplies are available for purchase. Workshops are held in this space for weaving, dyeing, spinning, knitting and crocheting directed by Teri Inman.
GOAT MILK SOAP features goat milk soap made with all natural ingredients, producing rich creamy lather. High quality vegetable oils, goat milk, pure essential oils and vitamin E are mixed into Teri’s special formula for these all natural soaps. Bars made at The Studio are hand-cut and wrapped appropriately for gifts. Soap varieties include: Nutritious, Soothing Soap, Leche Jardine, Creamy Wild Rose, Calming Lavender, Aloha Shampoo Bar, Cocoa Butter, Mint Delight, Spiced Oranges, Lemon
Fleece, Simply Soap, and the new El Dorado.