What is the Workhouse Chapel?

For the past 8 years the Workhouse Chapel has been the creative workshop of textile artist, Rose Hatcher.  It has also been the seasonal home of one of Dorset's best kept secrets, Handmade for Christmas.  H4C is open for all of November and December each year and showcases over 60 makers and artists from Dorset and surrounding counties.  Despite the secrecy clause ;-), it is fast becoming one of Dorset's best loved and best attended Christmas events.  

2020 at the Workhouse Chapel

Rose Hatcher (Textile Artist) and Kate Osman (Glass) are both successful and established makers who long to break free from the boxes that constrain and the labels that define them! Together they have hatched an escape plan... and the Workhouse Chapel is the centre of operations...  Of course they won't abandon their creative roots, but rather branch out into cultivating, exploring and refining other ways of working, other materials, other styles - all interspersed with much laughter, tea-drinking and just maybe a cake or three.  Joining them in the mayhem will be Rose's husband, Bob (Accidental Stars) , and Michelle Clements-Davies (Harbours and Paintings).


With the focus very much on conservation, recycling, and keeping it local, they aim to work collaboratively, pooling their huge wealth of creative knowledge, developing each other's skills and supporting each other's weaknesses.  

Who knows what the results will be?  All we know is that this is going to be a lot of fun, and probably very, very messy!  

The Chapel will be open from 10 - 4 on Fridays and Saturdays from Easter until the end of September.  If you wish to visit at other times, please ring or email first to make an appointment.  


Handmade for Christmas preparations will take most of October, so please be patient - you know it will be worth the wait!!!  Handmade for Christmas opens at 9 a.m. on November 1st and is then open every day - yes! every day (apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day) during November and December.

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