The Shadowhouse

The Shadowhouse/ Cambridge Open Studios

The Shadowhouse

I came across the term ‘Shadowhouse’ in an obscure book on historical names for garden structures along with gazebo, folly, grotto etc. I thought the word was so evocative and mysterious that I adopted it as the name for my studio, as well as using it as my business address.


The Shadowhouse – a ghost story

James Churchill wrote a short ghost story entitled The Shadowhouse, which was published in The Cambridge Evening News. The setting for his story was loosely inspired by a visit here while he was doing some filming for the Romsey Art Festival -  summer 2013. I love the idea that he found inspiration here. Here’s a quote from James’s story:


‘The house wasn’t in great condition, but it had its own odd charm. The garden was bursting with plants and shrubs that had been allowed to grow for too long, leaves and spikey tendrils squished into a small urban space. On the front, ivy stretched across like veins, anchored into the weathered brickwork. Rustic. Worn…’

© James Churchill



Cambridge Open Studios 

In past years I have opened my studio and garden to the public as part of Cambridge Open Studios, held during the Cambridge Summer Festival, See left for photos from previous shows.



Studio Visitors

If you are interested in making an appointment to visit my studio at another time of the year, please email me to let me know the nature of your interest in my work. I enjoy welcoming visitors to my studio, but it is not always possible when I am at my busiest, working on commissions.