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County Antrim Open StudiosOur Story

CAOS is a network of independent craftworkers and artists living and working in County Antrim, who open their workshops and studios to visitors. Founded in 2022 by a bookbinder and a weaver after a conversation over a cup of tea one summer afternoon.

As Lorna, the weaver explained, “We realised that there were many talented people working in their own spaces, often isolated, and decided to form a network which would help us to support other artists whilst advertising their talents to a wider audience. We spoke to those we knew, and the small idea started to grow and now we have a wonderful collective of artists and artisans who open their studios to visitors.”

All CAOS members are skilled practitioners whose high level of design and finish make them nationally and internationally renowned. They understand how important it is for visitors and customers to see the making processes first-hand and to be able to gain a deeper insight of the work that goes into the products before they buy. Our members are all passionate about their work and enjoy talking to visitors whilst demonstrating their skills.

Whether you are in the area for a short visit or live here with us, there is a wealth of creative talent for you to discover in County Antrim and the welcome will be warm. Exploring the area and experiencing the process of fine art and craft-making creates memories. What better way to remember your visit than to leave with a unique piece of handcrafted art or having commissioned a bespoke gift for a special occasion.

CAOSOur Glass & Ceramics

CAOS is home to an incredibly talented collection of ceramic and glass artists, each renowned for their work.  Their works are mindfully hand crafted with reference to natural colour palettes, delicate detailing and organic textures. Each artist responds in their own way to the natural world around them and uses the raw materials skilfully and individually. All of our ceramic and glass artists create beautiful and useful items for your home.
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CAOSOur Art

Our visual artists are nationally and internationally renowned and work across a wide range of media. In most cases their work reflects the natural environment around them but all are rooted in the County Antrim landscape. For watercolours, print making, felt art, collage and much more visit our local visual artists.
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Maine Valley Tree ServicesOur Associates

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Tree Felling

We can remove trees from your property, and we will dispose of the trees properly. The removal of dead and dangerous trees in confined spaces is an exacting task that requires specialised skills. Our experienced tree surgeons can carry out this work quickly, safely using advanced high-quality equipment such as rigging or mobile cranes to retake control when necessary. Contact us today for a free quote!.

£5 million Public Liability Insurance
Wood can be processed for firewood if required
Trees up to 20m can be extracted

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Stump Removal

We offer a stump grinding service and can remove the smallest to largest of tree stumps, even in difficult locations. Using specialist technology for a fast, safe result, we grind down the remains of your tree including its stump and root, reducing it to sawdust so it can be easily taken away.

£5 million Public Liability Insurance
Stump can be processed into Sawdust for bedding if required
Removal can be completed in one day

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Stump Removal

We offer a stump grinding service and can remove the smallest to largest of tree stumps, even in difficult locations. Using specialist technology for a fast, safe result, we grind down the remains of your tree including its stump and root, reducing it to sawdust so it can be easily taken away.

£5 million Public Liability Insurance
Stump can be processed into Sawdust for bedding if required
Removal can be completed in one day

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Hedge maintenance

Hedges are an effective way to screen your land from eye view, but they can quickly lose their shape if not maintained. This will affect the aesthetic value and effectiveness of hedgerows in shading out unwanted elements. If you're looking after large hedges with multiple specimen trees we offer consultations so that our arborists may advise the best pruning times.

Expert advice on times of year to cut
Recommendations for hedge feeding can be supplied
All waste removed and disposed off

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Tree pruning

We provide a comprehensive range of pruning services.We can offer advice on which is the best option for a particular tree or circumstance.Maine Valley Tree Services provide tree maintenance services in the Greater Antrim Area.

Crown Thinning: Can improve light penetration whilst retaining tree shape
Crown Reducing: Reduce overall tree size when tree has outgrown its place
Crown Maintenance: Removal of dead, diseased and damaged branches
Dead Wooding: Removal of all deadwood from tree to improve safety

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Tree pruning

We provide a comprehensive range of pruning services.We can offer advice on which is the best option for a particular tree or circumstance.Maine Valley Tree Services provide tree maintenance services in the Greater Antrim Area.

Crown Thinning: Can improve light penetration whilst retaining tree shape
Crown Reducing: Reduce overall tree size when tree has outgrown its place
Crown Maintenance: Removal of dead, diseased and damaged branches
Dead Wooding: Removal of all deadwood from tree to improve safety

Email for a Tree Pruning Quote

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Tree Planting

Maine Valley Tree Services have a wide variety of tree species available, and we will work with you to choose the best trees for your property. Maine Valley Tree Services can plant trees for your property. Trees can provide a number of benefits for your home, including shade, privacy, and increased curb appeal. We also offer a tree maintenance program to keep your trees healthy and looking their best. Contact us today to learn more about our tree planting and maintenance services.

Expert advice on best varieties to plant for your area
Recommendations for tree feeding can be supplied
Trees can be supplied at wholesale prices

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Firewood & Wood chips

Maine Valley Tree Services offer a wide variety of firewood and wood chips, including hardwood, softwood, and local grown wood. We can of course process your own trees and hedges into firewood and wood chips if so desired. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Firewood - Supplied or created from your own trees
Hardwood Firewood supplied in single bags or ton bags
Softwood Firewood supplied in single bags or ton bags

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Firewood & Wood chips

Maine Valley Tree Services offer a wide variety of firewood and wood chips, including hardwood, softwood, and local grown wood. We can of course process your own trees and hedges into firewood and wood chips if so desired. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Firewood - Supplied or created from your own trees
Hardwood Firewood supplied in single bags or ton bags
Softwood Firewood supplied in single bags or ton bags

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CAOSOur jewellers

Our jewellers cover such a wide range of styles and materials. Their studios are rooted in the County Antrim landscape and this is reflected in their designs and use of materials. All our jewellers are suberb craftspeople whose pieces are of the top quality. Each jeweller can display a range of ready to wear pieces as well as welcoming commissions.
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CAOSOur Artisans

Our artisans are renowned for the high quality of their work across a wide range of traditional crafts, including but certainly not limited to spoon carving, violin making, bookbinding and weaving. Their expertise and craftsmanship is combined with a response to the landscape around them to produce beautiful and useful items for your home.

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Our CustomersLove Our Service

I recently had the pleasure of purchasing a stunning piece of artwork from one of your CAOS members, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. The artist truly understands colour and composition, and her skills shine through in every brush stroke. Not only do I love the energy that this painting brings to my living space, but I'm also thrilled to have financially supported an amazing female artist in my community. If you are looking for unique home decor that stands out from the crowd, it is well worth investing in art made by a CAOS member!Suzanne, Ballymena, Co.Antrim
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I am absolutely delighted with the ceramic. The level of quality and craftsmanship was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - and the art itself is highly impressive. I'm incredibly pleased to have made this purchase, as it has become a standout item in my home. The artist was also very professional throughout the entire process, answering all of my questions and even sending additional photos for me to view before making my final decision. I would highly recommend CAOS members to anyone looking for quality ceramics!Claire, Galgorm, Co.Antrim
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