The Northern Chapter had a private tour of Unison Colour for its Summer visit. Unison Colour began in the early 1980s when artist John Hersey found that mass-produced, factory-made pastels simply did not offer the qualities he was looking for, so he decided to make his own. Today the company hand-make over a quarter of a million sticks a year! Set amongst rolling hills of the beautiful Northumberland countryside, this family run business is now run by Kate Hersey and her son Dan. For our exclusive visit we were treated to a tour of the pigment room and a demonstration of the art of hand rolling and preparing the coloured pastels. Each colour has a recipe attached to it created by John Hersey to which the friendly staff, all local, adhere to this day. The highlight of the visit was an opportunity to play with the pastels and explore our creative sides.
Our visit culminated with tea and shortbread in the country kitchen around a large wooden table where the members had a chance to ask more questions, buy the products and take a tour of the house.
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