St Cuthberts Mill are experts in manufacturing high quality artists papers. Our accomplished papermakers carefully make professional mould made papers, using one of the few remaining cylinder mould machines left in the world.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017- 'Prospect'

23 September- 8 October
Somerset Art Weeks is the unique celebration of Visual Arts in Somerset.
Alternating between Open Studios and Festival years, Somerset Art Weeks is now firmly established as one of the biggest showcases celebrating the visual arts in the South West. With over 350 artists in 120 venues for 16 days of this autumn’s Festival, many venues have embraced the theme ‘Prospect’ in their shows and events.

St Cuthberts Mill

For the first time St Cuthberts Mill is opening its doors for guided tours during Somerset Arts Week! St Cuthberts Mill is an 18th century paper mill, which is now an internationally renowned business.

Visitors will be given a unique insight into the world of creating artists papers. At St Cuthberts we produce a wide variety of high quality papers, including Bockingford, Saunders Waterford, Millford and Somerset papers. Each individual tour will provide an enhanced view of this process.
The tours will be a strictly pre-booked event. 
**Please note that the mill is a historical building with uneven ground, steep steps, and slippery surfaces. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Patchings Art Festival 2017

Work in progress by Ann Blockley on Saunders Waterford paper

The St Cuthberts Mill crew have just experienced a weekend full of creativity at Patchings Art Festival. All our art demonstrators were fantastic, and the crowds had a brilliant time. We had our ‘Try and Test’ area again this year which was a huge success, and was manned by Dominic Cooper and Kate Taylor from St Cuthberts.

StC's Catherine Frood with artist Carne Griffiths

An artist new to Patchings was Carne Griffiths. Carne performed several demonstrations for us over the weekend. Well done to Carne for keeping the audience entertained when the electrics blew, firstly because of his kettle (he paints with hot tea, ink, and alcohol), and secondly because a camper van plugged in, and tripped the electrics out. Even with these slight interruptions, every demo went exceptionally well. A massive thank you to demo artists David Bellamy, Ann Blockley, Soraya French and Carne Griffiths. And huge thanks to everyone at Patchings Art Centre for yet another fabulous festival!

Jenny Keal with husband/artist David Bellamy

Wonderfully vibrant work by artist Soraya French

See you for the Patchings Art Festival's '25th Anniversary' next year!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Patchings Art Festival 2017


10am to 5pm each day – 

gates open from 9am

Were looking forward to Patchings Art Festival next week! Thanks to Daler-Rowney for the goodies for our Try & Test area. Make sure you come along to splash some paint around on our papers!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

TH Saunders
(19 September 1813 – 5 February 1870)

Thomas Harry Saunders was a British paper-maker known especially for his watermarks, he was also a philanthropist.

Watermark at St Cuthberts Mill (2017)

He was the youngest child of hoop-maker John Saunders. He began a career in paper-making in his twenties, and became a partner in a paper mill in 1840.

TH Saunders won many international exhibitions for his light and shade watermarks. He created a business of six paper mills, one of them being Phoenix Mill at Dartford in Kent.

Watermark at St Cuthberts Mill (2017)

TH Saunders was a member of the Royal Society of Arts.

TH Saunders is still a registered trademark for drawing and watercolour paper, now produced as Saunders Waterford paper at St Cuthberts Mill.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Terry Harrison

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of artist Terry Harrison. We have collaborated with Terry for many, many years, and have always had a close relationship with this wonderful, kind and caring man. Our thoughts are with Fiona, family and friends.
We will miss him greatly.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Nathaniel Hornsby: A Portrait In Watercolour 2017 

The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibitor Nathaniel Hornsby gives an insight into his creative process on location at St Cuthberts Mill in Haybridge, Somerset. 

For more information, please visit #STWC17 @WatercolourComp

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Banbury Art Festival 2017

Banbury Art Festival
11th June 2017,
10am – 4pm at Spiceball Park, Banbury

An art festival celebrating all that is wonderful about local arts and crafts, where not only can the public see the artists at work, they can buy locally produced handmade pieces of art. St Cuthberts Mill will be attending with an exciting 'Try & Test' area! And artists Paul Weaver and Barry Whitehouse will be demonstrating using our papers!

11am Paul Weaver (using Bockingford Rough paper)
12pm Barry Whitehouse (using Bockingford CP(NOT) with acrylics)
1pm Paul Weaver (using Bockingford Rough paper)
2pm Barry Whitehouse (using Saunders Waterford CP(NOT) paper with inks and dyes)

Watch the potter pot, the painter paint and the weaver weave!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Varsha Bhatia: Architecture in Watercolour 2017 

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition exhibitor Varsha Bhatia, paints on location at St Cuthberts Mill ahead of the 2017 exhibition. Varsha was using St Cuthberts Mill's Saunders Waterford paper.
For more information, visit #STWC17 @WatercolourComp

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Mendip Business Awards 2017

St Cuthberts Mill is sponsoring the Business of the Year (5 or more employees) ​Award - celebrating Mendip's overall best Business of the Year! We'll be there on Friday to give the award to the winner! Good luck all!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Paper Giveaway - COMING VERY SOON! 
#paper #papermaking #artistpapers #giveaway 

Friday, 21 April 2017


Foolscap watermark - St Cuthberts Mill archives

The name ‘foolscap’ originates from circa 1700 in Europe. However, the earliest record of foolscap paper can be dated back to 1479 in Germany. It was named after the fools cap and bell’s watermark which was commonly used on the old folio-sized paper. 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017

Calling all watercolour artists: 
The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017 has launched!

Now in its 30th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Whether it be through abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional, the competition aims to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media.

To enter, visit by Monday 26 June.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Patchings Art Festival 
13 - 16 July 2017

Advanced Patchings Festival Tickets NOW ON SALE!
Book early to Save at least £1.00 per ticket on the gate price….
A chance to see Art, Craft and Photography in action
whilst enjoying a great day out…

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Filming at St Cuthberts Mill

Yesterday we were filming with Parker Harris, in collaboration with The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, at St Cuthberts Mill. We invited three fabulous artists, David A ParfittVarsha Bhatia - Watercolour Artist, and Nathaniel Hornsby to come and see how we make paper. All three were also filmed for the launch of The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. Cameraman/filmmaker Steve Gammond, along with Iona Rowland Art from Parker Harris, were filming and directing. All were in awe of our papermaking processes, and didn't realise what goes into creating our papers. A fabulous day, a big thank you to everyone involved. Here are a few photos from the day!

St Cuthberts Mill's Catherine Frood (Marketing Executive)

Artist David A Parfitt

Iona Rowland (Parker Harris), and Filmmaker Steve Gammond

Filmmaker Steve Gammond

Artists Nathaniel Hornsby, Varsha Bhatia, and David Parfitt

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Filming with Parker Harris and 
The Sunday Times Watercolour Comp

Tomorrow brings an exciting day of filming in collaboration with Parker Harris and The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. We'll be having 3 amazing artists coming for a day of art and papermaking at St Cuthberts Mill, and all will be captured on film.
Make sure to check in for some amazing updates!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Why does a paper buckle?

When applying water to paper it moves and buckles (known as cockling by papermakers) because the application of the wash to the sheet causes one side to expand slightly.

However, the other side remains dry, and due to the sizing contained within the sheet, it does not expand. To counteract this expansion on the wetted side, the paper does the only thing it can, and bows and buckles. This is very unsightly for the finished painting, and difficult to work with, because the paint will pool in the waves of the paper.

Buckling mainly affects paper weighing 300g/m² and below.

To stop the paper buckling in the first instance, soak and stretch the paper prior to use, use a heavy weight paper that doesn't move much, or use a block glued on all 4 edges. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Alexandra Buckle printing 'Daisy Delights' on Somerset Satin paper

Totally fascinating to watch! Alexandra Buckle printing Daisy Delights. 
Linocut with water based inks on Somerset Satin paper. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Art by Judith Farnworth: My Thoughts on Watercolour Paper

Art by Judith Farnworth: My Thoughts on Watercolour Paper: I get asked at every single workshop about the paper paints and brushes I use so thought I would do a blog about paper. Weights Paper w...

Monday, 30 January 2017

Photos from Creativeworld 2017

We are currently at Creativeworld, Frankfurt am Main. :) You can find us at the F.I.L.A. stand, Hall 4.1 Stand G51. Here are a few photos to view!

Watercolour on Saunders Waterford paper
 by artist Anders Andersson

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Creativeworld 2017

28 - 31 January

In a few weeks we will be heading to the Creativeworld 2017 Trade Show at Messefrankfurt in Germany. This year we will be on a new stand, Hall 4.1 Stand G51. We will be at the F.I.L.A. stand which will incorporate us and our sister brands, Lyra, Lukas, Canson, Daler Rowney, and Maimeri. 

Catherine Frood (Marketing Executive), Ray Wood (Sales Manager), Phil Staple (Production Manager), and Dominic Cooper (Papermaker) will be attending, and look forward to seeing you there!