TUCKED away in a myriad studios across St Albans are talented artists, busy at work, hand-crafting beautiful objects.

Although the studios are rarely open to the public, an eclectic array of artists are set to welcome in guests during the 25th annual Herts Open Studios event this September.

In just over a week's time, visitors will be able to watch artists in action creating paintings, jewellery, glass work, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, photography and print work. And interaction is encouraged, with some designers even allowing visitors to have a go at making something.

Organised by Herts Visual Arts, the event aims to introduce the general public, galleries and other enterprises to artists, bringing an awareness of the diversity of talent available throughout the county.

“The artists themselves fund Open Studios and especially the publicity to promote it, so that you can enjoy a free event," says Mel Hilbrown, chairman of Herts Visual Arts. "Please take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity, whether you are a collector, an artist yourself or just curious.”

A total of 200 studios across Hertfordshire are included in this year's event.

Here's just a small selection of what's on offer in the St Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn and Hatfield.

Herts Open Studios, from September 5 to 27. Details: 07813 100651, hvaf.org.uk