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Jo Clarke Designs

category: Basketry   

region: South East   

I create textile basketry kits and original pieces using natural renewable materials. My designs involve using traditional basketry techniques with inspiration coming from the materials, the natural world and historical references. The baskets reflect the materiality of the fibres used being mostly jute, sisal, Manila hemp, flax and cotton. Hand weaving, twining, coiling and binding are the methods I use.
I studied MA Textile Design at Norwich University of the Arts which reinforced my interest in natural renewable sustainable materials and also made me want to pass my knowledge on to other crafters. I offer workshops in my studio at DesignerMakers21 in Diss, Norfolk which go hand in hand with my basket design kits.
I am a licentiate member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and a member of the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society.

address: 21 St. Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LB

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category: Glass   

region: Midlands   

I work from my studio at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge, making my own work and teaching short courses in kiln formed glass techniques. I am drawn to the natural rhythms and patterns on the land around me. My ideas develop from time spent walking along the beach, and from time spent drawing in […]

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category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Midlands   

Born in Chiswick and now based in Staffordshire I come from a family of ‘Ponds’ who appear to have a genetic necessity for hoarding. I collect unconventional and on occasion unwanted items, some of which find their way into my pieces, often forming elements of unique one-off items. I enjoy exploring symbolic references of form, […]

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Joanna Caskie

category: Paper   

region: Scotland   

I am a mixed media artist mainly working with paper to create handmade books, collage and occasionally sculpture. I use a variety of papers, sometimes new and sometimes with a history and enjoy exploring the qualities of my materials to create unique objects. Some of these pieces are made of paper alone and some are given details and dimension with threads, paints and inks. I am drawn to working with paper because of its ability to appear fragile yet be incredibly strong and because of its amazing textural qualities. Much of my work is inspired by the natural shapes and forms I see in my rural, coastal landscape.

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John & Dawn Field

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Yorkshire   

John and Dawn Field have been making contemporary jewellery for more than 25 years. Recurring themes include discs unevenly sawn in half to form pairs of earrings or cufflinks, asymmetry, richly coloured gemstones, Keum Boo, embossed symbols and metals of contrasting colours. They sell their ranges through high quality craft centres and art galleries nationwide, as well as in exhibitions and online.

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John Fishenden

category: Furniture & Wood   

region: Midlands   

John Fishenden works exclusively in wood, choosing native hardwoods to make his domestic and commemorative wares.
Craftsmanship takes precedence over technology in his approach to making pieces. Included in this approach is a belief that nothing should be wasted, whether sawdust (which is composted) or off-cuts of wood, which fuel a wood-burning stove. John’s inspiration comes partly from his love of traditional slipware pottery, which used simple designs and often added messages or a design in trailed clay slip. He is also inspired to work with the grain and pattern of the timber he finds. He learnt the art of woodturning alongside artist and toymaker Robin Dale, when living in North Lancashire. John also worked as a sign-maker in his youth and consequently has a real eye for the use of lettering.
John now lives and works in rural Herefordshire, in the beautiful Golden Valley.

telephone: 01981 550981

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John Parsons

category: Furniture & Wood   

region: Scotland   

I design and create innovative contemporary turned wood pieces, specialising in the challenge of making small, high quality boxes, striving for the perfect shape, a smoothly fitting lid, and a beautiful tactile finish.
Design cues are taken from nature, witnessed in the smooth, often gently curving and flowing profiles. Beauty from simplicity. Perfection in form. Working with natural materials. These are some of the things I am passionate about.
The boxes are made from sustainable woods and range from pure and simple, single wood designs, through to boxes featuring carved decoration, or inlaid contrasting woods. Interiors are equally finished to a high standard. They are little works of art with wide appeal for those who appreciate craftsmanship and the beauty of natural wood.

address: Broadford, Isle of Skye

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JoJoJewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

My work is based around pure silver clay and silver smithing techniques. I love using graphic prints, textures, natural images, text and a striking aged technique to give the designs their quirky modern edge. Extra effects achieved include enamel, and gold plate. All pieces are handmade in my studio in Berkshire.

address: Ruscombe RG10 9LN

telephone: 07958648239

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category: Glass   Metalwork   Mixed Media and Recycled   Paper   Printmaking   

region: East Midlands   

I studied Surface Pattern design and Textiles, specialising in Print. I have worked as a Textile Designer, and in product development of printed and woven fabrics, and wallpapers. I am now a Designer Maker, I work from my home studio in rural Leicestershire. My work is both delicate and decorative, I combine print and pattern, […]

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category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: North East   

Judith Brown has been stitching wire jewellery since 2004. All things textile have always been a big part of Judith’s life, from learning to sew and knit with her Mum to completing her degree in Embroidery, stitching was a constant. “Discovering I could stitch with wire and create intricate forms that seem delicate yet are […]

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