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A Little Bird Said

category: Fashion Accessories   

region: South West   

Artisan Millinery, for a hat that stands out amongst the crowd. Always original, always you. Beautiful silks, fine laces, hand made roses and beading. For all occasions. A Little Bird will perch and a hat will sing!

address: Ventnor House, Greenbank Rd. Southville, Bristol, BS3 1RJ

telephone: 07758219006

category: Paper   

region: North West   

I create handmade paper lamps, lampshades,and homeware that feature one of my own hand drawn illustrations. My inspiration comes from the natural world, patterns and graphics. Each lamp, lampshade and candle cover is finished with a solid wooden ring that completes the natural and simple look of the product. I grew up loving painting, art and […]

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A Touch of Glass Studio

category: Glass   

region: Scotland   

I am an Architectural and Decorative glass artist based in Argyll, Scotland.  Working in glass since graduating from Glasgow in 2005.  I am inspired by the beauty of Argyll, nature and travels as well as the glass as a medium in itself. I use a wide range of techniques to add colour, texture and movement to my pieces.

I sell through galleries and shops as well as attending shows such as The Country Living show. You can also contact me and buy through my website, and I undertake commission work, so please do get in touch.

address: 1 Fernoch, Ford, Kilmichael Glassary, Lochgilphead, County Argyll, Scotland, PA318RL

telephone: 07748836293

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Abi Higgins

category: Ceramics   

region: South West   

I came to pottery following a career as a dancer then teacher of dance and exercise. I found that dance and pottery had many similarities as both have difficult techniques to master and take a lot of practice, so practicing throwing a pot came quite naturally to me.

I began with a weekly pottery course, then a one day a week apprentice position followed by various more focused craft and design courses. In the main, I have taught myself through experiment and practice.

When I make a pot, I try to connect with the deep subconscious state of flow, where I am totally wrapped up in the process and lose track of time. I chose porcelain clay because it is white and smooth and feels beautiful to use. Touch, feel, the three dimensionality, subtle curves and movement are all that concern me while I am throwing. I am choreographing a pot that invites the handler to turn it and look at all aspects.

I like the subtle colour of the ocean, skies and landscapes that surround me every day and influence my glazes. The colour of my celadon glaze reflects the sea and sky whilst the iron that produces the colour comes from the earth creating the subtle celadon blue brought out by the reduction atmosphere of the gas kiln. I find it important to be involved in the firing of my pots, adjusting the kiln’s temperature and atmosphere therefore contributing to the decorative end result.

I feel the need to continually develop my work, always moving on and exploring new approaches and ideas.  Having mostly fired to stoneware temperatures with long firings it has been a joy to work with the beautiful serendipitous fast, immediate process of Raku. The thrill of removing the red-hot pot from the kiln, plunging it into sawdust that ignites, engulfing the pot in flames and smoke that creates beautiful surfaces. The firing and glazing combination is never quite the same every time. Raku has a freshness and an unpredictability that makes it exciting for the maker and the onlooker. Each pot has an individuality of its own.

My materials and the unpredictable process inspires me to keep making. Clay and a throwing wheel have been the potter’s tools of choice for millennia and I feel a beautiful sense of continuity with crafts people through the centuries that have mastered and delighted in throwing pots.

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Agnes Ashe

category: Fashion Accessories   

region: East Midlands   

Agnes paints luxury, ornate silk scarves. She paints long crepe de chine or square twill silk scarves with elaborate designs in rich tones. She takes inspiration from sculptural and architectural details and likes to rework classic floral and vegetal textile motifs. She particularly likes to use the rich visual heritage prominent in the medieval parish churches of East Anglia.

Agnes has her own recognisable style creating one-off, distinct pieces.

telephone: 07772 943763

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category: Ceramics   

region: Midlands   

Alex Allday is a Ceramic and Surface Pattern Designer who produces decorative ceramic wares with distinctive surface pattern details and qualities. Alex graduated from Loughborough University with a BA (Hons) in 3D Design in 2013 and continued her studies at Staffordshire University where she graduated with an MA in Ceramic Design, 2015. Inspired by the […]

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Alex Allpress Ceramics

category: Ceramics   

region: Wales   

I make stoneware and earthenware thrown and hand built coil and slab work, 100% handmade and hand finished and glazed in my own studio in The Marches, Powys. I make garden and home ware sculptural white artworks and functional bowls, jugs and mugs in a range of contemporary stylish colours, rich blues, yellows, greens and reds. My work is inspired by the Japanese and Korean traditions with quirky contemporary innovations.

address: The Lion House, Main Street, Newbridge on Wye, LD1 6LN

telephone: 01597860127

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Alex Shimwell Ceramics

category: Ceramics   

region: Yorkshire   

I make hand thrown domestic and decorative ware for the home.
My aesthetic is seated within the traditional influences of Japanese ceramics on British studio pottery, utilising traditional glazes and reduction firing techniques.

address: Unit 5, Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS

telephone: 07985553711

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Alex Yule Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: London   

I draw inspiration for my jewellery from former influences & love of natural forms, inheriting my father’s interest in wild flowers and love of beach-combing rocky coastlines.

My Urchin and Mussel collections are created from tiny silver casts taken from real sea urchins and mussel shells, which I turn into delicate silver jewellery using traditional techniques, applying surface finishes such as enamel, oxidisation and gold detail. The tiny urchins in my work measure 10mm in diameter, the small mussel shells approx. 10mm in length. Pieces from my collections, range from £45- £300.

I studied at Sir John Cass and City Lit in London. In 2014 I was delighted to receive a ‘Gold Award’ in the ‘Craft & Design Selected Awards 2014’ for Jewellery & Precious Metals having received the ‘Silver Award’ in 2013.

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category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Paper   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Scotland   

I am an artist, a collector of “treasures” and a compulsive hand stitcher. I combine these passions in making one-off wall pieces that spark a sense of nostalgia. I use materials with a history – the kind of things that lie forgotten in the bottoms of drawers. Commonplace items that were used by our mothers […]

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