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Jane Sleator

category: Ceramics   

region: South East   

Stoneware ceramics, hand thrown on the wheel and shaped to produce unique, decorative as well as functional pieces.

My work explores the contrasts between rough and smooth, natural and man-made, as each piece is individually decorated inspired by the intricate designs found in wood bark.

address: Longdene, Old Lane, Knebworth SG3 6AF

telephone: 01438 811361

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Jane Suchodolski Ceramics

category: Ceramics   

region: South West   

My craft is ceramics. My inspiration is from the world around me – the Cornish flora and fauna – people, trees, birds, flowers, horizontal rain and not least, the sea. My use of form, colour and tone in my studio work depends on how the clay is, my own input and the firing. I have several core designs: thrown work is in porcelain or local stoneware and I hand-build using porcelain paper-clay. I make almost all my own glazes and my work is twice-fired.

address: St Austell, Cornwall

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Janet Downes

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South West   

I make jewellery mainly using silver sheet and wire in a variety of techniques. I also use PMC to make pure silver chip beads which I incorporate into jewellery made with semi-precious chip beads.

I started with courses at the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery where I had a lot of fun and learned the basics. I gradually collected my own tools and have recently acquired my own workshop at home where I enjoy experimenting to see what will work. I find it inspirational to be able to live and work amongst the hills, beaches, seas and skies of Cornwall.

address: Fowey, Cornwall

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Janet Wass

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Yorkshire   

I design and make jewellery, elegantly combining and contrasting silver with acrylic. Having originally completed a degree in photography before gaining my MA in Metalwork and Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, I am keen to combine these interests within my work. I am inspired by the everyday: highlighting the detail and beauty of objects we often visually ignore through photograms. These images and patterns are transferred onto the surfaces of the silver and acrylic using photo-etching and laser-engraving.

I use the organic nature of the patterns derived from photograms as contrast to the clean regular shapes of my jewellery to create interest and elegance. All my work is polished by hand, including pieces that are laser-cut to ensure a high quality and consistent finish.

address: Sheffield, Yorkshire

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category: Enamel   Glass   Leather   

region: South West   

Janine Partington is a designer-maker based in Bristol who combines the traditional craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design to create framed panels, jewellery and sculptures. Enamelling is the art of fusing glass onto metal. Janine creates intricate hand-cut stencils which she then lays on to copper. Her stencils are in the main inspired […]

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category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Midlands   

I am a textile artist based in a South Northamptonshire village where I work from my home studio drawing, designing and stitching. My work is about imagination, memories and childhood narratives and is greatly influenced by the visual experience of observing life when I am in Denmark, Norfolk and the South West of England. I […]

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Jean Cunion

category: Ceramics   

region: Yorkshire   

I handbuild ceramic stylised birds in the form of either a small vessel or, for larger birds, a jug. I use stoneware clay and decorate with underglaze colours, slip and glazes. My inspiration comes from the birds of the moors, coast and countryside of North Yorkshire and in my garden.

address: Whitby, N Yorks.


Jennie McCall

category: Ceramics   

region: East Midlands   

I grew up in the beautiful Scottish Borders where the local industry was textiles. Many of my artistic influences come from all aspects of this industry and from the rich source of folklore and nature.

Working primarily in ceramics I create my homeware and figurative work in stoneware and more recently have developed a range of work in parian. All of the ceramic decals are from my own collection. These are sourced from daily walks and also from pressed flowers and scraps which I occasionally find to my delight in some of my favourite old childhood books.

I am so fortunate to work in a lovely studio placed perfectly in my garden overlooking the fields and hills of the Welland valley in Leicestershire.

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category: Paper   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Midlands   

Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and […]

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category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: North East   

Jessica is a contemporary embroidery artist who works from her home studio just outside of Leeds, West Yorkshire.  Her colourful and contemporary work has been exhibited in various galleries across the UK and Europe and she is a a member of the Crafts Council’s Makers directory and renowned textiles group – Art Textiles Made in […]

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Jessica Langford

category: Ceramics   Jewellery and Silverware   Paper   

region: North East   

I am a Contemporary Applied Artist who specialises in illustrations, ceramics and jewellery pieces which express style, show personal identity and demand attention. Using innovative combinations of materials like silver, leather, rubber and ceramics, I create pieces which you not only want to grab and feel but HAVE to have.

email: J-LANGFORD1@LIVE.CO.UK


category: Ceramics   Leather   

region: South West   

The aesthetic and design of manufactured metal tins hasn’t changed for over 200 years. Fascinated by this curious fact, Jessica began to design and make ceramic pieces inspired by the characteristics and forms of metal tins through vitrified porcelain. A love for both cooking and eating has naturally influenced Jessica’s functional response within her designs. […]

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Jewellery By Silvana

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: North West   

I design and make quirky, individual jewellery, using sterling silver and copper as well as incorporating enamel, glass, brass and semi-precious stones sometimes. I also use pewter for brooches, pendants and earrings as well as clocks, thermometers and tiny animal ornaments. Though I didn’t start off this way, my designs are now predominantly animal based as these have proved to be so popular, though I still do my signature gingerbreadmen and also the more elegant ranges that I started my career with a decade ago.
My prices range from £12 up to £35 at the moment. Based in my home studio in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, I have been studying, making and selling jewellery for 10 years but turned full-time only very recently.

address: Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire

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Jill Holland

category: Ceramics   

region: South West   

My practice combines ceramics, painting and printmaking. My studio is in South East Cornwall on the Rame Peninsular.  I make individually formed ceramic tiles and vessels. The clay is stretched, rolled, sometimes torn, impressed and painted with slips and glazes.

telephone: 07943 094 343


Jill Iliffe

category: Glass   

region: South East   

I work in fused glass, creating pieces that can be used in the home.  I am inspired by mid-century design and aspire to create pieces that have a clean look, are useful and good to look at. My distinctive ranges – Vintage, Fire and Ice, Scandinavian and Colour and Form – are designed and kiln fired with hand cut glass by me in my studio. Because of the process, each item in a range remains individual. My background is Fine Art and I have an MA in Drawing from the University of the Arts London, which has helped with my aesthetic and precision.

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category: Ceramics   

region: North West   

I design and produce a series of contemporary ceramic objects that explore functionality. Blurring the boundaries between the usable and the purely decorative, with a minimal aesthetic and considered and refined colour palette. Fascinated by process, I explore the technique of layered slipcasting, to create unique pieces and both individual pieces and collections of curated […]

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Jillian Morris

category: Fashion Accessories   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   Textiles - Clothing   

region: South West   

I make handwoven and mixed media textiles. My work includes throws, scarves and small gift items such as knitted or woven cafetiere covers. All items are either one of a kind or small runs.

telephone: 01822 810844


jillyflowerjewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South West   

I am a trained silversmith who works mainly with silver but I have recently incorporated seaglass found on Dorset beaches into many of my pieces.
I love texture and my work involves reticulation and hammering. I’m put off by mass produced jewellery and therefore like to create one off pieces, while keeping my work affordable.

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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.

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Jo Hill Textiles

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Midlands   North West   

I am a textile artist and designer based in the Staffordshire countryside, making textile wall hangings, cushions, lampshades, chairs, and many other original fabric creations. I use sumptuous fabrics and intricate stitching to create contemporary textile treats for your home, business or as a gift.

Sewing is my absolute passion, and having won several design awards at University and gone on to sell my woven creations to Habitat, amongst others, I have spent the last few years developing the Jo Hill range of embroidered designs. My textile designs are inspired by the beautiful British countryside, in particular its diverse range of wildlife that is so often hiding in amongst the grasses and the trees.

I am proud to say that all of my original textiles are handmade by me in Great Britain with love, joy and lots of passion!

address: Stone, Staffordshire

telephone: 01785 247754

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