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category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Midlands   

Born in Chiswick and based in rural Staffordshire, Jo comes from a family of ‘Ponds’ who appear to have a genetic necessity for hoarding. Collecting unconventional and often unwanted items, Jo enjoys exploring symbolic references of form, material and technique, repurposing her finds, to create unique one-off items, often assembled with the use of a […]

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Jo Turner – Brampton On Sea

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: East Midlands   

I create personalised whimsical scenes using recycled materials and treasures collected from nature. I collect everything I use from my garden, local area and family excursions. I keep boxes or packaging that catches my eye and that I think would make a great ‘frame’ for a little tale.

Experimenting with different pressed flowers and dried stems, I delicately make layers to create the different picture boxes. Capturing a story or a simple moment in time.

Made for any occasion, the possibilities are endless. I love meeting or hearing about new people and creating a special work of art just for them. I am currently creating pieces that aren’t made to order to build up a wider range of work. Each piece I create is unique just like each and every one of us…

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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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Joanna Lloyd Glass

category: Glass   

region: South East   

I am a glass artist specialising in casting glass using a number of moulding and cold working processes. My glass is informed by my previous careers in archaeology and environmental planning – I use textures taken directly from nature. I make decorative and functional pieces that are very unusual.

I have both a First Class honours degree and an MA (Merit) in glass. I was Artist in Residence at UCA Farnham 2016-17.

I am a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen & Contemporary Glass Society.

telephone: 07920228212

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email: joanna.lloyd@me.com


John Franklin Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

I make colourful, intricate silver jewellery, set with semi-precious gems such as unusual garnets and topazes. I focus on setting gemstones of uncommon shapes in unusual settings, such as channel-set marquise and flush-set baguettes. Pieces are cast to my mould, then I solder, hand-finish and set. My work is inspired by the way decorative arts influence each other through the centuries and across cultures. The designs are often geometric, and influenced by Islamic tiling and architecture like the Alhambra, whilst taking notice of an Art Deco spirit.

address: Cambridge

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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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category: Glass   Metalwork   Mixed Media and Recycled   Paper   Printmaking   

region: East Midlands   

I am a jewellery designer and silversmith based at Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield. I recently graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a Master of Arts Degree in Design (Jewellery & Metalwork), with Distinction. My work aims to capture the essence of beauty, fragility and preciousness of details found in the botanical landscape, usually overlooked unless […]

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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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Judith Peterhoff Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: London   

I hand-make contemporary jewellery having studied in the Netherlands. I take inspiration from the human form, showcasing the natural beauty in the characteristics that make us stand out.

With my work I emphasize perceived imperfections to celebrate individuality.

I find inspiration in small things like the freckles on our face or the beauty mark on a cheek.

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

region: Midlands   

My illustrative practice explores the importance of storytelling and imagination. I draw with wire, pencil and stitch; intricately working dense areas of traditional embroidery and needlepoint stitches into metal gauzes and figuratively manipulated wire lines. I combine my hand embroidered wire work with observational drawing and screen printing techniques onto fabric and paper grounds to […]

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category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: East Midlands   

A collector by nature, I draw inspiration from fragments, curiosities and hidden treasures. Fascinated by the minute and delicate, I use a variety of traditional and contemporary jewellery making techniques, combining precious and natural materials embellished with vintage finds. From dainty studs to tumbling neckpieces, I enjoy creating intriguing, eclectic and feminine jewellery, inviting the […]

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Julia Wright

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: North West   

The soft forms of weather worn pebbles, the repeated structure of moss and lichen growth and patterns in clusters of barnacles, inspire my jewellery.

I use combinations of hand-pierced and domed silver and copper with added textile details to create wearable pieces that echo these shapes. The contrast between the textures of metal and crochet/felt fibres enables me to explore the tactile qualities of each material and I enjoy the very different processes involved in making each element.

address: Worsley, Manchester

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Julie Vernon Mosaics

category: Ceramics   Glass   Mosaics   Stone   

region: Midlands   

I produce vibrant contemporary wall hung mosaics working with a mixture of materials from vitreous glass and ceramic through to natural marble and slate. I also like to incorporate individual pieces of vintage porcelain or worn down ceramic found washed ashore British beaches to give my work a greater depth, with each fragment holding a hidden history or journey of its own.

I produce mosaic panels, commissioned house numbers and personalised wedding hearts and am also showing my work in exhibitions.

address: Edwalton, Nottingham

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Julieann Worrall Hood

category: 3D Sculptural Work   Metalwork   

region: South West   

Julieann is a graduate of the Tapestry Department, Edinburgh College of Art and is a Crafts Council Award recipient. She has developed her love of eccentric weaving into three dimensions to create lively and whimsical woven wire animals, birds and figures suitable for indoor and outdoor display.

Julieann strives to capture the essence of her subject through quick sketches translated directly into sculpture. She now lives in Wiltshire and spends hours sketching in the fields around her home and studio from where she also runs workshops and courses.

Examples of Julieann’s tapestry and sculptural forms can be found in public and private collections nationally, including the V&A. In Spring 2012 she was commissioned to design and create 50 new wire sculptures for The Conran Shop inspired by the ethos “Less is More’.

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category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

Juliet Bowmaker designs and makes contemporary jewellery. She works with semi-precious stones, pearls and precious metals to create coherent pieces of jewellery. Organic and textured forms dominate the designs and Juliet has recently launched a collection using sea-glass. Her aim in each piece is to capture an individual mood of understated elegance. She lives and […]

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Juliette Purdy

category: Ceramics   

region: South East   

I work in ceramics, focusing on the idiosyncrasy of the human personality – exploring the challenge of penetrating outward appearances. I hope my work ignites a spark of recognition and has a playfulness; a sense of belonging to both past and present. Early British figurative pottery such as Staffordshire and Royal Doulton are inspirational but, to me, they have a perfection that’s unreal. An artist’s handmade piece reveals the figure’s individuality, making it accessible, expressing humanity and vulnerability.
I use porcelain paper-clay and vintage found objects. When fired to stoneware, porcelain can often move about serendipitously, shrinking up to 15%. The result is snow-white clay, which I juxtapose with colourful decals, and a transparent stoneware glaze, referencing the Figure’s prominent history.

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category: Ceramics   

region: Wales   

Since leaving college in 1998 I have been working solely with hand built porcelain- creating semi functional pieces. My work addresses the boundaries between function and decoration. I look at objects that are used on a daily basis; like the form of a jug and create pieces that move away from function and are more […]

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KAH Ceramics

category: Ceramics   

region: North West   

I am a contemporary studio potter. My inspiration is taken from the beautiful Cumbrian landscapes in which I live. I use a range of techniques such as raku, slab built pots and slip casting. I use plants picked from my garden to print into the clay along with using textured rollers and the sgraffito technique to hand draw into my work. My aim is to bring the beauty of nature into the home and garden. I practise with many different clays and recently, I have created my own paper clay recipe to create delicate pieces for the home.

address: Carlisle, Cumbria

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Karen Dawn Curtis

category: Ceramics   

region: Wales   

Karen has produced predominantly aesthetic art pieces for many years but has recently rediscovered throwing and has become struck by the unique appeal of ceramics as functional art. Inspired by the Brecon Beacons, her ‘Home’ collection explores the point where beauty and practical purpose meet.

Always fascinated by the naked surface of clay, Karen adds oxides to the clay body to create the exterior colours without having to mask the natural texture of the material. The interior surfaces are glazed to ensure that they are food safe. In developing these glazes, she’s discovered a rich palette of colours which are reminiscent of South Wales itself. This work is art which will be touched, used and treasured.

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category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Wales   

I love experimenting with precious metals, especially silver, to create tactile, interesting pieces that invite the wearer to engage with them. I love clean, contemporary designs, often geometric and sculptural with unusual, organic surface patterns and textures. My pieces are inspired by everyday emotions and situations as well as the beautiful natural world we live […]

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