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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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category: Ceramics   Printmaking   

region: Yorkshire   

My first experience of clay was at high school where I first learnt to throw on the potters wheel. In 1994 I gained a 1st class degree at the University of Wolverhampton before studying for my MA in Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art, London. I now live and work in West […]

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Kat Zahran Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South East   

I began making jewellery in 2007 and have not looked back since, setting up Kat Zahran Jewellery in 2009. My jewellery has a distinct style, mixing gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones and oxidisation to provide pieces which are highly distinctive and modern yet extremely wearable. I am also a specialist in fine wire work for more delicate pieces.

address: Hove

telephone: 07712260273


category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Midlands   

Kate became a studio jeweller in 2003, exhibiting collections in galleries and at exhibitions throughout the UK and Ireland. Whilst on her degree Kate found a natural affinity working with metal and spent long hours making intricate models to help her visualise her designs. She has always promoted craftsmanship and quality of making in her […]

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category: Ceramics   

region: Wales   

My passions are for clay and plants, which stems from my occupation as a gardener. I combined both these interests on my degree course in ceramics at Cardiff School of Art & Design. Since graduating in 2009, I have worked in a shared ceramic studio exploring the effects of shape, pattern, silhouettes, shadows, and contrasts […]

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Kate Holdsworth Designs

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: Midlands   

Kate’s jewellery collections are all inspired by textiles, whether it is knitting with yarn and fusing this with glass, or taking the inspiration from knitted patterns and textures and translating this into silver. Kate has several collections that are linked by a textile theme but each has a different feel and look. Kate Holdsworth is a jewellery designer maker. She has always been fascinated with the tactile textural qualities of knit. While studying at Bucks New University she became intrigued with the contrasting textures that could be achieved by juxtaposing knit with other materials. Kate went on to develop her love of contrasting materials on her MA at Nottingham Trent University where she produced an innovative process of fusing knit and glass together to create a unique composite textile. This led Kate to a year’s placement on the Design Space Programme developing new jewellery products. Since Design Space she has set up a collective with 10 other jewellery designer makers at Quarter Studios where she shares a workshop within the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

address: Unit 6, Quarter Studios, 85 Spencer Street, Birmingham B18 6DE

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category: Furniture & Wood   

region: Midlands   

I create bespoke sculptural lighting from my studio in Royal Leamington Spa. Each piece is made to order and as such all are unique and individual.  I work carefully with clients to identify aesthetic and practical requirements to achieve visually striking, engaging, functional statement pieces and additions for interiors, both home and commercial. I created ‘Matrix’ […]

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category: Paper   

region: West Midlands   

Using old and recycled materials I try to capture the detail and beauty found in nature. My work is influenced by plants, insects and found objects which I recreate in paper and arrange carefully into collections and dioramas. I like to evoke the sense of nostalgia and curiosity I get from studying nature and creating the items […]

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Kate Sproston Design

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: Midlands   

Founded in 2012, Kate Sproston Design creates embroidered gifts and products for the home. Based in the Midlands, UK, we strive for quality and craftsmanship in every piece. Having grown up in a household full of handmade toys and gifts, Kate has always understood the value of a beautifully made product, and the pride taken in creating the piece. This is why each of our products has been made with care from the highest quality materials available.

Incorporating this mantra with strong designs and a love for both traditional and contemporary embroidery, Kate Sproston Design offers fresh embroidered pieces for the modern home, some of which can be personalised for an extra special touch. All products are handmade in the UK, with care and attention to detail.

address: Whitestone, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

telephone: 07765675624

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Kate Whitehead Textiles

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

I am a textile artist and designer specialising in weave and embroidery. I enjoy working with paper and poor materials such as Calico, muslin, scrim and salvaged fabrics. My work often involves patching and mending; it has a feel of materials found and restored to produce desirable and treasured pieces. I produce unconventional artefacts that can be worn, hung or framed. The work explores the possibilities in the forgotten, overlooked and abandoned.

address: Chorlton, Manchester M21

telephone: 07875578006

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Kate Wood

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: London   

Kate Wood has been making jewellery in one form or another since childhood. Largely self-taught, her work is informed by the natural world, tiny overlooked details, beautiful gemstones and a love of simple forms, aged finishes and vintage glamour.
After graduating with a French degree Kate worked as a museum archivist before launching her business in 2005. She started out selling her jewellery in London markets including Spitalfields and Portobello, where she developed her distinctively organic designs and began to attract the attention of boutiques and galleries.
Kate is now represented by several UK galleries and creates her jewellery collections completely by hand from her studio at the renowned Cockpit Arts in London’s Holborn.

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Katherine Fortnum Ceramics

category: Ceramics   

region: Midlands   

Hand built decorative ceramic sculptures inspired by structures in nature and particularly delicate natural forms; created through playful experimentation, pushing the limits of the fragility of the clay qualities within the forms through the ceramic process. Interesting qualities emerged as I began using smaller elements creating complex structures which were much more delicate. Each unique piece is extremely challenging and time consuming to make as every element is individually constructed.
Katherine graduated with BA (Hons) in Design Crafts, specialising in ceramics; from DeMontfort University 2013. Her workshop is based in Leicestershire, England.

You can find Katherine’s work at craft fairs throughout the year or via her website; where you will find a range of functional ceramics; including homewares, vases, bowls, coasters and more. Commissions Welcomed.

Katherine runs Ceramics workshops which are great for anyone looking to learn a new skill whilst creating something beautiful and unique. Whether there’s a specific item you wish to make or simply just to have a play and explore the world of clay, there’s a range of workshops available designed around you.

address: 15 Knoll Street, Market Harborough LE16 9QR

telephone: 07732789997

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category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: East Midlands   

Katherine Richmond is an award winning Contemporary Jewellery Artist based in Northamptonshire. Her work combines the luxury of precious metals with something altogether more ephemeral – the pages of old books. Inspired by the fleeting recollections of memory and the tensions between control and disorder, Katherine uses books as a symbol of permanence and longevity […]

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Kathryn Arbon Jewellery

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South West   

I have worked as a jewellery designer-maker for around twenty-five years, I have been teaching silver jewellery related processes for ten.

My jewellery is inspired by pattern and ancient script and also the natural coastal environment where I live. I particularly enjoy making limited edition and one-off pieces in precious metals incorporating unusual gemstones.

Some of my jewellery is made using the lost wax process. I carve the piece in wax first which enables me to create the sculptural forms needed in some of my designs. Other pieces are carefully formed and pierced by hand using a piercing saw.

Alongside my own work, I love to design and create one-off commissions from pre-loved jewellery for others to be handed down to future generations.

telephone: 07739226619

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email: Kate@seaandsilver.co.uk


category: 3D Sculptural Work   Mixed Media and Recycled   

region: Yorkshire   

I’ve been lucky to always inhabit a world in which Selotape, string, paper and cereal boxes are plentiful…. And to have been surrounded by lovely folk who’ve encouraged me and put up with the mess! After initially training as a Theatre Designer, and working for several years in the Art education sector, I use these […]

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category: Printmaking   

region: South West   

I’m a printmaker influenced by ceramics, pattern and seasonal botanicals, finding inspiration in the everyday fallen treasures. I incorporate many hand printing techniques, building up printed layers slowly with as much love for the process as for the plants that inspire, creating one of a kind prints and small original editions. I mix hand drawn […]

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category: Ceramics   

region: East Midlands   

I produce hand-painted decorative porcelain jugs, cups, cake stands and brooches using a variety of slip casting and hand-building techniques. Each piece is essentially a canvas for decoration and collage as I combine drawings with found ephemera. I am inspired by nostalgia, old paper ephemera, vintage textiles and a love of drawing. I am fascinated […]

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Katie Essam, Contemporary Applied Art

category: Mixed Media and Recycled   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South East   

I’m a mixed media textile artist. I use fabrics, threads, paper, paint, crochet, tatting, couching, free hand machine embroidery and appliqué combined sometimes with found items in my pieces. I love all things vintage, and the hidden beauty in the everyday thoroughly inspires me. I tend to frame or mount all my pieces.
I have a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Applied Art from the University of Hertfordshire, and graduated in 2011. I love to do commission work, working from a photo or an image, and am also very happy to customise any of my designs, changing fabrics and colours etc.

address: Watford, Herts.

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Katie Johnston

category: Jewellery and Silverware   

region: South West   

I make a range of colourful enamel jewellery inspired by nature and simple forms. The use of vitreous enamels provides me with the perfect medium to add vibrant colours to my designs and to play with different colour combinations. Inspiration comes from the many different forms, textures and patterns of the natural world, whether it’s a smooth beach pebble or a spiky teasel seed head.

address: Bristol

telephone: 0117 904 3779

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