National Maker Directory

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Definitive Furniture

category: Furniture & Wood   

region: Midlands   

Definitive furniture was established in 2005, following my degree in furniture design and three years working as a cabinet maker. Specialising in bespoke, quality, handmade furniture, over the last seven years I have earned a strong local reputation for original ideas which are expertly crafted, using techniques from hand cut dovetails to steambending, to answer the specific needs of the individual client.

telephone: 07855661286

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Deirdre McGuirk

category: Ceramics   

region: Herefordshire   

Deirdre McGuirk is a ceramic artist based in Hertfordshire.

I use porcelain to make wheel thrown and hand-built ceramics; I love the silky smoothness of porcelain and the white canvas it provides for decoration. Once glazed it has a luminosity that seems to be unique to this clay. It is a challenging material to throw, but I enjoy the challenge and I think the results are worth it.

Forms have proportion and simplicity, but have a function. I enjoy food and cooking and want my ceramics to be useful in everyday life, enhancing the food they hold or flowers that they display rather than dominating. I make all my own glazes from raw materials, adding oxides in different concentrations to allow variations of similar colour. I prefer muted colours, particularly greens, blues and greys with subtle variations. I use both glossy and matt glazes, which I sometimes layer and overlap to create depth of colour and variation of texture on the same piece.

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Deshca Designs

category: Metalwork   

region: North West   

I make unique copper sculptures for the home and garden, including wall hangings, fountains, water features, flowers, birds and insects. Most of my work incorporates some facet of nature, as there is an abundance of inspiration to be derived from it.

Many of my pieces are one of a kind, and I like to experiment with different techniques and ideas, so I’m always learning. I also like to flame colour my pieces, so even if making the same item, no two ever look exactly the same. I’m more than happy to work with customers to provide exactly what they require. Ultimately if the customer is happy, then I’m happy.

telephone: 07801953364

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Design Vaults

category: Jewellery & Silverware   

region: South West   

British jewellery designer Marie Curtis designs and handcrafts elegant and distinctive jewellery that is inspired by her worldwide travels and love of colour. Driven by a passion for individual, handmade jewellery, the Design Vaults collections include striking pieces that are contemporary and timeless. The collections feature commissioned artwork as well as bold and colourful foils set with precious metal leaf – all set in 2 layers of resin. The signature dome used across the collections uses contrasting textures and its shape is unique to Design Vaults. Available in sterling silver, gold or rose gold, the collections are handmade in Bath. For all the latest products and news, check out our Instagram or Facebook pages or visit our website via the link below.

address: 7 Cambridge Terrace, Bath, BA2 6BE

telephone: 07968 727311

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Detola & Geek

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South East   

I create colourful African wax print fabric lampshades and home décor. My designs can be bold, geometric, retro and sometimes geeky too! Bespoke orders are welcome, using your own fabric or mine, as well as commissions and special projects. I love working with other fabrics such as printed cotton, silk, burlap, hessian etc.

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devinesdesign

category: Fashion Accessories   

region: North West   

Individually hand cut leather items lovingly sewn by Suzanne from her home studio and studio 9 at Manchester’s Craft and Design Centre. After completing a degree in Embroidery in Manchester, Suzanne continued to explore her love of traditional embroidery techniques such as straight stitching, French knots, appliqué and buttonhole designs which she uses to enhance the simple shapes she creates for her leather bags and accessories. Although each product is designed to be reproduced each product is individual and no two are exactly the same.

Suzanne is influenced by simple shapes and colour combinations which can be found from objects all around us. She strives to make functional, loveable items from leather and other natural materials, examples of her work can be found on her website which is constantly updated with new work. To commission something from Suzanne please contact her through her website.

telephone: 07887950787

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Diane Griffin

category: Ceramics   Jewellery & Silverware   

region: East Midlands   

After discovering a love for clay at an early age, I went on to study Ceramics at degree level and have been working with ceramics ever since. When designing a new piece I begin with the form and often look at sculptures for inspiration.  Anish Kapoor, Jim Partridge, Andy Goldsworthy and Gordon Baldwin are just a few of that artists that I enjoy and who continue to inspire my own sculptural forms.

I use a combination of techniques to create my pieces. My vases are slip cast then individual scrolls are rolled and applied creating a decorative and practical focus for each piece. I use white earthenware clay fired to 1150ºC which achieves a clean white finish allowing a crisp contrast to the bright colours on the insides of the scrolls.

I am currently working on pieces that translate many of the techniques that I have developed over the years for my sculptures into pieces that can more readily be incorporated into the home and I also have a collection of ceramic jewellery.

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Diane Shaw Silks

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South East   

Unique one-off items created using only the finest silk fabrics, threads and trimmings. All are individually handmade by the designer in her workshop in West Sussex, England.

Initially trained as a maker of bespoke silk lampshades at a workshop in Brighton that supplied top international design houses, Diane started out by ‘recycling’ the silk remnants of this trade. She created a unique collection of cushions inspired by the shapes and colours of the individual fabric pieces themselves to which she added silk embroidery and other embellishments. The collection has grown to include other home decor items as well as bags and gift cards.

The main design emphasis is on clean lines, and a neat, tailored feel that uses sumptuous silks to sculpture colours into folds, pleats and soft geometric shapes. Luxuriant dupions are layered with cool, crisp silk linens; royal taffetas are swathed with embroidered organza, and high-tech silk textiles from international design houses are complimented by simple hand woven natural silks.

Diane Shaw is a designer-maker currently listed on the UK Crafts Council National Register of Makers and in the Homes and Gardens Magazine Directory.

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email: diane@dianeshawsilks.co.uk


Dianne Randle

category: Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South East   

The textile art I create is inspired by nature and abstract interpretations of the world around me. I work with handmade felt, needle felt, machine and hand embroidery to produce highly embellished surfaces and colourful eye-catching artwork. I love to draw with stitch, pattern, texture and colour.

telephone: 07899993792


category: Paper   Printmaking   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

I am a Textile Artist specialising in free machine embroidery, at the heart of my practice is a commitment to drawing, observing and reacting to my environment. I feel deeply rooted in process and search for an honesty in my making. I aim to be true to my materials, seeking to extract and enhance their […]

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Dittany Rose

category: Jewellery & Silverware   

region: South East   

I’m a second career maker who returned to jewellery design in 2015, twenty years after graduating from Middlesex University. I make contemporary jewellery in bright colours, working in silver, layered coloured card and clear resin.

I aim to create pieces that are light, fresh and easy to wear; geometric shapes that add a pop of colour to an outfit; abstract forms without austerity, clean lines but with subtlety and detail.

In 2017 I had a 12-week slot as one of the featured jewellers in the foyer of the Hepworth Wakefield. When you buy a piece of Dittany Rose jewellery you are getting a piece of wearable artwork.

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category: Jewellery & Silverware   

region: Scotland   

Dominika Kupcova is a jewellery designer and maker based in Glasgow, Scotland. Dominika graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2017 and has been running an independent jewellery business since. She creates complex, eye-catching structures with an element of optical illusion, carefully constructed using repeated layers of linear pattern. The work is informed by the […]

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Dr Bean’s Bags

category: Fashion Accessories   

region: South East   

Dr Bean’s Bags are designed and made on the Isle of Wight. The Island is a creative environment and the seaside location was the inspiration for the initial concept; a simple yet strong bag that reflected a nautical situation. Use of natural fabrics, such as canvas and ticking, jute rope for handles epitomise the Classic Yachting heritage of Cowes. An eyelet and shackle add a pleasing finishing touch and each bag is individually numbered, much like a sail.

Our bags incorporate recognised phrases, poems and text, with stitched detail and appliqué. We like to celebrate the eccentricities of English life, which probably explains that the most popular style of bag features an extract from the daily ‘Shipping Forecast’.

In the world of Dr Bean, the forecast is always sunny – and can be made especially for the area you request.

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DrawntoStitch By Louise O’Hara

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

region: North West   

I am a mixed media artist based in a small village in the heart of Cheshire; I work from my studio which is filled to the rafters with ephemera, vintage fabrics, typewriters, sewing machines, threads, hand painted papers and books, I am sure you can picture the scene!
During My Masters Degree in Fashion and Textiles I discovered ‘wabi Sabi’ and the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’; this really captures my inspirations and the work which I produce, I am influenced by tactile aged surfaces like peeling paint on walls and fabrics which are threadbare but laden with memories and stories to tell.
I use a combination of layered surfaces, collage, drawing, machine and hand stitch to create original pieces and I like to incorporate vintage and discarded items into my work to convey messages off nostalgia.

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E.Ballon Design

category: Fashion Accessories   Textiles & Stitch - Interiors   

region: South West   

I am a trained handweaver with experience in London, Paris and New York, now based in Bristol. We make and handweave bags only using natural fibres, fabrics and solid brass hardware to create a long lasting product. Our focus is on handcrafted details, soft fabrics and pretty colour palettes.

address: Bristol, UK

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Ed Oliver

category: Furniture & Wood   

region: South East   

I’m a artistic woodturner based in Kent. My woodturning is enhanced by texture and colour and in many cases I’m asked if it ceramic or glass.

The wood is like a canvas and the woodturning is like the potters wheel. My designs come from the natural beauty in the wood to be enhanced, or the everyday object that we come in contact with.

I’ve trained with some very gifted woodturners based in the UK and now teach the skills which I’ve collected along my woodturning journey, and am a member of the Register of Professional Woodturners.

address: Great Chart, Kent

telephone: 07768 881119

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category: Ceramics   

region: London   

Edit Juhasz is a Hungarian born studio potter, based in south London, Woolwich.  She makes hand-thrown colourful porcelain table-ware. Edit designs tactile, handmade mugs, jugs, bowls for everyday use. Her work is glazed with her own mixed glazes and this makes her pieces even more unique. The colours are bright but you can find some quieter […]

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category: Ceramics   

region: South West   

Having worked a 9-5 job as a letting agent, Eleanor decided to hand in her notice and pursue her true passion of creating ceramic arts and wares from her home studio in Cornwall. Formerly achieving a BA in design as a student of Plymouth University, Eleanor now puts her skills to use to create coastal inspired contemporary ceramics. […]

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Eleanor Patton Jewellery

category: Jewellery & Silverware   

region: Scotland   

Eleanor Kerr-Patton is changing how we discuss mental illness through introspective kintsugi jewellery, created using ethically sourced materials. Recycled sterling silver encases shattered mirror, bonded by seams of golden dust. Signs of past damage become something to be admired and celebrated.

In the tradition of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing pottery with lacquer and gold dust, she endeavours to show the beauty of damaged things. The philosophy of Kintsugi – knowing that something is more beautiful for having been broken – treats damage and repair as part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.

Each piece of jewellery is an outwardly visible representation of a journey often invisible to others.

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Eleanor Rogerson Enamel and Copper

category: Enamel   Jewellery & Silverware   Mixed Media & Recycled   

region: North East   

I make copper and enamelled copper pieces such as wall hangings, bowls, tealight holders and jewellery.  I am mostly self-taught, starting from an enamelling taster course, where I fell in love with enamelling and wanted to learn more, which then inspired me to learn copper-working too.  For most items I make, I start with sheet copper which I cut and shape.  Some pieces I leave as copper, possibly with some patina, but others I then enamel using vitreous enamel.  I love seeing how each piece evolves, starting from a simple concept, but then guided by the materials themselves as they react to the processes.

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