Dayle Green’s work is based around a personal narrative, derived from her love of old objects and involving childhood memories and family nostalgia. A collection of buttons that belonged to her Grandmother directly informs her creativity.
“I feel the old and found tells a story and the ‘button’ is a catalyst for memories that have personal meaning and sentiment. The making process involves handbuilding each piece individually and thoughtfully glazing each piece with a palette of chosen colours. A collection of closed button pieces, vases and spoons echo a subtle feeling of nostalgia. ”
Cath Ray’s books are beautifully made with lovely details such as ribbon bookmarks and map inserts. We especially like her hand written tags which reveal exactly where the book materials originate, revealing Cath’s resourceful imagination!
Each book is unique, designed to be used and kept for a lifetime and with this in mind, Cath uses simple and traditional methods of bookbinding, meaning the beauty and appeal of each book will increase with time.
Look at these brightly coloured posies. And what make's them even more lovely?
They're called Tussie Mussie's!
Cleo is passionate about making and materials. Her practice has gradually evolved since graduating in textiles from Goldsmiths in the 1980's and much of her current work is made using recycled materials, particularly ceramics. Each piece of mosaic is considered and holds reference with history, culture, fashion and design.
The 'drawn' nature of his wonderful ceramic sculptures is a considered consequence of their construction. Made from slabs of wet clay, Christy draws details and texture into its surface.
Mother and Child £260
“I visited a retrospective exhibition of Picasso, at the
Tate gallery, in the early 80s when I was at college, and many of my influences
came from seeing that work. Especially a collection of small card-board cutout
and folded, figurative sculptures. These simple two dimensional pieces opened a
world of possibilities on how I would approach my own work.” Christy Keeney
There's a great 360 'video' on Christy Keeney's website, that'll really get you wanting to make!
This fabulous company work their recycling magic from Huddersfield, where they reuse Derwent colouring pencils, old paintbrushes and knitting needles... it's all about salvage and reworking old stuff into new pieces!
Melanie Roseveare is the Canadian-born designer of company Melody Rose. She lives and works in North West London, where inspired by a love of ceramics, art and eco-friendly design, she breathes new life into long forgotten china.
Melanie salvages vintage tableware and makes it brand new with quirky transfers and patterns of her own design. These are small and affordable pieces of art, that are gorgeous displayed but also very practical. They can be used every day and some can even go in the dishwasher!
We're lucky enough to have some beautiful glass pieces here at The Harley Gallery, hand made by highly talented craftspeople. Pictured below are pieces by Anthony Wassell Glass, who's based here on the Welbeck Estate, and First Glass by Bob Crooks, who makes work from his studio in Devon. Just lovely!
Left to right:
Large blue Nautilus Jug £40
Small orange & green Nautilus Jugs £33 each, all by First Glass
Twist Scent Bottles £80 each, both by Anthony Wassell Glass
Timea Sido handcrafts these beautiful objects using methods which challenge conventional ceramic construction. She layers earthenware clay into a fine mesh to create this delicate 'Tangled Web' range, which draws inspiration from a spider's web in her garden!
Trinket Boxes £20
Tangled Web medium bowl £51
Tangled Web large bowl (just seen) £133
Timea is based at Cockpit Arts in London after gradualting from Cental St. Martins College of Art & Design in 2001.
Natalie Thakur has made quite a name for herself since establishing Natthakur in 2005... her fun retro-inspired designs, which are handcrafted in fine quality leather, have been featured in The Independant, Instyle, Elle Decoration and The World of Interiors!
Sweet Wrapper purses £28
Coin purses £32
Natthakur shows real ethical forethought too, only using leather which is a bi-product of meat. What more could you ask for from your pennies!
There's lots of great information and images of Natalie's work on her website www.natthakur.com