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
These hand-printed leather bags are made by the industrious duo known as Stabo.
After starting out in 2001 Stabo, otherwise known as Ros & Ed, now occupy their 9th studio! They've previously spent a year exploring and trading in New Zealand and were, for a while, making from a studio in north Norfolk before returning to Cambridge where they're now based. Have a look at their website http://www.stabo.co.uk/history.php for an illustrated history of crafty adventures!
Leather Pouches (as seen printed with elephant, bike and moped) £26
Elizabeth Terzza bought her exquisite jewellery to our Arts Market and it was a dazzling joy to see! Elizabeth graduated this year with a degree in Jewellery Design from Hereford College of Arts, and has since been awarded the Alloy Graduate Placement and Bursary.
Lucy Ramsbottom is the talented jeweller behind Goldfinch Jewellery. Since graduating from Birmigham School of Jewellery in 2002 she's worked in Australia and New Zealand before establishing her own workshop back in the UK.
Her 'Weather' range pictured below draws influence from her upbringing in the beautiful Howgill Fells, situated between the Lake Distict and the Yorkshire Dales...
Left to right:
silver sun disc pendant, 18ct gold detail with 80cm chain
oxidized silver disc pendant, 18ct gold ball with 40-45cm chain
silver double cloud pendant with citrine drop, 18ct gold ball and 40-45cm chain
These little bowls are made by Maggie Hollingworth here on the Welbeck estate! Using recycled paper waste, Maggie creates sculptural forms which emphasize surface, texture and form.
Their stone-like surface texture contrasts with their light weight, and each is individually finished with a touch of gold. At only £12 each, they look dramatic displayed in a group; we've sat them on a beautiful piece of driftwood!
Sarah Thirwell cleaverly combines recycled and reclaimed materials with tradional woodturning methods to great effect, creating contemporary objects that are beautiful, usable and eco-friendly, jackpot!
These vessels are made from FSC graded Birch plywood and recycled yoghurt pots (white), vending machine cups (black) or reclaimed acrylic. This considered use of materials has won Sarah several awards and seen her work featured in 'Eco-Design Handbook' 3rd Edition by Thames & Hudson.
Each vessel measures appoximately 100mm wide and 76mm tall, price £40.
With over 55 art & craft stalls all hand picked by The Harley Gallery, showing the very best of British creative talent. There's also the opportunity to visit the open studios and to meet the Makers of The Harley Gallery (get it?!)
Click on the link below to see this years stall holders...
Inspired by her love of textiles, Rina Tairo makes her stunningly beautiful and innovative jewellery from her own gallery in Brighton. Using textile methods and tools, Rina creates her 'wearable pieces of art'...
Tube bracelet, 18ct yellow gold with platinum square £2200
Stud earrings, 18ct yellow gold with white diamond beads £690
These little beauties are by Katie Almond, whose work we've followed and stocked since she graduated in 2009... because we love it so very much! Katie's now based in Rutland, working in her studio to craft these beautiful porcelain works for us to drool over...
Drawing on her love of old textiles, paper ephemera and the tradition of afternoon tea, Katie hand makes and paints each wonderfully quirky piece.
Julia Smith works from home in her studio near Inverness, making ceramics which clearly demonstrate her love of clay and the process of 'throwing' pots by hand. She leaves parts of the clay exposed and plays with thick glazes and transfers in an experimental fashion...
...click on the link below to see a great little film of Julia working in her studio...
I love this necklace! Made by Rebecca Little, whose work is inspired by textiles, this intricate Scalloped Pendant is made from oxidised silver and aquamarines.
Scalloped Pendant £220
For Rebecca, movement and tactility are most important, so she has developed her own technique that translates these qualities to create intricate, sculptural, spiralling and elegant pieces that are beautiful to look at and sensuous to wear.In recent work, Rebecca has been using techniques such as fusing silver with gold and stone-setting.
She is a graduate of UCCA Farnham and the Bishopsland Educational Trust, where she was awarded a Gold Bursary, she has also been awarded prestigious bursaries from the Goldsmiths Company and The Goldsmiths Fair.
We get a little over-excited upon the arrival of new work here and opening this box of delights from Neil Bottle was a real treat! His luxurious scarves have graced collections at the V&A and Crafts Council (and now The Harley Gallery!).
Once you see them with your own eyes you'll appreciate why... (lovely jubly just doesn't quite cut it.)
Each scarf in individually made using hand painting, printing and stencilling techniques which are applied directly onto the silk. The superbly unique pleated scarves (shown below) are hand-pleated using polyester.
This porcelain tableware is hand-thrown by Linda Bloomfield and decorated using delicately coloured glazes, which subtley line the interior of each vessel. The white porcelain is finished with a satin matt glaze. Blooming marvelous! (cheeky)
Penny Warren's jewellery holds an array of vibrant colours, and it's all down to the clever making process...
"The jewellery is made from anodised aluminium combined with silver. Pre- anodised sheets of aluminium are dyed freehand and the colours diluted to achieve a watercolour effect giving them more depth and subtlety. When the sheet is dry, it is boiled to seal the colour permanently into the surface. Once this is done the sheet is ready to be cut up into jewellery. The pieces are milled to add a texture to the surface, shaped, and the edges are polished. The aluminium is then combined with silver either by riveting or using folding techniques."
Andrew Sanders & David Wallace are glassmakers who share a small workshop based at King Street Workshops in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire. They first met whilst studying at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and, after graduating in 1977, have shared a workshop ever since!
Left: Tall Angram Drinking Glass by Andrew Sanders £28
"I find endless inspiration in studying pieces of glass from history, the 18th Century English glasshouses in particular, when the qualities of lead glass was creating new and exciting design possibilities. It is these qualities that I try to capture in my work."
Right: Malham Drinking Glass by David Wallace £24
"I am primarily concerned with form and the use of colour solely to enhance and delineate the objects as they are created. I hope to emphasise the spontaneous qualities of the molten glass, whether it be an obvious external feature or a more hidden element within the glass itself. Ultimately I try to capture the moment in time when the glass turns from a liquid form to a solid mass."