Monday, 19 November 2012

And this weekend it's....

...The Christmas Arts & Food Market
& Harley Open Studios
Treats indeed!
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...
Saturday 24th 10am - 5pm and Sunday 25th 10am - 4pm
Come and get inspired!

Friday, 16 November 2012

Rina Tairo

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.

medium jug £39
 milk jug £34
espresso cup & saucer £32
lidded jar £42
mug & saucer with gold handle £46.50

Julia Smith

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... on the link below to see a great little film of Julia working in her studio...

Mugs £21, Jug £24

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Rebecca Little jewellery...

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. 

Rebecca busy in her workshop:

Rebecca has a lovely website, take a visit to see more of her work...

Mad Hatter Toxic Tea Party...

Previously a biomedical scientist specialising is pharmacology and toxicology, Amanda Simmons' work is uniquely inspired!
Her glass work incorporates many unusual and fascinating processes, which you can read more about on her page (listed to the right).

Mad Hatter Toxic Tea Party (set of cup, saucer & spoon) £121

British Black Locust Wood?!

Stephen Slack crafts beautiful objects from sustainable British wood, to stunning effect! Have a look at his page to learn more...

These Acorn Jars are made from Black Locust wood; small £80 and medium £100.

A super-special delivery from Neil Bottle...

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.

Silk scarves £97-130
Hand pleated scarves £39-50
Silk & velvet scarves £119

Friday, 2 November 2012

Its nearly time for....

Christmas Arts £ Food Market and Harley Open Studios!

With over 55 stalls of contemporary craft, come and meet the makers...

Visit the Harley Open Studios, a short walk from the market, to meet the artists and explore their studios... watch demonstrations, chat and buy work directly from the makers!

Sat 24th Nov 10am - 5pm
Sun 25th Nov 10am - 4pm
With free entry and parking.

Featured in The Daily Telegraph 'UK: Five of the Best Chrismas Shopping Destinations'.

autumn windfall!

 These juicy looking fruits are masterfully crafted by the wonder-duo that is Penkridge Ceramics. Read more about their work on their dedicated page listed to the right...