Makers Revolution – Craft Market in Penryn

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Since moving to Cornwall I’ve been getting to know other local makers through the Etsy Maker’s Cornwall group and have fallen in with these revolutionaries – a group of people who wanted more local, affordable places to sell contemporary craft. In that spirit we’re seeking to take back shopping in person, meeting makers, feeling products and seeing before you buy.

Here’s our first press release, manifesto and market date for later this month – we’ll be open in Penryn on 22nd September.

Local Makers launch Makers Revolution Cornwall with their first craft market

Makers Revolution Cornwall is a new initiative set up by a group of local artisans in order to create more grass roots events to support artists and makers in Cornwall. The Revolution will kickoff in September with its first market, showcasing some of the most skilled and original makers in the region.

The movement has evolved from a simple online discussion about local craft events to become an active response to the group’s shared concerns about shopping becoming a screen-based activity, which encourages an automatic process of consumerism that lacks considered action. As more shops close, the circle tightens and more people shop from home, losing an important sense of connection to the items they buy along the way. The Maker’s Revolution Cornwall recognises this as an opportunity to empower and support makers and local businesses in taking action themselves to set up the events they need to happen.

Market Organisers:

The group of six makers originally met online via the Facebook Page ‘Etsy Makers Cornwall’, where they found that many local makers and artists felt that they were sometimes excluded from larger profit-driven selling events through price, location, experience or competition. In a county with a high proportion of self employed residents, it was agreed that a more supportive solution could be found by harnessing the power in collectivism to overcome the struggle of sole trading.

‘’Definitely some events don’t consider things from a sellers point of view so capitalise on entrance fees but don’t put enough money into marketing, ‘’ explains Keri Valentine of HumbleCottage in Penryn. Sally Atkins, who runs Sally’s Shed in Lostwithiel agrees: ‘’Often the only people who are destined to make a profit are the organisers. There’s a place in the wider community for truly people driven events – not prescribed by organisers or governing bodies – but a place to come together, build relationships while creating an experience the customer doesn’t get online.’’

Armed with a manifesto and a growing social media following, it seems the group have hit a chord with small creative businesses in Cornwall and have been inundated with applications for their first market. It is hoped this will be one of many more events run by makers, for makers. Almost 30 artisans will be exhibiting and selling their work at The Makers Revolution Cornwall Market No 1, which will take place at the Highway Community Centre on Church Road, Penryn from 10am-4pm on 22 September. All are welcome.

To find out more, visit Makers Revolution Made in Cornwall on Facebook or MakersRevolutionCornwall on Instagram.


At the Gordon Russell Design Museum

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Earlier this week I installed an exhibition at the Gordon Russell Design Museum, in Broadway. The Museum offered members of the Worcestershire Guild the opportunity to display their work within the Museum Collection, a wonderful setting for handmade craft.

Upstairs at the Gordon Russell Design Museum
The Museum:

The Gordon Russell Design Museum is housed in the Gordon Russell Company’s original design office, a thin, barn-like building tucked behind the High Street in the Cotswold village of Broadway. It’s filled with a chronological display of work from Gordon Russell himself through to later production pieces made by the company he founded.

He championed the fusion of the machine and man-made, embracing technological advances in production but conserving craft hand skills. It’s an ideology that I really appreciate as it neither dismisses modern technological advances or neglects the hand-making that I enjoy so much.

Open the drawer:

For the duration of the show my work will be housed within this 1950’s Utility Chest of Drawers, Dressing Table and Mirror. Made in English beech it was designed by David Booth for Gordon Russell Ltd. The piece was mass-produced and purchased in the early 1950 from Heals of London. It reflects Gordon Russell’s idea that good design and quality workmanship should be affordable and these pieces, and many like them, decorated many English homes from the 1950’s onward.

In the top drawer you’ll find new pieces from my Riverside collection, alongside best sellers like my Circular Leafy Pendant. Visit the exhibition from 22nd August to 17th September 2017 at the Gordon Russell Design Museum in Broadway.

Exhibition: Made with Love in Leeds

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Each spring the Craft and Design Centre Gallery in Leeds holds a show celebrating the romance of British Craft – this year there’s a distinctly birdie theme to the show, with work featuring our feathers friends from jewellers, ceramists and glassmakers alike.

My Riverside collection will form part of the exhibition alongside these other makers (plus a few more):

See the full line-up here

New Stockist: John Lewis Birmingham

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This week sees the opening of the new John Lewis store in central Birmingham, right above the remodeled New Street Station and Grand Central shopping centre.

It’s not normally the kind of thing that I’d blog about (despite the architectural interest of the building) but John Lewis have done something pretty special with this store. Working in conjunction with local business groups they’ve set aside space in the Jewellery Department for a Jewellery Quarter concession of sorts, featuring the work of six Jewellery Quarter makers.

I was selected to take part earlier in the year and have had to keep pretty quiet about it until now but, with the store finished and opening tomorrow here are a few images from last night’s preview:

They’ll be selling my Flotsam and Estuary ranges, from now until after Christmas.

Handmade Britain: Chelsea Nov 14

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Handmade Britain is just over a week away and, with some wonderful exhibitors on show here’s who I’m particularly looking forward to seeing:

beautifully layered colours from Linda Barletta/Sheen Pottery

Dish by Sheen Pottery
Dish by Sheen Pottery


raw edged silver vessels from Edward Mahony at  CreatStudio

Hand Raised silver vessels by CreatStudio
Hand Raised silver vessels by CreatStudio

richly coloured leather bags from Jane Hopkinson

Jane Hopkinson Leather Bags
Jane Hopkinson Leather Bags

delightfully textured metal from Jenny Balson Jewellery

Jenny Balson Jewellery
Jenny Balson Jewellery

looping, sculptural rings from Ellen Monaghan

Ring by Ellen Monaghan
Ring by Ellen Monaghan

and soft, subtle glazes from Sian Patterson

Sian Patterson Studio Ceramics
Cylinders by Sian Patterson Studio Ceramics

see the full exhibitor listing here

Craft at the Three Choirs Festival, Worcester 2014

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This year the annual Three Choirs Festival returns to the city of Worcester for a glorious week of music in the historic Cathedral.

The Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen will, once again, be celebrating the event by hosting a contemporary craft fair in the Cathedral grounds, presenting a selection of work from local designer makers.


Worcestershire Guild Craft Three Choirs Poster 2014

Alongside the Worcestershire Guild will be members of the Cotswold and Herefordshire Craft Guilds, both of whose home cities also play host to the Three Choirs Festival, on alternate years.

The show opens on Saturday 26th July and runs until Saturday 2nd August, opening from 10am to 8pm each day.

Desire – Kensington [March 2013]

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I recently spent the weekend at Desire in London surrounded by a wonderful collection of jewellery and silverware from some of the finest makers in the country.  In the heart of Kensington the event has just moved into, hopefully, a new permanent home where it can grow and build up quite a following.

Natalie Harris:

Natalie Jane Harris

Besides the jewellery on show it was encouraging and inspiring to see so much silverware represented – British Silverweek brought a considerable amount of new talent with it to sit alongside more established makers like Andrew MacGowan and Esther Lord.

Collete Bishop:


Showed a sumptuous little selection of her neat, smoothly curving vessels, off set by their jagged tops and beautifully tactile in form.

Fiona McAlear:

Fiona MacAlear

Brought this little vessel along – just look at the beautiful, intricate detailing on the lid:

Fiona MacAlear Lid

it makes what could be quite a heavy piece feel delicate – and makes a lovely feature of the hinge.

Kathryn Hinton:

Kathryn Hinton


and I had a quick chat with Kathrine Hinton who makes use of some wonderful new technologies (computer modelling, digital hammer blows and some very fine rapid prototyping) to produce tiny, detailed vessels and jewellery with surfaces that you just want to hold and explore:

Kathryn Hinton

Centrepiece 2012

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Today I set my work up at Birmingham’s annual selling exhibition of contemporary jewellery and silverware. Centrepiece, now in it’s 15th year is a showcase for some of the best makers in the Jewellery Quarter and well worth a visit (though I say so myself …)

This year some new and guest designers have joined the show bringing in ideas about ethical gold, recycled work and some inventive use of new technologies. Here are a few of the highlights:

and a sneaky peak at what’s in my cabinet:

The show is open from Thursday 15th November until Sunday 23rd December from 10.30am – 8.30pm (or later) everyday and is staffed by the designers – so you just might be buying work straight from the hands that made it!


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