Festive Shopping Guide 2: Mid-Range Gifts

Christmas at Masham Gallery: Shopping guide 2014

Our gift guides this year are designed to take you through a huge range of items we have in the gallery, starting with the smaller ‘stocking fillers’ and little treats, and gradually working up to the all-out budget-blowers. In each installment we have carefully selected a range of things we think appeal to the widest range of people, but don’t forget this is still only a snapshot of what we have inside the gallery, so if you are still stuck for ideas you might want to pop in and see us.

Much of our stock is handmade, often by local makers around Yorkshire. Our toys are either British made or fairly traded, and we’re proud to offer a unique collection of durable and sustainable wooden toys instead of plastic ones. Each item on our gift guide list has details of it’s makers/origins, so you’ll know plenty about what you’re choosing.

In the edition of our shopping guide we are focusing on mid-range gifts – anything from £12 to £50. So whether your budget per person is £15 or £50, we will have something beautiful, clever and lovingly made for you.

NOA jewellery, from £11


NOA create eyecatching necklaces, earrings and bracelets from silver, aluminium and ceramic tiles. Thier subtle design make them extremely popular with all ages, and they suit any budget.

Moo and Oink Music Box, £12


This lovely little box is one of our most popular children’s toys. Plays a classical tune while the two figures dance. Made by John Crane.

Masham Pint Glasses, £18


An exclusive Masham Gallery product; these glasses have been especially designed for us by Vinegar&Brown Paper. Perfect for a local beer drinker.

Alphabet Jigsaw, £18

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Our educational and fun animal jigsaws come in a range of sizes and designs, but our definite favourite is the friendly dinosaur, available with either letter or number blocks.

Carole Minett Hats, from £21


Local maker Carole makes one-off, unique hats to suit all heads and seasons. A lovely gift for the chilly months.

Printed blocks by Fiona Wilson, from £14


Fiona hand prints, then paints these blocks before finishing them with thread. The result is a beautiful and quirky ornament that can be free standing or wall mounted.

Construction Toys, £25


One of the most popular ranges in our toy room, the construction vehicles are made from wood and rubber, and can be accommpanyied by workmen and accessories. Digger pictured.

Pewter picture frames, from £12


These elegant frames are just a little bit more special, and are available in a range of designs. Made by Lancaster&Gibbings.

Handmade ceramic jug £40


Dove St Pottery are based in Saltaire, West Yorkshire. Maker David Worsley takes inspiration from Japanese design for his simple and striking homeware range, available in various subtle colours. The range also suits a small budget, with prices starting from £12.

The Paragon Pirate Ship, £45


This really is a great value present – the price includes ship, pirates and accessories, and it’s even easy to put together (honest!).


To the Stars necklace, £42


Claire Collinson uses text as the inspiration for her jewellery range, and even incorporates it into the design. Made with silver, paper and resin, and part of a wider range.

We have lots of other beautiful jewellery, ceramics, textiles, artwork and glass available in this price range, so don’t forget to pop in and see us!

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Festive Shopping Guide 1: Stocking Fillers and Small Treats

Christmas at Masham Gallery: Shopping guide 2014

Our gift guides this year are designed to take you through a huge range of items we have in the gallery, starting with the smaller ‘stocking fillers’ and little treats, and gradually working up to the all-out budget-blowers. In each installment we have carefully selected a range of things we think appeal to the widest range of people, but don’t forget this is still only a snapshot of what we have inside the gallery, so if you are still stuck for ideas you might want to pop in and see us.

Much of our stock is handmade, often by local makers around Yorkshire. Our toys are either British made or fairly traded, and we’re proud to offer a unique collection of durable and sustainable wooden toys instead of plastic ones. Each item on our gift guide list has details of it’s makers/origins, so you’ll know plenty about what you’re choosing.


Stocking fillers and little things: Gifts under £10

From just £1.50 you can get locally handmade gifts from us! Read on for some inspiring little treats….

Ceramic Buttons, £1.30 each


Machine washable, these little buttons come in a huge range of designs and are perfect for slipping into an envelope. Handmade by Stockwell Ceramics.

Hand Magnet, £1.50


A tiny, quirky magnet, ideal for holding notes and photos on your fridge. Handmade by local artist Charlotte Morrison.

Tattoos and Nail Stickers, £3.50


Eyecatching and fun, these temporary body stickers are designed by illustrator Kate Broughton. Perfect for teenagers and rebels!

Butterfly bobbles, £2.50


These unique hairbands are made by fairly traded toy company Namaste.

Wooden Animals £1.95


We have a whole farm yard selection of these rubberwood animals, and you can start your collection for under £2. Made by Lanka Kade.

Hanging Heart £5.95


A pretty decoration for a window or wall, this heart is packaged flat so is perfect for posting. Made by Lush Designs, based in London.

Biscuit Brooches £8


These fun brooches and fridge magnets are carved from wood in to your favourite teatime treat. Custard Cream is our favourite! Made by Speckled Wood.

Recorder £7


The sound might take some practise, but these wooden recorders look beautiful at least! Available in a variety of colours, made by John Crane.

Masham Poster £6.95

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For anyone who wants a very local gift, the Masham posters (available in 2 designs) are available exclusively at the gallery and are designed by Masham artist Ian Scott-Massie.

We also have purses, notebooks, pencils, craft kits and much more for under £10, so drop by and explore our full collection.

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Art in the Bar at The Angel, Hetton



This is just a little blog to tell you about an exciting new project Masham Gallery has been involved with, recently, which may give residents and visitors to the Skipton area something exciting to look out for.

Masham Gallery has been working with the acclaimed restaurant and hotel The Angel in Hetton to launch Art in the Bar, a two year project showcasing some of the north’s best artistic talent within the cosy surroundings of The Angel’s bar. Josie Beszant, the gallery’s owner, has worked with The Angel’s owner Pascal Watkins to select local artists whose work will transform the traditional surroundings of The Angel into a vibrant and contemporary gallery space, complete with delicious food and drink of course.

Ian Scott Massie

Ian Scott Massie

The first artist taking up residence in the bar is Ian Scott Massie, who will be exhibiting a collection of Yorkshire-inpspired original paintings, along with a new book ‘The Dale of Angels’. The book contains a collection of walks, pictures, recipes and stories about the surrounding landscape and has been made in conjunction with The Angel. There will also be three specially commissioned paintings by Ian on permanent display in the bar’s snug. Ian’s work will be on display from October 9th to January 11th 2015, when the second artist Anna Tosney will be unveiling her collection of prints in the bar. Future artists include Hester Cox, Claire West and  Paula Dunn amongst others.

Anna Tosney

Anna Tosney

For full details on the Art in the Bar, visit The Angel’s website here.  Ian Scott Massie’s new book ‘The Dale of Angels’ is available to pre-order from his website. There will be a launch party to celebrate the Art in the Bar and Ian’s new book on October 9th at The Angel.

Masham Gallery at the Movies

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A little while ago we decided to undertake an exciting new project which not only promoted the gallery but showed off some of the amazing array of talented artists that we are known for working with. In order to really give an inquisitive art-lover the inside track on how the work is made, we set about finding a filmmaker to make a series of mini movies, profiling some of the gallery’s regular exhibitors.

The first two films feature watercolorist and printmaker Ian Scott Massie and ceramics designer Charlotte Morrison, and explore their backgrounds, inspirations, and most importantly, give real insight into how they make their work. Both films are available to watch now on the Masham Gallery website.


Ian sketching on camera near Pen Hill


Click on the images to watch Ian’s film.


Pendragon Castle by Ian Scott Massie



Charlotte being filmed in her studio outside Masham.

Click on the images to see Charlotte’s film.

Teapot by Charlotte Morrison

Teapot by Charlotte Morrison

The next two films are currently in production, and will feature two artists whose work is deeply contrasting, but who have both spent a large part of their lives in Masham. Howard Charles is a potter who ran his own ceramics showroom in Masham for many years, and now makes his beautiful and highly collectable Lowry-inspired figures exclusively for Masham Gallery. Howard pieces are influenced by people he sees in and around the town, as his film will explain more about his inspirations, as well as his other passion, folk music.


Howard at work in his studio




Howard’s handmade ceramic figures

The fourth film subject is Rosie Scott-Massie, a York-based paper cutting artist who grew up in Masham and regularly returns to local subjects such as Hackfall woods for inspiration. Rosie’s work is inspired by folly buildings, which this area certainly isn’t short of, and in the film she explains not only how she goes about creating her unique pieces but also why the dales are such an influence on her work.


Rosie and filmmaker Ken Snowden ‘on location’ at Hackfall Woods.

The Banqueting House, Hackfall by Rosie Scott-Massie

The Banqueting House, Hackfall by Rosie Scott-Massie


These two new films will hopefully be available to view from the beginning of June, and more will be soon to follow. So if you’re ever perusing the work we have in the gallery and can’t help thinking “How did they do that?”, the answer might be a few clicks away!


Drop by and see us soon, and catch out current exhibition ‘A Moment in Time’, featuring the work of June Russell, Michael Atkin and more. The exhibition ends of May 19th so you’ll have to hurry!


Poster featuring 'Still Day' by June Russell

Poster featuring ‘Still Day’ by June Russell

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Christmas Gift Guide Edition 3: Jewellery

Simple and Stunning Jewellery

Here’s the third edition of our Christmas Gift Guide, designed to help you along with all your present buying needs. This edition showcases some of our beautiful and unusual jewellery, available from as little as £12.


Noa Jewellery
From £12

Noa combine ceramics and metals to make their stylish and versatile pieces. Our collection are made from indicate miniature tiles set into Aluminium with sterling silver fastenings, and are popular with all ages.


Vin Bootle
From £27

Vin works with silver and gold, and takes inspiration from celtic design to create his eye-catching jewellery. We have a large selection of rings, bangles and earrings in stock, and special commissions can be created.


Barbara Cassell Recycled Jewellery
From £24

This bold and very individual jewellery is made from recycled metals, leather and rubber. It’s bold, warm and eye catching, and we love it!


Clare Collinson Jewellery
£22 – £60

Clare takes inspiration from stories when creating her delicate silver and resin jewellery. Each piece contains a tiny line of text, like this “Can I tell you a story” necklace.


Helen Shere
From £30

This sweet tree brooch is made from sterling silver, and is part of collection of garden-inspired jewellery by Helen Shere. Also available ares matching fir tree studs, and pretty pendants.


Becky Crow
£26 upwards

Becky is a reowned contemporary jeweller, specialising in quirky animal-inspired pieces made from silver and oxidised copper (like these fox earrings). We have a small but lovely collection of Becky’s jewellery in stock.

Don’t forget until 31st December we also have the wonderful “Aged To Perfection” exhibition here.

Christmas Gift Guide Edition 2: Textiles

Pins and Needles!

This is our second gift guide in the run up to Christmas, helping you with unusual presses for everyone. This edition is all about our textiles collection, with gifts as £10.


Hats by Carole Minett
From £24

Our hat collection is ever changing and always popular, and every one is made by Carole Minett, a local maker based near Harrogate. Our current selection are warm and festive and waiting for owners.


Pebbles by Lindsay Tyson
£10 – £36

Each of Lindsay’s pebbles is hand made with felt and scraps of material, so every one is unique. They are beautiful on there own but even better in a little group!


Woollen Purses by Janie Textiles

Available in a range of colours and all adorned with either pretty stitching or bold geometric patterns, these purses are fast becoming some of our most popular textiles.


Scarves by Valerie Broomhead
£17 – £28

These pretty silk scarves are hand painted and inspired by plants and flowers. A beautiful and unique gift.


Brooches by Angela Knipe
From £12

This fantastic range of quirky brooches, hand made using wool and felt, never ceases to surprise and amaze. You’ve probably never given someone a knitted prawn before – well here’s your chance!


Felt birds by Feltmeup Designs
From £12.50

Melanie Green of Feltmeup Designs creates these characterful little birds by hand. We have a range of Owls and lots of festive Robins in stock just waiting to fly away.

Don’t forget our exhibition Aged to Perfection is on display until December 31st.


Christmas Gift Guide – Edition One

Welcome to our Christmas Gift Guide 2013.

This year, to make your festive shopping a little easier, we’ve taken a good long look at all the lovely things we have here at the gallery and selected 6 of the best of our textiles, jewellery, ceramics and paper collections. Each guide offers 6 unique makers, a variety of ideas and style, and most importantly, a range of prices. Each week we’ll be homing in on one of our most popular departments to bring you a cream-of-the-crop selection. All you need to do is decide who to buy them for!

Inked and Folded: 6 of the best from our Paper selection

Our paper collection comes in many forms – from beautifully hand printed pictures, to hand bound books and contemporary paper cutting. What they all have in common is unique, quirky style and an affordable price tag. From just £4.20 there is definitely something for everyone here….


Notebooks by Kate Bowles
£5 – £25

Kate collects vintage and recycled papers together with unusual fabrics and hand binds them into these beautiful and unusual notebooks. Even the spines are stunning!


Contemporary Papercutting by Rosie Scott-Massie £125 – £475

Rosie’s work is highly unusual, combining expressive use of paint with precise paper cutting techniques. Each piece is made from an old OS map which features the subject of the picture. Inspired by unusual buildings around Yorkshire, our current collection includes subjects from nearby Hackfall and Studley Royal.


Gift Tags by Letterpress £4.20
A lovely little gift or a very cool wrapping solution – these hand printed tags contain a selection of different vintage-feel designs printed on recycled card. Christmas designs are also available.


Map Notebooks by Elizabeth Shorrock £15
For a really personal gift we have these lovely handmade notebooks by paper artist Elizabeth Shorrock. Each one is covered with a real OS map of Yorkshire, so perfect for someone who lives on the map! Contact us if you would like to order a specific location.

Murmuration, ecthing by Janis Goodman

Etchings by Janis Goodman £60 – £130
Based in Leeds, Janis’ original prints are inspired by both urban and countryside everyday life, in particular plants and birds. The etchings are limited edition, and are all hand printed, meaning that there is sometimes a slight difference in the look of each one.


Lampshades by Lush Designs and Hannah Nunn £18 – £100

We couldn’t possibly choose which of our lovely lampshades we preferred so we decided to include them both in the gift guide! Lush designs create quirky, funny and gorgeous drawings which are then turned into eye catching lampshades. We have an ever changing selection of their shades in stock, so enquire with us for our current collection. Hannah Nunn is based in Hebden Bridge and combines paper cutting with lighting to make her stunning nature-inspired shades (pictured) and tea light holders. 

It’s a wonderful summer…..

Claire West

Claire West

We have just said goodbye to our amazing Paperworks exhibition, which went down a storm. But we have no time to waste as this weekend sees the start of ‘It’s a Wonderful life!’ – our new exhibition featuring dazzling mixed media work from three Yorkshire artists; Claire West, Sharon Winter and Rachel McEwan. The show comprises and collection of original paintings designed to cheer the soul and celebrate life – just want you need to compliment this beautiful weather. ‘it’s a Wonderful Life’ opens with a preview this Friday evening and continues until August 25th.

Sharon Winter

Sharon Winter

Rachel McEwan

Rachel McEwan


We’ve have just taken our first step into the world of film making! We have started work on a collection of films about the artists we represent, beginning with painter and printmaker Ian Scott-Massie. Ian’s film follows him as he prepares for his forthcoming solo exhibition in Wensley Church, and sees him researching his subjects deep in the dales, as well as painting in his studio. The films will allow the viewer to put a face to the artwork they see in the gallery, as well as getting an exclusive look at the working techniques, and hearing first hand about the artist’s inspiration.


Ian during filming...

Ian during filming…

We had a great time learning about the process of making a professional short film, from attempting to capture circling Curlews to keeping the tripod steady in the freezing ‘summer’ winds on the top of Penhill! Thanks to Ken Snowden at Proper Telly for the fantastic filming and editing. Our first film is available on the gallery’s website and on Youtube – we hope you enjoy it, don’t forget to look out for the next one!

Ian’s exhibition in ‘Tales from the Dales’ opens on 27th July  and  will be on display at Wensley Church until August 11th.


Do drop by and see our summery new exhibition and enjoy the sunshine with us.

A creative day out in Masham


The weather seems to have finally come good (for now), so you may be considering taking advantage of the sun and having a day out this weekend. We have the perfect suggestion – why not visit Masham? As well as a lovely range of shops and galleries (including our own), the annual North Yorkshire Open Studios is taking place over the next two weekends, and there are 5 artists to visit in and around Masham (and more very close by), including Josie Beszant, owner of Masham Gallery,  locally based artists Ian Scott-Massie, Hester Cox and Charlotte Morrison and Paperworks curator Rosie Scott-Massie.



Josie Beszant



Ian Scott Massie

We are delighted to be using Artison as our venue on Saturday and Sunday 8/9 and 15/16 June. Over 100 artists are taking part in the Open Studios this year. It’s a great chance to find out how the artwork is created and meet the artists to see what inspires them (we’ll all be there on all days). They’ll be plenty of tea and coffee all day and (of course) plenty of cake too! Full details of the event are at www.nyos.org.uk.


The Secret

Hester Cox









Charlotte Morrison



Rosie Scott-Massie

 We have the most amazing exhibition Paperworks in progress here at Masham Gallery, where you can see even more of Rosie’s work, and both Nolon Stacey and Nikki Corker will have their galleries open in Masham too. If you are making a weekend of it there’s lots more detail about what’s in and around Masham here.

So if you fancy a weekend of creativity, sunshine and most importantly, lots of cake, you can’t do better than coming to visit us!

Enjoy the sunshine x



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Just a brief blog today to remind everyone that our second exhibition of 2013 Paperworks is now open and ready for visitors. The exhibition opened with a brilliantly well attended preview on Friday – we got loads for great feedback from intrigued and fascinated guests who loved the diversity of the show. It was great to have a chat with two of the exhibition’s artists Clare Lindley and Elizabeth Shorrock who popped by too.We’d love for you to come and see the exhibition, which runs until June 28th, but if you are unable to make it, here are some pictures of whats going on…














The exhibition features eight artists in total, based all over the country and with one common passion – using paper as the main material in their work. As you can see though, the outcomes are all very unique and equally beautiful, from Elizabeth Shorrock’s amazing map books to Li-chu Wu’s lovely silver and paper jewellery. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!