Exciting April


April is always an exciting time of year, flowers have started popping up everywhere, the temperatures start to rise, and at some point in the month you know you’re going to be given a big pile of chocolate eggs.Whats not to like?

Here at The Gallery April is also exciting because of the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, which runs for a few days at the beginning of April every year. Every year we head over for the day to try and find some exciting and inspiring artists and craft makers to exhibit in The Gallery, and this year we did particularly well. Over the next few months you will see new ceramics, jewellery and textiles popping up when you visit us, so don’t forget to drop by. As a taster, here’s a few of the beautiful new things we’re soon to have.

Coming soon to The Gallery…

We met these talented artists and craftsmakers at the British Craft Trade Fair this week, and their amazing work will soon be adorning the shelves and cabinets of The Gallery.

Mercury Arts

Helen from Mercury Arts creates delicate nature-inspired jewellery from porcelain and beads. We particularly loved her ‘Pebble-Stack’ necklaces.

Art Box designs

We’ve been looking for some lovely notebooks for The Gallery for some time. These are a little different for us, but we love the because each notebook is made from recycled leather, and Art Box try to be as eco-friendly as possible.

Katie Almond

We all fell in love with Katie’s beautiful ceramics, much of which is hand painted. Her range of kitchenware includes small and large items, so there is something to fit every budget.

Tea and Sympathy

Our first exhibition this year opens on May 27th, and will feature work from a number of artists who’ve never exhibited at the gallery before, which is very exciting for us. To give you a taste of what to expect from our delicious-sounding forthcoming show, here are some of the artists involved.

Priscilla Jones

Priscilla is trained in embroidery and is a ‘stitched mixed-media’ artist based in Lancaster.

Karen Turner

Karen Turner is a  designer/maker based in Brackley, Northamptonshire.  The main focus of Karen’s work is Ceramics, a mixture of small functional objects, decorative pieces and sculptural work.

Viv Smith

Viv originally trained in pottery, but felt tempted to experiment with metals, and now creates unusual jewellery from gold, silver and copper.

Other artists included in Tea and Sympathy include Gilly Rochester, Harriet Quilty, Vic Sayers, Freya Ete, Rosie Scott-Massie . I hope these tasty images have tempted you enough to come along!

Website of the month: Paper faerie

This month I am running a workshop at ArtisOn called Cards, Tags and Decorative Papercrafts, which I’m very excited about as it incorporates lots of my favourite things just within the title! As part of my research for this course I’ve been looking for unusual paper crafts and came across Paper Faerie. Paper Faerie creates amazing paper constructions out of old books, which you can buy at her Etsy shop. Check it out!

Thats all from me, have a lovely Easter and enjoy the spring weather while it lasts…



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