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Artist of the Month

Aug

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2017
September Artist of the Month : Natajaq

September Artist of the Month : Natajaq

Artist of the month blog on Natajaq a traditional craftsmanship collaboration between Natalie Evans and Jacqueline Willmington.

This month our artist of the month is Natajaq who are a collaboration between Natalie Evans and Jacqueline Willmington through their shared enthusiasm and interest in traditional craftsmanship and skills, summer craft fairs, wood, colour, nature and interiors. Does creativity run in the family? Tell us about the Natajaq team. It certainly does! I have always loved art and creating – my mother-in-law being the same, we have spent years indulging in creative hobbies. My husband is a joiner and cabinet maker and with his expert skills we have turned our attention to furniture and lighting design. Natajaq lamp What was the inspiration for setting up Natajaq? My husband at the time was doing a lot of work in Oak and Walnut and the waste material is just waste in the manufacturing process – I love all wood and my mother-in-law Jacque (who’s late husband was also a joiner and cabinet maker) feels the same –we just couldn’t bear for this beautiful natural product to go to waste so we designed a range of candlesticks turned from the off-cuts. Jacque and I have always had a shared interest in art and design and furniture and interiors – we both had the time at that time to be a little bit more creative and so Natajaq was borne! What are the influences behind your creations? We both like simple shapes and we love the natural beauty of wood – wood is timeless and so versatile – every home needs beautiful natural wood, in our opinion! Since then we have moved on with some new designs and have focused on the use of plywood which is a man-made product and we have produced a range of contemporary lighting; table and floor lamps – plywood is modern, robust and understated in its beauty in our opinion. doric reading lamp by Natajaq What are the joys/benefits as well as the challenges to working in a small team of two? It’s all joyful – we get to spend quality time together doing something that we enjoy – from conception to production, we finish every product by hand and showcasing our work is always fun and rewarding. There are challenges of course, we are an artisan designer/maker and trying to scale our production is challenging financially. We started the business with a very small investment and have re-invested every penny back in to developing the business and our products. We love working with and supporting other artisans/designers/artists – we believe it’s really important to be inclusive and supportive. We love working with independent retailers too who champion individuality and offer the opportunity to designer/makers to showcase their work presenting something unique to their customers.   Do you listen to music when you are working? If so – who are your favourite bands/singers to have on in the studio? We always have the radio on – I love radio 4 and Radio 6, I also have teenage children and so get to listen to a wide range of their music too! Where’s your favourite place in the South West? I live in Bath and have done for 30 years, Jacque lives in Bath again now and my husband was born in Bath too – I was brought up in Wells and I love it there and Glastonbury and Frome too – Somerset is the best! doric reading lamp by Natajaq What are the processes you use in your craft that people wouldn’t know about? People often are surprised to know that we are using plywood , they love the grain but don’t necessarily know what it is – plywood being a sheet material is ripped into strips and glued together and then turned on a lathe – we then finish them off by hand, sanding and waxing. Discover more about Natajaq on their artist's page.

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Abbeyhorn

Abbeyhorn

Artist of the Month

Founded in 1749 Abbeyhorn has been working with horn for generations, passing down expertise and craftsmanship along the way.

Handcrafted from Ox horn, no two Abbeyhorn products are ever the same, making every piece a bespoke masterpiece.

Abbeyhorn makes use of a variety of natural materials and all raw supplies are sourced ethically from renewable resources.

Alice Shields

Alice Shields

Artist of the Month

After graduating from Bath Spa University with a BA (Hon) in Ceramic Design, Alice Shields set up a small studio in Bath where she designs and makes her whimsical range of ceramics by hand.

Alice Shields is passionate about the conservational issues of our native bees, butterflies and garden birds, and her ceramics blend her fascination with British flora and fauna with a light-hearted sense of humour.

All Alice's illustrations are hand drawn using a variety of pens, pencils and watercolours before being applied to earthenware, glazed clay.

Ali Tomlin

Ali Tomlin

Artist of the Month

Ali came to ceramics after twenty years as partner of a creative design consultancy in London. As an antidote to computers and managing a company she tried ceramics and found it completely absorbed her.

She soon found that porcelain was her material, because of the smooth surface it has for her marks to sit on and because of the quality of the material itself; the fluidity when wet and the fragile appearance, but surprising strength, when finished.

Her work is in porcelain with most surfaces unglazed and sanded to a smooth finish. The pieces are very tactile, encouraging you to follow the lines and shapes around the forms and feel the indentations made by the markings. Some are glazed inside, like a shell that is hard and glossy inside but sanded to a smooth finish by the sea on the outside.

Much of the surface is left in the natural white of the porcelain, allowing the colours used to be clean and fresh against it. Ali's design background definitely influences her work and she is also constantly trying new things out. Inspired by the most simple of marks, be they linear or graphic, natural, man made or sometimes happily accidental.

And Mary

And Mary

And Mary is a family-run business, by husband and wife, Neil and Alison. They are based on the Scottish borders and they have four dogs, Elvis, Edith, Bob and Marley.

They launched the And Mary brand in 2009 and have been known for their whimsical and hand pained porcelain ever since. Their ethos is to make you smile, from the adorable animal doorknobs to the quirky jewellery range.

Alison draws her inspiration from all round the globe, including their surround countryside. She also enjoys visiting vintage fairs and antique markets to source new ideas.

Angel Bill

Angel Bill

Kate Toms works from a small studio in Torquay, Devon. She was raised in a creative environment, always making with a love of simple, handcrafted decorations which inspired her own collection. Her hobby became her work and she started The Angel Bill Trading Co in 2002.

Alongside her passion for making Kate also illustrates books for children. Each piece within the collection mixes various media, many take inspiration from the recycled and vintage textiles. They are constructed using many techniques such as hand, machine and free machine embroidery, collage and dyeing.

Much of Kate’s inspiration comes from a collection of memories from her own childhood and those of others; the simple pleasures of playthings of long ago…much loved items showing the patina of age and hours of play, objects and images which have fuelled the imagination of children for generations are those that appear, reinvented, in my simple, endearing and quirky designs.

 

Anne Morgan

Anne Morgan

Artist of the Month

A member of the Makers Guild in Wales and the Association of Contemporary Jewellery, Anne Morgan enjoys silver’s potential for texture.

Her creations proudly show off their origins in workshop experimentation which makes every reticulated silver surface unique: each marks a precise moment in which she withdraws her flame from part-liquefied silver.

Once she has perfected these surfaces Anne off sets them with strong lines. She forges a relationship between organic texture and a simple geometry, rather like the placing of a formal structure in a natural landscape. She sets up a coupling in which each element complements the other.

Arthouse Meath

Arthouse Meath

Artist of the Month
Based in Surrey, Arthouse Meath works to present the skills and talents of people living with epilepsy, learning and physical disabilities. Through creativity and high quality products, Arthouse Meath aims to create a platform for people who so often feel marginalised. The artists work alongside instructors who enable them to create beautiful and unique artworks which go on to adorn a variety of products from artisan chocolate and soap to homeware.
Beccy Gillatt

Beccy Gillatt

Artist of the Month

Inspired by the hidden beauty that can be found in the functional construction of old machinery and tools. Beccy uses stainless steel as a base and combines it with contrasting precious metals such as silver and gold to produce clean and crisp designs. The finished pieces are made using a combination of manual engineering machines and traditional jewellery techniques.

Boop Design

Boop Design

Laura Pearcey celebrates her love of found objects and memories through her ceramics and jewellery. She tells stories of her childhood in Somerset as well as the people and things that she loves. Inspired by her Grandmother and her Victorian house full of interesting objects she creates hand drawn illustrations applied as ceramic transfers onto glazed surfaces or slip casts objects as jewellery.
Brie Harrison

Brie Harrison

Designer / Illustrator Brie Harrison expresses her spirit for pattern and colour through her design. She draws great inspiration from travel and loves to document the ornate details found in nature. Brie studied Textile Design in Brighton, and since has branched her artwork across to paper and other products. Brie has published work in Bowie Style's new Print & Pattern Nature book, Mike Perry's book Over & Over and Charlotte River's I Heart Stationery. She recently left London to move back to her native Suffolk countryside where she soaks up the forests, beaches & gardens that help fuel her ongoing obsession with decorating surfaces.
Caroline Finlay

Caroline Finlay

Mainly working with silver-smithing and traditional jewellery craft skills, Caroline Finlay’s pieces have been exhibited in the UK, Ireland, Holland and USA. There have been multiple recognitions for her practice including the Fife Contemporary Art & Craft: Craft Artist Award for 2011, 2012 and 2015. Inspired by natural surroundings and the sea, Finely incorporates the textures and colours found by the shoreline within her jewellery. The mark-making and traditional techniques help create pieces that evoke the sense of relationship between the plants, tides and life cycles for the wearer. Due to the techniques used, no two pieces are alike and each one will have entirely unique details.
Catherine Tough

Catherine Tough

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1999, Catherine Tough had a vision of combining heritage craft with modern, fresh design. Charlotte and her dedicated team work together to create handcrafted, high quality products from the finest natural materials. Starting off life in her design studio and mini-factory in Hackney, the socks are finally bought to life in Portugal.
Christine Kaltoft

Christine Kaltoft

Taking inspiration from her pet hens and wild birds, Christine Kaltoft crafts exuberant jewellery with a sense of movement. After studying at the London Metropolitan University she began using her jewellery to capture feelings and energy, frequently using quickly drawn graphic lines and simple bold shapes to create contemporary, handmade pieces.

Corrinne Eira Evans

Corrinne Eira Evans

Artist of the Month

Corrinne’s design's feature key elements of playful interaction and stylised elegance, with multi functional wear and collect-ability. The current collections are inspired by Native American culture’s, this rich and storied culture, deep in connection with the earth and it’s people, the detailed art and traditional garments ignite her imagination. Reading and studying artifacts, embroidered garments, Tribal head-dresses, wooden & woven objects & warrior weaponry all inspire the jewellery she creates. Corrinne has undertaken various studies spanning over 6 years including an HND at Birmingham School of Jewellery and BA (Hons) at Falmouth, informed with working in an established working jewellers, her knowledge of materials and antiquity feeds her work.

Cream Cornwall

Cream Cornwall

Rebecca Heane and Allison Hughes are the creative partnership behind Cream Cornwall and between them they have over 45 years of experience of textiles, interiors and design. Cream Cornwall derives from the Cornish aesthetic and a shared belief in craftsmanship that embraces creativity, uniqueness and a commitment to quality. Cornwall's inspiring landscape and history are showcased across the range of products with images of windswept moors, rugged cliffs and maritime themes. Cream Cornwall allows you to take a little part of the soul of Cornwall home with you.
Creatively Occupied

Creatively Occupied

Artist of the Month

In her ceramic work, Michelle Freemantle uses a mix of hand built, press mould and thrown techniques, creating work that is tactile and visually pleasing. Lines and text are inscribed into the surfaces and slips and oxides applied to create a subtle yet intricate surface. Her functional work embodies both utility and content, acting simultaneously as art and practical pieces, each with its own unique character.

Denman & Gould

Denman & Gould

Co founded by Eleanor Goulding and Russell Denman in 2013, Denman & Gould are a multi-disciplinary duo with a focus on slow, thoughtful design and natural products and materials. Having both studied in Brighton, they now work out of a renovated church studio deep in the Dorset countryside where they create many things, included handcrafted pouches and wood based necklaces.
Derinne Partiger

Derinne Partiger

With a particular passion for the texture and beauty of wood Derrine Partiger draws inspiration from the Shaker design and philosophy to create beautiful storage boxes.

Hand crafted using traditional methods these boxes are influenced by 150 year old Shaker tradition. Tops and bottoms are fastened with wooden pegs, whilst copper tacks are used to secure the ‘fingers’ which, it is believed, pointed to the right to signify the Shaker's pursuit of rightness and heavenly perfection.

Designs By Mia

Designs By Mia

Mia is an experienced silver and goldsmith who has created a variety of jewellery collections. Currently working and designing from her own studio Mia works in a variety of materials and styles. From simple, elegant rings to playful stud earrings of bumble bees and hearts 'Designs by Mia' is a broad range from a talented maker.
Elisabeth Barry

Elisabeth Barry

Having started her creative career with photography, Elisabeth Barry made the switch to ceramics and graduated in 2011 from City Lit in London. Now she works purely in porcelain, creating tableware and jewellery in her studio in Bath that is special to hold and a pleasure to use. "All my pieces have a pleasing weight and tactile coolness that will absorb body heat when held and used," she explains. "I intend that once a piece has been picked up, it’s hard to put down."
Ella McIntosh

Ella McIntosh

Ella McIntosh was first introduced to pewter in 2006 whilst at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University studying for her first class Honours degree in Designed Metalwork and Jewellery.

Ella went on to win the Pewter Live 2006 student competition run by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers and in 2009 set up her own workshop and began showing at public exhibitions and design fairs in the North West.

Ella’s skilled and innovative use of pewter in her designs clearly illustrates her enthusiasm for the current revival of pewter and its benefits as a metal. 

Fiona Martin

Fiona Martin

Fiona is currently studying for her masters in Art Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales, after completing a degree in Photography at Bristol.

She is based in Frome and works from the attic room in her home. Fiona is inspired by natural history, taxidermy, cabinets of curiosities and is a keen collector. After collecting a large amount of feathers for years she decided to combine them with her love for preservation and design, creating feather domes.

Each dome is created individually and inspired by the nature of the feathers. The way each feather bends and the colors it feature translate to the finished piece. All of the feathers are sourced naturally or purchased from reputable companies and individuals who comply with the Wildlife and Countryside Act. No endangered species are used.

Gemma Scully

Gemma Scully

Artist of the Month

Gemma creates jewellery inspired by the Chaos Theory, something that has fascinated her for years. The idea that small differences in initial conditions yield widely diverging outcomes.

Through a process of hand casting she is able to conduct her own research into this idea. Dropping varying amounts of molten silver and gold into different volumes of snow, ice and water she creates wildly different one off castings that form the basis for her designs.

Gemma loves adding some order and structure to her designs, almost an ironic counterbalance to the chaos. Drawing inspiration from Edward N. Lorenzs images of chaotic flow she creates repetitive line drawings in precious metals including silver and 18ct gold, these add the structure, form and wearability to the cast pieces.

Hans Borgonjon

Hans Borgonjon

Artist of the Month
Hans Borgonjon was born and raised in Belgium. He started his career as a nurse and worked in Belgium, Switzerland and now UK. Quite late in live (for an artist that is) he developed a real passion for ceramics.
Hole & Corner

Hole & Corner

Artist of the Month

Hole & Corner celebrates craft, beauty, passion and skill. It’s about people who spend more time ‘doing’ than ‘talking’, who put content above style, whose work is their life. Through a quarterly print magazine and a regularly updated digital platform, we aim to promote local trade and talented individuals, whether professional or amateur, exploring and celebrating the landscape that inspires them. Combining these subjects with some of the world’s finest still life, style and fashion photographers, our goal is to present a lifestyle and culture in a way previously unseen.

Hop & Peck

Hop & Peck

Each Hop & Peck product is ergonomically designed, lovingly handmade and hand finished in Saffron Walden, Essex. Founded by two designers, Elaine & Stephen in November 2010, their passion to design and craft traditionally inspired wooden products led them to create a range of products which are individual, creative and contemporary. They challenge their products design to be simple, clever and functional and also like to give them an added twist. The Hop & Peck collection is made from beautiful quality Oak which is carefully sourced from sustainable forests, finished with danish oil and where painted is with child friendly water based paints. Purposely designed without the use of screws or nails so it's eco friendly too.
Ima Pico

Ima Pico

With a vibrant colour palette of Spanish influences, Ima Pico is a designer and visual artist based in the UK. Created using digitally printed habotai silk, the pieces have a soft and light feel with a glossy finish. The perfect unique accessory, Ima Pico's designs are sure to add a splash of colour to any wardrobe.
Jane Scott

Jane Scott

Artist of the Month

Jane was brought up in the Devonshire countryside, surrounded by a softly folded landscape, abundant and bountiful flora, veteran trees, blunted cob farmhouses with thatched roofs and farmers who spoke using old words in strong local dialect. The house she was brought up in was filled with antiques and home made things and from an early age she learned to recognize the importance and worth of unconventional or peculiar qualities embedded in an object.

The language of ceramics itself offers qualities that appeal to her, each with their own meaning. She uses red earthenware, cheap, honest, unpretentious and informal and adds paper and coarse grog. Jane likes the shortness it gives the clay, like pastry, and the lumpiness, uneven texture and imperfections seem appropriate. Naked, this clay body is recognized and familiar: flower pots, bricks, kitchen crockery and antiquity may spring to mind, there is a certain comfort zone surrounding it, clothed with grubby white slip that cracks and crazes like old sun-baked paint, there is a depth and porous warmth to the work that invites touch.

The use of oxide washes articulates the figurative forms, reveals the detail and blemishes and imparts something akin to drawing to the piece. She often uses gold and other lustres in small amounts; visually this draws attention to certain details as key elements, but it also draws attention away from certain strategic components, which is all part of orchestrating the element of surprise. There are mythological and decorative connotations that can be evoked through the use of lusters. Those associations with value and opulence connected with precious metals can be useful signifying tools in the deciphering of a piece but they also present a ‘golden’ opportunity for subversion.

Joanna Allsop

Joanna Allsop

Artist of the Month

Joanna Allsop is a watercolour artist based in the rural outskirts of Bristol. Drawing inspiration from her somerset surroundings, her paintings are heavily influenced by the natural world and the animal kingdom. Joanna prides herself on quality, attention to detail, and the perfect mix of simplicity and statement.

Jennie Gill

Jennie Gill

Jennie Gill designs and makes precious jewellery in silver, golds, diamonds and semiprecious beads. Her work is heavily influenced by organic forms. Casting is a technique used to create the pieces, as is hammering, rolling and twisting. Laser etching is a new addition to some pieces.

After graduating in 1991 from Sheffield Hallam with a BA hons in silversmithing and jewellery Jennie decided to stay in the city and set up her business designing and making jewellery. Jennie has worked on over a dozen large-scale public art designs for gates and panels on new builds around Sheffield.

Johnson and Matthey, the worlds largest platinum marketers, awarded one of her necklaces 10 of the best in 2003. In 2004 the Arts Council sponsored a research trip to New York, which resulted in new designs in gold and diamonds.

She has exhibited around the UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, Germany, Japan and America. In 2002 one of her designs won 'gift of the year' from the Giftware federation.

Jenny Hines

Jenny Hines

Jenny cannot remember her life without a sewing machine, knitting needles, threads and crochet hooks. She has loved textiles and colour from an early age.

Over the years, Jenny has taught many classes in the skills of patchwork, embroidery, knitting and crochet. Jenny studied Textile Design & Creative Embroidery at college and achieved a City & Guild's Diploma. For Jenny this opened another door to many more techniques and furthered her creativity.

The inspiration for most of her work comes from nature and the countryside in Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset, where she now resides.

Katie Leamon

Katie Leamon

Artist of the Month

Katie Leamon is a luxury card & stationery brand based in London. With a design studio in the heart of London, and a family run production studio in the English countryside, their design and create beautiful, hand finished collections of original paper products. All their products are proudly made in England with incredible care & attention at every stage of their journey. The brand launched in the summer of 2011 and is a reflection of Katie’s love of typography, stationery and vintage curiosities, and aims to deliver beautiful, simple designs that evoke a sense of nostalgia. The products are predominantly hand printed using individual polymer rubber stamps - the nature of this technique ensures all the cards are unique and have a very tangible feel to them, which is inherent to the brand. The brand is currently stocked in a number of stores across the world including Selfridges, Anthropologie, Harrods & Fortnum & Masons.