Artist of the Month
Leoma Drew is one of our most popular jewellers, her designs seems to really speak to our customers. We're excited to share this little interview with Leoma we did, it was such a pleasure.
Since retiring from his work in the care sector, Stephen has been developing his lifelong interest in woodwork and the various effects that can be achieved when wood is painted, burnt and carved. His subjects reflect an interest in life in and around the sea - the birds, boats, fish and local architecture.
The materials Stephen uses, on the whole, are recycled or found. The timber is sourced from beaches, local woodlands in Worcestershire and he even has a large proportion of the fittings from a refurbished pub lying in the workshop ready to use.
An established Salisbury-based artist, Steve Neville is following in the footsteps of his father – a lecturer and potter - and by drawing on his own engineering and fine art background is refining his personal vision of ceramics.
Perfecting his throwing technique, he brings a refreshingly straightforward approach to his ceramic work which results in elegantly pleasing forms.
He is now producing finely balanced bowls with the daintiest bases that can be unnervingly thin, finished with simple partial glazes to give his porcelain subtle hints of colour and design.
Suzie Gutteridge's passion for the environment and the need to protect it manifests itself in unique ceramics which create new life from recycled or found objects.
Based in Salisbury, Suzie makes remoulding and recycling strong elements in her work as she gives previously discarded products a new meaning through her range of beautiful and delicate ceramic vessels.
Thrashion started making jewellery out of recycled skateboards in 2007 and is now an award winning company based in Cornwall, England. Thrashion started with a light bulb moment when clearing out an attic and finding some old skateboards.
The first product to be created by Thrashion was a bangle and it’s grown from there. The pieces are made from broken skateboards and are used in their original state incorporating every scratch and sticker.
Each product is handmade and completely unique. Designs are produced in limited numbers and often not available after this time. Thrashion pride themselves on being an eco friendly brand, all the materials are from within the UK and they try to use every part of the skateboard to minimise waste.
Founded in 1991 by husband and wife team Philippa Nolan and Roger Biles, True Grace introduces wonder, romance and sophistication with their collection of elemental scented candles. These evocative candles range from the beauty and style of a country house to the fresh, invigorating scents of the great outdoors. All of True Grace's designs are hand-made in the inspirational beauty of Wiltshire, England, using the finest natural ingredients including rapeseed, beeswax and their secret ingredient to create a forty-hour burn time and the highest scent content on the market today.
Vanessa Conyers studied ceramics at Bath Spa University, graduating in 2004 with first class honours. She is now based in Dorset where she creates distinctive, delicately wrapped ceramics with luxurious and vibrantly illustrated surfaces. Each piece is skilfully assembled from fine earthenware clay inscribed with vintage lace and fabrics. Layers of paint, mono-print, and glaze are embellished with enamel decals and lashings of gold lustre and mother of pearl, and each piece is fired at least four times to achieve its smooth iridescent finish.
Her work carries a sense of nostalgia, inviting the beholder into an Alice in Wonderland style world of the fantastic and the beautiful. The collections can be used (with an air of indulgent luxury), or simply treasured as heirlooms, admired for their quaint nostalgia and unique elegance.
Whinberry & Antler design and print their collection by hand to create design led textiles and homeware inspired by heritage style and British wildlife. Established in 2011 by Jacinta Walton, Whinberry & Antler has developed its distinctive brand to create a range of exclusive products for the modern country home.
A company born from a passion for drawing and the British countryside, each illustration is hand drawn by Jacinta, creating a truly signature look. The company name itself pays tribute to the Shropshire hills, home of the Whinberry that inspired Jacinta. Crafted entirely within the UK, the natural cottons are woven in Yorkshire and screen printing is carried out by Jacinta herself from her studio near Frome in rural Somerset.
Combining a clean contemporary feel with traditional illustrative style, Jacinta’s drawings are truly brought to life with vivid detail and delicate expressions. From the iconic stance of the Stag through to the sulky meadow Hare, her prints capture the story of the countryside. Each illustration is then carefully transferred onto a silk screen before being hand pulled in black ink onto the signature natural cotton fabrics. The printed textiles are then transformed into a range of cushions, lampshades, napkins and more by Jacinta in her studio.