When it rains, make rainbows! So the saying goes.
Colour will not be in short supply at Craftworks this weekend. Our designer makers love colour and the hall will be bursting with it: From rainbow glass to textiles to jewellery, ceramics and gorgeous prints.
Discover Marie-Therese King, a highly accomplished batik artist. Her prints and textiles are sure to brighten your day.
Experimental Enameller, is how Harriet Wilson describes herself. You can explore the colours; tones and contrasts, within Harriet's work as she refuses to be constrained by the 'normal' approach to her media. Always something to delight.
Colour is usually the defining factor for glass artist Jill Bagnall. She will tell you that glass+Light=Magic; the intricate way glass plays with light breathes life into her work. Stop by and she'll explain more!
Explore, Discover, Be Tempted at Craftworks
21st and 22nd October, Elmslie House, Malvern (click button for info & directions) open 10am - 4pm. Entry is Freww, and the cafe is open for home baked cakes & lite bites.
Meet the Makers
Explore our beautiful designer crafts for unique and special Christmas gifts.
Discover more about techniques, materials and just what makes our makers so special.
Be tempted, treat yourself or commission a one of a kind piece for your home. And know you are buying hand-made. locally made while supporting small & traditional businesses.
At Craftworks this weekend 21st & 22nd October.
Basket Weaver Jenny Pearce uses unstripped willow, mostly grown locally in Herefordshire, for her baskets, which come in all shapes & sizes for beautiful natural accessories for your home. How's that for local?
We are also joined by designer jeweller Belinda Gilbert.
Each of our jewellers brings a very different aesthetic to their work and that translates into lots of choice for you. Discover Belinda's inspiration at Craftworks this weekend.
Explore, Discover, Be Tempted at Craftworks!
21st and 22nd October, Elmslie House, Malvern (click button for info & directions) open 10am - 4pm. Oh! And how could I forget, the cafe is open for home baked cakes etc and entry is completely free.
We have a late addition, making 18 amazing craftsmen and women for your delight & delectation!
A little Italian style never goes amiss and Ettore Consorte brings exactly that to Craftworks, with his fabulous jewellery. Last time I saw him he had a drop-dead gorgeous pendant featuring a brilliant spinel, a much underrated gemstone I knew nothing about. He will most gladly tell you all about these lovely gems and all the other stones he uses. And I just need a lottery win!
Also appearing are charming printmaker Rachel Salisbury and master furniture designer maker Brian Maiden, come and explore, discover and be tempted.
This weekend, 21st and 22nd October, Elmslie House, Malvern. Open 10am – 4pm, free entry. Click the link for directions etc. The cafe will be open all weekend too!
The Guild’s very own Craftworks is just 15 days away.
Come and meet the makers, chat with the craftsmen, discuss with the designers!
In the lovely relaxed setting of Elmslie House, Malvern, you’ll find time & space to browse 16 outstanding exhibits across ceramics, print, jewellery and more. And you can be assured everything is locally made, by hand, by the actual people you meet. #Shoplocal #Handmade #designermakerartist.
We love to talk about what we do!
The in house cafe, serving delicious, homemade light bites and moreish cakes, will be open during our show.
So, make time to visit, relax and enjoy.
And, perhaps, start ticking off those unique, rather special presents for loved ones this Christmas.
Entry is Free!
Yes, its that time of year!
Malvern Autumn Show is barely two and a half weeks away. My, doesn't it come around quickly?
22nd - 24th September inclusive.
Excitement is an understatement!
Our stand requirements have been submitted to our 'Show Co-ordinator', publicity is organised by our Publicity Team and yours truly is updating the website.
Many of us have been designing and redesigning our stands for Malvern and this will take various forms from the beautifully hand drawn, to sketches on piece of paper, to using 2D or even 3D CAD.
Now, I can't draw to save my life and my sketches just look like a spider wandered through the ink! I'm definitely not an arty crafter, so CAD works for me!
Worcestershire Guild are part of the Guilds of Craftsmen Arcade in the Wye Hall. And, dare I say, saving the best until last, we are right at the back. There is Visitor Information on the official website, and hopefully, a site map to come.
For us it's a show within a show, organised and executed to give you a good visitor experience. There is plenty of room to wander amongst our designer makers, to stop & chat, whether it be with a view to buying or just for interest, you will all be most welcome. Here's a little taste from 2022
At Malvern you will find 35 - 40 of our fabulous designer makers & invited guests. Skilled makers with clay, glass, paper, textiles, metals & wood.
While we might have 3 'glass' designers, their techniques, skills & approach lead to very different results. The same can be said for all the media.
We have artists with silver, gold, copper and steel, and not just jewellery - that in itself could be with precious stones, for special and significant events or for everyday.
Wood is crafted into fine, heirloom furniture, carved into sculptures and on a large scale. Textiles to wear, for function, for everyday and for occassions. And clay varies from the finest porcelain to garden sculptures, to quirky pieces that will absolutely make you laugh.
All beautiful pieces of unique and very personal work, made with heart and committment for you to delight in owning.
So much to see.
well I’ve started so I’ll finish…
…… mellow fruitfulness!
And for all members of your favourite contemporary craft guild that can only mean one thing; the autumn shows. Busy and busier right up to Ch-shhhh (we’ll mention that soon enough).
So what’s up?
A little bird tells me that Herefordshire Art Week kicks off on 2nd September, and runs through to the 10th. Quite a number of our talented designer makers will be exhibiting during h.Art in venues around the county.
Some are at their own studios and others at gallery style exhibitions so you may get treated to demonstrations as well as a chance to ‘meet the maker’ (check before you travel though as not all designers will be on hand every day.)
Brian Maiden, Bridget Drakeford, Belinda Terry & Tara Coomber at Venue 51
Jenni Stuart-Anderson & Jill Bagnall at Venue 117
Sharon Curtis & Ali Tregaskes at venue 61 and venue 60
Jo Dewar & Claudia Petley at venue 46
Sam Hemming & Tanith Rouse at venue 54
Marie Therese-King at venue 36
Paul Shepherd at venue 127
Sarah Walker at venue 48
h.Art is a fabulous, county (and just beyond) wide celebration of the best arts and crafts. Outstanding artists, designer makers and multi skilled creatives rub shoulders at gorgeous venues.
Look out for the pink signs!
Runs 2nd to 10th October inclusive.
With a tad less than 3 weeks to go to the much anticipated, RHS Malvern Spring Festival (11th - 14th May), I can now reveal which Guild members will be exhibiting at Worcestershire Guild of Contemporary Craft's 'Show within a Show'.
Fabulous designers, exquisite craftwork, locally handcrafted and with pricepoints for all pockets. Come and Meet the Makers with infectious enthusiasm and passion for their craft.
Please click on the maker to find out more about them.
In no particular order:
- Tanith Rouse - jewellery
- Andy Gray-Ling - wood designs
- Harriet Wilson - jewellery
- Stephanie Kemp - woven textiles
- Simon Connolly - sculpture in clay
- Jill Pargeter - printmaker
- Martyn Pugh - jeweller & silversmith
- Nicholas Marsh - pottery
- Bridget Drakeford - porcelain
- Alison Dupernex - knitted textiles
- Penny Williams - jewellery & metalwork
- Rhys Davis - woodcraft
- Elizabeth kemp - textiles
- Ria Poynton - jewellery
- Lynn Hazel - Ceramics
- Philippa Day - handmade bags
- Vicky Baker - stitched textiles
- Ettore Consorte - designer jewellery
- Jocelyn Perry - fine beadwork jewellery
- Barry Lockwood - ceramics & print
- Jenny Pearce - basketmaker
- Rachel Stowe - jewellery & fabrics
- Ali Tregaskes - jewellery
- Ralph Jandrell - ceramics
- Jenni Stuart Anderson - contemporary ragrugs
- Jonathon Cox - ceramics - info coming soon
- Brian Maiden - furniture designer maker
- Nikki Williams - designer glass
- Sarah Walker - paper lampshades
- Mark Smith - ceramics - info coming soon
- Claudia Petley - metalsmiths
- Martin Andrews - contemporary glassware
- Samantha Hemming - jeweller
- Dilyana Evtimova - jewellery
- Marie Therese King - batik
We willl also be joined by a few special guest makers.
Come round quick, hasn’t it?
And of course, we are all stocked up, our stands are designed and we are ready to go!
When not actually making, our skilled crafts people are designing, planning or out absorbing inspirational input and it never stops, so the piece you are going to buy could be already made, or it could be still just a glimmer in our designers’ eye. Each piece has a story to tell!
On top of that, pulling together our WGCC Show within Show doesn’t just happen. There is a lot of feverish activity behind the scenes, by our vounteer show co-ordinators and teams, which doesn’t stop until… well you know the saying?
And we wouldn’t have it any other way, we are very serious about what we do and putting on a good show is important to us as – in on-trend speak – “a great visitor experience”. With around 35 professional designer makers of exceptional talent, a wide range of price points and a warm welcome, you wont be disappointed.
As always, not all our members will exhibit, so check first with them, if there is someone specific you want to see.
And if you’ve not got your tickets yet – go here.
Get set for Worcestershire Guilds fabulous Christmas craft exhibition & sale.
22 talented designer makers from furniture to fine beadwork, bold & beautiful ceramics to intricate jewellery and everything in between!
All your Christmas gift shopping in one place in the superb setting of Elmslie House, Malvern.
And all hand crafted, by local craftsmen & women with enormous passion for what they do. Let us tell you the story behind each unique & original piece.