Work by visiting artists can be viewed in either the retail galleries or the exhibition galleries. Most is for sale. For exhibition artists, visit Exhibitions.
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I have had a lifelong interest in both astronomy and photography, but it is only since I discovered a few years ago how much digital imaging could achieve with astronomical subjects compared to using film cameras that I started to put the two interests together.
I spend a lot of time planning my shots by looking at maps, visiting potential locations during the daytime, checking compass bearings, checking planetarium software to see what's in the night sky and in the right position at a particular time and date, and not least checking the weather forecast for clear skies!I usually travel some distance in search of darker skies- the Yorkshire Dales is my favourite dark sky area!
Sara Piper Heap
Handmade in her Shropshire garden studio, Sara's striking Jewellery is often influenced by the eloquent beauty of the natural world. She has recently expanded to use enamelling techniques which inspire her latest creations.
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Bob Parks produces a wide range of unique and individual ceramics. He Creates most of his work on the wheel and e4ach peice is decorated using several glazes intermingled, to produce rich surface decorations.
'I work in two creative areas making both hats and jewellery which sit happily together in terms of designing, making and exhibiting.
I draw inspiration from a wide range of visual sources and am fascinated by the way that an unusual combination of colour, shape and texture can create stunning designs.
l make hats - primarily in wool fabrics with individual design details in three or four different styles. l develop my own patterns and details and focus on using high quality fabrics combined with other materials as highlight details.
In my jewellery l work primarily in copper with sterling silver for ear wires or contrast details. l often oxidise and patinate the copper to enhance the texture and shape.
My work is both distinctive and wearable.'
Barbara is based in Harrogate. www.barbaracassell.co.uk
Handmade Metal Furniture and Contemporary Lighting
Colin Chetwood is a designer and maker of handmade metal furniture and custom made lighting for office and home, based in Herefordshire.
Inspired by shape and structures found in the natural world, Colin’s sculptural, contemporary furniture and lighting uses a range of materials including burnished, beaten and forged metals, glass, paper and wood.
All Colin’s work is produced in his studio in Ross-on-Wye, rural Herefordshire.
The current range includes lighting for the home and office as well as bespoke tables, seating, wrought iron beds and garden structures.
By taking inspiration from sea life and tropical forms, and with the love of three dimensional textiles, Tammy has created a captivating range of exciting and distinctive textile accessories.
Using sumptuous fabrics of organza and satin, in an array of rich and sensual colours, she has created a stunning collection which emphasises her unique talent and pure wanton desire to generate beauty and elegance.
Ruth Pavla Davey
Ruth lives and works locally, in Settle. She has a degree in sculpture and ceramics, and for many years ran the ceramics department at Sedbergh School, as well as giving independent courses in personal creativity.
Her special interest in sacred art has led her to look for ways of expressing a sense of spirit and timelessness through the human figure. She recently completed a large and original crucifix for a new church, and has work in many private collections.
Ruth particularly enjoys making 'inspirational' figure sculptures to personal commission.
For commissions, please telephone 015396 20176.
Julia Foggin - Mist Jewellery
Working from her home studio in Lancaster, Julia creates her distinctive jewellery by hammering sterling silver wire into organic shapes such as stylised daisies and simplified butterflies.
She often combines these with freshwater pearls and rough cut gemstones using the irregular characteristics of the stones to compliment her unique style.
Julia also enjoys commissions particularly for the bridal market.
Since coming to live in North Yorkshire some sixteen years ago, Chistine has exhibited with Craven Art Club and had paintings, in various mediums, chosen for inclusion in several exhibitions, including Farfield Mill in Feb 2012.
Painting on silk requires a technique and discipline all of its own, yet it retains unpredictable qualities which make it a very exciting medium in which to work. Christine hopes to convey this excitement in her work and the sense of fluidity and movement experienced whilst creating the pieces. These are largely inspired by forms, lines and patterns found in nature.
After moving to live between Bentham and Ingleton, Christine has exhibited in several local galleries and has had work accepted at the Tatham Modern, Maiden Bridge.
"I’m not good at doing the same thing twice, so all my pieces are unique." Joan Hardie
Joan’s aim is to produce ceramics that encourage people to look afresh at the natural world and are interesting, accessible and affordable. Her inspiration comes from the colours, textures and forms of the natural treasures she finds when walking in the local woods and on the fells. These are often on a small scale.
Lesley's felt pictures - mainly landscapes - are produced using hand dyed merino wool. She layers a selection of colours to create a scene with texture, mood and atmosphere - some pictures then have machine embroidery added, to give more detail and definition.
Lesley's takes inspiration from the beauty of the Lakes and Dales of Cumbria where she lives, and the grandeur of the Highlands of Scotland in all their moods.
'I just love the 'hands on' technique used in creating a piece and the way in which it develops into the finished picture'.
Jane Jackson, Bright Seed Textiles
Jane is a textile artist based in rural Northumberland. She produces unique brightly coloured wall hangings made from Harris Tweed.
'I started making rag rugs in 2006 after attending a course taught by Margaret Kenny and this is what sparked my interest in textiles and Harris Tweed in particular.
Although I still make the odd rag rug I now mainly produce work made from needle felted Harris Tweed. Each piece is gradually built up into a collage made from layers of genuine Harris Tweed and finer wool yarns for detail. The process of needle felting entails repeatedly pushing small barbed needles through the layers of tweed and yarn. With each pass through the barbs gradually entangle the microscopic woollen fibres until they eventually fuse into a solid felted piece.
I love working with Harris Tweed, which is still hand woven in the Outer Hebrides and is the only fabric in the world to have it’s unique status protected by an Act of Parliament. Margaret Kenny and I also run rag rugging workshops together as the “Rebel Rag Ruggers”.'
Jane Jackson www.brightseedtextiles.com
Like many people, Steph began by attending evening classes. During one of these, her tutor put on a raku workshop, which turned out to be the highlight of the course and she was hooked. Over the past 12 years, Steph has developed her own styles and methods of working and now concentrate on raku and smoke firing with wood shavings from her base near Allendale in Northumberland. Low-fired techniques offer spontaneous surface decoration that are particularly suited to Steph's simple forms. The pieces are burnished when leather-hard and bisque fired. Smoke firing in a sawdust kiln, using organic materials and oxides, provides the surface decoration.
"The attraction for me of this type of firing lies in its primitive nature and its unpredictability." Steph Jamieson
Charlie & Steph Jamieson
Mother and daughter, Steph and Charlie Jamieson, work together in a remote area of Northumberland to produce their unique ceramic jewellery.
Most of the beads used in their pendants, necklaces and earrings are hand made using a technique called raku. This technique produces the beautiful blue glazes with metallic flashes.
Other beads are made from porcelain and a black firing clay to give contrast to the work.
John set up his workshop and showroom in Windermere in 1972. For many years, he made a wide range of functional pottery, coffee sets, storage jars, pots for plants, specializing in large planters and bread crocks, selling his work in my showroom and in craft shops and galleries in the area. Although he still makes functional pottery, he also likes to work in a freer way with more individual work and a wide choice of materials. Most of his work is thrown on the wheel; he likes the process of creating in action rather than stillness, and the form and detail produced by that action.
"My work is mainly stoneware, high fired iron bearing clays fired in an electric kiln to 900 degrees C for the first firing, then a glaze firing up to 1270 degrees C. I create strong contrasting textures of clay and glaze, often using powdered clays on the wet thrown body to build up a heavily encrusted surface. I have a taste for ancient and primitive pottery, partly because often the means of production are direct and very simple, but also because ancient artefacts are disconnected from their time and immediate function, which gives them great peacefulness. I also produces work in Raku, where pots are fired very rapidly in a small gas kiln before being lifted out red hot, and buried in sawdust. The ensuing combustion blackens the exposed clay and produces rich iridescent colours in the glaze. I also like to use porcelain clays for their whiteness and delicacy and their purity of colour." John Kershaw
“In my contemporary landscapes, I aim to capture the spirit – through my feelings and my awareness – of a particular environment. I live and work in the South Lakes and my studio is located in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with views over the Kent Estuary. This wonderful landscape has proved a perfect source of constant inspiration.” Tracy Levine
The way in which Tracy is inspired by and observes the landscape is evident in her work, without it being representational. Her subjects are mostly places she knows well or visits often, and include coast, woodland, fells and rivers. She draws and paints directly from nature which gives an immediacy and spontaneity to her work. The intensity of observation and experience of the landscape are captured in the ensuing studio work which embraces an extensive range of media, including print-making. The resulting work reflects a distinctively individual style of semi-abstract, intuitive work.
Ella McIntosh - This is Pewter
Handcrafted by Ella from her studio in Manchester, she produces stylish, contemporary and affordable Pewter products such as vases, candlesticks and egg cups.
Pewter is a malleable metal which is easy to form and a perfect low maintenance metal for an addition to the home which gets better with age and grows in character, making it a life long investment to be used and passed down for further generations.
Ella welcomes commisions and enquiries about her work. A handmade Pewter item makes a fantastic christening, wedding or anniversary present with Pewter commonly being used to represent a 10th wedding anniversary due to its high tin content. Commisioning a piece of Pewterware is a way of investing in personal, unique design. This is perfect for any occasions and gifts, such as christenings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or just to say 'I LOVE YOU'.
Feel free to contact Ella directly to talk about a commisioning a one-off personalised gift for a special occasion. She can work to any budget, big or small, and is happy to have a no obligation chat. Commisioning a piece of work is very straight forward and Ella can give you ideas or work to a design you may already have in mind for a special piece.
Ella has previously worked with large and small businesses who have commisioned gifts, such as christmas gifts, branded to the specific company, and awards for presentations. For more information please contact Ella via her website
The Hannah Nunn collection is a beautiful range of paper cut lighting inspired by the botanical world.
Hannah designs and makes the lamps in her workshop within Radiance her lighting and craft boutique in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Choose from table lamps, wall lamps, floor lamps, pendant lampshades and exquisite strings of delicate fairy lights.
Lamps and fairy lights can also be personalised for weddings and other celebrations.
Jo Dix has been creating inspiring hand-crafted pieces under the Silver Forge banner for 4 years but she has been making jewellery for well over a decade - and is just as passionate about it now as she was when she started.
Of course, now she has almost every tool ever made and has a multitude of approaches to her creation process. It is this broad skill base that encourages a lot of experimentation and fresh ideas. Her husband, Roger, is a crucial part of the process too - being handy with a pencil, Roger commits a lot of Jo's mental images to paper and augments these ideas with designs of his own. Commission clients are often bowled over by the number and sheer variety of their choice as a result of their design collaboration.
Silver Forge specialises in creating beautiful sterling silver and fine silver jewellery. Launched in late 2005, the workshop is situated in the South Lakes area, at Halecat House in Cumbria.
‘I am passionate about what I do, and I am always delighted to receive enquiries about commissions, the manufacturing process or my training workshops, so please do get in touch.’
Jo Dix www.silverforge.co.uk
Ose lampshades are hand knitted by Helen Taylor, based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Helen's twin passions are beautiful spaces around us, and science. Helen has a degree in textile science, and a masters degree in environmental engineering. After her first degree she worked as a colour scientist; after her masters she worked in sustainable building design. Her scientific background combined with a passion for colour, form and making spaces beautiful have been the inspiration for Ose.
A big part of Helen’s ethos is to use recycled and lower environmental impact materials for lampshades, to help reduce the environmental footprints of interiors and build the demand for recycled and thoughtful environmental choices in our homes and other spaces. Helen’s lampshades are individually hand knitted and hand finished, using recycled linen yarn and pure silk yarn, both chosen for their lower environmental footprint in comparison with cotton.
Ose, means 'dare!' in French, to convey the idea that the lampshades are sculptural, unusual and gorgeous - daring to punctuate every space with a beautiful designed object.
'I am an up and coming ceramicist currently specialising in hand thrown teapots with forged metal handles, these are both sculptural and functional, making a perfect statement piece in the home of tea lovers and ceramic collectors alike.
My new collection has taken inspiration from my love of the lakes and the rock that shapes it. Not only taking visual interpretations from my surroundings I have also used local slate addition in my work as part of the decoration. This, along with a carved and textured surface, forms my tactile creations. Like the stones that inspired them, no two pieces are the same.
The core of my work is done on the potter’s wheel then assembled. I go on to carve the surface, adding slate and slips to give surface texture and colour. After bisque firing, the pots are glazed in a slate green celadon and reduction fired to darken the clay body and give an organic, mottled finish.
As each pot is individual I must forge each handle to fit its respective teapot. The handle is then quenched in oil, waxed and attached to the pot. I am passionate about clay and the art of creation itself, which never fails to excite me. I love to immerse myself into a project and use it to experiment with new techniques, as well as using my passion to enthuse others, this can be teaching, group work or working to commission; as long as I am creating I am happy.'
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Amy Williams graduated from a degree in Fine Art at 'Norwich School of Art and Design' in 2000. She completed an MA in 'Illustration and Sequential design' at Brighton university, in 2007.
Amy's work is based on her love of nature to include animals, birds as well as the natural environment. She is inspired by folk stories and myths and is interested in creating work using themes from these narratives as starting points for her work. Amy moved up to Cumbria in 2009 and enjoys walking in the mountains. She works from her studio at home and is open to commissions.
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Although Roma’s formal training relates to traditional silver jewellery, she has adapted her skills to create designs which incorporate pure silver in a liquid form and morph, an alloy and process she has developed through exploration and experimentation.
'Silver Collection - I create pendants, necklaces, brooches, rings, earrings and bracelets in Fine Silver (99.99% pure) to achieve the appearance that suits my designs. Fine Silver has a whiter and warmer appearance than Sterling and has the advantage of not tarnishing. I use tougher Sterling Silver in ring and bangle designs. Colour is variously introduced into my silver designs in the form of gold, silica and other minerals.
RAV-Morph’ Collection - semi-precious metals A celebration of vibrant colour and a unique way of working, ‘RAV-Morph’ is the name I have given to an alloy recipe created through extensive experimentation with various combinations of non precious metals. The 'morph' aspect of my jewellery provides its distinctive appearance with hues of gold, bronze, pink, blue and purple. The pure silver and base metal are combined with 23 ct gold leaf, gemstones and other media to provide the 'storyline' and to create different layers and textures.'
David Wallace and Andrew Sanders
Andrew and David work together at the small workshop in Pateley Bridge to produce a range of handmade decorative glassware including vases, bowls, bottles, paperweights, and drinking glasses, which are designed both individually and in close collaboration.
My Work is making ceramic forms that express the spaces where we live and the environments we pass through. Vases, bowls, dishes, planters and plaques are individually hand-built using earthenware clay. Layers of decoration are built up with porcelain inlay, impressed textiles, colour slips and transparent glaze. Sketchbook drawings and paintings of landscape, architecture and plants form the basis of my designs. Imagery is inspired and interpreted from the places I have lived.
David Creedon is a very talented local wood turner. The unique appearance of his wood art is the result of being partly eaten by fungi (spalting) and other micro organisms. The resulting effect shows the beauty and intricacies which are produced by nature and enchanted by hand.
Recently my love of wild, rural and coastal scenery has combined with the discovery of oil painting to allow me to immerse myself in creating individual artworks which, I hope, impart the feeling of "being out there" which I so love.
I work in oil on canvas, often on landscape subjects. My intention is to capture the feeling of the place I am painting, and my inspiration comes from time spent in the countryside.
We are a small bespoke company located in the Eden Valley in Cumbria specialising in fused glass art. Each item is individually designed and hand crafted to produce top quality pieces to decorate your home and make you smile.
Due to the nature of the glass and the cutting and firing process, no two items will be identical making each one unique.
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John Calver has been making stoneware pottery from white stoneware clay since 1981. Many forms are altered dynamically while the clay is soft. He has exhibited widely both in the UK and overseas. He works from his studio in Yealand Redmayne Lancashire.
John Driskel is inspired by the fantastic opportunities provided by the landscapes and townscapes of Cumbria and the Lake District. He combines traditional media with the latest digital technology available to artists and finds inspiration in the mixed media of Ray Balkwill and the digital paintings of David Hockney.
Lesleys' felt pictures- mainly landscapes- are produced using hand dyed merino wool. She layers a selection of colours to create a scene with texture, mood and atmosphere. Some pictures then have machine embriodery added to give more detail and definition. Lesley takes inspiration from the beauty of the Lakes and Dales of Cumbria, where she lives, and the grandeur of the Highlands of Scotland in all their moods.
Lydia Crampton lives in Arlegarth near Ravenstonedale where she makes and sell her Pottery in "The Pottery Shed". She sells her pottery at various local arts and craft fairs.