I had heard only good things about Handmade in Britain an organisation that supports, promotes and celebrates British makers from all over the country through market outlets and generally raising standards in the craft sector. I knew that any show of theirs would be curated to a high standard and I wasn’t wrong. Handmade at Kew proved to be the perfect collection of crafting against the beautiful background that is the botanical gardens.
I couldn’t find fault with a single one of the exhibitors each offering talent within several stunning categories with the most prominent, ceramics.
Vanessa Hogge’s decorative flowers bring unique texture to any wall or table with a truly saint like work ethic when it comes to each flower she makes in true likeness of her botanical passions. #porcelain #visceral
Bob Crooke’s Glassware
Bright, bold, handmade pieces come from the man himself, who is renown for high quality dynamic forms that can’t be replicated, so stand unique.
Each piece of Ali’s work is individually wheel thrown and sanded on one side to achieve a soft finish with all the focus being on the visible surface. He leaves some of the porcelain white giving a clean canvas to paint upon.
Layers of seemingly scrap material are artfully sculpted in to emotive dogs statues with lovely personalities to match. The linen used is a blank canvas that the artist applies with natural dies and stitching to great result.
Field and Hedgerow
Stef Mitchell is another nature influenced artist but with a truly naturally beautiful outcome. Monoprints made using found materials including feathers and leaves using subtle colours and just the right amount of presentation.
In the Window – Daniel Heath and Peaceable Kingdom Cushions
In the Window continue to pop up in all the right places giving people the chance to see artists and the process behind the products they admire. Live screen & lino printing are always fun to watch and allows me to compare notes with the experts.
One of my favourite jewellery exhibitors of the day Laura creates elegant little trinkets all with the central theme of nature. From wildlife to gardening Laura creates life in miniature from silver and gold. I have never found such a complete collection where I enjoyed ever single piece.
This is blue and white of a different sort but my eye was caught by flecks of iridescent gold amongst the patterns. This potter comes from close to my childhood home but could find its way very comfortably in to any home.
J Griffin Design
The ultimate modern craftsman, James combines traditional woodworking with modern tools to shape the natural form of wood in to lasting products. By retaining the character of the material his pieces I think speak for themselves.
Katie Almond Ceramics
These were a fun addition to my day, each piece is essentially decoration and collage combined, with found ephemera and nostalgia in a cute handmade style.
Jillian Riley Designs
It speaks volumes that one of Jillian’s bottles was the one thing I couldn’t leave without, a dainty poison bottle recast over in white porcelain, with the final finish of an insect illustration on the face. With a long art history each pieces tells a little tale from the origins of its material or the process that goes in to its completion.
Madder Cutch and Co
I had to end my list on a screen printer, this time a textile one. Nicola Cliffe BSc. PGCSE, MA (Yes all those letters are impressive and poignant) a chemistry teacher who designs beautiful fabrics which are printed sustainably using plant dyes and pigments. Her passion seeps through in to her products so you can be very proud when you can call one of them your own.
There was so many more! To be honest with you I stopped taking pictures and ran off chatting (nothing new there) with so many interesting and engaging crafts people I was really in my element. So well done Handmade Britain I can’t wait to see what and who you bring to the table next.