I set up my studio in 2009, inspired by my love for illustration, colour and pattern. My first collection was a range of hand-drawn and digitally printed wallpapers, designed for my graduation project at Leeds College of Art. This body of work then went on to win me the Business Design Centres ‘New Designer of the Year 2008’ award, which is where I was first noticed by Liberty of London who became my first stockist.
I have since gone on to design further ranges of wallpapers, as well as furnishing fabrics and various homewares. I sell all products directly from this website, as well as working with trade and retail customers around the world.
My studio is based at The Custard Factory, a beautifully restored Victorian factory in the centre of Birmingham. I take pride in running a small independent studio, which allows me to build personal relationships with my customers, stockists and suppliers, which I think is very important.
All of my products are very proudly printed and manufactured in England – all within a couple of hours drive from the studio in fact! I have worked with the same Lancashire based wallpaper printers since I set up my company, and all of my fabrics are printed by another Lancashire based company just up the road. This allows me to work closely with the colouration and production teams to ensure the highest quality, colour matching and expert craftsmanship for my customers.
Abigail Brown has been producing contemporary designs in silverware and jewellery for fourteen years and has had work exhibited internationally at venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Saatchi Gallery, Goldsmiths’ Hall and the German Goldsmiths’ House in Hanau. In December 2014 Abigail became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ and in June 2015 she received the Freedom of the City of London.
Abigail produces work predominantly in silver using traditional methods. She specialises in hand raised vessels, bowls and objects, as well as boxes and jewellery, using a hammer forming technique. Current research themes for her work include the human form, nature, and archaeology.
Her Jewellery is currently focused on the themes of ‘Silversmithing for the Body’ – using traditional silversmithing techniques to create large pieces of jewellery or ‘sculpture’ for the body or domestic environment. The theme of ‘the Body as a Landscape’ is also a recurring source of inspiration and investigation – the relationship between our selves as humans and nature; the relationship of the jewellery with the body; the placing of that jewellery within the landscape of the body; and the landscape of the Earth perceived as a human body.
I come to ceramics from painting. The shift has been grounding as well as gratifying, as I hope the work itself is.
As with a painting, pots tell stories through surface. The clay body is an object which can be touched and lifted, offering up a new surface for texture and painting. These are one off, wheel thrown, stoneware bowls. Their shape is born out of the Chinese Monk’s Begging Bowl. Any bowl is basic and universal in its meaning.
Eating. Sharing. Offering. Giving.
The process of building up and then turning the form creates their skin and character. I rely on the processes of slipping and chattering; words which describe human contact. These pieces are about imprinting the imperfect, unexpected and unrepeatable marks of a human hand on the most primal and unchanging material.
So, these vessels, I hope offer themselves up to being handled and enjoyed.
hand printed metal jewellery, clocks and sculpture
michael abbott + kim ellwood
We work together in our studio workshop overlooking the hills to the ocean just outside St Ives in Cornwall. The light here on the north coast is always magical, the sea a bright turquoise and the landscape’s always wild.
Our hand printed figurative brooches, necklaces and clocks with themes including the garden and the sea, are made to wear, display and hopefully to bring a smile! Our one-off hand printed metal sculptures explore narrative themes loosely drawn… individual characters emerge through the process of making, using images printed onto metal and found objects to tell a new story.
Alex Pole Ironwork was established in 2006 to provide high quality, contemporary and functional metalwork for the home and garden.
Alex has had a lifelong passion for metalwork of all types and started his training as a jewellery maker in 1990, he followed this with blacksmithing in 1994, and has worked professionally in both fields ever since.
Both modern and traditional techniques are used at the forge in South Somerset where all work is produced by hand and, wherever possible, using materials sourced from the local area.
As well as developing new products for the range Alex spends a great deal of time designing and making bespoke commissions for private clients, project managers and furniture designers. He also runs regular courses in blacksmithing.
One of his primary aims is to promote British blacksmithing and to make it accessible, and affordable, to the general public.
Alex is fully committed to running a sustainable UK business and will reuse, recycle, and salvage when and where he can.
I would always describe myself as a textile artist, I work with a variety of materials. I always incorporate hand-stitch into my pieces and I think, for me, this is one of the most important elements. There is something very personal about making your own mark with needle and thread.
Taking an original and contemporary approach to textiles by layering, piecing and embroidering my chosen materials onto cut and painted “patches” of wood. Each piece is hand stitched together, creating my own unique “take” on a traditional patchwork sampler.
My samplers are inspired by “stories from the sewing box”. Vintage fabrics, hand embroidered table linens, pieces of lace, paper from knitting patterns etc are used to create pattern. I acknowledge my own childhood introduction to sewing by including hand embroidery stitch samplers bringing back memories of the very first embroidery book that I was given as a child.
Hand made wooden furniture and gifts using reclaimed/recycled wood…
My passion has always been to create, pencil draw and paint and my husbands passion is woodwork. We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to combine our passions into a small personal Art, wooden furniture and gift business.
We are fortunate to work from home in Rural Mid-Wales. Whilst Duncan is making the furniture and small gift items in our workshop, I get involved with some of the fret work and can be painting and drawing in my studio and shop.
Our ‘Shed shop’ and ‘Studio/shop’ are open and we welcome visitors.
We also display and sell our goods at the Dyfi Arts Guilds gallery and shop, Y Plas, Machynlleth – www.dyfiartsguild.co.uk – where you can also buy my hand painted cards and wooden key rings.
I also paint ‘Pet portraits’ on paper, canvas and on furniture items, particularly the milking stools which make a lovely personal gift. Please see my face book page for up to date news and follow us – www.facebook.com/allthingsgoodandallthingswood
We share ideas and between us create new things, in the hope that others will enjoy for themselves or get enjoyment and pleasure buying for dear friends, family and/or loved ones…go on and have a peep and treat yourselves! 🙂
From enjoying working in metal at school I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the most beautiful of all metals Silver. After leaving the School of Jewellery and Silversmithing, Birmingham in 1979 and working in the trade for seven years, I started working for myself. I have designed and made gold and silverware for many clients in the years since then.
My work has ranged from church ware to trophies, gifts, awards and bespoke commissions for tableware and object d’art. I enjoy making silverware that has a function. I like to think that my silver will be used for all sorts of occasions and bring enjoyment and pleasure for many years and be handed down through future generations to become family heirlooms.
Andrew Matheson is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) and has work in both public and private collections. He graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
Andrew owns a unique city centre pottery studio and gallery, nestled among the historic streets of Lichfield. Visitors can enjoy watching classic skills of pottery production using locally sourced materials.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1949 Andrew Matheson is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. He is the former head of art at Broadway School, Perry Bar, Birmingham. Producing pieces from locally-sourced materials since 1981, Andrew works mainly in stoneware and porcelain reduction fired to 1280 degrees Celsius. He plays a central role in both the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) being treasurer since 1987 and the Midland Potters’ Association (MPA) where he is currently chairman. Exhibiting in galleries across the United Kingdom, Andrew also undertakes commissions from his workshop in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He manages a gallery space above the workshop, exhibiting work from regional artists.
Anna was born in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. She trained at Camberwell School of Art before gaining her MA from the Royal College of Art. She subsequently spent several years in America where she taught Foundation and BA students at Syracuse University whilst maintaining a Ceramics Studio. She currently has a studio in South East London and teaches part time.
Anna Silverton’s one-off porcelain vases and bowls are all individually wheel thrown. Pieces vary in scale from 10cm to 65cm. Rhythmic structures are interrupted and repeated through cutting, joining and reshaping on the wheel. She places particular importance on the ceramic surface and its relationship with form, using incised banding in response to the shape and to punctuate profile.
Porcelain glazes range in colour and texture, from her signature yellow and white, to cream, matt white or grey etc. Porcelain has been a more recent development for Anna, who started using the material 7 years ago when she decided to break away from the large stoneware work she’d previously been known for. “Working with porcelain offered so many new opportunities; I love the texture, colour and the glazes. It’s a new language”
Her work has been featured in many publications, most recently the Financial Times. Private and corporate commissions are accepted.