Category Archives: Galleries
I had a lovely visit to one of my stockists a few weeks ago, The Hayrack Gallery at The Old Dairy Farm and Craft Centre in Upper Stowe. There was some union jack bunting hanging in the trees ready for the Jubilee celebrations, which gave a nice welcoming feeling to the gallery.
The gallery is currently undergoing a few changes and improvements and is looking fantastic. It was such a nice surprise seeing my work on the centre display as you walk in. Now that things have been moved around in the gallery, I was told that regular customers notice pieces that they hadn’t seen before.
The Hayrack Gallery is nestled inside a little courtyard shopping centre with other craft shops, a cafe and small boutiques. There are also woodwork and glass artists working on site with their workshops in some old barns that you are able to see working, and chat to. One of my highlights from my visit is always seeing this friendly cockatiel in the avery who always comes to give you a kiss and wolf whistles!
My stock of products at the gallery has now been rotated and updated a little, and is positioned in front of this beautiful watercolour painting – one of many others that you will find in the gallery.
If you are in the area why not pop in and have a look… There is plenty to see and do for an afternoon out, as well as picnic benches to eat lunch or enjoy a cuppa out in the sunshine.
Introducing my new Derbyshire stockist ~ Studio 61 Gallery, a place where owner Karina Goodman paints, creates and exhibits her work, complimented by the work of over 100 other British designers.
Karina is now exclusively stocking my ceramic beach hut hangings and other seaside inspired items at the gallery. You can read my ‘Meet the Maker’ interview with the gallery on Facebook to find out more, just click on each individual picture using the link above.
Studio 61 Gallery is full of gorgeous pieces of work, many with a distinct seaside feel which makes me want to be at the beach!
There are guest exhibitions that change on a monthly basis to give a varied and refreshing feel to the gallery.
Nestled in the village of Holloway near Matlock with a stunning backdrop of picturesque Peak District scenery, the studio is spread nicely throughout numerous rooms and offers a beautiful and innovative range of gorgeous gifts, designer jewellery, pieces for the home, prints and cards with something for everyones tastes and budgets.
If you are in the area pop in and have a look, Karina always has the coffee machine on!
At Tea Room Boutique you will find a selection of new pieces from my dandelion range, displayed next to Vogue magazine where one of my vases is featured!
The Contemporary Coastal exhibition at Staacks in Merseyside is going well, a few of my pieces have sold so far so I’m happy. There is still plenty of time to visit Staacks and view the wide range of contemporary crafts on show – definitely recommended!
As well as exhibitions, I have some handmade craft fairs and events coming up later in the year – some of them being my favourites that I return to each year and some of them being new. You will find me at the following events:
- Handmade Market, St. John’s Church Hall, Kenilworth – 13th August 2011.
- Art & Craft Fair, Napton Village Hall – 21st August 2011.
- Craft & Gift Fair, The Benn Hall, Rugby – 30th October 2011.
- Contemporary Craft Shopping Experience, Warwickshire Exhibition Centre – 4th Dec 2011.
The Down To Earth Gallery and Contemporary Crafts is supporting Craft and Design Month May 2011 – a brand new initiative designed to raise awareness of the enormous amount of creative talent we have in this country.
The Down To Earth Gallery is supporting Craft and Design Month as they recognise the importance of being able to choose handmade or individually designed and created products. “The products are a desirable alternative to cheap imports where everything looks and feels the same. However, whilst imported goods can be found at almost every supermarket and department store, it is hard to find individual designer makers. For many, a high street store or exhibition is just not viable.”