abigail leach ceramics
Abigail Leach is a Wiltshire-based ceramicist combining terracotta clay and bespoke coloured slips to handbuild and decorate a range of contemporary domestic items for everyday use.
Her work is characterised by its simple terracotta forms and is frequently accompanied by a limited palette of decorative dots and spots in various forms. She likes to combine areas of raw smooth terracotta and glossy decoration to produce humorous, joyful items.
Abigail says, “Each piece of my work shares characteristics but the very nature of handbuilding and individually decorating clay ensures that every piece has its own idiosyncrasies. This is what I love and what makes it so special for me.”
Contemporary jewellery designer maker, Ali Tregaskes, specialises in creating etched and oxidised, nature-inspired silver jewellery.
As an avid photographer, Ali bases her etchings on the photographs she makes for each individual piece of jewellery. Inspired by nature, the sea and architecture, Ali's finely detailed collections are entirely handmade in her lovely Ross-on-Wye based studio.
Ali says, "In my more mature years I returned to college to study metalwork and I was able to become the artist that I had always been searching for. I cannot believe how lucky I am, and absolutely love being in my workshop creating my etched pieces; I think the love shows in my work!"
Amber is a British knitwear designer who creates gorgeous accessories with luxury natural fibres in a minimal and stylish colour palette. Her work is inspired by the colours and formations of natural rock landscapes and a fascination with the soft colour washes of American abstract artist Agnes Martin.
Amber knits her soft, textural pieces on vintage knitting machines in her home studio in East Bristol. She exhibited as part of Shanghai Fashion week, has been awarded an innovation award by the Craft Council and even designed a Christmas jumper for the Queen’s waxwork at Madame Tussauds.
Amber says: ‘I love finding new and interesting yarns to experiment with.’
Bristol-based artist, Ashleigh Proud, combines enamel with printmaking. Inspired by all kinds of flora and fauna, she creates three-dimensional objects such as leaves, feathers and flowers. These influences can be found in the form of brooches, trinket dishes and framed pieces.
Ashleigh says, “Each piece is unique - once it has entered the kiln I cannot control what happens!”
Bianca rose wood
Jewellery maker Bianca Pardhy-Avis uses reclaimed hardwoods, such as oak, walnut and maple to make her hand-painted necklaces and earrings. Bianca’s designs, which currently use a carefully selected palette of greens, dusky pinks and golds, are reminiscent of rolling hills or cliff top seascapes.
Bianca is obsessed with colour and loves combining different tones that compliment the warmth of the wood. She makes all her pieces by hand in her Bristol studio
Bianca says: “I love turning this functional and utilitarian material into something more precious.”
Boodle is the Bristol-based business of designer-maker Beth Buss, who creates a range of organic clothing and homeware inspired by adventure, animals and nature.
Fun and eco-friendly clothing for all the family, Boodle uses organic fair wear cotton and eco-friendly inks to ensure low impact on the environment and a high quality product. Beth also makes a range of fun cards, art prints, mugs and seasonal decorations.
Beth says, “We work to ensure our products are long-lasting and functional. We like our clothing to be worn over and over again to get the most use out of every item possible.”
Botanica Verde specialises in botanical crafts. Beverly is a lifelong plant-lover and creates hand-cast concrete pots. She offers a selection of cacti, succulents and air plants as the perfect accessories. Other more unusual items on offer include kokedamas (Japanese string gardens) and plant wall-hangings.
Beverly says, “The thing I love most about my concrete pots is that every one of them is unique; from the batch colour to the minute air bubbles in the mixture. It's very rewarding seeing the finished product potted up with a fabulous plant."
BRIC ® make high quality, beautifully crafted lunch bags for the eco-conscious.
Founder of BRIC ®, Bianca Ward hand makes all the bags in her studio in Bristol. They are designed so that there is no fabric wastage (think: Japanese Kimonos). The bags are inspired by Japanese culture, travels to India and Scandinavia, combined with a love of the outdoors and nature. The colours and their combinations play an integral part in the design and relate to woodland, camping trips and hark to a 1970s aesthetic.
Bianca says, “The bags encompass my experiences of working in Costume combined with my love of walking and having identified the need for a well-designed lunch bag. They have been carefully designed with practicality as a key component but also represent a need to value the things we own and eat our food from.”
Bronwen Gwillim makes statement jewellery from recycled plastic - reminiscent of pebbles on a beach.
Referring to herself a ‘plasticsmith’, Bronwen is interested in how we might use the mountains of existing throwaway plastic as a raw resource for making. She picks up on its intrinsic colour, texture and form by using only hand tools to cut, file and scratch its surfaces. Her leftover material is mixed with binders and used to create a new composite material, therefore very little goes to waste.
Trained as a jeweller and silversmith, Bronwen juxtaposes waste with recycled silver and in so doing seeks to challenge our perceptions of ‘preciousness’ and to reappraise plastic as a precious material to be used thoughtfully and sparingly.
Bronwen says, "I make wearable, sculptural jewellery from recycled materials. Mimicking the effects of the sea, I work their surfaces till they feel natural in the hand, like a treasured pebble."
Brüün Design is an established brand in the Bristol-Bath area for handmade, bespoke, contemporary kitchens and furniture. Steve Brüün is of Norwegian heritage and has always been highly influenced by Scandinavian design. Brüün’s range of household accessories are handcrafted in his Bristol workshop and, like his spaces, are clean and considered in their design.
Steve says “My passion for working with wood started from the age of 10, so I’ve been honing my skills for over 35 years. I love that each piece of timber is entirely unique - the smell, the grain, the feel of it and its versatility. It draws you in and you want to make the best you can from it.”
Ceridwen Hazelchild Design
Ceridwen’s studio is nestled between a woodland nature reserve and the River Avon, so it is no surprise that her work is overflowing with flora and fauna. Badgers, hares, foxes and flowers are all brought to life in her colourful illustrations that adorn wash bags, pencil cases, tote bags, mugs and stationery. Whether it’s a reusable tote bag adorned with a cheerful print or a scenic lampshade, she aims to make beautiful products which promote a love of our natural world.
Ceridwen says: “I love long walks in the countryside and the colour turquoise. I believe that by expressing our creativity and encouraging eco-friendly behaviour, we can make our world more beautiful.”
Charlotte Macey Textiles
Charlotte Macey is a British textile designer hand making floral embroidered and printed homeware, accessories and gifts. Inspired by the flora and fauna of her countryside surroundings, Charlotte uses a fresh colour palette with natural fabrics to create subtle Scandi-style designs.
Charlotte loves sketching ideas for new patterns and embroideries and develops her illustrations into sustainably printed fabric items for the home.
Charlotte says, “Hand making an item and seeing it through to a high quality finished product is immensely satisfying. Each embroidered linen pouch, cushion or coin purse is completely unique. As a lover of all-things-pattern, using my original embroidered illustrations to create patterns from is just my favourite thing.”
Christopher david jones
Christopher is an artist based in Bath creating illustrative and abstract paintings using bold and vibrant colours.
Drawing from his architectural training, Christopher's current practice explores ideas of play in society and culture. As a result his colourful paintings aim to depict a sense of place and suggest stories for the viewer to interpret.
“The scenes I paint are all places that are significant to me. When I paint, I am not merely looking to depict a scene solely based on appearance, but to tell a story of that place.”
Jeweller Clare Lloyd is passionate about colour, she wanted to make it the focal point of her designs without using gem stones so she started experimenting with polymer and resin clay and Colour Designs was born.
Each element of her jewellery is made by hand in her studio in the Silk Mill in Frome. Clare mixes each carefully chosen colour to reflect the colours she sees around her in the Somerset countryside.
Clare says: “I try to keep the shapes and styles of the jewellery simple to allow the colour to become the focal point.”
Forest & Fawn
Forest & Fawn is a contemporary jewellery brand, based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Each piece of jewellery is created by hand using recycled eco sterling silver and 9ct eco gold, and responsibly sourced diamonds and stones.
Forest & Fawn jewellery takes simple shapes alongside unusual textures and colours creating unique designs that are meant to be worn over and over again.
Forest & Fawn say, “We get a huge thrill from seeing people wearing our designs, creating pieces to be worn for a lifetime—we believe in slow fashion.”
Hannah Broadway is an illustrator & designer making work that celebrates the little things in life.
Illustrating for over a decade, Hannah has worked with a range of clients from the NHS to Nike, Bristol University to Bloomsbury Publishing. She has illustrated picture books, designed t-shirts and produced murals for hospitals. She sells a range of print and cards that celebrate her love of the little things in life - and she appreciates how fortunate she is to do a job she loves!
Hannah says, “Everything starts with drawing - whether that is with pen and paper or pen and Wacom tablet, I make marks, think about colour and then play with composition.”
Fun follows function for Bristol-based Danish ceramicist, Hanne Rysgaard, who creates colourful porcelain tableware and jewellery.
Hanne’s iconic milk jugs and mugs are made from the finest British porcelain with colourful transfer patterns which transform and enhance each piece, resulting in a joyful collection of ceramics which is made to make you smile :)
“I believe that a functional artefact should be made to do its job well... and it’s even better if it also succeeds in putting a smile on your face! All my work is made by my own two hands, and it is my heartfelt wish that people will enjoy using / wearing my work as much as I enjoy making it! x”
I Am Acrylic
Sometimes-cute, sometimes-stylish, I Am Acrylic design make hand-cut jewellery and knick-knacks, mostly made from acrylic.
All of I Am Acrylic’s designs are made using their trusty fretsaw. They don't use any laser cutting, and pride themselves that each and every creation is a unique one-off. Brendan & Ruth make everything in their Bristol workshop, set behind their shop on Christmas Steps. They often work with off-cuts of acrylic leftover from other makers to create mainly their popular Little Layered Lump necklaces. They are also big fans of knick-knacks and bric-a-brac and enjoy making miniature trees, flowers and buildings to decorate your desk / shelves / home with!
Ruth says, “Every component, from the design through to the polished product is carefully crafted, it’s a labour of love, but well worth it, as each item remains totally unique.”
Gender-neutral clothing designed by Ilo is inspired by the Scandinavian philosophy of childhood, where play, comfort, environment, family and friends are all intertwined to nurture a wholesome child.
At the heart of our brand is a desire for a better future by creating long-lasting clothing made from organic cotton, that kids want to wear, and that grows with them, and won't need to be replaced often (if ever). Once its finished with, if it can’t be passed on, it can be recycled as much as possible, thus reducing throwaway fashion and waste.
Violeta says, “Local is very important to us because of our desire for transparency. The bright and better world for our children includes knowing who made our clothes, and knowing that their working conditions are right and proper. We simply can't have it any other way.”
Kay Morgan is a leather jewellery maker who creates a colourful and stylish range of accessories from reclaimed leather.
Kay makes all her leather jewellery by hand in her studio at the bottom of her garden in Bristol.
Taking inspiration from her large range of antique hand punch tools and her love of shape, colour and texture, she loves combining all these elements in many variations to keep pieces lightweight, stylish and unique.
Kay says, “All my leather is now reclaimed from factories as either surplus or offcuts, and due to my making process very little waste is produced. Any waste I do create is either recycled or passed on to other makers for use in their own practises.”
Handmade, zero-waste bath and body soaps, based in Stokes Croft Bristol, Wild Grove offer incredible scents for a luxurious cleansing experience.
Lisa Pasquill adds fragrance and essential oil to the soap batter after the "cook", which locks in and maintains the integrity of scent. Many of these are generous bars of soap, but she also offers uniquely crafted felted soaps, wrapped in Merino wool creating boldly coloured exteriors which provide gentle exfoliation. A recent addition are the very popular and extremely gentle shampoo bars.
Lisa says, “All of my recipes have been created after years of research, careful testing and experience. Customers have a keen sense of this and trust the value of my product.”