Handmade in Britain

Next month Chelsea Town Hall in west London will be taking a rather patriotic turn, hosting the Handmade in Britain show.

Elliot Walker, Venus

Source: Photo by Simon Bruntnell

Elliot Walker, Venus

This is the inaugural spring edition of the Contemporary Crafts and Design Fair, held during the winter at the same venue.

More than 100 designer-makers will be showing their wares at the May weekend, in disciplines including homeware, lighting, accessories , ceramics and textiles and fashion.

Adrian Bates, Mobius
Adrian Bates, Mobius

All the works, as the name suggests, were created in Britain and are bought directly from the makers at the event.

Jill Ford, Blue Wave Bowl

Source: photo by Andy Tompkins

Jill Ford, Blue Wave Bowl

Joining the more established designers will be new millinery graduates form Kensington and Chelsea college, who are selling their creations in a dedicated gallery space.

Among the designers showing are furniture maker Tim Chadsey:

Tim Chadsey, Impala 59 Settee

Source: Tim Chadsey

Tim Chadsey, Impala 59 Settee

Eileen Gatt’s silverware is inspired by the Scottish Highlands, stories and folklore, according to the organisers of Handmade in Britain.

We love the bold colours of Harriet Caslin’s lighting pieces:

Harriet Caslin, Birdcage Shade

Source: Harriet Caslin.

Harriet Caslin, Birdcage Shade

And this very good buoy sculptural piece by Clare McCormish:

Cast Stoneware - Clare McComish, Buoy without encrustations
Cast Stoneware – Clare McComish, Buoy without encrustations

Handmade in Britain takes place from 9 – 11 May at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW35EE. For more information visit www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/chelsea-14

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