Artisans @ Wedgwood Museum celebrates the many independent, contemporary crafters and designer-makers that work in Staffordshire. On Sunday 20th May we are proud to be hosting the first Artisans event at the museum which will see a wide variety of handmade, specialist ware from textiles, jewellery, food and, of course, ceramics and much, much more.
Here we highlight just a few of the talented craftspeople that will be exhibiting at the event. (If you would be interested in exhibiting please email Emma.Mather@wedgwoodmuseum.org.uk for further details).
What originally started as a few hand-made gifts for friends has turned into a thriving hobby for Karen Proctor of Scarf City. She explains, ‘At the first craft fair I sold out and it has just escalated from there’. Transforming the knitting skills and techniques passed down from her mother and grandmother into beautifully coloured scarves, snoods, hairbands and brooches, each unique piece is hand knitted by Karen and created freehand. Of the Staffordshire craft scene Karen says, ‘There are some incredible skills, the most exquisite work, especially some of the pottery. You can get something you wouldn’t see on the high street and the skill level involved and choice is fantastic’.
The charming wire work of Louise Wilson explores the everyday line, as Louise explains, ‘line is something that is quite often missed nowadays, it’s more about the object’. Based at Unit Twelve Gallery in rural Stafford, Louise’s work aims to feminise the everyday line by incorporating elements of felt-mounting, thread wrapping and twisting. Her quirky pieces, in both 2D and 3D, offer a distinctive and playful look at the everyday objects we take for granted. We were especially taken with her wonderful antique tin clocks.
A graduate of Carlisle University, Emily Notman is another artist based at Unit Twelve Gallery who specialises in textiles and ceramics, mixed together in a contemporary way. A gentle, muted palette characterises her delicate work, from bright flower brooches to hanging collage landscapes, much influenced by the aesthetic and textures of a rustic Portuguese fishing village she has visited.
Heritage Embroidery is run by husband and wife team, Alan and Margaret Alcock, from a workshop in their back garden. Their nostalgic embroidered scenes, coloured in a warm sepia tone, focus on local Stoke-on-Trent landmarks using historic photographs as a template. Each piece can take up to a day to produce, from the digitisation on the computer to supervising the complex embroidery machines.
Gwen Pritchard’s work with ceramics began in the 1980s after she took a recreational evening course. Since then she has developed her own style using slab work and specialises in ceramic boats inspired by her annual holidays to Cornwall. The boats are designed from her own templates and are created and fired in her garden workshop. The popularity of her boats has seen them accepted into galleries in Cornwall and Oxford.
Naomi Greaves graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2005 with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking and her intricately detailed designs are applied to jewellery, stationary and fine art prints. Her most recent collection the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ is inspired by aspects of Anatomy, Botany, Entomology, and Ornithology.
Tedz fabric bears were borne out of Barbara Gregory’s love of sewing and fabric. After many years of experimenting with patterns, Barbara’s bears are made with 29 individual pieces and take up to four hours to create. The design of each bear is unique and she has created bears covering a considerable number of themes such as chess, music, football and chocolate. The fabric for each bear is mainly sourced from overseas as she finds the quality of design and cotton more fitting for these very special Tedz.