Amid the ancient trees and Victorian glass houses of Kew Gardens a host of designer-makers gathered, last weekend, to launch the Christmas shopping season. The annual Handmade at Kew exhibition celebrated its tenth birthday with a bumper show of over 200 exhibitors. Drawn from across the United Kingdom and overseas they showed a range of products from delicate jewellery to finely crafted furniture.
It was a true celebration of the talent and hard-work of artists and small businesses, and a great way to find unique and personal gifts for Christmas.
For anyone who missed the show, we have selected some of our favourites from the homewares and home accessories exhibitors. It was a hard list to put together because the standard and quality on show was remarkable.
Click on any image to launch the gallery and scroll through. More information about each designer is set out below.
Helen Michie Ceramics – Helen makes these gorgeous flower imprint tiles in the western highlands of Scotland; they can be stand alone decorative pieces or tiled into a bathroom, kitchen or fireplace.
John Noble Milner – makes a menagerie of bronze cast animals, including this gorgeous gecko; there is a big focus on being environmentally and socially responsible. Based in Hebden Bridge, John has recovered from the Boxing Day floods;
Jillian Riley Designs – these gothic looking vases are perfect for a little drama!
Norman Yap – modern, bold ceramics, this bowl is a little like looking into a starry night;
Ali Tomlin Ceramics – fine porcelain bowls that would look fabulous on any dining table, at any time of year;
Judit Esztergomi – the bold and imaginative use of colour, along with the simple yet effective pattern results in a beautiful set of dinnerware;
Ben Esthop – part of ‘Curated by Dan Goodge’ an industry talent scout, these bold wood and resin pieces were striking, capturing the beauty and imperfections of wood in resin;
Story HH – gallery Story HH was set up by Heather Heys to bring the talent of Japanese and Chinese artists to the UK market; these elegant tea-sets combine the traditions of Japanese tea with the needs of a British market;
Miss Fire – metal sculptures brought to life with car paint, these are remarkable pieces;
Paula Rylatt – part of ‘Curated by Dan Goodge’ an industry talent scout, Paula makes some striking glass sculputres;
Alison StockMarr – a paper artist, Alison turns vintage books and records into pieces of art;
Madder and Cutch – from chemistry teacher to textile artist, Madder and Cutch was launced by Nicola Cliffe, to make plant dyed textiles; these cushions are so pretty, good for you and good for the environment;
Janie Knitted Textiles – these knitted, dip-dyed lampshades are pretty and unusual;
Craig Narramore – makes striking wood furniture, we loved this wood side table in which the drama of the wood’s grooves and ridges are accentuated;
Lindy Barletta – these vases, part of the fern print collection, are elegant and graceful;
Rebecca Joselyn – a sardine sauce pot, or oil drum salt and pepper sets, we loved the originality and quirkiness of the designs;
Save Me I’m Wild – these beautiful microscopic prints capture the delicacy and fragility of wild flowers;
Julie Johnson Glass – these bold vases are sure to draw a ‘wow’ from visitors; they are luxurious.
Feature Image: Gorgeous porcelain seahorse teacups by Justine Munson
Click here for more informtion about Handmade at Kew. The next Handmade show is in Edinburgh from 28th October.