Traditional Craft Fair

Craft Fair 201110 November 2012

  • 11am-4pm
  • Drop-in
  • £1 per adult, children free

This is your chance to pick up beautiful and unusual gifts made by some of our most skilled local craftspeople. The stalls are laid out in the unique setting of the MERL galleries and there will be plenty of opportunity to talk to our makers and try out some simple crafts yourself.

As usual our popular teas will be available. 


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List of exhibitors

Craft Fair 2012 furnitureKate & Anna

Kate & Anna design and make a variety of furniture and homewares as well as offering a bespoke reupholstery service. Their designs are inspired by the vintage items they covet, yet they maintain their own sense of style. Everything they sell is handmade and finished to the highest quality, using wood from sustainable sources, vintage fabrics and a variety of other materials they find pleasing to work with.

Visit Kate & Anna's website at Kate and Anna furniture and homewares


Craft Fair 2012 wooden spoonsMartin Damen

Martin has been practicing traditional woodworking for more than ten years, and specialises in hand-carving bowls and spoons. He uses wood that has been locally sourced, and combines traditional tools and skills with an appreciation of the material being worked. His work remains functional while also being a pleasure to look at, handle and use every day. 

Visit Martin's website at Martin Damen hand carving


craft_fair_david_gloverDavid Glover


David Glover works with local hardwoods to produce bowls. He is a volunteer at Museum of English Rural Life and has been selling bowls in our shop for a number of years. We're delighted to be able to see more of his work. 


Elisabeth Beverley cashmere blanketsElisabeth Beverley

Elisabeth uses traditional techniques to dye woollen yarns with colours produced from leaves, flowers, nuts and roots. She then handknits blankets, throws, scarves and cushions with her wool.
On the day, Elisabeth will be knitting.

Visit Elisabeth's website at Plant Dyed Wool



Caroline Marriott textilesCaroline Marriott

Caroline's work falls into two categories; rag rugging, in which she makes rugs, mats and jewellery, and weaving on weaving sticks and a peg loom to produce bags, cushions and dollies. She will demonstrate on the day and visitors will be able to have a go.

Visit Caroline's website at Caroline Marriott textiles


Cathy Paul felt bagsCathy Paul (Raspberry Tart)


Cathy's work is predominantly knitted and felted, and combines different materials. her work ranges from scarves, wraps and shrugs to gloves, bags and brooches. She makes her own knitting needles, as well as hair pins and bangles.




Gloria Pitt blanketGloria Pitt


Gloria hand-weaves scarves and wraps, working with mainly natural yarns, such as wool, silk, cotton and linen. Many of these she hand-dyes before weaving using natural dyes from plants gathered in the hedgerows or garden. All her scarves are unique.

Visit Gloria's website at Gloria Pitt handweaving



Alessandra Rutili Mug HugsAlessandra Rutili (Petals Soup)

Alessandra creates modern, quiky and colourful crocheted items, including home and fashion accessories. Traditional and old-fashioned ideas like tea cosies and crocheted flowers are re-visited and given a new and funky approach. Wherever possible Alessandra uses up-cycled items to give them a new and prettier life.  She will demonstrate on the day and visitors can have a go.


Craft Fair 2012 Leather BagsVicky Baker



Vicky designs and makes a range of hand-stitched handbags in leather, and also has a range of linen handbags. 





Jo Nickless skep candlesR & J Nickless Apiaries


Jo produces local honey and a wide range of honey and beeswax products, including polishes, beeswax cosmetics, candles and honey fudge. Visitors will be able to try candle-rolling, producing a bee-skep shaped candle to take home (cost £1 per candle.)




craft_fair_jewelleryVerity Andrews


Verity re-works vintage jewellery and buttons to make contemporary pieces. It is a way of recycling old and broken pieces into wearable and unique items. No two are the same.


Brenda Graham duck boxBrenda Graham


Brenda makes pieces of stained glass that can be hung in windows or a place of your choice. Her range includes animals, birds, fish and insects. She also makes glass bunting, and whimsical jewellery with glass cabochons and charms. 

Visit Brenda's website at Brenda Graham stained glass

Craft Fair 2012 stained glassNicola Kantorowicz


Nicola designs and makes windows to commission for churches, public buildings and private residences. Her work is abstract and incorporates glass painting, acid etching and sandblasting to create decorative effects. She also makes free standing panels framed in ironwork and a selecion of smaller decorative fused glass ornaments for the home and garden. 

Visit Nicola's website at Nicola Kantorowicz stained glass


Lauren Denney ceramicsLauren Denney

Lauren specialises in slip casting ceramics from her own plaster moulds, as well as slab forming.  The textures she uses are taken from wallpaper and lace.

Visit Lauren's website at Lauren Denney ceramics 



Grant Pratt potteryGrant Pratt (Bluematchbox – the Tilehurst Pottery)


Grant produces handthrown domestic stoneware pottery rooted in traditional country pottery.

Visit Grant's website at Blue Matchbox pottery


craft fair ceramicsKatie Smith – ceramics

 By carving, moulding and hand building, Katie creates her landscape inspired ceramic sculpture and wall pieces, evoking a sense of depth and atmosphere using varied textures, darkening oxides and wonderful glazes. The illustrations that influence her work have a laid back and lively appeal which lends itself beautifully to Katie's range of homewares.

Visit Katie's website at Katie Smith Ceramics

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