Shop Handmade, Shop Local

Sunday, 10 April 2016  |  Lewis


BCTF 2016We are at this moment exhibiting at the BCTF, The British Craft Trade Fair, in Harrogate. Our products are proving very popular which is great news but what I will personally bring from this time is how we are all surrounded by amazing people.

This show is truly inspirational on so many levels. All the exhibitors are designers and makers from across the UK and the work is exceptional, from handblown glass, textiles, fine art to the most exclusive jewellery. we have so much talent on our little island, both old and new. A quarter of the display space is for makers who have not exhibited before and most of them are younger than my youngest, incredible.

We should nurture this talent and we should all support the small businesses in our towns and cities. We don't need products from far away shores when we have our own home grown skilled artists.

Shop Local, Shop Handmade

Below is a tiny selection of the wonderful products from the lovely makers around my tiny bit of the show.

Pearl jewellery

Aspirational pearl jewellery from Julia Pharo, my BCTF neighbour and gifted jewellery designer. Featured here is her amazing 'blackberry' range,  a cluster of handwoven pearls, gorgeous.

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Hand built ceramic herdwicks, alone or in herds or flocks, argument here on the correct terminology! Made with love by the lovely Simone Louise Noble. Fancy having your own flock/herd?


A fabulous lampshade from the very talented Christos Vrouillis see more at



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