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Caroline Brook - Jeweller

Caroline Brook – Jeweller

Caroline Brook – Jeweller November 14, 2021 My journey into jewellery making didn’t start until I was in my mid-thirties. I’ve always loved making things but didn’t get the opportunity to study Art, and it wasn’t until many years later that I signed up for an evening class in Sculpture. The class was cancelled, and I

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Textiles Heather Collins in her Workshop

Heather Collins – My Journey with Fabric and Threads

Heather Collins – My Journey with Fabric and Threads August 16, 2021 I revisited embroidery at the age of 35 by way of a one-day strip patchwork workshop. This course was followed by a 1 year part-time Art A level course. Having been told at 15 by a teacher I could not draw ( I still

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The Bishop of Stepney crosier in use

New Crosier for The Bishop of Stepney

New Crosier for The Bishop of Stepney August 16, 2021 In July 2019, Colin Norgate, a craftsman in wood, was commissioned to make a Crosier for the new Bishop of Stepney (London) A meeting was held at Colin’s workshop to discuss some of The Bishop’s thoughts and ideas which could be incorporated within the design. With

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Ceramics - Barbara Gittings

Barbara Gittings : My Ceramic Journey

Barbara Gittings : My Ceramic Journey August 20, 2021 I came to ceramics late in life, having worked in the fashion industry for about 30 years. I started taking pottery evening classes in 1999 and I was soon obsessed. In the early 2000’s did a week long smoke-firing course with Jane Perryman which was wonderfully inspiring.

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Making Unique Jewellery

Making Unique Jewellery

Making Unique Jewellery June 4, 2021 I grew up in France, near Cholet in the Loire Valley. From the age of 15, I focused on art & design subjects at school. After my A-level (applied art), I entered a graphic design and illustration school – L’AGR Ecole de L’Image in Nantes. Our training in the first

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A Life in Ceramics - Jon Barrett-Danes

A Life in Ceramics – Jon Barrett-Danes

A Life in Ceramics – Jon Barrett-Danes April 15, 2021 Ceramics was always something my parents did, and when I was growing up it was just something that was happening around me. Although I did have an interest, I was far more interested in other things as you would expect from a teenage boy. Most of my

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From first pinch pot to the Sussex Guild – Kate Hackett

From first pinch pot to the Sussex Guild – Kate Hackett April 15, 2021 My first experience of clay was with my Mum, who was an artist and weaver, but decided to take a course in pottery at our local college in Chichester. Following this, our family all got the clay bug and my sister and

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Lisa Katzenstein

Plant Based – Lisa Katzenstein

Plant Based – Lisa Katzenstein April 15, 2021 I spent my early childhood in Rome, and the early influences of colour and pattern have informed my craft ever since. I went to the Central School in the latter 1970s, a time and a place where old conventions of what “craft” was about were being overturned. Out

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A short history of the Guild

A Short History of the Guild

A Short History of the Guild May 28, 2021 ORIGINS A Guild of Sussex Craftsmen existed between1931 and 1953.  Born of the depression years, interrupted by the war, it is interesting to read the list of crafts which were to be prioritised in 1946. It included: blacksmithing; wheelwrighting and cart building; brick making; saddlery; trug making

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Jessica Jordan

A moment in Time – Jessica Jordan Ceramics

A moment in Time – Jessica Jordan Ceramics April 15, 2021 My career as a ceramicist began when I was still in school. I had a wonderful tutor who was interested in clay – she was so passionate about it that I was drawn to the medium too. It was something about the clay and its flexibility, and the seemingly endless

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