Quality craftsmen create for Cranleigh

Hand thrown porcelain tableware from Ceramic Artistry SUS-141114-123939001
Hand thrown porcelain tableware from Ceramic Artistry SUS-141114-123939001

‘Handmade at Cranleigh’ is a new outlet shop recently opened at Cranleigh Arts Centre and showcases the talents of a variety of artists and makers from Surrey and its border counties, each one individually selected for the uniqueness and exceptionally high standard of their work.

Currently available are the sophisticated and elegant hand thrown porcelain ceramics by ‘Fanny Peppercorn’, featuring her signature ‘Lily Pad’ heart shaped vessels and delicate decorative ornamental tableware. For those looking for functional elegant china with a bit of a twist, the delightful hand thrown porcelain tea and coffee sets from Sara Mills ‘Ceramic Artistry’ would grace any table.

If it’s something decorative as a focal point to brighten up a room, then the hand built pit-fired and Raku fired earthenware by Jean Holder of ‘Coalshed Pottery’, or the vibrant glazed vessels by Gaynor Wilson are just what you need.

For those looking for a beautiful piece of jewellery either for you or as a gift for a special someone, the Handmade at Cranleigh jewellery cabinet offers some of the very best handmade silver jewellery from local silversmiths. Jewellery by ‘The Silver Torch’ combines sterling silver with 9 ct gold and semi-precious gem stones to create elegant statement pieces.

New to the jewellery cabinet from November, we are delighted to welcome ‘Glitter and Twisted’ from Sussex based silversmith Lydia Foster, who brings to Handmade at Cranleigh a range of contemporary jewellery combining silver, 9ct white and yellow gold as well as semi precious stones to make striking individual pieces. To compliment these, we are also pleased to welcome ‘Beadelicious Jewellery’ by Lisa Planson who’s individually designed and hand made beaded jewellery made from Swarovski Crystals, semi precious gems combined with Omani Silver embellishments has proven very popular with those seeking an individual, striking piece of jewellery.

The Handmade at Cranleigh craft shelves are completed with the beautiful and unique handmade handbags by Rebecca-Jane, whose eco-conscious designs make use of vintage fabrics and recycled and reclaimed materials to create stunning and individual handbags for the most discerning fashionista!

The Handmade at Cranleigh craft outlet can be found within the foyer at Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AS (tel: 01483 278000) and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm. All the items on sale are handmade by artisan makers from Surrey, Sussex and the South East and each is an individual and unique piece of art made to the highest standards by some of the very best Makers in the area. Items and Artists are regularly rotated to ensure that there is always something new and just that “little bit different and special” on offer.

Cranleigh Arts Centre welcomes enquiries from locally based Artists and Makers interested in displaying and selling their work through the Handmade at Cranleigh cabinets and shelves. Contact us via email at cranleigh@cranleighartscentre.org

Report and pictures contributed by Gillian Collins.