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Our Makers

Our Shop stocks the work of the following artists and makers:

For those makers who also attend our events you can click on their name below to read more about their work. For other makers whose work we stock please scroll down the page to find out a bit more about how they started and what inspires them.

We also feature details of all stallholders at our events – you can view these on our fair pages nearer the event date.

If you are a maker who is interested in us stocking your work in our shop then please email dee@wearehandmade.co.uk

Annie’s Beads 

Amy Buckley Design

Cathy Russell 

croucherli

Driftwood Designs

Elkie Wild Art

Evelyn Planitzer

Glyn Hall

Grumpy’s Woodturning

Helen Christian

Illustration by Abi

Jenny Southgate Jewellery

Khabooki Jewellery

Nanuk Jewellery

Peter Deans Ceramics

Woolly & Sparkle

St Justin

Amy Buckley Design

“Inspired by floral imagery, I create playful designs that bring pops of colour, whimsical line drawings and pattern to your home. I sell greetings cards, pocket mirrors, prints, notebooks and textile pouches using my own pattern designs. I love being outside in nature and hope to translate that through my work and pass that joyful feeling onto my customers!” says Amy.

croucherli

croucherli is the work of ceramic artist Lizzie Croucher, producing hand thrown pottery, specifically one-off and small batch items with their own personalities!

Based in Essex, Lizzie works out of her own little studio based in a community-led shared workshop, Colchester Makerspace, where she also volunteers as their workshop host.

Lizzie’s love for pottery began in 2010 through working weekends at a pottery painting cafe in South East London. After attending evening classes and building her practice alongside her work in arts admin and project management for 4 years, she took the leap and launched croucherli as an independent business in January 2019.

All pieces are designed, thrown, trimmed, sculpted, fired, glazed, fired again and packaged by Lizzie.

Driftwood Designs

Driftwood Designs is the work of Essex maker, Hillary, a member of the Essex Craft Guild.

“Having lived on the Essex coast for nearly 50 years, my love and association with all things nautical lead me to produce collages from numerous beachcombing walks.

The popularity of these with both friends and family encouraged me to embark on a basic range of unique gifts. I then incorporated nautical decoupage into the range and now produce various items from driftwood, shells, beach glass and ceramics. These include 3D box pictures, driftwood plaques and models, tea lights and mirrors” says Hillary.

Driftwood Designs exhibits at numerous craft events throughout Essex, Kent and Suffolk, which Hillary really enjoys attending.

Elkie Wild Art

Emma from Elkie Wild Art is a coloured pencil and alcohol ink artist based in Suffolk.

Emma has a degree in Biology and Geology and a Research Masters in Biology and has always loved wildlife and the natural world, which has been the main focus for her artwork. She has been creating pictures using coloured pencils for many years and more recently has been experimenting with alcohol inks and other mediums.

Emma is also a UK stockist of coloured pencils and a range of accessories too.

Evelyn Planitzer

Evelyn has been an artist, maker and educator for many years. Her inspiration is often texture and materials. Which she likes to explore using different techniques from glass fusing, pottery, silversmithing, paper collages and felt making. Working with raw wool, often sourced from local sheep or Alpacas in Suffolk, she cards and combes and then felts the wool with water, soap and muscle-power.  It can be a time-consuming process until the natural materials bond together to form a new and strong material – felt.

Rougher wool works well for objects especially when incorporating other materials and fibres like shiny silk or spun wool threads. Their natural colours remind Evelyn of working with clay or porcelain – the inspiration for making vessels was born.  We all have so many objects standing around – here we have the opportunity to put them away flat when not in use. The bottomless vessel! Sleeves are made to cover ugly vases, jars or even plastic bottles, and can be sent flat in the post – in a jiffy (bag). And when one includes a voucher for flowers or a seed packet for the garden, who will not like such a present! The vessel can be filled with dried or fresh flowers, greenery from the hedge or a candle. Evelyn produces one-off items; nothing will be produced in high numbers because the materials will always give her new ideas to explore.

Helen Christian

“I started spinning by accident!  In 2005 we extended our garden and needed something to keep the grass under control.  The family decided they would like to try their hand at keeping a small flock of sheep and 6 Southdown sheep were purchased.  The following summer the shearer was summoned and left us 6 fleeces.  It actually costs more to have a sheep sheared than the value of the raw sheared fleece so I decided to learn to spin the wool and try to make something from it” says Helen.

The Southdown wool is soft with short staple and makes good warm gloves and hats.  As time has passed the original 6 sheep have long since departed but Helen still has two of their descendants, now aged 13 – which is incredibly old for sheep!

“Unfortunately, the wool from these old sheep is too coarse for spinning, so I diversified, looking for other fibres to spin and found a local alpaca owner who was willing to sell me some fleece.  This is a much more luxurious and silk like fibre and has the added bonus that the spun fibre doesn’t felt and clump like wool when it is worn.  It is warm and comfortable and great to knit” comments Helen.

Illustration by Abi

Abi is an illustrator, artist and product designer from Surrey. Her quirky designs feature dogs and cats, which Abi has made into a range of stationary, homewares and gifts.

Khabooki Jewellery

Based in north Suffolk, maker Sue has been designing and making jewellery for over ten years. Sue comments ” I have had artistic hobbies all my life but this medium has become both my passion and my business. I love to experiment with different colour and textural combinations in a diverse range of mediums from wood, metal and glass to semi precious stones. I source my beads from all over the world with the aim of delivering stand out pieces not seen anywhere else”.

Sue rarely replicates the jewellery she makes so that her customers get a piece that is truly unique. She always has a huge collection of beads in stock so she can create bespoke pieces for her customers if they need something for a particular occasion or to compliment a special outfit.

St Justin

Each piece of St Justin jewellery and giftware is crafted by hand and eye in the lovely county of Cornwall. St Justin was established in 1984 in a small workshop in Pendeen, near St Just in Penwith. They make a range of jewellery and gift wares using pewter, bronze, silver and Cornish tin.