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‘Winter Curiosities’ Christmas Exhibition 2022

'Late Shopping and Prosecco'

Christmas Exhibition 2022 entitled ‘Winter Curiosities’ opens on Saturday November 5 with a dazzling collection of hand picked, hand made delights! Give the High Street a miss this Christmas and shop for unique British made presents in the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the gallery. Enjoy a truly delightful shopping experience.

We will be featuring a cornucopia of wonderful Christmas present ideas from the best of British artists and makers, many from Herefordshire and its surrounds –  something for everyone! Including handmade cards, candles and soaps, Christmas tree decorations in copper, brass, glass and porcelain, jewellery in silver, acrylic, pearls and semi-precious stones, studio glass and stained glass, ceramics – functional and decorative, ironwork – including pokers, snuffers, candle holders, bronzes, and sculpture – both for indoors and to grace the garden, original paintings, prints, including limited edition etchings, a wide range of textiles to include jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, cushions and throws.

To adorn your walls we will be showing a new collection of pastels by Mary Griffin, her intimate cafe scenes and busy high streets sparkling with festive lights depicting the pleasures of ordinary life with warmth and gentle humour…..a delight to the eye.

Morag Archer creates jewel-like mixed media mosaic pictures, using scraps of broken vintage china, paper, paint and gleaming gold leaf. Birds are her main inspiration.

As popular as ever is artist Seren Bell with her intricate pen and ink drawings, featuring coloured pencil. Although she has an affinity for all animals, she returns to sheep again and again.

Jo Verity shows a great love and respect for folk law and the cycle of life and death within the natural world in recreating the journey of our land’s repossession of animals that once lived among us. Sometimes a little on the dark side each piece tells its own unique story. 

Tamsin Abbott’s magical stained glass always attracts much attention, drawing on the natural world around our Herefordshire countryside and its hares, badgers, ravens, foxes and more. 

Potter Josie Walters makes tableware and cooking pots in earthenware clay, which are decorated with lively motifs in slips and coloured glazes. Most of the pots are thrown on a traditional momentum wheel, even though many of the finished shapes are oval or rectangular.  

Lyn Harrison works in stoneware crank clay, a strong, gritty clay which has a grainy, rustic appearance. She uses hand building methods, mainly coiling and slab work, to form her ceramic sculptures, and completes the pieces with slips, glazes and a wood ash finish.

John Mainwaring creates quirky wooden sculptures that are carved and then painted.

It has been said that his pieces are the collectables of the future.

To keep out the winter chill there will be a ‘must have’ collection of scarves, wraps and bags 

Nuno felted merino wool with silk fibres. There will also be chunky unisex sweaters in lambswool and silk, felted lambswool jackets in a fabulous collection of colours for women and new winter collections from our regular British makers.