Smiths Row at Christmas, our annual exhibition of contemporary craft, is the ideal place to find a unique Christmas gift. Over the last year we’ve been hunting down new makers and ranges of works to bring you another inspirational selection of the best of British craft.
Scarves and cushions from Seven Gauge Studios reveal designer Joy Bate’s love of pattern and colour and reference vintage fabrics, old knitting patterns and mid-century design; whilst Charlotte Stockley's Midsurrey porcelain tableware, hand thrown on the wheel and then manipulated to ensure that every piece is completely unique, are decorated with her bold and fresh drawings of fruit and vegetables, reminiscent of 1970s Danish design.
Sarah Packington’s vibrant silver and acrylic jewellery uses simple graphic patterns and shapes, along with abstracted organic imagery; whilst Rachel Orme fuses a contemporary design approach with traditional craft techniques to create handmade bags and accessories using luxurious Italian and Belgian leathers and Liberty cotton and silks.
The exhibition will feature both established and up-and-coming makers and will also include ceramics by Kerry Hastings, prints by Peskimo and Richard Horne, and silk scarves by N&N Wares to name just a few.
This year we're also giving you an opportunity to indulge yourself by extending the exhibition for one week after Christmas - the perfect antidote to the January blues.