Wow has it been a year already since the last Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair , I don’t know where the time goes, but I do know where the beautiful designers hang out… read on to discover for yourselves : )

As usual I try to cover the new designers I come across with work that catches my eye for one reason or another.  One such person was ceramist Jasmine Simpson with a new range of lions, dogs and birds.


I loved her curled up watercoloured fox (below) and her anxious lions and slightly starey looking dogs, best of all.


Melissa Montague had an interesting range of metallic objects, some functional, some decorative.


I watched Rhian Malin patiently draw out the design in pencil onto her pot, before creating these intricate designs with blue glaze, all with such a steady hand. Simplistic, stylish and sophisticated. The stand looked great.


More ornate and beautifully stylish jewellery from fresh graduate Lauren Bell Brown. Based on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, many pieces hold a combination of the dark and light sides of the tale. Hidden hearts and skulls, lie within the pieces and of course the crowns and mirrors remind us who is the fairest jewellery designer of them all ! ; )


I have previously included work by the talented mixed media, papier-mache artist Anya Keeley but I find I’m always drawn to her stand to see what’s new and more importantly ‘Who’ is new!  This year Olaf caught my eye and made me smile… so thanks to Anya and Olaf for that.




I spotted a few linear pieces from jeweller Holly Higgins. Inspired from research on pattern and line drawings Holly’s work has moved into silver 3-d form.


Finally in this post was fanatical paper dog maker Liam Hopkins trading as Lazerian. Liam has created a limited edition range of this fine looking hound in many differently designed ‘coats’ . They looked amazing all together.


More to come in next monday’s post. Tell me which work you like the best and why. Watch this space.







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