Handmade In Britain: meet the UK's best designer-makers

Handmade In Britain: meet the UK's best designer-makers

Handmade In Britain is a chance not only to see inspiring art and craft but to meet the designers and buy directly from them. So if you're on the look out for that perfect ceramic vessel for your mantelpiece or some unique tableware, this is the show for you

By Abby Trow
Exquisite paper book by artist Sarah Morpeth, who works with paper

The Handmade in Britain contemporary craft and design fair takes place in Chelsea Town Hall on London's Kings Road from 8-10 November. More than 100 of our most talented designer-makers will be showing and selling their pieces, which cover ceramicsglassware, woodworkfurniture, as well as textilessilverware and jewellery. Ticket prices £7 or £5.  Pictured above is an intricate paperbook by paper artist Sarah Morpeth

It's not often that you get such a diverse range of supremely talented British designer-makers under roof, which is why the Handmade in Britain fairs have become so popular.

The fair is a chance to see first-hand work by ceramicists, glass artists, furniture makers, textile designers, silversmiths and artists working in a range of mediums. You get to talk to the designer about their work and can buy directly from them.

Which given that Christmas is around the corner, means you can get a few presents under your belt...assuming you can bear to part with any piece you buy.

Mother and daughter textile business Clementine & Bloom. They design fabrics and hand-print and screen print. www.clementineandbloom.com
Enclosed wood vessels by Eleanor Lakelin, who works mostly with wood felled in south London. www.eleanorlakelin.co.uk
Slightly surreal designs from Angie Thirkell Ceramics. She takes household wares and upcycles them into decorative pieces. www.angiethirkellceramics.com
Rice bowls by London potter Maria de Haan. www.mariadehaan.com
Exuberant Love ceramic vase, H44cms, by Ingrid Saag. www.ingridsaag.com
Ceramic sweets by Namiko Murakoshi . www.namnamceramics.com
Annabel Perrin textiles are bright and often have geometric patterns. www.annabelperrin.com
Avocado and olive wood salt and pepper grinders by Louise Hibbert. www.louiseandsarah.com
Ceramic bricks by Gin Durham. www.gindurhamart.co.uk
Porcelain glazed bowl by Farnham-basedAli Tomlin. www.alitomlin.com


Ceramics are a big part of the fair, and the diversity of styles is astonishing. Choose from the quiet, oriental-style tableware by Maria De Haan, or the slightly surreal upcycled work of Angie Thirkell, who recycles homewares such as mugs and teapots and turns them into objets d'art, often by fusing ceramic with glass.

Ingrid Saag makes beautiful china vases and pots in exuberant colours, while Surrey-based Ali Tomlin's pieces are made from porcelain, decorated with linear abstract patterns. Bucks-based Gin Durham makes unusual ceramic pieces that have a toy-like quality, such as her sculptural and decorative bricks. Alex McCarthy's richly ornate textured modern ceramics should also not be missed.


Among stunning glassware is work by Adam Aaronson of Aaronson Noon, whose blown glass vases and containers are known for incorporting many colours. Brett Manley's decorative pieces have a bobble texture, while Caroline Lukehurst, and Michelle Keeling used kiln-fired glass. Lincoln-based Maggie Williams uses colour and soft, organic forms.


Daisy vases by Maggie Williams. www.maggiewilliamsglass.co.uk
Multi coloured round bottomed vase by Adam Aaronson. www.aaronsonnoon.com
Glass table lamp by Brett Manley. www.brettmanley.co.uk
Kiln-fused glass vessel by Michelle Keeling. www.michellekeelingglass.wordpress.com
Striped kiln-fused glass by Caroline Lukehurst. www.carolinelukehurst.co.uk
Poko Poko ceramic sugar bowls by Namiko Murakoshi
Wheeled silver and maple candlestick by silversmith James Dougall. www.jamesdougall.com
Alex McCarthy ceramics are textured to resemble cracked earth or paint. www.mccarthyceramics.com

Don't miss the remarkable woodwork of Eleanor Lakelin, who uses wood where possible from trees felled locally to her in south London. Her hand-turned pieces are given textures, or she changes the colour of the wood by bleaching or scorching. James Dougall's  and Chris Edwards' beautiful silverware will be on show, as will wooden furniture by Jonathan Pearce.

And if you thought paper in itself isn't a material for art, the intricate, exquisite work of Sarah Morpeth will open your eyes as to its potential for decorative accessories and works of art.

Dripping candlesticks by silversmith Chris Edwards. www.chrisedwards.eu
Olive ash, American walnut and maple jewellery box by Jonathan Pearce Furniture

Handmade in Britain was launched by London-based designer Piyush Suri to promote British craftsmanship and bring consumers into contact with designer-makers.

The fair runs from 8-10 November, opening hours are 11-7pm and 11-5pm on the Sunday. 

Ticket prices are £7 or £5