Handmade In Britain Spring Fair

Handmade In Britain Spring Fair

For the chance to buy one-off pieces of beautiful British craft, don't miss the Handmade In Britain fair in London's Chelsea

By Noah Dugall
Porcelain Birdcage lampshades by Harriet Caslin

For that special something for your home - a beautiful piece of glassware or ceramics for example - head to the Handmade In Britain fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London from 9-11 May. Scores of Britain's talented artists and designer-makers will be showing their products, which are available to buy. Pictured above: porcelain Birdcage lampshades by Harriet Caslin, £120 each.

It is always a pleasure to find something that you love, that you know will last you for ever, and crucially that can't be found at John Lewis, Habitat or Debenhams.

And if it's made by the fair hand of a talented British designer-maker, so much the better.

Handmade In Britain offers the chance to see and buy the work of our craftsmen and women at its fairs in Chelsea Old Town Hall. They run in November but the organisers are holding a spring one too, starting this year.

So head to Chelsea between May 9-11 and find you'll undoubtedly find a wonderful certain something, whether a piece of glassware, ceramics, furniture, as well as jewellery and textiles.

Grace dining table, rippled sycamore and bird's eye maple, £5,500, by Duncan White at Avocet Furniture. Photo by Paul Craig Photography
Bronze rim collection by Kirsty Adams Ceramics, prices from £36. Photo by Matthew Booth
Glass feathers by master Scottish glassmaker Alison Kinnaird, £450 each.  www.alisonkinnaird.com
Fun eco cushions for children from recycled textile designer Laura Ann Marsden's Lettie Belle brand, prices from £30. www.lettiebelle.com
Impala'59 settee, from £1,250 by Hants-based furniture maker Tim Chadsey. www.timchadsey.co.uk
Babel Platter, £90, by ceramicist Desa Philippi
Satin matt stoneware, decorative objet from Adrian Bates' Mobius collection, £220. www.adrianbatesceramics.com
Orange and blue ceramics by London's Luke Bishop, from £75. www.lukebishop.com
Beach striped tea light, £25, by glass artist Aline Johnson, photo by Yeshen Venema

See the work of Toronto-born Tim Chadsey, who makes furniture from his studio in Hampshire using sustainable British, European and American hardwoods. His Impala '59 bench settee is made from English rippled ash and it's so named  not because it looks like the animal but because it reminds the designer of the back of a Chevy '59 Impala car.

Glass and ceramics

Several highly accomplished glass artists are showing their designs, including Aline Johnson, Adam Aaronson and Alison Kinnaird.  

Ceramicists include Essex-based Harriet Caslin, who makes elegant lighting and tableware in porcelain - her ribbed lampshades are delighful; Luke Bishop, who makes functional wheel-thrown porcelain vessels, and Kirsty Adams who also makes porcelain pieces intended for daily use. 

For children

Lettie Belle is an eco-friendly brand of fun decorative accessories for children, made using eco-friendly textiles including organic cotton and PET plastic felt. See an exuberant collection of cushions perfect for brightening up children's rooms.

Show info

Doors open at 11am, tickets cost £5 if you book online or £7 on the door.

 

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