Ali Tomlin ceramics at Handmade at Kew 2016 craft fairAli Tomlin Ceramics

I’m so hoping that this glorious autumn sunshine hangs around until the end of the week, as the international craft fair Handmade at Kew 2016 starts on Thursday (and ends on Sunday).

What could be more of a treat than the golden, autumnal beauty of Kew Gardens combined with the work of over 150 talented designer/makers and artisans from around the globe?

Fiona Daly textiles at Hamdmade at Kew 2016 selling craft showFiona Daly

I love the idea of being able to intersperse looking at all the work on show in the craft pavilion with wandering around the famous gardens and iconic glasshouses – what a wonderful way to spend a day.

I’ve picked out a few things to give you a flavour of what will be on show, some from names new to me, others that are more familiar whose new work I’m keen to see.

There’s quite an interiors slant in my choices, as I tend to concentrate on things for the home and look at ceramics, glass, furniture and home textiles first.  But there’s also jewellery, leather goods, mixed media and metalwork to browse, so very much something for everyone.

Bob Crooks colourful glass vases at Handmade at Kew 2016 craft showBob Crooks
Janie Knitted Textiles wool lampshades at Handmade at Kew 2016Janie Knitted Textiles

 

Field and Hedgerow artists bookField and Hedgerow

 

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 Jonathan Pearce

 

 

Linda Bloomfield ceramic bottles at Handmade at Kew 2016Linda Bloomfield

 

Textile art grey dog by Holy Smoke at Handmade at Kew 2016Holy Smoke

 

Blue and white ceramics with red chiili pepper by Judit EsztergomiJudit Esztergomi

 

Wendy Edmonds colourful textiles at Handmade at Kew 2016Wendy Edmonds

 

As well as the obvious enjoyment of discovering new, beautiful things, I think that it’s meeting and talking to the craftspeople themselves that makes this kind of show so special.  Finding out about their inspirations and work processes is always utterly fascinating, and quite an eye-opener sometimes.

And as it’s a selling show, it’s a perfect opportunity to get ahead with the Christmas shopping nice and early – or to treat yourself, of course.  The range and quality of work at shows like this always presents me with a real challenge – it’s all so very tempting.

Visit their website to find out more about Handmade at Kew 2016 – there are more details there including a full list of exhibitors, plus details about ticket prices and directions.

 

 

 

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