Caitlin Jenkins is an eighth generation potter based at Ewenny Pottery in South Wales.

“My passion for pots began at an early age. My family have been making pots for over eight generations. I was taught to throw by my father and spent most of my childhood practising the craft in the pottery alongside him. I studied a BA (Hons) in Ceramics at Cardiff College of Art and an MA at the Royal College of Art. I continue to work at the family pottery in Ewenny.

Throwing is integral to my work.  I continue to be inspired by the sensuous quality of round forms.  Exploring glazes, the way they meld, the richness and depth of colour they create reminds me of the translucency of glass or the gossamer of a watercolour.  My pots are made to be used, leaving my hands and transferring a tangible pleasure to others.”

“My work has simplicity in its design. I try to reveal the character of the material when I work it…to show its natural organic beauty.”

As well as large scale Sculpture, Ann Catrin Evans creates functional Architectural Adornment, Home Accessories & Jewellery.

Her work encapsulates a spirit of beauty – craftsmanship is her heart & art. Honest craftsmanship & functionality combine in a celebration of Welsh heritage mixed with a paired back timeless aesthetic. A very precise sort of understatement combined with exceptional craft. A quiet determination to make pieces that are both beautiful & useful.

Collections of modern love spoons, door furniture, bespoke intricate pieces of jewellery, statement sculptures in the landscape…all make powerful connections between the viewer and the hand made piece.

Whether working in forged steel or copper, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary in Ann Catrin Evan’s hands.

Megan Ivy Griffiths is a pattern designer, illustrator and embroiderer who studied her Bachelor’s degree at Falmouth University and is now based in the green, glorious Hampshire countryside.

She harbours an ardent passion for the beautiful and unusual, and is inspired by whimsical fairy-tales and folk costumes from around the world, and calm ambles through forests and fields. Her work is a concoction of tenderness, gentility and intricacy. Her stitches tell stories; as a trained illustrator, as well as using a pen or pencil, she uses needle and thread to create captivating characters and little companions for everyday life.

 

“Woodworking is in my blood; my grandfather and great grandfather before him were traditional clog makers in Brabant, the Netherlands. As a child, I watched my granddad at his special clog making bench working wood with interesting chisels. Me, I was just whittling sticks or would be found using my dad’s tools in the shed at home. Without anyone noticing, slowly but surely, I followed my ancestors to become the first woman professional woodworker of the family.

I studied graphic design before returning to wood as an apprentice in a small Dutch restoration business learning to make original old-style windows and doors with the locked-up mortice and tenon joints, as well as the new innovative techniques.

Nine years ago, I moved to Pembrokeshire as a self-employed joiner/ woodworker, more recently specialising in spoon-carving and bowl-turning. Today, my relationship with wood has become increasingly close-up, as I focus on intimate hand-carving, using hand tools, appreciating the different species of trees, going with the grain, fighting it, smelling it and ultimately loving it, creating my own individual style striving for practical and beautiful designs.”

 

David White’s ‘The Whittlings’ is a tiny company in North Wales, making handmade spoons, spreaders, cups, trays and boards using traditional green woodworking techniques and native broadleaf species sourced from woodlands close to David’s home.

‘With an end goal in mind, I walk into woodland looking for the perfect piece of green (fresh, living) wood. I take only what I need. I cut the wood in the right way to encourage regrowth. Working the wood green allows the use of human powered tools only – an axe, carving knife and crook knife. Understanding the character of local woodland species and its grain allows for a strong product, that will last and age beautifully. It’s not quick turn around work, but it’s deeply satisfying.’

Essex girl, Rosie Harman, 23, creates hand thrown domestic ware.

Her pots are hand painted with unlikely images of figures, creatures, parts of the human body and anything else absurd that pops into her head. Her work toys with the tradition of decorative pottery by engaging the viewer with playful interpretations of the world, feeding from the familiar, the abstract and the sensual.

Matt & Amanda are artists who have worked in parallel with their separate practices for 28 years.

Amanda is a mixed-media artist. For her work she draws upon her large collection of materials she has gathered over many years, these range from, glass, wood, metal and ceramics. She produces paintings, stitch work hangings, sculptures and jewellery. Amanda has shown her work both nationally and internationally

Matt is a sculptor working in a variety of stones as well as wood, nut and pieces of naturally shed antler. He has worked on marble projects in Carrara in Italy and on found whale bone carvings with Inuit sculptors in Arctic Canada.

For the past four years they have been collaborating and immersing themselves in working together, where one idea can be the starting point for a number of responses in several of the mediums with which they work.

Stitch work wall hangings become the starting point for pen & ink drawings which in turn lead to stone carvings that give rise to necklaces. Work is started without a preconception of where it will lead and can change many times as it is passed and filtered through both artists’ viewpoints. The differing specialisms they jointly possess lead to a strong set of contrasts that shows in the work as a whole vision.

 

Robyn Cove makes functional wheel thrown pottery from her studio in South Wales. She creates both carved and painted pottery which reflect her interest in both Eastern and Western pottery styles. Her pots capture a rustic warmth with full forms, contemporary surface designs and a strong focus on function.

Anne attended art classes in New York and then returned to Britain to undertake a degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design. She then took a studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, London before moving to Eastbourne in 2004. Anne has exhibited at various shows in London and around England, and work has been commissioned to sell at The Jerwood Gallery, Emma Mason British Prints, Towner Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

There is an ‘Alfred Wallis’ feel to the sgraffito pieces featuring merchant ships, sailing boats, fishing trawlers and all things to do with the sea and coast. Rum cups, pedestal bowls, and jugs have hand painted boats and ships traversing stormy seas or sheltering in tree lined harbours. As each piece is handmade and painted they all have their own character.

 

We’ve carefully selected some special books for our Makers Market 2018 – here’s our top ten choice for the season.

 

1. The Wild Dyer: A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch

Abigail Booth

By teaching you the foundations of natural dyeing, and guiding you through the simple stitch techniques, this book will allow you to dip in and out of projects while learning how to forage for and grow your own dye plants.’ In The Wild Dyer, Abigail Booth demystifies the `magic’ of natural dyeing and shows how to use the results to stunning effect in 15 exquisite patchwork and stitch projects. Focusing on how to grow or gather your own dyeing materials – from onion and avocado skins to chamomile and comfrey, nettles and acorns – as well as scouring, mordanting (using fixative) and setting up a dye vat, Abigail explains how to create effective dyes. And once you have them, how you can produce beautiful, contemporary textiles that can then be used to create projects that build on your skills.

 

2. Something of his Art: walking to Lübeck with J. S. Bach

Horatio Clare

Something of his Art is Horatio Clare’s recreation of the long walk that J. S. Bach took in the depths of winter in 1705 – his long walk to Lübeck across northern Germany, and visualising the light, landscape and wildlife the young, and as yet unknown composer would have seen.

 

3. Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings: The New Taste of German Cooking

Anja Dunk

A celebration of modern German home cooking, Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings is a long-awaited revival of this underserved national cuisine, proving that there is more to German food than Bratwurst and Black Forest gateau.

Anja Dunk’s German food is gently spiced, smoky and deeply savoury. From recipes such as whole-wheat buttermilk waffles to caraway roast pork and red cabbage, quince and apple slaw, her way of cooking is vibrant, honest, quick and deeply intertwined with the seasons and the weather.

Beautifully photographed and featuring over 200 recipes for the everyday family table, as well as for snacks and special occasions, Anja’s cook book is an essential guide to all the basics of German cuisine, providing inspiration for appetising and comforting meals throughout the year.

 

4. Snow

Marcus Sedgewick

Marcus Sedgwick’s beautiful examination of snow, and our fascination with it is divided into six chapters, like the six sides of a snowflake, and features the photographs of Wilson Bentley, who first photographed snowflakes in the 1890s.

 

5. Willow: Traditional Craft for Modern Living

Jenny Crisp

Master basket maker and willow grower, Jenny Crisp, teaches some of the key weaving techniques to make 20 simple willow projects without the need of complicated tools. Jenny’s approach is innovative and moves forward beyond the old patterns and boundaries, to allow the reader to make work that is fresh and for contemporary use.

 

6. Black Apples of Gower

Ian Sinclair

Iain Sinclair returns to the landscape of his youth, the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, beginning a new journey into his past, inspired by the poetry of Vernon Watkins and Dylan Thomas and the art of Ceri Richards, which illustrates this book.

 

7. Melinau Gwlân / Woollen Mills of Wales

Branwen Davies

The story of today’s Welsh working woollen mills, with photographs. Although each mill has its own unique story, the common link betwen them is the craftsmanship, passion and perseverance of the workers to keep the industry alive. In this colourful volume, Branwen Davies’s text and the photography of Iestyn Hughes come together to create a fascinating story.

Hanes melinau gwlân Cymru sy’n gweithio heddiw, ynghyd â lluniau. Er bod gan bob melin ei hanes ei hun, yr hyn sy’n gyffredin rhyngddynt yw crefft, angerdd a dycnwch y bobl hynny sy’n dal ati i gadw’r diwydiant yn fyw. Yn y gyfrol liwgar hon daw geiriau Branwen Davies a ffotograffiaeth Iestyn Hughes ynghyd i adrodd hanes hynod y melinau gwlân eiconig hyn.

 

8. A Love Letter from a Stray Moon

Jay Griffiths

Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration.

 

9. Wales in 100 Objects

Andrew Green

Wales in 100 Objects brings history to life, evoking key moments in Wales’ past through physical artefacts. The objects, chosen by author Andrew Green with the help of librarians, museum and gallery curators, and other experts, range from the ancient to the very recent, including items such as an iron sword dating from 1st century AD Roman rule, the earliest known copy of “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau”, and Raspberry Pi, the revolutionary coding computer for children first produced in Wales. All are represented by Rolant Dafis’ stunning photography, and given context by Green’s brief but fact-packed essays.

 

10. Merchant & Mills Workbook: A Collection of Versatile Sewing Patterns for an Elegant All Season Wardrobe

Make six classic garments and create a stylish multi-layered wardrobe from scratch. Full-size patterns are provided for a neat vest with a boxer back detail, an elegant bias-cut long-sleeved dress, a simple long gathered skirt with a drawstring waist, a batwing wrap top, an oversized drop-shoulder jacket and a pair of classic wide leg trousers. By choosing seasonal cloth, the versatility of these projects can be enjoyed from the first hint of spring to the end of winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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