Chris has always had a fascination with making objects. He likes to think he began his journey to becoming a blacksmith as a young child playing with Lego, ever since then he has jumped at the chance to play with any sort of material, using a variety of different techniques. Going through school he worked with wood, plastics, clay and sheet metal but nothing really grabbed him until he went on a weekend blacksmithing course shortly after turning 18. There was something about forging hot steel that he instantly fell in love with.
Using fire as a creative rather than destructive tool and seeing how the application of extreme heat turns steel into a wonderfully malleable material. Creating fluid and elegant forms from a heavy material which is usually literally ‘hard as nails’.
Chris spent 3 years at Hereford College of Arts earning a BA in Artist Blacksmithing, in the spring of 2013 he started his business ‘Chris The Smith’ and he’s been going at it hammer and tongs ever since!
He has been creating both sculptural and practical hand forged items from his workshop near Birmingham. He specialises in creating contemporary, hand forged, bespoke articles using simple yet elegant forms
Chris also runs experience sessions for members of the public who have always wanted to have a go at blacksmithing.
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Karen is a glassmaker, she started her journey into glass by studying architectural glass at Queens Road School of Art in Bristol. Since then she has taken a part-time course in glass craft and a number of master classes to learn a range of glass making techniques from hot, furnace glass, casting, fusing, flame-working and cold-working glass. Part of Karen’s love of glass is that she is always learning and developing new ideas to bring to her glass.
Karen is currently making a range of plates, bowls and vessels in her Bristol studio, fusing glass, exploring crackle techniques, stripes and irridescent patterns. She also enjoys the magic of working with hot glass and hires a hot shop to blow glass, making paperweights and baubles.
Karen’s latest work is on permanent display at the Cotswold Craftsmen’s Gallery in Nailsworth. Commissions Welcome
Nat produces bold and lively woodcut prints inspired by her passion for wildlife. She carves her blocks out of MDF with linocutting tools and prints them individually by hand. Her designs depict characterful creatures and often contain a feeling of movement and vitality.
Individually designed and handcrafted silver and gold jewellery alongside a range of other precious, non-precious and mixed metal pieces. Designs inspired by Anglo-Saxon culture created with a contemporary feel. From large cast one-off pieces in silver or bronze to intricate diamond set platinum rings. Commissions taken to makers or customers design in most metals.
Visit Hazel’s website at to see a fuller range of work or call in at our gallery in Nailsworth where she permanently has work on show. Hazel is happy to meet you at the gallery or at her workshop by appointment.
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Designer Milliner Heather, creates stunning headpieces from contemporary and traditional materials. She designs and makes select seasonal collections and works mainly to commission drawing inspiration from her Client’s personality, outfit and assessories thereby ensuring a hat to complete the look. A limited number of her hats are sold by Fenwick of New Bond Street, London and she was a semi finalist of the Hat Magazine international Hat Designer of the Year competition and believes, in the words of Philip Treacy, “How a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about”.
Some of Heather’s very latest designs that have been selected by Fenwick of Bond Street to sell in their 2017 Ascot collection! She has also worked alongside Jane Taylor ( milliner to the Duchess of Cambridge and other Royal and celebrity clients)
Heather has now completed her, internationally renowned, City & Guilds Millinery course, at Kensington and Chelsea College, attaining a HNC qualification.
Lorna trained at Liverpool John Moore’s University and worked as a graphic designer and freelance architectural illustrator. Building on this experience she worked in traditional watercolour for a period producing paintings of many places in the Southwest and West Midlands.
Gradually, new work became more abstract, compositions developing from montages of landscape, garden and coastal images painted in acrylic inks. These are arrived at by using lots of sketches from life and reference materials assembled in a layered technique, and showing traces of Cubist influence and also similarities to English painters of the 1920/30s
Julie designs and creates a range of unusual and individual wall hangings, figures , birds and jewellery which are made from smooth stoneware clay, kiln fired to 1000c and then hand painted with acrylics.
The earrings, brooches and pendants are finished with an iridescent colour which catches the light.
The wall hangings are modelled in low relief with careful attention to detail.
The figures and birds are free standing.
Julie’s inspiration comes from the buildings and wildlife of the Cotswolds where she lives and works.
The colours and textures found in pond life, trees and lakes, and the mellow stone of Cotswold buildings are something Julie likes to capture in her work .
Recent pieces have a more abstract feel with emphasis on the interplay between colours and shapes.
Julie is pleased to take commissions and can make panels of particular houses from photographs.
Richards approach bridges both paper cut and collage to create his bold and distinctive style. Every picture is designed, hand cut from card and paper, and layered to create the nished piece.
Inspiration comes from the love for his local countryside and organic forms alike, with a particular appreciation and affection for trees which are often represented in his work.
Often compared to wood or lino cut, his in uences are a collective of both retro and contemporary avours. Certainly his experience as a graphic designer lters through into the more minimalist or iconic representations he creates.