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Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Old Town Hall

The renowned high-end contemporary craft and design fair, Handmade in Britain, returns to the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall this November. Now in its 11th year, the venue will once again be transformed into the ultimate shopping destination, with more than 100 highly-skilled designer/makers and galleries showcasing their innovative and contemporary designs across a range of disciplines. Visitors to the event will be able to choose from an impressive selection of textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and so much more. Taking centre stage in the heart of Chelsea, this three-day selling event offers visitors the opportunity to buy one-off pieces directly from artists, makers and crafts people from across the country, and uncover the ideas and processes that shape their work.

Jennie Jackson Designs

Leading textile and fashion designers will showcase their latest collection, from Camilla Thomas’ woven interiors, inspired by the island of Anglesey coast, to Jennie Jackson’s contemporary hand-dyed, screen-printed designs layered on silk, cotton and linen. You will be able to take a closer look at Cabbage & Nettles’ playful hand-stitched vegetables, try on HABIBE’s original asymmetric designs for size, and discover Arra Textiles’ limited edition, handwoven accessorises, inspired by the ever changing seascapes and woodlands of the Scottish Highlands.

Alice Robson

Discover exquisite jewellery; Emma Farquharson uses repeated geometric shapes in her silver, gold and gemstone jewellery to form rhythmic patterns, inspired by the subtle poetry of nature and the chaos of the urban environment. Oxx Jewellery combines unconventional materials such as vinyl records with precious stones and metals, to produce luxurious, enduring statement pieces. Olivia Schlevogt creates bespoke designs from silver, gold, palladium, precious and semi-precious stones, and Sarah Herriot celebrates the simplicity of form, weight and natural elegance. Inspired by natural rock, Victoria Radcliffe incorporates traditional and experimental silversmithing techniques to achieve spontaneous outcomes and original pieces, while Sarah Jane Brown creates playful sculptures with simple narratives using recycled materials.

Emily Kriste-Wilcox

Shop for contemporary, functional tableware and abstract, decorative objects. Made from panels of clay treated with coloured slips, Emily-Kriste Wilcox creates vessels that reference the landscape and exude calm and balance, while Alison West utilises the ancient process of Saggar Firing and organic materials to create natural surface pattern. Judit Eszterogomi presents wheel-thrown, press-moulded tableware in functional, simple forms inspired by the Hungarian countryside, and Julie O’Sullivan’s hand-built stoneware is shaped by the transient beauty of the Thames Estuary. Fall in love with Moya Tosh’s porcelain bowls featuring intricate gold and silver leaf with tension-breaking leather detail, and William Rolls’ infinitely amusing and playful ceramic dogs.

Mariana Pavlova

Explore Handmade in Britain’s handpicked selection of glassmakers, including renowned glassblower Adam Aaronson, who uses painterly techniques to create traditional pieces with a contemporary edge. Clare Wilson works with glass cane and murrine techniques in a monotone pallet to make functional, contemporary art objects, and Michelli Glass fuses colour, light and strong design ideas to create striking bowls, full of imagination. Bespoke furniture and striking wooden boxes can be purchased or commissioned from the makers. Created using rare and beautiful wood veneers and innovative inlay techniques, The Art of Containment offers unique boxes decorated with intricate marquetry designs, Jonathan Pearce designs fine-crafted furniture and bespoke jewellery boxes made from solid hardwoods, and Colin Irvine of Decorative Craftwork uses traditional techniques to make both functional and decorative wooden boxes.

Work by the majority of the exhibitors at this show would never find its way to the average high street; most of the artists are award-winners and only sell through galleries, exhibitions or by appointment. Handmade in Britain is open 11am - 6pm daily, from Friday 10th - Sunday 12th of November, at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EE.

For more information, visit: http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/shows/chelsea/about/