After having been closed for renovations, our lovely crafts gallery on Bene't Street re-opened last month. Our re-opening was a great success and we were very happy to welcome back our customers and rediscover the wealth of handmade crafts made by talented and passionate artists from all over the U.K. Pop in to see our newly redecorated space and enjoy our wonderful selection of handmade work!
Downstairs we have now made room for a cosy snug where you can take some time to relax, have a sip of water, read a book or magazine and play with your children. We want to encourage our customers to use this space as a kind of mini-living room and make themselves at home while they browse our collection of art and crafts.
We currently have a wide range of ceramics on display at the gallery. Here are some highlights: in our main window, we have Alice Maplesden's quirky bowls and plates on display. Alice creates white stoneware with inlaid black slip decoration. Her characterful designs always put a smile on our face. Alice's work is accompanied by Namiko Murakoshi's "hairy babes" plant pots, which similarly never fail to cheer us up. Namiko's hand-thrown pots are made of a mixture of terracotta and coarse stoneware clay and they all have different facial expressions. Now it's up to you to find the perfect plant to add more personality to those lovely faces! In our other window, we have Daniel Wright's popular Cambridge collection on display. Daniel's hand thrown earthenware pieces are decorated with white and coloured slips and screen printed drawings in black enamel of the city’s iconic buildings and typical sights such as bicycles and punts on the river. His pieces make a classy gift for anyone who likes Cambridge.
Alongside our trusty regulars, we also have several artists who are new to the gallery. We have a beautiful collection of striking vases in stock created by Penny Withers and we also have some lovely colourful screenprints on display by Anna Wray and Jenny Seddon. Come in to see more of their work and many others'!