cambridge contemporary crafts

Penny Withers

Sea Exhibition 2nd – 27th July 2016

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Katharina Klug

Deep Sea Vessel

A brand new exhibition will be on view at cambridge contemporary crafts from 2nd until 27th July 2016, exploring the grand theme of the sea. Immerse yourself into our watery world and find out how this theme has inspired contemporary UK artists and craftspeople working in a wide range of media including ceramics, print-making, textiles and jewellery. We are zooming in on a few highlights below.


Cambridge-based ceramicist Katharina Klug has created a beautiful collection of ‘Deep Sea’ vessels for us, sparked by the idea of sunken ships and their lost treasures left at the bottom of the ocean. The vessels are round and smooth on the outside, as if shaped by water over long periods of time. Their colours are evocative of ancient cargo found on the sea bed, encrusted with sea-life, sand, debris and barnacle.


Fellow ceramicist Penny Withers, who is new to the gallery, has brought to us a lovely selection of her Ocean and Coast vases. In shades of teal and turquoise, they reflect the colour of seascapes. Some of them have a glossy light-reflecting finish, suggestive of the atmospheric shimmer of seawater. Penny’s vessels do not only capture the colours of water, but also its shapes, with surfaces that ripple and undulate like waves.

Fuelled by her love of nature, Sarah Dennis creates wonderfully intricate paper-cuts. She has produced some absolutely breathtaking work depicting the deep blue sea and all the creatures that live in it, from the largest marine mammals to the tiniest deep sea creatures. Each piece is individually hand-cut to reveal exquisite, delicate detail within the illustration.


Penny Withers

Ocean Vase

Sarah Dennis

Whale Spirit


Alison Hullyer


We are thrilled to also have a lovely range of sea-side inspired prints by local print artist Allison Hullyer in our exhibition. We love her latest drypoint, which depicts fish facing in opposite directions coloured in different shades of blue.

Local illustrator Jo Clark designs hand drawn illustrations inspired by the fauna and flora of the British countryside. For our sea-themed exhibition, she has explored some more aquatic regions, resulting in striking mixed media illustrations of clown fish, sea turtles and great white sharks.

Also on display will be new work by printmaker Ed Boxall. Ed has recently made a series of sea-themed linocuts inspired by sketches he has made at the rock pools in Hastings, where he is based.

Textile artist Lillian Bixler makes soft sculpture animals out of felt. She is inspired by a desire to capture a realistic representation of each animal she crafts. Each piece is designed, hand cut and stitched by Lillian herself. For this exhibition, Lillian has created some original one of a kind sea animals.



Jo Clark

Clown Fish

Ed Boxall

At the Sea

Lillian Bixler



This free exhibition runs from 2nd – 27th July 2016. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Come and have a look!

cambridge contemporary crafts re-opened and has lots of new work on display

Cambridge Contemporary CraftsComment

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.

Alice Maplesden

Namiko Murakoshi

Daniel Wright

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'!

Jenny Seddon

Penny Withers

Anna Wray