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Makers

The centre's craftshop sells a wide range of high quality contemporary craft including ceramics, glass, jewellery, paintings and prints, textiles. We also stock a wide selection of English and Welsh language greeting cards.

At any one time we would hope to have stock from most of the makers shown below. If you are looking for items from a particular maker it would be wise to phone us in advance of visiting.

Benton's Menagerie

Benton's Menagerie
Devon

Tracy Benton loves a bit of fluff. She spent many years studying and exploring ceramics, but the moment she started to experiment with wool, she was hooked. Tracy starts the process with a ball of pure wool roving. This is shaped using a special barbed needle that binds the fibres together. After much jabbing and stabbing a beautiful sculpture emerges. A single piece can take several hours to make. The sculptures are displayed on hand made ceramic bases to show each piece off to its best advantage.

Claire Cawte

Claire Cawte
Cardiff

Claire specialises in the creation of 'one-off' items that may be worn on the body or displayed as art pieces for the interior. She creates wall hangings, scarves, wraps, throws and cushions, always maintaining particular consideration for warmth, luxury and, ultimately, comfort. She uses only plant dyes and natural fibres. Her technique and style have developed into a Nuno-felt process. It is the tactile nature of her work which is probably the most important - a reflection of the intimate nature of personal contact with the materials and the exploration of fibres during the making process.

Frank Hamer

Frank Hamer
Mamhilad Pontypool

Frank designs and makes press-moulded plates with fish and frogs for imagery. The plates incorporate ceramics with his interests in drawing and decoration. They should be read on four levels: as plates; as overall decorative objects; as specific imagery and, very importantly to him, as ceramic happenings. “I like to see the thickness of glaze as it flows over the channels of sgraffito work, as it enlivens the coloured slips and fuses with the various added areas of pigment. I believe that ceramics should speak with the vocabulary of clay, glaze and colour strongly affected by fire.”

J C Middlebrook

J C Middlebrook

Jayne Childs lives just outside of Nottingham. Not so long ago Nottingham was synonymous with one industry – Lace . Nottingham was the centre of lace production in the UK until a few decades ago. She makes her own lace textiles in her Nottingham studio using up to date software and machinery. Although the heritage of the industry inspires her, she prefers to make wearable lace in vivid shades, challenging perceptions of what lace can be.

Jackie Needham

Jackie Needham
Hull

The inspiration for Jackie’s work lies in the relationship between animals & humans within fairy tales & fables. Interweaving the symbolism of these ancient stories with personal memories, Jackie blurs the boundaries between truth & mythology to offer the viewer an alternative narrative. Some of her ceramic creatures reference a nostalgic past, being whimsical & gently humorous. She uses a variety of making & firing methods including the serendipity of saggar & smoke firing to achieve a range of surface colouration & textures to complement each unique piece.

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall
Crickhowell

Jennifer produces a wide range of pieces using red earthenware clay decorated with a combination of slips which are dipped, trailed and sgraffitoed. These processes provide a surface that displays the richness and fluidity of the honey and green non-toxic lead glazes.