Saturday 8th December
Eight talented crafts people from a Dartmoor town are opening their studios for a day, for what will be a very special Pop-up Artisan Christmas Fair. Added to the wonderful festive treasure trove of regional art and craft on sale at Green Hill Arts, this show of strength from Moretonhampstead’s dynamic artistic community will shine brightly as a seasonal celebration of creative achievement.
There will be funky hand-made footwear from Green Shoes and fine pottery from Penny Simpson and Taja. The multi-talented Marieke Ringel will be offering her exquisite ceramic animal sculptures, pottery, original drawings and prints and porcelain jewellery. The fair will also feature hand-turned wood from Mike Jeffery, beautiful textiles from Veronica Gould, Yuli Sømme’s extraordinary felt work and Greg Abel’s traditional blacksmithing.
There will be an opportunity to take part too, as some of the artists will be offering hands-on taster sessions. The fair will be on Saturday, 8th December and most of the studios will be open from 10am until 5pm, with Marieke Ringel’s studio open until 8pm – with a drink and a piece of cake to welcome visitors on a winter’s evening.
Green Shoes (26a Cross Street, TQ13 8NL) are a small team of shoe-making women based in an old chapel. Their philosophy is to make shoes that are long lasting, sustainable and that look and feel amazing. They are makers and therefore don’t mass produce.
Penny Simpson (The Studio, 44a Court Street, TQ13 8LG) throws delightful pots, planters, tiles and crockery. She uses a red earthenware clay and her pieces are hand-thrown on the wheel or built from slabs of clay then decorated with coloured slips and glazes, often using motifs from the natural world.
Taja (Studio next to Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street, TQ13 8NL) creates beautifully formed pieces, most of which are made from sliced porcelain slab clay. The glazes are made using his own porcelain blue glaze receipe, Seiji glaze (this means Porcelain Blue in Japanese). He also uses green and Tenmoku glazes for individual pieces, to create a more dramatic effect.
Marieke Ringel (??? Pound Street, TQ13 8??) creates enchanting animal sculptures and also throws pots, draws, prints and makes lovely porcelain jewellery. She works from the heart, creating creatures and other treasures that delight and catch the eye.
Mike Jeffery (Ponderosa, Station Road, TQ13 8NQ) is a wood turner who makes a selection of models and fretwork. He works with a variety of woods to create items that are both practical and decorative.
Veronica Gould (20 Fore Street, TQ13 8LL) is a textile artist who paints on silk, wool and cotton using her own paper stencils and screens, dyes and pigments, to make stunning scarves, cushions, curtains and wall hangings. Please note there are two flights of stairs to her studio.
Yuli Sømme (Bellacouche, Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street, TQ13 8NL) has a Scandinavian felt-making workshop in a beautiful setting. Choose from a gorgeous hand-made collection of useful felted items: hotty covers, pillows, felting kits, tea cosies, insoles, tuffets, wall hangings and more. All made from 100% organic Shetland and primitive breed sheeps’ wool.
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