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Fishink at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2016 Part 1

October 17, 2016


Wow has it been a year already since the last Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair , I don’t know where the time goes, but I do know where the beautiful designers hang out… read on to discover for yourselves : )

As usual I try to cover the new designers I come across with work that catches my eye for one reason or another.  One such person was ceramist Jasmine Simpson with a new range of lions, dogs and birds.


I loved her curled up watercoloured fox (below) and her anxious lions and slightly starey looking dogs, best of all.


Melissa Montague had an interesting range of metallic objects, some functional, some decorative.


I watched Rhian Malin patiently draw out the design in pencil onto her pot, before creating these intricate designs with blue glaze, all with such a steady hand. Simplistic, stylish and sophisticated. The stand looked great.


More ornate and beautifully stylish jewellery from fresh graduate Lauren Bell Brown. Based on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, many pieces hold a combination of the dark and light sides of the tale. Hidden hearts and skulls, lie within the pieces and of course the crowns and mirrors remind us who is the fairest jewellery designer of them all ! ; )


I have previously included work by the talented mixed media, papier-mache artist Anya Keeley but I find I’m always drawn to her stand to see what’s new and more importantly ‘Who’ is new!  This year Olaf caught my eye and made me smile… so thanks to Anya and Olaf for that.




I spotted a few linear pieces from jeweller Holly Higgins. Inspired from research on pattern and line drawings Holly’s work has moved into silver 3-d form.


Finally in this post was fanatical paper dog maker Liam Hopkins trading as Lazerian. Liam has created a limited edition range of this fine looking hound in many differently designed ‘coats’ . They looked amazing all together.


More to come in next monday’s post. Tell me which work you like the best and why. Watch this space.







9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2016 5:14 pm

    I love the intricate patterns on Malin’s pots and think the fact that’s all hand painted is amazing but I found I was most drawn to the papier-mâché. Those are just so joyful.

  2. October 17, 2016 6:50 pm

    Wow, it looks like this year’s exhibition was even better than normal! I’m annoyed that I missed it now! :o(

    • October 18, 2016 11:05 am

      I should have knocked on your door for you, next time I will : )

  3. Cheryl Sizov permalink
    October 19, 2016 7:18 pm

    Thank you for finding–and sharing–so much wonderful artwork!

  4. alibrookes permalink
    October 21, 2016 7:12 am

    Oh, my goodness, there is so much loveliness to choose from! I especially like Rhian Malin’s pots for their stylish good looks and the skill level required to execute this look – beautiful! I also like the colourful paper dogs, and Olaf made me smile, too!

  5. October 31, 2016 11:32 am

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