Artisans in our gallery
Clare Dean has always been interested in art and all things creative, having tried her hand at several crafts, including painting, sewing, knitting, patchwork, paper making and sugar craft.
Her painting career started with silk painting, moving on to mixed media, using inks, handmade paper and gesso but more recently feels she has found her own style with acrylics using palette knives and being inspired by meadows. As a keen gardener she is influenced by nature, the country, and her garden in which she has her studio.
Jo Dexter is a Otley born Contemporary Landscape Artist. Her beautiful oil paintings combine vibrant colour and big skies together with her love of local landscapes.
Having spent many years as a Professional Opera Singer Jo is now well known throughout the country as an innovative and exciting artist with her work exhibited in Galleries in Yorkshire, the Lake District and beyond.
Kate Thornton Design – A Yorkshire artist Kate shares her love of the natural world through beautifully simple collections of greetings cards and prints. Passionate about birds and wildlife conservation, her ethos is to create work that you will love forever as sustainably as possible.
Her style developed from a love of paper-cutting wildlife silhouettes and incorporating a range of vintage materials & old maps inherited from her Grandad.
Laura Wallace is an Ilkley born artist and at home in Yorkshire she’s inspired by the beauty of the Dales through the seasons, from bluebell woods to snow scenes. Her garden is seasonally filled with blooms providing inspiration for her much loved floral paintings.
Her preferred medium is oil paint, she loves the texture and vibrancy it gives to her work.
Linda Mellin is a Yorkshire lass, and has spent her life inspired by the Yorkshire landscape, and animals that fill it. Her love of graphic design and painting have been combined in her bright, vibrant pieces that capture the landscapes and animals that she has spent her life admiring.
Linda spends hours perfecting each part of the layout of her paintings before she even starts to apply the paint! Every piece Linda creates is the accumulation of weeks of work.
Sarah Harris works consists of limited-edition screen prints that start out as pen drawings. A limited colour palette is used throughout to enhance the line work, adding depth and interest through placement and tone.
To start each piece Sarah goes out with her camera and investigates the subject, once back at the studio the image is interpreted into a pen and ink drawing, the same size as the finished print to retain the quality of line, the drawing is then used as a template to create the finished piece and block stencils are produced for each individual colour.
Stephen Dinsdale as a local Ilkley artist Stephen has always had a love of photography but had never really done anything about it until September 2015 when he bought his first DSLR and now captures the fantastic Yorkshire countryside with his camera. A drone has added a wonderful new dimension to his photography but by his own admission, he has yet to have the time to truly do it justice.
Bath , Body & Candles
Wright & Green was established in 2016 in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, by Joanne Taylor. The company began life as an innovative candle refill service, after seeing the shocking amount of packaging and glass waste generated by online shopping.
Each candle is hand poured, and leaves the studio with a hand written scent label, twine and a wax seal. To minimise waste, the boxes are FSC certified and 100% recyclable and eco packaging and paper is used instead of plastic bubble wrap
Wright & Green candles are hand poured, bespoke, individually finished and delivered with a personal touch.
Kindr – Kate Thompson a local Burley in Wharfedale mum, launched The Kindr Company, providing an alcohol-free hand sanitiser, after realising that alcohol-based gels were wreaking havoc on her sensitive skin.develop sustainable solutions which are kinder to our skin and our planet whilst being deadly on germs, bacteria and viruses.
Gemma Whitaker is a designer-maker creating a range of contemporary porcelain tableware, home ware and jewellery from her studio in the market town of Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. A self-confessed pebble collector, she’s always loved scouring the beach for interesting rocks. Her work was born from a desire to mimic the fascinating patterns and striking lines of ‘wishing rocks’; pebbles which contain an uninterrupted line or stripe that runs around the whole surface.
Her work is created with stained porcelain which is marbled together with plain clay on the wheel. The technique hovers between controllable and random with her able to manipulate the outcome to a certain extent. Every piece has its own unique landscape and character, some subtle others bold.
Lorna Gilbert Ceramics – Lorna Gilbert is a ceramicist specialising in hand thrown white stoneware that is both functional and beautiful. Coming from a background of fine art and textiles, she has always been fascinated with texture. Her current work is inspired by the wilderness, oceans, and mountains. She explores the interaction between matte and gloss glazes. This creates tension and fusion at unseen boundaries as well as reflections and shadows.
Rupert Blamire’s collection of ceramics for cooks and kitchens incudes olive oil decanters, salad dressing jugs, olive bowls, tapas plates, nibbles bowls, garlic pots and more all hand on a potters wheel. Each piece is unique and varies from the one before. All the work is high fired earthenware and is durable, tactile and serves a purpose. The perfect gift for foodies.
Sarah Jones-Morris, designs and creates a collection of handmade ceramics which includes ceramic love spoons, tealight holders, and decorations. She draws her inspiration from her Welsh heritage and the tradition of giving hand carved love spoons as a token of love and affection. Each spoon is modeled by hand and then embellished with the surface pattern before being glazed and fired.
Tara Binns – Joy Impression is an artist who lives and works in Ilkley casting flowers and foliage from the countryside capturing nature and all its detail in plaster relief casts and ceramics. The flowers and foliage are carefully selected, arranged and impressed into the clay, leaving their impression behind.
Felt & Fibre
Pam Chilton – Art 57 felt is an artist based in Easingwold North Yorkshire. Specialising in creating colourful animal portrait felt paintings, and realistic needle felted animal structures using both traditional and needle felting techniques with natural and dyed wools.
Kate Park – Twice Fired is best described as pattern, process and pure obsession with nature. These are the inspirations of glass artist and designer Kate Park, the owner and artistic mind behind Twice Fired. Based in Yorkshire home to an inspirational natural surrounding landscape, the Twice Fired studio designs and produces exquisite contemporary handmade glass.
Sally Moore – Sally’s creations are handmade in her studio in Pencaitland. The use of glass has enabled Sally to make larger pieces design driven by colour as well as texture. She is inspired by the colours and forms on the West Coast of Scotland and from her childhood in the English Lake district. Many of the animals created by Sally have metal inclusions to allow them to be free standing. These metal additions are hand worked, using her metalwork skills.
When first starting, the glass was very abstract but has since moved on to show her other great passion in nature such as birds and animals. She loves watching nature particularly birds so have been influenced and spurred on to make creatures. All the products are individually made so no two ornaments are quite the same.
Laura Fernandez Designs – Laura is a self-confessed jewellery addict with a love of all things pastel and clay. After graduating from Leeds Art University, Laura began her career as an in-house textile designer working for a wide range of fashion and interior brands. During this time, Laura started experimenting with polymer clay as a side project to let her creativity run free and to de-stress after work. When she realised, she was making more jewellery than she could ever wear she opened her shop, to surprising success. She now handmakes all her jewellery in her West Yorkshire studio.
Leigh Shepherd – Working from her studio in Haworth, West Yorkshire, Leigh creates a range of mixed media pieces, cards, and jewellery. A passion for upcycling and a desire to make affordable, quirky pieces has been her inspiration.Earrings are made from original sixpence coins with sterling silver earring hooks. These are presented in a matching Teeny Tiny Tin.Pendants on sterling silver chains are made from vintage Scrabble tiles and brooches from draughts and domino pieces. These are presented in a matching Teeny Tiny Tin.
Textiles & Print
Carolyn Hird-Rogers – Rogers Ink is an artist based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Working in mixed media collage and digital drawing produces ‘cards to frame’ – original collage landscape or seascape on a square card, each one a numbered original designed to be kept and framed, the ‘collage cards’ are hand cut digitalised drawings of wild flowers combined with mono-print and each one is slightly different.
Folded Forest Limited Edition Prints & Homewares are hand-printed in a small West Yorkshire Studio. They take inspiration from the natural world around us; the woodlands, moorlands and nearby beaches of our home. The designs begin as handmade paper-cuts, then layers are added with pen & ink, before being transferred to screens ready for printing by hand.
Jill Govier – Touchy Feely Textiles is a lifetime lover of all things textile & handmade. She loves the challenge of sourcing retro and recycled fabrics and trimmings to create her work – a range that includes purses key fobs and stitched prints, giving it a distinctive individual feel.
Natalie Laura Ellen creates printed patterns inspired by nature, stories and moments across a range of home textiles, gifts and stationery. Much of her inspiration comes from exploring the flora and fauna of the British countryside. The plants that sit on her balcony garden and the wildlife they attract are also a big influence on her work. Her prints often start with sketched ideas, which she then develops using lots of different disciplines including hand drawn, painting and lino painting, which she then prints onto a range of products.
Wild Wood Gifts – Based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, Adam Wild is a former tree surgeon who has turned his passion for making all things wood into a full-time business.
Adam uses the finest English Oak, and Ash from a responsible reputable sawmill in the heart of Cumbria, to create hand-crafted wooden boards and gifts. The nature of the wood ensures that every product is unique in appearance and character.
He creates simple and classic designs using quality solid wood and other hardwood. The items speak for themselves and must be seen, to truly appreciate their timeless quality.