Meet out local makers. We are really happy to be working with a selection of makers who are living & making local to our shop in Ross-on-Wye.
Ceramics by Karen
After qualifying in Health and Social Care, Karen spent her early working career in social work but then along came a husband who serves in the Royal Navy and two children. Maritime life took them to some fascinating countries and they didn't stand still for 20 years.
Throughout this itinerant time though, pottery became a constant in Karen's life, starting with a part time three year Creative Pottery course at Highbury College of 2000 and then taking any opportunity to place with clay thereafter.
Arguably the most motivating experience of working with ceramics was during her time in Portugal under the tutelage of the highly inspirational, nationally renowned Helena Brizido. Helena gave Karen the confidence to take the leap forward to build her own workshop with a drive to design, create and fire her own functional and decorative stoneware.
Each piece is completely unique: hand thrown on the wheel and trimmed before twice firing to very high temperatures with reactive, lead free glazes that produce a never ending array of beautiful finishes. No two pieces will ever be the same.
Feltwork by Megan
Meg is a felt artist/wildlife illustrator living in the Forest of Dean, designing and handmaking everything herself.
Meg is passionate about wildlife, the environment and the issues facing both. It is important too Meg that she can spread awareness through her art and creations.
Using natural materials and fibres including bamboo, cotton, wool, wood and recycled card & paper. Meg always prioritises sourcing materials from other small local businesses wherever possible and keeping her impact on the planet as low as possible. The best thing about the materials used is that they can all bio degrade, be felted or shaped into something new, or pulled apart to be used as nesting material for wild birds.
Each of Meg's sculptures are made by felting wool or bamboo fibres together. Barbed needles are pushed by hand into the fibres to weave them together tightly, shaping or attaching pieces together. A wire armature is used for larger animals to help keep them sturdy or posable. This process is very time consuming, and many hours or days can go into creating them.
Meg especially loves making wild animals but also takes commissions for 2D pictures, 3D pet portraits or any custom request.
Beauty by Humble Bee
Handmade, cold process and artisan soaps and shampoo bars, made using only the finest, skin friendly ingredients.
Beeswax candles and reed diffusers.
Using essential oils, their ethos is to create sustainable, beautiful and skin friendly products.
Linen by Abigail
Abigail is a textile designer that specialises in digitally printed linen fabrics for the home.
Digital print enables Abigail to fully translate her painterly and colourful floral and geometric drawings onto fabric.
Fabrics are suitable for curtains, blinds, upholstery and cushions.
Abigail also designs a selection of embroidery kits.