Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre
Open Tuesday - Sunday
10am - 5pm
Telephone: 01327 342780
Charlotte Hupfield - ceramics
Charlotte ia a ceramic designer and maker based in the heart of Northamptonshire. She creates individually handmade one-off ceramic pieces from her home studio. It is here that she enjoys spending time on new, natural designs while listening to music and drinking lots of tea.
Charlotte has always loved art and being creative. Her journey began when she found herself fascinated with the qualities of clay as a material many years ago.
She is inspired by everything natural and organic, especially close-up surfaces such as tree bark, rocks and plants. Whilst concealed among these natural surroundings in the landscape, she feels relaxed and at home.
"I find it amazing to see the changes in rocks and coves caused by weathering and erosion from the sea, bumpy and colourful linear patterns found within fields and hills, and the surfaces in nature where no two marks are ever the same. It's this particular aspect that my ceramics connects to. You will find inspiration in my work ranging from dandelions to clouds, and leaves to frozen lakes."
Graduating from Coventry University in 2008 with a BA Hons degree in Surface Decoration, Charlotte used this time to explore and specialise in ceramics and has since been continuing to develop and broaden her work from her studio.
Gregg Anston-Race - fused & slumped glass
Gregg produces a range of fabulous kiln-formed fused and slumped glass in his 'Creative Fusion' studio on the Devon/Cornwall border.
Born in Truro, Gregg has always lived in Cornwall and draws on the rugged coast, moors and landscape along with the mining history of the area to fuel his artistic inspiration.
Originally working with coloured glass, he went on to use mineral foils in the glass.
This work was greatly influenced by the colours and effects he found in the deposits of metal ores in the old mine workings he had explored as a child, he stayed working in mineral foils until he felt he had developed this medium as far as it could go.
Feeling the need to stretch himself and to take his work on to a higher level, to create more flowing and organic lines in the work and develop new textures, more creative techniques and exciting colours. He now works mostly with coloured glass powder, producing vibrant and organic works of art.
Through experimentation, Gregg has been able to develop techniques for working with the glass powders that are unique to his work, which creates an unusual textured look in the glass, a process that requires a very long time in the kiln. The end results of this process allows the work to take on its organic forms.
Each piece is produced individually by hand ensuring no two are ever exactly alike.
Jean Coales - hand decorated ceramics
Jean has been producing her range of individually hand decorated ceramic wares in her Northamptonshire studio for over fifteen years. Her early influences were Clarice Cliff and Moorcroft, she has taken these influences and created her own twist on an art deco theme.
Jean uses liquid slip in moulds to make the basic shapes of her pieces, she then takes the piece in it's greenware stage for decorating. Jean draws the design on to the piece with liquid slip before painting on areas of coloured glaze to create the design. She may also cut out shapes depending on the design before firing. Some glaze applications can take several firings.
Dennis Hales - contemporary wood turning
Norfolk woodturner Dennis Hales has developed his own style over the past thirty years, his use of colour makes his work really stand out.
Dennis works with Norfolk grown sycamore, holly, ash and maple. These white woods offer a natural canvas on which to incorporate a wide range of finishing techniques. Turned, carved, textured surfaces finished with water soluble dyes and metal leaf are used to enhance the natural features of the wood whilst achieving a sympathetic balance of form and finish. His work includes fruit displays, Sycamore bowls embellished with silver leaf and wall plates of ash and copper.
Dennis is a member of The Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society and the Suffolk Craft Society.
Lawrence Gibson - pewter & resin jewellery
Lawrence Gibson was brought up in the hamlet of Nantithet on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. After attending the local primary and secondary schools he decided to follow the one year Art and Design Foundation Course at Falmouth School of Art. He gained his National Diploma in 1991 and, at the end of that year, relocated to pursue a three-year degree course in Industrial Design. He gained his First Class Degree with Honours from Cardiff Institute of H.E. in 1994.
Upon returning to Cornwall Lawrence took up a position in a local model-making business where he learnt new techniques and processes. During his four-year employment,
and needing an outlet for his creativity, Lawrence realised that he could utilise his extensive knowledge and skills to produce forms based on an ongoing collection of sketches. These forms took
inspiration from the Cornish coastline with its beautiful coves, beaches, fishing harbours and surf culture, and began the process for creating his ocean inspired Koa jewellery.
The initial forms for Lawrence's pewter and resin range are sculpted and then moulded to produce duplicates of the originals. Each handmade piece of sea jewellery is produced using a base metal of high quality pewter, which is completely lead and nickel-free. The pewter is sourced from a local smelter in Cornwall, just a stone’s throw away from his workshop. The majority of the sea jewellery designs incorporate coloured resin detail. This resin starts as a pure, clear liquid to which colour is added. The resin is then either dropped into the pewter casting or made as a seperate piece to be incorporated into the design. Several pieces also feature beads, which are carefully selected and ethically sourced from fair trade suppliers.
Lynne Lane - dichroic glass jewellery
Lynne takes her inspiration from home, garden and events in her life. She completed a fine art degree at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, and gained a BA from DeMontford University. Her love of design and creating a variety of artworks has also been a great influence on her later jewellery making.
Lynne uses Dichroic glass to make her fabulous coloured jewellery. Dichroic literally means 'two coloured', and is derived from the Greek words 'di' for two, and 'chroma' for colour. It was named so because of its fantastic multi-coloured and reflective properties. When you look at thisglass, it appears to have more than one colour at the same time, especially when viewed at different angles.
In the gallery we stock a range of pendants, earrings and cufflinks. All in a wide variety of colours and designs. Due to the nature of the glass no two pieces are the same, making each one unique.
Further craft maker details to follow.