Contemporary Craft Shop
The Shop at Blackwell has an enviable reputation for presenting work for sale by the best contemporary British craft makers; upholding the ethos of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Buy unique pieces selected for their quality and beauty including fine jewellery, textiles, ceramics, silver, glass, metalwork and wood and represent both established and up and coming talent.
We sell a range of stationery and gifts inspired by the fine Arts and Crafts detail within the house as well as designers and artists such as William and May Morris, Phoebe Anna Traquair CFA Voysey and CR MacKintosh.
Our Shop is well-stocked with a wide range of books with a particular focus on the Arts and Crafts Movement, Architecture, Ceramics, Glass and there is a good selection of reading and activity books for children.
New Makers for 2018:
For spring/summer 2018 we are deslighted to offer work by a range of female British craft makers, specifically to support our year of ceramics:
Frances Priest – Ceramicist
Frances works from her studio in Edinburgh. An award-winning and internationally acclaimed ceramicist, her stunning, intricate pieces are featured in the collections of the V&A, the Fitzwilliam Gallery and other museums and galleries across Europe and Asia. Frances creates complex, intricate and colourful ceramic objects that celebrate this fascination for ornament and pattern, using clay as a canvas on which to build richly drawn and layered surfaces of inlaid line, glaze colour and enamel decals. At the heart of her practice is a long held interest in clay, it’s associated craft processes and the objects that emerge from using it to make things by hand.
Pat Armstrong – Ceramicist
Pat lives and works in Lincolnshire, working with Raku firing in different ways. Her copper fumed pots (pictured above) are achieved by the application of a 90% copper oxide and 10% glaze mixture onto the surface of the pot, which is then fired in the normal Raku way. This gives beautiful vibrant colours and a velvet textured finish (sometimes!). It is notoriously difficult to control.Originally Pat’s designs were strongly influenced by Anglo Saxon pots but following a progression from burnished and sawdust firing technique to Raku, the shapes have become more classical, with elegant long necks, flared rims, round jars and bottle shapes.
Rebecca Lawley – Silversmith
Rebecca studied silversmithing at Sheffield Hallam University and now creates tableware of understated and tactile elegance. Her subtle one off pieces, designed to be used and seen together, have a fluid balance and harmony.
The integrity of Rebecca’s sophisticated designs give her work both a modern and a timeless appeal that resonates with all ages. Rebecca’s recipe of intuition and imagination, discipline and technical skill creates quality investment pieces that are also beautiful additions to any home.
Rebecca undertakes commissions, her personable approach making each project a truly collaborative experience. Rebecca works from her own studio and shares her design and technical expertise by running short courses.
Sascha Wardell – Ceramicist
Sri Lankan born Sasha works with bone china to create contemporary pieces with a truly ethereal feel (see above). Her slip cast ware truly shows her skill as a ceramicist. Architectural detail and sections of structure, combined with an interest in illusions provide the starting point for the pieces whilst the inherent qualities of the clay do the rest - its whiteness offers a pure blank canvas for the application of colour and its translucency enhances any varying degrees of luminosity. Sasha is a fellow of the Craft Potters Association. Her work appears in public and private collections around the world
Jacqueline Rappaport – Ceramicist
Jacqueline lives in the stunning Northamptonshire countryside in a restored, rambling Georgian farmhouse.Her hand-thrown stoneware and porcelain ceramics are created at Hagstone Pottery. Jacqueline’s love of the Arts & Crafts Movement can be seen in each one of her pots, which is unique in its own way, where the shape and glazes are celebrated through their form and beauty. Jacqueline’s approach to pottery is that a piece needs to be useful as well as beautiful and she has created this range of exquisite bowls, chocolate cups, salts and cocktail sets for us here at Blackwell.
Marlene McKibbin – Jeweller
Irish-born Marlene is at the forefront of contemporary jewellery design.
A maker for over thirty years, Marlene’s work is fun and impactful, using the glorious tactile qualities of the materials that she works with. Her brightly coloured dip-dyed and hand machined acrylic chunky bangles, earrings and rings are a delight.
Marlene studied jewellery at Ulster College of and the Royal College of Art. She is widely exhibited both in the UK and internationally, including Contemporary Applied Arts, COLLECT, Origin as well as in galleries across Europe.
Marlene has work in many public collections, including the British Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Amy Denton – Porcelain Jeweller
Warwickshire-based artist Amy works in fine ceramic materials, incorporating her own photography and illustration into simple, yet striking pieces of jewellery.
After receiving an MA in Arts Practice and Education from Birmingham Institute of Art Amy has moved onto creating ranges of jewellery that are impactful through their glorious simplicity. If you visit Blackwell, you will see that many of her floral designs are reminiscent of the White Drawing Room and present the botanical references present throughout the house.