Contemporary Craft Shop
Our Contemporary Craft Shop has been awarded Highly Commended for the 2017 Hudson's Heritage Awards for 'The Best Shopping', for the second year in a row, recognising the beautiful range of products by leading craft makers. Selected for their quality and beauty, the gifts and craftware include fine jewellery, fabulous textiles, handbags, ceramics, silver, glass, wood and metalwork for the home.
If you saw something during your visit but didn't have a chance to purchase it, please contact us on 015394 46139 to find out whether it is available to purchase via mail order, or we can reserve it for you to collect.
Featured Craft Makers
Louise Gardiner is a British artist and designer producing unique one off pieces of contemporary embroidery. She has exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, in London’s famous Liberty windows on Regents Street and has demonstrated for Jenny Murray on Woman’s hour. From £175
Tom Philipson is a furniture maker and sculptor from The Lake District. He designs and makes one off pieces of unusual sculptural furniture entirely by hand using traditional techniques. He also makes original objects from wood shavings using experimental techniques and processes. From £110 to £280
Chris Keenan originally trained as a professional actor before becoming apprenticed to potter Edmund de Waal in 1995. He now has his own studio in London where he designs and makes a large range of porcelain items, which are then beautifully glazed. His collection includes beakers, bowls, cups, teapots, jugs and pots for flowers. From £35 to £350
Bex Bardon is a jewellery and accessory maker in the North West. After always being amazed with the construction of her accessories she went and trained in jewellery and silversmithing. She then began to run her own successful business from her workshop. She uses recycled silver to create her unique and eye catching items. From £35 to £220
Laurence Brand is a young designer working in Lancashire. His work aims to celebrate honest and minimal designs by creating unique objects for the home by mixing materials such as warm brass and native hardwoods. Over the past few years, Laurence has won several awards for his craftsmanship and has exhibited throughout the United Kingdon. From £90 to £100
Blackwell stocks a wide range of items from many makers, if you are making a special journey for a specific maker, it's worth ringing beforehand to confirm what stock we have available.
Ceramics by Rebecca Callis, Sue Candy, Jonathan Chiswell-Jones, Carys Davies, James Hake, Chris Keenan, William Plumptre, Suleyman Saba, Jill Shaddock, Pat Southwood, Penny Withers and Meghan Downs
Jewellery by Bex Bardon, Nettie Birch, Michael Carberry, Susan Kerr, Maneggi, Nobuko Okumura, Rowena Park, Amanda Ray, Kate Rhodes, Gemma Scully, Joanne Thompson, Fiona West, Slate and Silver, Jonathan Deer and Sue Trindle.
Glass by Jane Charles, Corsock Glass, Gillies Jones, Michael Ruh, Jo Vincent, Elin Isaksson, Stuart Ackroyd and Caroline Scully.
Wood by Laurence Brand, Peter Lloyd, Tom Philipson and John Parsons.
Textiles by Louise Gardiner, Therese Johnson, Laura Rosenzweig, Margo Selby, Alison Dupernex, Paul Emmerson, Sophie Wordsworth and Laura Sowerby
Metal by James Kendrew and Ella McIntosh