Christmas Shopping, Herefordshire
PUBLISHED: 14:40 26 November 2010 | UPDATED: 16:24 20 February 2013
Rachel Crow went in search of presents with a regional flavour and found bags of delights from our talented artists, craftspeople and artisan producers.
The Four Poster Bed Company
The Four Poster Bed Company of Lyonshall produces handcrafted four poster beds fit for a king. Beds are made from local sustainable wood and come in both modern and traditional styles or can be made to bespoke designs or to include personal carvings such as personal dates, family coats of arms etc.
Keep and Share knitwear
Amy Twigger Holroyd is a talented knitwear designer from Herefordshire, who launched the Keep and Share company in 2004 and now employs a small team to help her create the handmade, eco-friendly pieces. The company is battling to reverse the effects of throwaway fashion by offering innovative schemes such as loaning clothes and re-designing tired old clothes.
Lugwardine Court, Lugwardine. www.keepandshare.co.uk
Kals Return Jewellery
From her studio in rural Herefordshire near Leominster, Kal has been designing handmade silver and gold gemstone jewellery for almost a decade. She also designs wedding tiaras, crystal bouquets and matching bridal jewellery. For more details of Kals Return Jewellery visit
Paul Priestley art
Artist Paul Priestley finds inspiration for his work from the colour of an object, a situation, a turn of a head, the interaction between two people or the wonderful landscape here in Herefordshire. He works with a series of ideas, mediums and methods, continually evolving his work. Paul Priestley Paintings, Ashfield, Luston, Leominster.
Tel: 01568 617433
From an Anglers Journal Vol.1
Ian Watson is a keen angler who lives in Eardisland and has kept detailed accounts of his fishing trips in his angler's journals for the past 20 years. Now reproduced in this limited edition book in the authors handwriting with his watercolour illustrations, From an Anglers Journal Vol.1 makes a lovely gift for anglers and non-anglers alike. Ian explains: My journals simply evolved and, as with many things, like Topsy simply grewed. Having been an inveterate sketcher and watercolour doodler for most of my life I've always taken a sketch pad and pencils when fishing. This grewed into a grubby (worm and maggot smeared) pile of pages until in a rare fit of orderliness I bunged them into a hardback artists sketch block.
Published by Wye Angling Publications priced 40 cloth bound, 160 leather bound. Visit www.fishingbooksender.com or call 05601 972040
Crispin Thornton Jones paintings
Crispin Thornton Jones is a well-established contemporary landscape and portrait painter living and working in the southern Marches, the landscape of which provides him with endless inspiration. Amongst other notable commissions, he has painted Miss Pears for Pears Soap and Wormsley Park for Sir John Getty.
His original paintings and limited edition prints are on sale at the Black Hill Gallery in Hay-on-Wye. Prices start from around 100 for a limited edition print and from 750 upwards for originals. Tel: 01497 822700, www.blackhillgallery.co.uk
Roger Penwill cartoons
Roger Penwill is a freelance cartoonist who lives in Brimfield at the top end of Herefordshire. Having qualified as an architect he worked in London in a private architectural practice for 25 years before moving to Herefordshire in 1999 to become a full-time freelance cartoonist. He can produce personalised Christmas card cartoons or prints to commission.
To see more of his work visit www.penwillcartoons.com or call on 01584 711854
Roger Milton Goodhead butler tables
Roger Milton Goodhead from Kentchurch makes free-standing wooden tray tables in four designs, painted and carved in the shape of a butler holding a drinks tray. Each limited edition figure is hand-carved, painted and assembled by Roger himself and comes numbered and dated with its own, signed certificate of authentication in the name of the recipient. Each butler table costs 99 (plus 12 for UK postage and packing). Order online at www.kentchurchbutlers.co.uk or by calling 01981 240215.
Churches Conservation Trust prints
Yatton Chapel, Herefordshire is the subject of one of a set of limited edition prints produced for the Churches Conservation Trust. Created from a set of 12 watercolours by artist Gerard Stamp, there are just 100 prints of this watercolour priced at 150 each which make a lovely gift. To order your copy visit www.visitchurches.org.uk, or call The Churches Conservation Trust on tel: 020 7213 0763
Herefordshire based Chase Distillery has launched a new unique vodka, Naked Chase, distilled out of English organic cider apples grown on his farm in Herefordshire and using traditional methods. This follows on from his unique English potato vodka launched last year.
Presented in an elegant, frosted bottle with swirls of apple roots wrapped around the core it makes a lovely Christmas gift priced at 39.99.www.chasedistillery.co.uk
Skylark is a Soil Association-registered provider of organic produce based at Bromyard with a farm at Leominster. The founding partner in Skylark is Colin Andrews, a third generation farmer at Broadward Hall in Leominster and a partner in The Dairy House at Weobley. Skylark is unique in the area in that it now offers an order what you want option. For further details visit their website at www.skylarkorganics.co.uk or call the office on 01885 483969.
William Catcheside blacksmith art
William Catcheside originally studied blacksmithing at Herefordshire College of technology but even at college had a clear vision of being a self-employed artist blacksmith, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. His first workshop was in his parents barn and he now undertakes a range of both small and large-scale commissions, setting up the Complete Forge on the Wye Valley reclamation site in May 2005.
Tel: 0785 4678241, www.completeforge.com
Angie Hughes embroidery
Angie Hughes is a textile artist and tutor, who lives and works in Ledbury. Her artwork is inspired by poetry or text and the natural world, particularly plant forms. She has produced a book, which includes lots of stitched mixed media projects. Priced 18.99 you can order a copy by calling tel: 01531 633100
Situated in Hay-on-Wye, The Hay Makers is a co-operative of professional designer makers founded in the 1980s. Including many disciplines, visitors will find a broad range of work on display as throughout the year. The gallery is open seven days a week, 10.30am to 5pm. Tel: 01497 820556,
Chris Armstrong makes traditional furniture such as ladderback and Windsor chairs, tables and stools from native hardwoods, which he sources as locally as possible. He also makes smaller items such as turned fruit and salad bowls, priced from 29, from specially selected timber such as ash, sycamore walnut apple and cherry and sycamore solid chopping boards made from one piece of wood. Interested in sustainable sources of wood, Chris is the part-owner of a small wood near Ledbury.
Inspired by the medieval architecture studied as part of her History of Art degree, Catriona Cartwright learnt the practical skills of architectural masonry, carving and lettercutting. In 1991 she moved to the Welsh Borders and now works on a freelance basis making individually designed pieces from indigenous stone. Current work priced from 16 includes sundials, birdbaths, nameplates, small stone sculptures, slate alphabets and paperweights.
Dawn Cripps started life as a Geography teacher until a move up to the Welsh Marches enabled her to pursue a different career path in textiles and embroidery. Colour plays an important part in her work and her brooches are something to wear, but are also intended to be items to treasure. The layering of threads, ribbons, and beads and recycled materials ensure that they are all different. Her pieces range from 29.
Gail Stokes Hayward
Gail Stokes Hayward has spent a lifetime observing and reproducing images of creatures both real and imagined using fine wire. Now living in the Glasbury on Wye area, Gail takes inspiration from her surroundings, in particular the creatures that inhabit the fields, gardens and hedgerows. Prices range from 20 to 200.
Jenny Chippindale is a stitch, textile and felt maker. For many years she taught embroidery and textile craft in London and the Midlands and since moving to the rural landscape around Dorstone on the Welsh Marches, became interested in the possibilities of woollen fleece and its changing character when made into felt.
Pat Birks specialises in handmade pottery, priced from 35, especially the distinctive tin-glazed majolica ware, which was developed by the craftsmen of the Near East and Europe as they attempted to copy the bright colours on white porcelain from China. Very time-consuming to produce, the emphasis is on the decoration. All of her work is hand-thrown and hand-decorated.
Pauline Paterson originally worked in stage, film and TV before at the age of 30, decided it was time for a career change and moved to Wales with her husband and young daughter to start Black Mountain Pottery. With prices ranging from 65 for a casserole dish, the inspiration for her work comes from her love of cooking and entertaining, strongly believing that the presentation of food is as important as its taste.
Sue Forrest is a freelance designer concentrating on ties priced from 45. Sue runs her business from Bwlch, near Brecon in Wales and counts among her clients, broadcasters and television personalities.
Victoria Keeble trained as a textile designer and after a period designing and hand embroidering silk shirts started silk paintings. Brilliant dye colours suit her highly decorative style, which typically features animals, birds and mythical beasts. The subject matter reflects her love of mediaeval decoration, which she has studied extensively throughout Europe. The pictured work is priced unframed 70, and framed 150.