Gifts made in Herefordshire
PUBLISHED: 16:52 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:09 20 February 2013
Debbie Graham trawls the county for gifts created here
Christmas made in Herefordshire
Debbie Graham trawls the county for gifts created here
Alison Payne from Much Marcle produces beautiful resin pieces with her partner, sculptor Anthony Halls, from brooches to free-standing models, and says each one is unique because it is almost impossible to replicate patterns.
We aim to design practical and useable gifts, as well as highly-detailed models. For instance, we design Hereford Bull-related items which are always very popular.
Tel: 01531 660328
Artist Barbara Graham of Hereford produces paintings of the countryside using both watercolours and more recently mixed media and acrylic, which she hopes will help her achieve a greater texture and colour in her work.
She sells cards, coasters, prints and cutting boards in several shops throughout the county including Hereford, Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury Tourist Information Centres, The Hop Pocket at Bishops Frome, Celebrations in Ledbury and Off the Wall in Hereford.
Tel: 01432 269877
With crafts and recycling very much in vogue rag rugs have had a large resurgence. Jenni Stuart-Anderson of Middleton-on the Hill creates beautiful rugs out of recycled materials. I believe in re-using, sourcing locally and treading lightly on the planet, she says.
She also works to commission and sells kits, rug-making tools and equipment and has written a book, Rag Rug Making, published through Traplet Publications (www.traplet.com).
Her work can be seen at the Lion Gallery in Leominster, Parkfields in Ross-on-Wye and Wool and Willow at Hay-on-Wye.
Tel: 01568 750229; www.jenni.ragrugs.freeuk.com
Blacksmith father and son team Alex and Floyd Wilkins, based near Ledbury, design, create, restore and repair ironwork. They specialise in door knobs and knockers, fire furniture (from grates to tools), gates and railings, and work to commission.
You can even have a go yourself on one of their day courses.
Tel: 01531 670957; www.alexwilkinsblacksmiths.com
Megan Arnold designs and produces jewellery from her home studio near Ledbury, specialising in fine silver pieces inspired by Celtic and Etruscan traditions. She also creates pieces in gold and precious stones, often to client requests for customised designs.
A recent and popular item, she says, is the 'stone bracelet' in which I set pebbles from a place of special significance to the client.
Tel: 01531 671055; email: megan@ arnoldcompany.co.uk
Anya Keeley is a designer from Hereford who creates one-off, curious, contemporary artefacts and jewellery using found and reclaimed vintage materials combined with wire-work.
From a very young age, I have compulsively collected found objects and ephemera, squirreling them away into jars and boxes. Enticed by the beauty of patina, which only comes with age and wear, I assemble these pieces into whimsical works of art.
Inspiration comes from fairy tales, nursery rhymes and the curiousness of the natural world. Often the creatures I make are pure figments of my imagination.
Tel: 07748 753535; www.anyakeeley.com
Artist David Mayer, based in Welsh Newton, creates beautiful bronze sculptures, often inspired by wildlife.
Being able to bring both my passion for art and wildlife together, in the form of bronze is very satisfying, he says.
David is also committed to helping conservation projects close to his heart and supports the Scottish Wildcat Association and the New York Panthera which funds and manages wild cat projects worldwide. The Jaguar, Davids latest bronze is in an edition of 12; price 2,950, with a percentage going to help Pantheras projects in Brazil.
01600 715940; www.davidmayersculpture.com
Brilley Voices is a book about the two adjoining parishes of Brilley and Michaelchurch-on-Arrow, either side of the Welsh border. Produced by the Brilley Living Archive Group it shows the changing face of rural life in the 20th century through the memories of locals and community records.
The book is published by Logaston Press and available locally, including Waterstones and WH Smith in Hereford; Castle Hill Books in Kington; Pemberton's in Hay and Border Books and Foxwoods in Leominster.
Tel: 01544 327344; www.logastonpress.co.uk
For an award-winning cheese for the Christmas cheese board (it won a bronze at the Three Counties Show) head to Galanthus Gallery and Caf, Wormbridge, and try their Galanthus Blue.
This artisan cheese is made from Guernsey milk and the finished product is a mild, slightly salted, blue cheese.
Tel: 01981 570506; www.galanthusgallery.com
Artist Michael Oxenham paints beautiful scenes of the countryside from his studio in a remote Herefordshire valley near Bromyard.
I get all my inspiration from around my house; nature comes right up to my front door.
He has also started trying out a newer, bolder style which will be on show soon.
I am embarking on a new experiment in the art of the sea and the landscape which is giving me a real buzz.
His work, including the new style, can be seen at Dots Gallery, 41 Broad Street, Bromyard HR7 4BT. Tel: 01885 483 458; www.oxenhamart.co.uk
Photographer Gemma Williams, based in Hereford, specialises in informal family portraits so that everyone looks happy and like they are having fun, she says. Photographs are taken on location using natural light and are usually at the clients favourite place.
Gemma is also available for weddings.
Tel: 07853 990844; www.gempics.co.uk
If you are looking to buy a new gun for the shooting season or need yours repairing pay Patrick Keen in Brampton Abbotts a visit. Patricks knowledge and experience will ensure you get the most appropriate piece for your needs and access to a local private clay pigeon ground ensures you can try it out before you buy.
Patrick can also provide tuition, so you are firing on all cylinders before your first shoot, and organises shoots, whether it be clay pigeon or pheasant.
The Dovecotes and Pigeon Houses of Herefordshire is a survey of Herefordshires historic dovecotes and pigeon houses and the role they played in society. There are more than 300 featured, including the pigeon house at Garway, which is the earliest dated in Britain.
The book is published by Logaston Press and available locally, including tourist information centres, Waterstones and WH Smith in Hereford; Castle Hill Books in Kington; Pembertons in Hay and Border Books and Foxwoods in Leominster.
Tel: 01544 327344; www.logastonpress.co.uk
For a practical gift for a gardener how about the garden trailer designed by Angus Keen, from Brampton Abbotts? He offers a bespoke service, ensuring each trailer is tailored to the clients needs and can include features such as removable sides.
Tel: 07710199863; www.patrickkeen.co.uk
Tea with Bea, a company from Hereford, decorates fine bone china pieces, including mugs and jugs, in a variety of designs that are inspired by fond memories and nostalgia.
Tel: 07734086179; www.teawithbea.com
Jenny Pearce of Ledbury has been a basketmaker for 17 years, working mostly with unstripped willow, and says she likes to borrow from traditional Celtic and English regional styles to develop more contemporary designs.
Tel: 01531 670574; www.jennypearce.co.uk
Eardisley-based Herbfarmacy, created by botanist Dr Paul Richards, produces luxurious organic skincare products from his homegrown herbs and ethically traded ingredients and none are tested on animals.
Products include a Try-Me Gift Pack (24.95) with organic rose face oil, body lotion (calendula, horse chestnut, burdock and marshmallow), foot cream (comfrey and hypericum), starweed face cream and a working hands cream (comfrey, calendula and marshmallow).
Tel: 01544 327371; www.herbfarmacy.co.uk
Andrew Lamputt Silversmith and Jewellers in St Owen Street, Hereford, restore and creates beautiful jewellery and silverwork.
Our silversmith Danny Brown is one of the few people in his profession who can work restoring priceless pieces of antique silverware and produce beautiful handmade individual pieces for a special event or occasion, says Andrew. Another important member of the team, Bob Jones, uses his experience of working with fine jewellery to re-model and renovate many important pieces for clients from all over the UK.
Tel 01432 274961; www.andrewlamputt.co.uk
Hereford based saddler Emma Baker-Jones produces traditionally hand-made leather goods, from belts and dog collars to bespoke bridles and cattle and sheep show halters. Previous commissions include producing a range of hound collars for the recent Ridley Scott film Robin Hood and a set of belts for the last British Olympic Equestrian team.
I use only best quality British bridle leathers and fittings, and everything is produced individually by hand and hand-stitched. I find the traditional saddlers tools and techniques very satisfying and this type of leather is a lovely natural material to work with.
Tel: 01981 500540 / 07811 445944; www.emmabaker-jones.co.uk
In need of extra space? Then a shepherd hut could be the answer. These huts on wheels are no longer the prerogative of shepherds and can be a useful addition to your property, from a study to extra accommodation or a teenage hang-out, and can move to make the most of the passing seasons.
Hollow Ashs shepherds' huts are of a traditional design, with 21st century comforts and luxuries, insulated with sheep's wool, and can be fitted with solar panels.
Wherever possible, local materials and suppliers are used, even down to the smallest details such as the window latches made by the village blacksmith.
Each hut is custom-built and tailored to the needs of the individual customer, says Clare Adamson from Hollow Ash based at Broad Oak.
Tel: 01179 819472; www.hollowash.co.uk
Sarah Billingham began Redland Pottery, now based in Leominster, in 1993 and specialises in functional ware for everyday use, making everything on a traditional potters wheel using white earthenware clay.
Her ware is then decorated by a combination of sponging, painting and sgraffito.
Sarah is exhibiting her work at Upstairs of the Market House, Ledbury (December 9 to 11) and at the Christmas Fair at Hampton Court Estate (November 19 to December 8).
Tel: 01568 613857; www.redlandpottery.co.uk
A portrait of a pet always makes a great present and artist Louise Scott from Leominster can capture your much loved friend, from dog to horse, in oils, pastels or pencils.
Tel: 01568 760639; www.artistlouise.com
With Herefordshire being Herefordshire we have to mention cider. And one of the most popular is Westons from Much Marcle, which has been brewing here since 1878.
The company sells a wide range of ciders and perries, from cloudy scrumpy to sparkling vintage, which Hannah Watkins from Westons says is ideal for sharing over the festive season.
Tel: 01531 660233; www.westons-cider.co.uk
Sarah Pinnell from Ledbury uses native timber to produce her fretwork designs, which include leaves, trees, interlocking animals and other shapes.
Sarah can also produce bespoke designs to order.
Tel: 01531 631860