Handmade at Kew: Tickets on Sale NOW!

Following on from last year’s success, Handmade in Britain is returning to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the second edition of the four day craft spectacular, Handmade at Kew! Once again, Kew Gardens will play host to this innovative, global craft fair where more than 200 highly skilled international makers and galleries will showcase their ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork and jewellery. Taking centre stage in the heart of the botanical gardens, this four day selling event, housed in an elegant pavilion next to Kew Palace, will offer visitors the unique opportunity to meet and buy one-off pieces directly from artists, makers and craftspeople and learn about the ideas and processes that shape their work.

Click here for a sneak peak at some of the beautiful, handcrafted products you'll find at Handmade at Kew, plus a full list of this year's exhibitors.


6 - 9 October 2016
Thursday to Sunday
10am - 6pm Daily


Book early and save: www.kew.org/handmade

Advanced ticket £16
At the door £18
(includes entry to Kew Gardens)
Concessions for Friends of Kew available


Craft Central opens its doors for Made in Clerkenwell

Craft Central's bi-annual open studios event welcomes guests in to view and buy craft and design from over 100 different designer-makers. Throughout the year, most makers work behind closed doors. During this event, they welcome visitors with open arms and give them a unique glimpse of their lives in the studio.

Over 100 makers opened their doors to the public. 
A delicious complimentary glass of wine. 
A live demonstration of Drawing Machine prints. 

The staff at Handmade HQ had the wonderful opportunity of exploring the studios and admiring the beautiful handcrafted artwork. As you enter their St. John's Square building you are greeted with a complimentary glass of wine. For those who are not fond of alcoholic beverages, Newby Teas offered a complimentary freshly brewed cup of tea. We loved the Rooibos Orange Tisane flavor!

Freshly brewed Newby Tea.

Handmade in Britain opened their office doors to the public to meet the team and give visitors a glimpse into how our events are developed. 

We had a lovely time seeing our neighbours at Clerkenwell Green and taking a sneak peek inside their creative studios. See our best bits below.

Remy Dubibe
Yuta Segawa
Clara Castner
Amanda Li Hope

Handmade in Britain celebrates ten years of contemporary British craftsmanship...

We are excited to announce that this year we will be celebrating our tenth anniversary show! For 10 years, the Handmade in Britain shows have been an annual celebration of the very best of contemporary crafts in the UK today. The fairs have showcased some of the sector's biggest talents and launched the careers of new graduates and emerging designers. The results is a truly unique and high-end event, set to the elegant backdrop of the Chelsea Old Town Hall. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional craftsmanship, the fairs continue to highlight the dazzling talent that the UK has to offer in craft.

Applications now open...

The tenth anniversary show of Handmade in Britain will take place at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, from Friday 11th November to Sunday 13th November (with a Private View evening on Thursday 10th November).

Handmade in Britain welcomes online applications from contemporary craft makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and interior accessories.

Support for contemporary craftsmanship...

Handmade in Britain is well supported by leading industry voices including Crafts MagazineCeramic ReviewSelvedge MagazineCraft & Design MagazineArts ThreadResident Magazine and Home of Artisans. The fairs are highly consumer led but are also well attended by trade buyers, interior designers and...

Please see our Application Pack for more information and the event and for details on how to apply. Please note, the deadline for applications is 28th April 2016.

Apply online now: handmadeinbritain.co.uk/chelsea


It's back! Handmade in Britain return to Kew Gardens

Applications now open...

Welcome to the second edition of Handmade at Kew at the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew! The craft event will take place from Thursday 6th October to Sunday 9th October 2016.

Handmade at Kew welcomes online applications from contemporary craft makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture.

Apply now for Handmade at Kew

Over 7,500 visitors...

The inaugural year of Handmade at Kew in 2015 drew a fantastic response, with both visitors and makers praising the exceptional standard, variety and innovation of the event and the work on show, alongside appreciation for the ideal setting and warm and buzzing atmosphere.

For the first year of the show, footfall was high with over 7,500 visitors attending over the four days of the show and the Private View evening. 

Makers across all disciplines welcome to apply

The leading showcase for Craft...

Handmade at Kew is set to become the leading international showcase for contemporary craft. The event is highly consumer orientated and enables visitors to view, buy or commission their perfect piece and take it home with them.

Please see our Application Pack for more information about the event and how to apply, available on our website or as a download here. Please note that the deadline for applications is 31st March 2016

Apply online now: handmadeinbritain.co.uk/kew


Christmas Cheer in Chelsea~A Crafter’s Delight
Visitors enjoyed extraordinary British craftsmanship at the 9th edition of The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair

For 9 years, the Handmade in Britain shows have been an annual celebration of the very best of contemporary fine crafts. Handmade in Britain hosts The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair each winter, beginning the Christmas season with exceptional design and crafts in a luxury shopping experience, set to the glamourous backdrop of the Chelsea Old Town Hall. The 10th anniversary edition of the show takes place in November 2016.

The fairs have showcased some of the sector’s biggest talents and continue to provide a launch pad for new graduates and emerging designers. The result is a truly unique and festive event. With innovative design alongside truly exceptional craftsmanship, visitors this year were once again treated to a dazzling variety of form, function and style from over 120 highly skilled designer-makers.

Our Visitors

Footfall this year was encouraging with over 3300 attendees across the weekend. The show was well attended by a broad range of customers including affluent retail consumers alongside trade buyers from major retail stores, galleries, independent boutiques and online platforms.  Buyers and galleries from the UK and abroad attended, with representatives from well-known UK based stores.

New Graduates
Alongside established and well-known makers, Handmade in Britain invited ARTS THREAD Selects to showcase the work of ten top graduate talents. The showcase was an overwhelming success for these new designer-makers who presented creative, vibrant and inspiring work across a range of disciplines – from jewellery to ceramics, and textiles to enamelware.

Success for Designer-Makers
This year, Handmade in Britain 15 welcomed an exceptional calibre of work from over 120 exhibitors, each handpicked by our panel of industry experts which included Marianne Lumholdt, Mar Mar Co; Kate Bentley, Bils & Rye Gallery; Dan Goode, Home of Artisans; Ian Rudge, Clarion Events and Judith Harris, The Conran Shop. The exhibitors demonstrated extraordinary talent across fashion and interiors, offering an exciting variety of absolute craftsmanship from all four corners of the UK. Disciplines showcased included glass, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, fashion accessories and home textiles.

Handmade in Britain 15 once again drew a fantastic response, with both visitors and makers praising the exceptional standard, variety and innovation of the work on show, alongside appreciation for a lovely, friendly and buzzing atmosphere. 

Exhibitors reflect on #Chelsea15

Jill Ford

“I thought the show looked fab - with the usual high standard of work.”
Jill Ford

Alison Stockmarr
“Thank you so much for such a fantastically well organised event. Everything from set up to finish was great. Set up and finish are usually a bun fight but with such careful planning and so many charmingly helpful porters, it was a dream.....On a personal front, I’ve never achieved such success....Many thanks for all your help and advice...what a team!" 
Alison Stockmarr

Emily Thatcher

“Thanks for putting on such a great show, it not only looked fantastic, but it was also really well curated, which really showed in the attendance and sales!...I will definitely be applying for 2016.”
Emily Thatcher

Alice Robson

“I would very much like to do it again...and thought the whole show was fantastically organised.” 
Alice Robson  


Leonardo Pieroni

“We picked up two new and wonderful clients. One has already visited our studio....”
Leonardo Pieroni

Sabine Konig


“The Private View was lovely, really busy and buzzing.”    
Sabine Konig

Annie Ruthven-Taggart

“Really looking forward to the 10th Year celebrations next year.” 
Annie Ruthven-Taggart

Support for contemporary craftsmanship

The Fair was well supported by media partners Crafts MagazineCeramic ReviewSelvedge MagazineCraft & Design MagazineArts Thread and Resident Magazine and headline sponsor Home of Artisans who took centre stage quite literally with their online marketplace which transformed the main stage. Their stand offered a variety of beautiful handcrafted objects for the home from Scandi inspired ceramics to contemporary tapestry art.

New Year: The 10th Anniversary

11 – 13  November 2016
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Handmade in Britain exists to support, promote and celebrate designer-makers who create their work in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  We increase accessibility and visibility, create market opportunities and maintain high standards in the craft sector whilst providing a comprehensive support programme towards a bright future for British craft and design. Our work provides a platform for design and craft talent through both our own events and collaborations with other organisations, alongside a mentoring programme and membership scheme. 

For further press information and visuals please contact:
Sarah Ward: sarah@handmadeinbritain.co.uk / 02072865110


Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Christmas is approaching, which means it's time to start thinking about shopping for gifts! The upcoming guides will make shopping this festive season at the HMIB Chelsea show easier than baking Christmas cookies. 

We're starting with a Christmas gift guide for her. What can you possibly buy for the woman who has everything? Take a look below!

A satchel for the woman on the go

This mini square satchel made by Williams is perfect for her next holiday, or weekend errands. It is made using textured and smooth English bridle leather and fully lined with aqua pig suede. The bag features a small internal pocket and comes with a detachable, adjustable, cross body strap. Choose from the colours Red, Mint, and Black/Navy. 

A kimono robe for the home

This silk kimono made by Phoebe Joan shown in the pattern Lawan Aurora will give her the perfect excuse for breakfast in bed. There are only 25 robes available in this collection. It is a timeless piece of loungewear that brings together both longevity and luxury. Phoebe Joan is releasing a Christmas line exclusive for the Handmade in Britain Chelsea show next week.

A scarf that makes the winter a bit more bearable 

This scarf designed by Lucy- Cox is hand made from soft Chunky British Alpaca. The cold weather is approaching, and this is a gift that will continue to keep her warm, and stylish every winter. 

A hat for a bad hair day 

This hat named Anne designed by Karen Henrisken is a deep-fitting, cloche shape that sits snugly over the ears, with a sculpted knot on one side. It comes in the colours Charcoal/Blue, Charcoal/Red, and Grey/Cream. This cloche will certainly rival Kate Middleton's infamous hat collection! 

Earrings that make an impression

The earrings made by Emily Thatcher Jewelry are delicate and stunning for the holiday season. They are shown in rich pink Tourmaline cabochons, highlighted by faceted Indicolite Tourmaline, and are set in 18ct recycled rose gold, with a hook style which fastens at the back. 

A Wine Coaster for the hostess

This completely unique wine coaster for the London obsessed woman who has it all is made by silversmith Jen Ricketts. This piece is shown in the design of the intricate London skyline. All items are hand cut using the finest of saw blades. 

A vase for the woman who stops to smell the roses

This contemporary, handblown glass piece made by Adam Aaronson is a celebration of the simplicity of pure form, and his coloured patinas draw on painterly techniques and are predominately inspired by a love of nature. This is sure to be a display piece in her home for years to come. 

Find all of these pieces and more at the Handmade in Britain Chelsea show the 13-15 of November!


New Graduate Showcase

Handmade in Britain is collaborating with Arts Thread this year for the New Graduate Showcase at the Appreciating British Craftsmanship: The Annual Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair.

Arts Thread is a company that offers the opportunity to promote an individual's own artwork to a Global audience, so naturally this collaboration is perfect for the show and the designers who have recently graduated from university and are attempting to spread awareness of their work.  

The New Graduate Showcase will display upcoming designer items in the show. It aims to celebrate new talent, and invites the viewer to meet designers at the very start of their career. The team at Arts Thread have carefully selected the brightest new talent in fashion and interiors to present their work in a dedicated gallery area in what for many will be their first professional show. 

The New Graduates' work that will be displayed includes the following designers: 

. Aimee Bollu ceramics

Aimee graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours degree in Decorative Arts and continues to work from her studio at Backlit in Nottingham. She is a collector, a gatherer, an arranger of the things people have discarded and forgotten. She seeks out objects that have fallen out of use, out of society, and revives them. 

Through the creation of hybrid objects, incorporating these found elements and newly made vessel forms, the disregarded items become meaningful once more, and possess a new value.

. Boky Lee jewellery 

BOKY is a jewellery designer and maker who grew up in Korea and is now based in London. She finished a MA in Jewellery and Metal at the Royal College of Art in 2015, having previously graduated from Seoul National University of Science and Technology in 2013 BA in Metal Art and Design.
She designs wearable, classy and witty jewellery and she also aims for her pieces to have different functions. She is mostly inspired by structural shapes such as architecture or organised objects. 

. Cheryl Van Goethem metal

Through experimentation Cheryl has developed a method of enamelling onto industrial steel pipes using vitreous enamel in an original and contemporary style. She uses liquid enamel combined with mark-making to express the sounds of the natural environment and recreate a sense of place and the passage of time.

. Francesca Bea ACFD Designs textile design

ACFD Designs is a sustainable fashion and textiles brand creating one off luxury silk scarves.
Each lovingly made in Britain using an arduous natural rust dyeing method these luxurious pieces are impossible to create identically meaning every piece is completely unique and individual.

ACFD Designs is grounded in principals of high quality design, home grown British craftsmanship and a global responsibility from the fabric sourced to the natural dyeing process. 
Established at the end of 2014, ACFD Designs is a British start up company established after Francesca completed a Masters in Textiles Design.

. Joanna Bury jewellery 

Joanna studied for a BA in Fashion Design and went on to specialise as a Lingerie Designer; she worked in the industry for 7 years primarily based in the UK, China and New York. After discovering the Silversmithing and Jewellery degree Joanna relocated from New York to Cornwall to take up full time studies and complete the degree.

“I am currently working on the concept that a piece of jewellery can be treated like a removable tattoo, worn to adorn and easily removed. Most of the design details are inspired by tattoo designs and so the pattern is effectively projected onto the skin, or patterns can be projected through the reflection of light or a shadow cast”.  

. Judy McKenzie ceramics

Judy describes herself as having a passion for ceramics as a medium for self-expression and creative fulfilment, and a love for the manipulation of the addictive raw material. Her studies have allowed her to refocus and discover a new direction to my making.
My hand-built forms are serene and still. They possess a contained energy, which contrasts dramatically with the dynamic force created by the sideways application of the porcelain slips and glazes, a process of decoration requiring further investigation and study. My current body of work is a collection of hand built, non-functional, porous vessels. I have concentrated on form and volume, and investigated methods of construction. I have experimented with surface treatment, and how the materiality of the clay can add an extra dimension and interest to a form. This is a work in progress. I continue to investigate and expand on my collection, working at a larger scale than I have previously achieved, employing untried techniques and processes.

. Laura Murphy ceramics

In October 2014,  Laura completed her Masters in Design and Applied Art, specialising in Ceramics, at the University of Wolverhampton. Having left a career in medical publishing to pursue ceramics full-time, this period of study has been invaluable in honing my skills and developing the ideas and concepts behind the work. 

A period working as an Artist in Residence and assisting in the gallery at Torquil Pottery in Henley-in-Arden has been hugely beneficial to my practice and she currently works from my own studio space near her home in Birmingham. 

. Laura Scott Design jewellery

Laura describes herself as a maker and she is quite instinctive in her style of working. She chooses the materials and techniques to suit the work she is doing rather than sticking to one material or skill, so she is constantly learning. 
Laura's work tends to be jewellery based because of the way jewellery can be a very diverse medium. There is no limit to the materials and forms it can take and it is perfect for communicating a story or message as it has been used for thousands of years in communicating something about the wearer.

. Sophie Warringham jewellery 

Sophie is graduated jeweller from the Glasgow School of Art who finds her inspiration in colour and patterns, in particular shades of blue that have a light and translucent quality. She often looks to the sea and sky as she has an interest in the forms that they naturally produce. Sophie likes to manipulate the layers of these forms to build up textures and depth to both the colours and patterns within her work. Sophie’s interest in colour influences her use of enamel, using a combination of traditional and experimental ways of applying the enamel to metal to create her own style of contemporary enamelling. In order to create a light transparency to her work Sophie not only uses enamel on precious metals but she also combines this with resins and plastics to build up intensity to many layers to the depth of colour and pattern.

. Young-Ran Lee ceramics 

Young's work represents to himself a way of reaching down into his ancestral origin. He transforms his inspiration into contemporary vision finding suggestions even in the degraded suburbia and metropolitan environments.

His work is a result of the synthesis between "Primitivism" intended as an immersion in his ethnic origin and "Minimalism" that can be seen as a formal simplification which I express through the process of making in the gestural and intuitive way, focused on diversity, contrast and otherness adopting elemental shapes. Young's current work is based on wheel thrown and hand built using St.Thomas stoneware and Black textured stoneware clay.