Posted 18th November 2017
This festive season at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village we are pleased to introduce our first craft market to our Victorian Christmas Weekend, with a small selection of handpicked local artisans and crafters.
Enjoy a taste of the season
In a small kitchen in Ewhurst, Joanna Marshall has been hand-making chocolates from the finest, ethically sourced cocoa for nearly a decade. Learning from renowned baker and chocolatier, John Costello, what began as gifts for friends and family has grown into a range of chocolates. Browse unique flavours including chilli and lime, lemon and black pepper and wattleseed and hazelnut.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a delicious home-baked mince pie! Jane's Cakes will be bringing a taste of the festive season to the Artists' Village with their range of homemade mincemeat, chutneys, marmalades and preserves, along with their festive puddings, delicious biscuits, biscotti and cakes.
Distilled on their family farm in Norfolk, Archangel Gin will be providing the spirit of Christmas through their tasty tipple. Their gin is bursting with exciting flavours, from locally sourced ingredients, including juniper, verbena, wheat and rye. Although made in Norfolk the bottle is beautifully adorned with the seraph designed by Mary Watts, which you can spot in the Watts Chapel.
Pearl and the Moon
Designer and maker Pearl and the Moon will displaying and selling their handmade jewellery, created in a small workshop here in Surrey. Drawing on the natural world for inspiration you can enjoy pieces that are elegant - yet raw and earthy using sterling silver, fine silver, gold and brass textured with slate, wood, shells and using small, discreet, semi-precious stones.
Surrey Guild jewellery artist Ruth, of Doodlepippin, will be with us to share her rich, brightly patterned creations. Using the 'Millefiori' technique in her work, which makes it impossible to recreate a pattern exactly, most of Doddlepippin's pieces are produced as single items or as short runs of 2 or 3. A truly unique gift idea!
Glass Easel Collective
If you are looking for a quirky Christmas gift idea you will enjoy the work of The Glass Easel Collective; a group of stained glass artists from Surrey who share a passion for working with coloured glass in their own garden studios. The group is made up of Rachel Mulligan, Jessica Stroud, Maggie Beal and Helen Russell. All using traditional skills as well as embracing new techniques to produce their beautiful hand-crafted art, which you will be able to see at our event.
We will be joined by mixed media artist Susan Manuel, member of Surrey Sculpture Society, who will be showcasing and selling her exquisite copper sheet bowls. Sold across the UK and Europe the bowls make a timeless gift to enjoy again and again as the surface changes over time; oxidization causing a beautiful patina effect.
The Portable Pottery Company
Creator of the bespoke chimney cowls you can see on the top of Limnerslease and the creative force behind The Portable Pottery Company - Claire Waterhouse will be with us on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November. Using simple forms and crisp shapes to create decorative handcrafted works Claire's love of colour and her art form make her pots a perfect gift that everyone will love to unwrap on Christmas morning.
Flax & Loom
Flax & Loom was born of a passion to work with natural fabrics such as linen, wool and handwoven tweeds. At our Victorian Christmas Weekend browse a selection of Flax and Loom's high quality homemade bags and accessories for men and women – a treat for yourself or a loved one this Christmas…
Art for All Craft Stall
Each year the Art for All community programme works alongside prisons, Surrey community groups and youth groups to connect those living in challenging circumstances with art through artist led workshops. The Art for All Craft Stall features Christmas cards, calendars, prints and ceramic Christmas decorations made by participants of this programme.
Watts Gallery – Artists' Village
Our very own Watts Gallery – Artists' Village Resident Potter, James Parson, will be selling his newly made creations; pottery jugs, vases, platters, bowls and candle holders. Sorelle Levy is sharing the stall with James and will bring a selection of her stunning homemade soy wax candles for sale.
Access to the craft fair and the Victorian Christmas Weekend is by ticketed admission – click here to find out more about the event and to book your tickets.