Friday, 21 December 2012

There’s something special about Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop

Where as in other shops, you may find the same products repeated over and over again, at Debbie Bryan our designers, makers and artists create limited edition pieces that are just for us at our Lace Market shop and our Heritage cabinets at Nottingham Castle, Newstead Abbey and Wollaton Park.

We thought that in this festive time of giving and receiving, we’d give thanks to all of our talented designer-makers, and give recognition to their fantastic work in our shop... and it’s quite a long list... deep breath... here it goes...

We’d like to thank illustrator Corrina Rothwell for her black and white photography and digital illustrations of the Lace Market and of Nottingham Castle. These limited edition pieces which feature Rothwell's signature sense of humour are available to purchase at our shop and Nottingham Castle.

We’d like to recognise Nicki Dennett for her beautiful collagraph prints. Nicki is a very talented print maker who we’ve enjoyed both from her artwork and from her workshops, such as Speed Craft! There will be another workshop with Nicki Dennett on the 22nd June.

Next, we’d like to highlight Claire Gage’s lace mugs, which have been a wonderful addition to our shop and very interesting pieces for the season of LACE:HERE:NOW. Claire’s work is more than just a tribute to her own talent and our shop, but also to the great heritage of Nottingham and the Lace Market.

Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop would like to recognise Katie Almond for her stunning ceramic work. These limited pieces can add something extra special to any home, and certainly stand out in our shop. Katie Almond’s work is also available in Nottingham Castle and includes work inspired by the Castle and Nottingham's Lace Heritage.

We’re almost sold out of the fantastic work created by Emma Britton. Her limited edition lace coasters have been best sellers in our shop, and we’d like to thank her for these beautiful pieces. But not to worry, there are still a very nice collection of Emma Britton coasters and surface protectors for sale at the shop.

Julia Church’s lace inspired pyrography jewellery has been yet another tribute to the great heritage of Nottingham’s Lace Market. We’d like to thank her for the wonderful work she’s produced for our shop.

The paper panels produced by Joy Norman have been fantastic pieces to display and sell in our shop. Her work is always rich in texture and pattern and we’re very thankful to have her wonderful work decorating our creative space.

Kit Anderson’s photographic tiles really are something to stop and enjoy. Kit fixes her photography onto the surface of ceramics to create truly beautiful results. We’re extremely happy to have featured her unique and interesting creations.

We’d also like to recognise the work of J.C Middlebrook for her exquisite napkins, which are inspired by the gates on Nottingham Castle. These napkins are available in the shop at the Castle Gallery Shop, as well as our shop, were you will also find delicate lace jewellery. 

Stevie Davis is another very talented designer-maker that you’re sure to remember from Speed Craft. Her wonderful and unique glass work is sure to shatter your heart. Stevie will also be holding a workshop with Debbie Bryan 19th January 2013, so book you place before they’re all gone.

Alys Power is an amazing jeweller, who has created many treasures for our shop. Alys’ work is created using reclaimed, reused, reinvented and recycled materials, so she’s a friend to us and to the environment. Alys will be hosting a pendant and brooch workshops with us on the 16th March.

Sarah Allen is a hand-weaver who has hand dyed our locally made Nottingham lace. Sarah then added adds these beautiful lace trims to her hand-made fabric purses, which we love showing off in our shop.

Illustrator Lucy Anne Harding is usually inspired by her family business and the days of being on her father's milk round, but just for us she created a collection exclusively for Wollaton Park. If you’re curious you should visit over the Christmas holidays.

Another amazing illustrator is Laurie Woodruff who spent a day at Wollaton’s industrial museum, after which she created a series of hand-finished limited edition prints of the lace machine house at the museum. These detailed pieces really capture our local history.

Don’t forget that unique, one-of-a-kind work by Debbie Bryan herself can always be found in our own Lace Market shop, as well as at Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Park,  Newstead Abbey with a  selected collection at Nottingham Contemporary too! 

also worth a mention are Louise Dawn Wilson's wirework  pieces, Stella Corral lampshades, coasters and placemats, Jason Holroyds lasercut artwork, Craig Fellows scarves and bags, Smashing Chintz china cows!, Sarah Burton ceramics....    

We’re also excited about our new collections which will be available in 2013, just in time for Valentine’s Day, by artists and designer-makers such as Jodie Patterson,  Emma Bamford of Penelope Ruth, Phoina Richards of Rare Notions, Hannah Lobley of Paperworks and last but not least cement and textile artist Bethany Walker.

We will continue to proudly display the creations of our many talented artists, designers and makers in the New Year, and if you’re giving a Christmas gift from Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, it’s sure to be unique and unlike any gift in any other Christmas stocking.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Why not make your own Christmas cards next year?

With our wonderful print making workshop, held by Nicki Dennet, you can learn how to make your own beautiful collagraph prints, which you can turn into Christmas cards, birthday cards, or just display in all their glory on your wall. In your workshop you will make one printing plate and print 3 pieces.

There will be two workshops held on 22nd of June at 10am to 1pm and at 2pm to 5pm and cost just £33 per workshop. The perfect gift for a friend this Christmas, so why not buy a gift voucher for yourself and a friend?

To book, please call 0115 9507776 
Or visit us in the Lace Market -
Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop : 18 St Mary's Gate : The Lace Market : Creative Quarter : The Lace Market:  Nottingham : NG1 1PF : UK
We hope to see you in June! 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Pop-up Tea Room with Lucy Renshaw

Our Workshop Weekend is Back!

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May will be a weekend of fantastic workshops with Lucy Renshaw, in which you will have the opportunity to design and make your own lamp.

At the two-day workshop bring with you a standard lamp of your own choice (can be provided by Lucy for £38). 
For our Saturday afternoon lamp shade workshop you can just turn up as all your materials are provided.

Then learn how to make something exciting and bespoke for your home, using a variety of colourful materials.

Standard Lamp Workshop, £60 (for both days)
Saturday 18th – 9:30am to 12:45pm
Sunday 19th – 12pm to 3:30pm

Lampshade Workshop, £38
Saturday 18th  - 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Why not buy a workshop voucher as a gift this Christmas and give your loved one something to look forward to during the cold winter months, and help them to get creative with Lucy Renshaw and Debbie Bryan in Spring 2013.

To book, please call us on - 0115 9507776 
Or visit us in the Lace Market -
Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop : 18 St Mary's Gate : The Lace Market : Creative Quarter : The Lace Market : Nottingham : NG1 1PF : UK

Monday, 17 December 2012

Preparing for our Annual New York Trade Show.

Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop in Nottingham’s Lace Market is more than just a creative space exhibiting and selling collections of many talented artists and designer makers. This space is also the primary place to find Debbie’s own stunning creations, designed, created and made in Nottingham, from the best materials.

During this busy season, as well as preparing for all of the festivities of Christmas, Debbie has been busy innovating and creating new pieces for her annual New York trade show in January. What you can expect from Debbie Bryan’s work at this event is exquisite, unique craftsmanship, created using locally sourced materials and inspired by our country’s great heritage.

Debbie Bryan’s trademark scarves will be on display in a variety of stunning colours, which are made from the finest yarns, as are Debbie’s distinctive corsage brooches. Debbie Bryan has also been busy making her resin brooches for the trade show, incorporating carefully selected materials such as Nottingham lace and vintage photographs, these collections have a feeling of nostalgia and are completely one of a kind and unique due to the how they have been made and hand finished.

In addition, Debbie Bryan will also be showing off her luxury cotton, lamb’s wool and mohair scarves, created on historic British machinery and hand finished in the Lace Market studio. These scarves which are designed by Debbie and knitted using a traditional methods unique to the Nottingham area and are available in an assortment of colours for women and men.

To see some of Debbie’s most beautiful works before they leave for America, visit the Lace Market shop and see if there is something which captures your heart.

Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop : 18 St Mary's Gate : The Lace Market : Creative Quarter : The Lace Market Nottingham : NG1 1PF : UK :  0115 9507776
Open Monday to Saturday and on a Sunday 12 - 4pm untill Christmas
27th - 30th January 2013, Debbie Bryan will be exhibiting at stand 2269 : British Jewellery & Giftware International : New York International Gift Fair, Jacob Javits Centre.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Christmas Heart of Heritage Window

Our great love of British heritage is never more important than in the month of December. Everything we do to celebrate Christmas is in-keeping with tradition; the music we listen to, the food we eat, even that one special Christmas decoration we've been hanging on the tree for the last twenty years.

That’s why, when we were asked to be part of Nottingham’s 12 Windows of Christmas Cheer, we knew that we’d make our window reflect our great heritage. Our “Christmas Heart of Heritage” window can be seen in the Flying Horse Walk, and is a must-see when you’re out Christmas shopping.

If you love our historic draftsman’s lace drawings and beautiful handmade craft pieces, then be sure to vote for us as your favourite window in this competition!  As an added Christmas treat for you, if you vote for the winning window you'll have a chance of winning £500 to spend in any store which is part of the Nottingham Business Improvement District.

For more information and how to vote, see the Nottingham City website;

Don’t forget that many great heritage treasures can be found in our Lace Market shop, from British wool scarves to hand-cast brooches containing vintage photographs. Warm the heart of your special someone with a unique gift from Debbie Bryan.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Speed Craft and a Glass Workshop with Stevie Davis

Every week we’re going to be looking at a different designer from last month’s fantastic Speed Craft event, and today is the turn of the very talented glass artist, Stevie Davis (@StevieDGlass).


Stevie’s artistic process usually involves construction and manipulation, and at Speed Craft she gave our forty crafters the opportunity to think creatively about glass, resulting in a very interesting twenty-five minute workshop.

I really enjoyed the glassmaking part because I've never done that before.” (Kirsty, Speed Craft guest)

We were able to speak to Stevie after the event, and this is what she thought of the day;

“I found the day to be a highly innovative and creative experience.  A wonderful mix of people trying new things and eating cake! The work created is wonderful; every piece that was made is different, unique to the participant.”

If you’d like to try your hand at crafting with glass, Debbie Bryan will be hosting a Glass Craft workshop on Saturday 19th January 2013. Tickets are just £18 each, so why not bring a friend along as a workshop ticket could be the perfect gift this Christmas!

Glass Pendant 10am -11.30am
Glass Tile 12.30 – 2pm
Glass Hanging 3pm – 4.30pm

For more workshop information and the next Speed Craft event:

Monday, 3 December 2012

Prints by Alex MacNaughton for LACE:HERE:NOW

Stunning prints by Alex MacNaughton of the main locations for LACE:HERE:NOW, which includes Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market. You can see these beautiful pieces for yourself in Nottingham Trent University’s Bonington Gallery.

Be sure to visit our shop when you're out Christmas shopping this week to indulge in the history of Nottingham lace and see if there's anything to inspire your creativity!

Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop : 18 St Mary's Gate : The Lace Market : Creative Quarter : The Lace Market Nottingham : NG1 1PF : UK

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Lace Placemats and Coasters by Stella Corrall

These stunning lace placemats and coasters by Stella Corrall, which were handmade using a specialist casting technique, would make an elegant gift for the lady of the house this Christmas #HeartOfHeritage

We're celebrating great design using lace as part of LACE:HERE:NOW, which is running until February 2013.

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Saturday, 1 December 2012

A look back at Speed Craft

Almost a month has now passed since the first ever Speed Craft, but we’re still left with our wonderful creations and happy memories of the day.

The opportunity to try so many different crafts in one day has just been fantastic. It gives you a real taster of what you want to go on and try again for future workshops.” (Eddie Walton)

Speed Craft was an event which hosted forty guests, each given the opportunity to try out 6 designer-lead craft workshops in a fun and friendly environment. This event was just one of the many fantastic workshop opportunities made possible by Debbie Bryan’s Design Room.

For a warm look back at last month’s Speed Craft, or a preview of what’s to come at the next event, check out this video which was filmed during the day.

The next Speed Craft will be Saturday 27th April 2013, but if you’re eager to get crafting, check out the many other great workshops available with Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop:

Call today to book your place on an exciting workshop, before they sell out! 0115 9507776

Friday, 30 November 2012

Journeys in Lace - Part Two

If you haven’t seen “Journeys in Lace - Part Two” already, this LACE:HERE:NOW exhibition in Nottingham Trent University’s Bonington gallery is certainly worth a visit when you’re out Christmas shopping!

We're especially loving the laser etched digital print by second year Decorative Arts student, Claire Bradshaw (top centre). 

Digital embroidery by Tessa Acti, Lace Bird

Gold leaf work with laser engraving, Sue Turton.

For more information about this fantastic exhibition, and directions, check out the Nottingham Trent University website:

"Granny Chic!"

Go “granny chic” this season in one of Debbie Bryan’s stunning wool and cotton scarves to achieve the heritage look. These handmade pieces come in a variety of colours and have been especially designed to keep you warm this winter #HeartOfHeritage 

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Feeling a bit wired...?

... Unwind with therapeutic activity at one of our Creative Workshops with Wire-Artist Louise Dawn Wilson.  On Saturday 24th Nov, Louise will be offering her expert tuition in two workshops, where you could be making your very own collection of Christmas decorations, or incorporating textiles and wire to create a unique brooch for yourself, or perhaps as a gift...?
For more details click here, or ring the shop on 0115 950 7776. 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Nottingham Festival of Words

We were very excited to launch the Nottingham Festival of Words at Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop on the 18th October. Being a designer who is very inspired by the proud heritage of Nottingham's Lace Market, Debbie is collaborating with several local artists and writers to explore their inspiration, and how narrative can be visually represented in craft, art and design.

Taking place under the LACE:HERE:NOW season, the Nottingham Festival of Words is an event celebrating literature, design and creativity, and Debbie’s contribution is running from 18th October 2012 to 7th April 2013.

The atmosphere was electric as Peter Clayton from the Leicester Print Workshop conjured up curiosity with the creative potential of this festival and gave a preview of the great work to come.

Debbie Bryan and the Leicester Print Workshop will be showcasing the prints of three artists; Sally Hill, Peter Clayton and Sat Kalsi whose works are inspired by the LACE:HERE:NOW season and the theme of love. The connection between art and words can be seen in the collections by Phiona Richards of Rare Notions, Emma Bamford of Penelope Ruth, and Hannah Lobley of Paperwork.

Debbie will also be collaborating with The Bookcase during this festival and presenting books which have been written in, or inspired by, Nottingham. Every month the creative theme will be directed towards a different source of inspiration; transport, sport, writers, architecture and food.

Two Altered Book workshops will be held on Saturday 16th February 2013 by Manon de Moor, which intend help you to make a very personal journal/travel-book/diary out of an old hardback book, together with an introduction on how to create a poem or text based on the festival's 'Love, Lace and Letters' theme. These workshops will be held 10 - 1pm and 2-5pm and cost just £30.

There will also be a pop-up Tea Room in Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop on 15th February. Author and light designer Lucy Renshaw will be in the studio constructing some of her colourful and quirky lamp shades. If you’re coming into town on route to see poet Alice Oswald’s most recent work; Memorial, at the Lakeside Arts Centre, visit Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop to warm up with a pot of tea. Surrounded by the works of fantastic designers, as well as lace tablecloths and bone china, our pop-up tea room is a great way to begin a superb evening of poetry.

In addition to all of this, presentations will be given by award-winning environmental paper artist Hannah Lobley and acclaimed printmaker Peter Clayton in Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building, lecture theatre 6, Saturday 16th at 10am. Both artists will be describing the inspiration behind their work, a showcase of which will also be on display in the Newton foyer.

We hope to see you excited, inspired and fascinated as the Nottingham Festival of Words reveals the narrative behind the creation and production of these beautiful design collections.

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Friday, 9 November 2012

New shop photos...

It's been a busy few weeks, and last weekend's Speed Craft was a fantastic finale... but from now until Christmas, we're just enjoying being in the shop, taking time to soak in all the wonderful collections! Our designers are a talented bunch!  And here's a couple of great photos to give a taster...

Saturday, 3 November 2012

And they're off...

Speed craft is here! We've got off to a great start at the Galleries of Justice... here's a quick action shot of the first round...

Feel like you're missing out?!  We've booked another for Spring 2013, on Saturday 27th April... The creative headliners will be announced in the new year, but it promises new ideas and inspirations alongside our usual delicious cakes... Pencil it in your diary now!

Friday, 2 November 2012

And finally...

One day to go, and one last hello (but by no means least!) to Glass Maker Stevie Davis who will be with our speed crafters all day tomorrow...

Construction and manipulation techniques are key to Stevie's fused glass practice and all work is designed by layering glass with wire details which Stevie manipulates by hand.  The process of wrapping various sections of glass with wire creates line and texture in the interior and exterior of the glass.  Stevie creates a range of one off sculptural forms and wall art made using sheet glass, wire grids, metal inclusions and coloured glass powders and frit. Stevie also produces hand made glass accessories.
For details on what you could be creating tomorrow, visit our workshop page.

It's not too late to join! Just give us a ring on 0115 950 7776 to snatch a last minute place! (Remember that if you've signed up to our newsletter, you can get £10 off...)

Alternatively, we've got workshops on Sunday and later in the year too... Click here for more details.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Designer No.5 at Speed Craft...

Meet Phiona Richards – Our 5th of 6 designers leading the craft activities this Saturday at Speed Craft!

Phiona is a Paper Artist who creates sculptures and jewellery from books using traditional needlework techniques. Having been brought up with a 'make do and mend' mentality, she collects books near the end of their existance and transforms them into tactile robust structures.

Find out what you could be making with Phiona on Saturday by clicking here.

You can still join us by booking a place on 0115 950 7776. Tickets are £65 or just £55 if you sign up to our newsletter first here.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

3 days to go...

Our countdown to Speed Craft continues with an introduction to the next designer offering expert tuition on Saturday...

Lucy Renshaw is a textile designer with a passion for bright colour, influenced by time spent living in the Caribbean. Mixing contemporary colour and design with hand picked finds and reclaimed materials from junk shops, every item of her hand-made work is entirely individual.

You too could make something truly unique with Lucy this Saturday. Sign up to our newsletter for £10 off ticket prices for up to three people :)

If this Saturday doesn't suit you, have a look at our other workshops here, including 2 this Sunday...

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Speed Craft... Here we come!

4 days to go, and a warm hello to designer number 3 - Nicki Dennett!
Nicki is a talented printmaker, inspired by everything around her, drawing and collecting visual inspiration everywhere she goes.  She is currently working on a children's book, and exploring solar print etching...

See our workshop page to see what Nicki could be helping you create on Saturday...

To become a speed crafter, give our shop a ring on 0115 950 7776 to grab a place.
Remember you can get £10 off if you sign up to our newsletter here.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Our Speed Craft warm-up continues...

... With an introduction to Janine Nelson of Smashing Chintz who will be on hand this Saturday to guide your mosaic creations!

Janine's work is influenced by a love of pattern, design and illustration combined with an interest in contemporary issues relating to the environment. Old plates, cups and saucers from flea markets and charity shops provide the basic material... which you could be using in your designs too!
Fancy a 'piece' of the action? Remaining tickets are £65 each or sign up to our newsletter for £10 off here...
Alternatively, how about joining a workshop on Sunday? More details on these are on our workshop page...

Sunday, 28 October 2012

6 days and counting...

Here's the first of 6 introductions to the designers involved next Saturday...

Katie Almond is a designer who specialises in ceramics, with a collection of one-off pieces, from porcelain jugs and cups to cake stands and brooches, made using a variety of slip casting and hand-building techniques, decoratively hand painted with drawings, text, collage and pattern.  Inspired by nostalgia, old paper ephemera and vintage textiles, her beautiful work is a real vintage treat!

Visit our workshop page to see what you could be making with Katie!

Fancy joining the fun? A limited number of tickets are still available... and for £10 off, just sign up to our newsletter first...
P.S. If you're busy on Saturday, you could always join us in the shop on Sunday for either our Young Creative Club or Ceramic Christmas Tree Decoration workshop... More details on both of these here.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Countdown to Speed Craft!

We're warming up to Speed Craft!  Each day this week meet each of the 6 designers taking part... starting tomorrow...

For more details on the event, please visit our workshop page.  Tickets are still available at £65 each... or if you sign up to our newsletter first (here) you can get £10 off a ticket for you and up to two friends... (but shush, you didn't hear that here...)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Winter is coming...

...which can only mean one thing - Christmas! 
If you're looking to make it a bit different this year, how about making your very own decorations?  We've got a couple of great workshops coming up where you can do just that!

On Sunday 4th November Katie Almond is leading a Ceramic Christmas Tree Decoration Workshop at the very leisurely time of 12-3pm. So, even if you were speed crafting all day on Saturday, after your lie in, come and join us to create your own range of hand painted bell, holly, tree (or your own design) shaped ceramic decorations. The workshop (including our scrumptious refreshments) is just £30... And your pieces will be fired and ready to collect from Nov 17th. 
Alternatively, on Saturday 24th November, Louise Dawn Wilson will be with us all day for two Wire-work workshops. Spend the morning (10-1pm) creating a unique brooch of your own design from wire and textiles (£20) or the afternoon (2-5pm) sculpting your own set of individual wire hanging decorations (£28)– ideal for hanging over the fire at Christmas! 

To book onto one, two or all three of these, just give us a quick ring at the shop on 0115 950 7776.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Creative Talk at Nottingham Castle

Ceramicist Katie Almond and Textile designer J.C.Middlebrook are going to be at Nottingham Castle from 2-3pm this Wednesday 24th October giving a talk on the inspiration behind their exclusive collections for this historic location. Usual entry fees apply, but the talk is free... and will make most interesting listening!
Both designers have also created beautiful Nottingham Lace inspired work (pictured below), which is available to buy both at the castle and from our shop...

Friday, 19 October 2012

Sunday Tea Party Time!

Now we don't usually need a reason for tea and cake, but on Sunday 28th October we're indulging for a very special reason... As from 12-4pm, Nottingham Breast Cancer Support Group are holding their annual fundraising event in our shop. 
Alongside the yummy home-made treats and warm refreshments, there will be a selection of talented ladies showing off their creative skills.. so why not pop in, pick up a piece of guilt-free cake and maybe learn something new!?

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Creative Twinning October Events

After the success of last year (and with more people on board!) Creative Twinning has curated the following inspirational events in October...  And we'd love to see you at one or all of these!

From 19th-31st October... the Creative Twinning Window Exhibition will be showcasing the creative talent of designers involved in the project this year... 

From 5-7pm on Tuesday 23rd October, Designer Forum (69-73 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 3BB) are generously hosting Fantastic Futures where you can meet creatives, exchange ideas and see what rich inspirational resources designers use to stay ahead of the game.  This free and informal networking event promises to provide a glimpse of emerging concepts that could influence your work and shape the future... 

Following this, from 7pm-midnight, Antenna's Designers Resolutions 6 'Collaboration' offers an evening of inspiration and untold stories... A magical place where Sherwood Forest meets the Black Forest for a delicious hot picnic, live music and inspiring tales...  
Tickets for this event are £15 available from Antenna, Beck Street, NG1 1EQ or online.

Then on Friday 26th October, from 11-3pm South Nottingham College are putting on a one day participatory exhibition called Creative Central at The Space in Nottingham Contemporary.  From 11am, see an exhibition of Creative Twinning Design in ceramics, textiles, glass, paper and more... And have an opportunity to meet and questions the designers involved whilst exploring the value of creative collaborations.  Then from midday, pop in and take part in a collaborative art workshop alongside professionals and tutors with creative expertise of the highest calibre!

Following this, from 5-8pm, come and hear inspiring speakers from the creative business sector at Inspire and Unite - A Eco-Design Showcase from Creative Twinning - with live music from the talented Georgie Rose.

For more details on everything, please visit

German designers involved this year include Juli Foos, Renate Schweizer and Wiebke Goos... 
And the UK group is represented by Debbie Bryan, Jayne Childs of J.C.Middlebrook, Paperwork by Hannah Lobley, Kit Anderson of Foto Ceramica, Samantha Robinson, (who all happen to stock our shop!) Ashi Marwaha (who will be stocking the shop by Christmas!) Bethany Walker, Rhea Clements, Michelle Arieu of Pocellana & Duomo, Sue Bulmer, Ruth Singer, Gillian Lee Smith and Catherine Carr.

And a special thank you to all our support from Nottingham City and Karlsruhe Council, Arts Council England, Experience Nottinghamshire, South College Nottingham, Design Factory, Designer Forum, Future Factory.

Monday, 15 October 2012

After Hours

Join us this Thursday 18th October 'After Hours' from 5-7pm for an exclusive preview of artists and writers who will be based at our studio during Nottingham's Festival of Words next year.

Hear Peter Clayton (top) from Leicester Print Workshop, talking about his own work and forthcoming Narrative 2013 exhibition in conjunction with Sat Kalsi (middle); 
Browse the Curated Bookshop – a taster of specially selected books by The Bookcase in Lowdham that have been inspired by, based in or written by authors from Nottingham; 
And watch illustrator/maker Penelope Ruth (below) create a new cast of wistful characters, inspired by the books around her.

It promises to be a fascinating evening exploring the relationship between art and words... And it's free!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Three weeks until Speed Craft!

We're gearing up for a full day of creativity on Saturday 3rd November at the Galleries of Justice. For just £65, participants will be getting creative with ceramics, mosaic, print, textiles, paper and glass!  Expert tuition will be provided from our selection of talented designers, including ceramist Katie Almond, mosaic artist Janine Nelson, printmaker Nikki Dennett , textile designer Lucy Renshaw, paper artist Phonia Richards and glass maker Stevie Davis.  Homemade refreshments and a special sweet treat finale courtesy of our resident tea lady Jo, will be on tap throughout the day... and there will also be a showcase of exquisite British made gifts for inspiration!

Tempted? Come along and create some wonderful unique treats for yourself.. or perhaps as presents for Christmas?!
Give us a ring at the shop on 0115 950 7776 to grab a place!