South Hams Arts Forum Christmas Bazaar at Harbour House in Kingsbridge (news)

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The South Hams Arts Forum Christmas Bazaar, showcasing the work of some of the finest designers and makers in the area, is at Harbour House in Kingsbridge this winter.

With something a little different for Christmas, the artists offer a wide range of arts and crafts, including silver, jewellery, glass, ceramics, basketry and sculpture.

Angela Holland shows an assortment of traditional and contemporary handcrafted artifacts made from willow and wood – beautiful and functional baskets, greenwood stools and xmas decorations.

Allie Fredericks makes use of driftwood in a range of delightfully crafted pieces, and she will also show photography and greetings cards.

Joanna Martins produces animal sculptures in hot and cold cast bronze – predominantly hares, those mystical animals of ancient folklore, and other creatures of the British countryside such as otters, sheep and foxes. There will be some exotics too, such as penguins, dragons and hamsters.

Martine O’Malley also explores wildlife and plant themes on her sandblasted glass panels and in mixed media works incorporating hand-made papers, transparencies and gilt leaf.

Inspired by the varied geological formations, flora and fauna of the South Hams coastline, Sandra Litchfield uses pewter, copper and enamel and traditional metalworking skills to create vessels which she describes as the ‘heirlooms of the future’.

Inka Gabriel will show a new selection of her table and floor lights, along with mirrors, wall lights, tea light holders and Christmas decorations.

Sheila Hansford‘s love of watercolour painting shines through in her ceramic bowls and decorations, which she decorates with coloured slip underglaze colours and scraffitto (scratched decorations) reflecting her love for flowers, swimming in the sea, and walking.

Victoria Allen works as an illustrator but also enjoys painting, currently experimenting with incorporating her images into stationery, jewellery and other accessories.

Elisabeth Cooper‘s passion is for silverware. She makes spoons, bowls, jugs, boxes, candle snuffers, bookmarks and, most recently, collars for Dartington glass candle holders and wine carafes. Her jewellery designs tend to be simple, combining silver with pearls and semi-precious stones.

Christine East, whose work is pictured, incorporates textiile techniques in her jewellery making, to create knitted bangles, lacy silver neckaces, crystal decorated head-dresses and, using crystals, shell and hand-made silver beads, she makes brooches and earrings.

Olivia Wotton‘s silver and gold jewellery is unusual and simple, and makes use of naturally coloured freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and faux pearls, semi-precious stones, fair trade paper Acholi beads, Miyuki Delicas seed beads and local sea glass and ceramic, as well as wood from fallen trees on her parents’ farm near the South Devon coast.

The artists and makers will be in the gallery throughout the three-day event, and will be happy to talk about their work and discuss ideas for commissions.

The South Hams Arts Forum Christmas Bazaar is at Harbour House in Kingsbridge from November 16 to 18, 2012. See the Harbour House website for details.

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