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Beautiful & Useful: Craft Fair

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful" - William Morris

Beautiful & Useful is back, and we’re packing the museum with more of our favourite designers, artists and makers than ever.

We’ve got hand-painted wooden bowls, beautiful ceramic vases calling out for a few flowers to fill them, the swishest garden trugs we’ve ever seen, hand-woven willow baskets, satisfying stationery, lino-print home furnishings and more Christmas gift ideas than you can shake a stick at.

Skip the high street and support small, independent businesses this Christmas – at Beautiful & Useful you’ll be able to find gifts that are made with care, and shop direct from the makers themselves.

The award-winning Garden Café will also be open serving seasonal lunch, drinks and refreshments.

Stallholders

  • Adele W Design

    Adele W Design

    Inspired by Scandinavian style, textures and colour trends, Adele makes minimal, beautiful products in Jesmonite (similar to concrete) to fit into any home.

  • Amy Isles Freeman

    Amy Isles Freeman

    Hand-turned, hand-painted bowls and hand-painted clothing celebrating life, love and womanhood.

  • Anna Walker

    Anna Walker

    Modern, vegetable-tanned leather goods, designed and made in London.

  • Bee Bowen

    Bee Bowen

    Scarves and clothing in silk and Merino wool sustainably dyed with locally foraged flora. A gentle protest against fast fashion and mass production.

  • Bird & Branch Turnery Co.

    Bird & Branch Turnery Co.

    Hand-turned wooden bowls, dishes and candle holders that display the beauty of the wood’s grain, be it sycamore, ash, beech or bubinga.

  • Camel Winter

    Camel Winter

    Beautiful, bespoke hand-bound books by Falmouth-based Tim Lawrence.

  • Celia Hart

    Celia Hart

    The illustrator of best-selling book The Almanac - a Seasonal Guide to 2019, Celia’s hand-burnished linocuts and woodcuts are inspired by the countryside near her studio on the Cambs/Suffolk border.

  • CHICKPEA

    CHICKPEA

    Harriet Grist is the knitwear designer behind CHICKPEA. Her scarves, cushions and hot water bottle covers are inspired by stationery compositions as well as the architecture of her hometown, Winchester.

  • Chrissy Silver Porcelain

    Chrissy Silver Porcelain

    A gardener with a keen interest in collecting, Chrissy takes foraged plant materials and presses them into porcelain to create beautiful lamps and tea-light holders of incredible delicacy.

  • Christiane Gunzi Basketry

    Christiane Gunzi Basketry

    Based in Sussex, Christiane handcrafts traditional and contemporary baskets using mainly English willow and rush.

  • Clara Castner

    Clara Castner

    Handmade, hand-carved porcelain vases in a glorious array of colours.

  • Emsie Sharp Glass

    Emsie Sharp Glass

    Working from her studio in Dorset, Emsie designs and makes colourful tableware using full lead crystal glass. Her passion is for producing wine glasses which she learnt whilst working in Murano.

  • Forget-me-not Originals

    Forget-me-not Originals

    Fabric-covered vintage books and notebooks handmade by bookbinder Emma Williams using pretty vintage fabric and Liberty lawns.

  • Georgia Bosson

    Georgia Bosson

    Designer Georgia Bosson runs a studio in south London creating work which is contemporary, colourful and tactile, from screen-printed trays to squashy, quilted cushions.

  • Graham Gough

    Graham Gough

    Graham is the co-owner of the acclaimed Marchants Hardy Plants nursery in East Sussex, but his talents don’t stop there, as his beautiful hand-carved knives attest.

  • Grain & Knot

    Grain & Knot

    Hooked on carving since she attended a bushcraft workshop in 2013, Sophie Sellu now makes hand-carved wooden spoons and kitchen utensils from reclaimed, foraged or locally sourced timber.

  • Hannah Bould Ceramics

    Hannah Bould Ceramics

    Working from her north London studio, Hannah makes tactile, wheel-thrown mugs, dishes and bowls with contemporary, graphic monochrome glazes.

  • Heidi Harrington

    Heidi Harrington

    Using her own photography as a starting point, Heidi prints images onto clay and forms them into unique, decorative interior pieces including vases and bowls.

  • Helen Beard

    Helen Beard

    Potter and illustrator Helen is fascinated by the characters she observes, from swimmers in the parks to traders at the local markets. Grouped together, her pots tell whimsical stories of our everyday lives.

  • Jane Crisp

    Jane Crisp

    Working from her Cambridgeshire studio, Jane explores and amplifies traditional techniques to make beautiful, contemporary pieces in wool, wood, copper and brass.

  • Kiran Ravilious

    Kiran Ravilious

    Kiran uses traditional hand printed linocuts to produce unique and vibrant designs on natural linen products including cushions, aprons and tea towels.

  • Lucy Burley Ceramics

    Lucy Burley Ceramics

    Stunning on their own or in a group, Lucy’s simple, wheel-thrown, beautifully coloured vessels are both decorative and functional.

  • Plant Belles

    Plant Belles

    Plant supports, tunnels, crooks, labels and more, designed and handmade in Devon by Jenny Maddock and Alex MacKenzie.

  • TOAST

    TOAST

    TOAST aspires to a more thoughtful way of life, creating and curating simple, functional clothing, homeware and editorial. They will be bringing a curated selection from their artisan makers, from hand thrown ceramics and carved wooden brushes, to quilted textiles and handmade paper decorations.

  • Yateley Papers

    Yateley Papers

    Trudi Savin and Sophie Cook met while running workshops and hand-block printing textiles and papers for Tobias & the Angel. Their glorious block printed accessories are stylish and intensely covetable.

Image: Plant Belles