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  • Amy Cooper, Fronds at Art in Clay, Farnham

Five of the best Christmas craft fairs

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London Glassblowing

One of the first hot-glass studios in Europe, London Glassblowing throws open its doors each year so members of the public can see glassblowing in action and buy pieces by founder Peter Layton other residents. This year’s event at its Bermondsey site (23 November – 24 December) includes guest makers Ruth Shelley and Morag Reekie, a flameworking demonstration by Philip Vallentin on 1 December and a ‘Blowing by Candlelight’ evening on 13 December.


Peter Layton at London Glassblowing

Oriel Myrddin Gallery

Some of the top makers in Wales come together for Carmarthen gallery Oriel Myrddin’s annual Makers Market (until 29 December). This year includes Ceredigion-based knitwear designer Marissa Thereze, weaver (and sheep farmer) Gillian Osband and sixth generation Ewenny potter Caitlin Jenkins. From further afield, celebrated designer Eleanor Pritchard will be exhibiting new blankets woven in west Wales, and hip Norfolk brand Carrier Company will show its latest collection of utility wear. Those looking for something more unusual should check out artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins’s hand-made toys or produce bottled by master pickler Jade Mellor.


Scarf by Marissa Thereze at Oriel Myrddin Gallery


With more than 4,000 pieces from 80 international makers, London fair Dazzle is a one-stop-shop for all your jewellery needs. This year’s show at gallery@oxo (11 November – 6 January 2019) features a particularly strong line-up of emerging designer-makers picked from this year’s graduate shows. Keep your eye on silversmith Aillie Anderson, who scooped a gold award at Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards, Aileen Gray’s industrial, wearable sculptures and fair stalwarts Helen Noakes, DeeLyn Walsh and Cara Tonkin.


Sue Gregor, Cuffs Arm, recycled acrylic at Dazzle


The Devon Guild of Craftsmen holds its annual showcase of designer-makers at its HQ in Bovey Tracey (17 November – 20 January 2019), giving you plenty of opportunity to shop before and after Christmas. This year includes Jennifer Amon’s new sculptural ceramics, low-fired decorative ceramic bowls in black clay by Emma Williams, and statement jewellery by Roderick Vere. A programme of events runs concurrently with the fair, including bookbinding workshops and ceramic coiling demonstrations.


Esther Smith, Mystery at Elginshill automata at Make

Present & Correct

Contemporary Applied Arts hosts its annual selling exhibition at its galleries in London (15 November - 24 December). Present & Correct offers a range of affordable gifts, as well as high-value collectors’ pieces. The CAA maker members have been working to the brief ‘No Hierarchy, just Harmony’ which emphasises their interdisciplinary approach. Both emerging and established makers feature, including ceramacist Tessa Eastman, textile artist Margo Selby and furniture-maker Hugh Miller. 


Coffee Cart No.1, Hugh Miller

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