Ndidi Ekubia, silversmith
I always visit open studios. At Cockpit Arts in London’s Deptford, I discovered Katherine Wardropper, who makes wearable textile art – she was showing mini versions of her intricate designs as luxurious Christmas decorations. I check out Christmas craft markets – it’s at one of those that I discovered knitwear designer Row Pinto. There are several individual makers whose work I love: Eleanor Pritchard, who has a unique way of putting colours together in her home furnishings, and Louisa Taylor, whose work fascinates me – her teapots are practical, yet look like they have been pulled out of a hand-drawn image. Then there are Billy Lloyd’s jugs, which are sturdy and have a life of their own. I’ve already bought myself my own early Christmas present: tools, including steel stakes and shapes, from eBay.