Meet the Maker

Work by Emma Cook Printmaker Hello, I’m Emma a printmaker based in Kingsbridge, South Devon.I was introduced to printmaking when I moved to Devon in 1999. I had just finished my degree in Theatre Design and was keen to find a creative outlet. I heard about a printmaking workshop at Salcombe Art Club and went along – I loved it!I…

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Work by Emma Cook Printmaker

Hello, I’m Emma a printmaker based in Kingsbridge, South Devon.

I was introduced to printmaking when I moved to Devon in 1999. I had just finished my degree in Theatre Design and was keen to find a creative outlet. I heard about a printmaking workshop at Salcombe Art Club and went along – I loved it!

I tried various types of printmaking and found that I enjoyed creating collagraphs the most. What’s a collagraph? I hear you ask…I’ll save that for my next blog.

Looking to expand my love of texture, I started embellishing into my collagraphs about ten years ago, using beads, metal and threads.

The South Hams is a constant source of inspiration with it’s beautiful landscape and coastline, and I often use turquoise, blues and greens. I always look for new theme ideas and will produce series of pieces, I do find that circular shapes recur in my work.

We are fortunate that the local art club in Salcombe is equipped as a printmaking studio with large presses and I am part of the collective based there. We meet in the Autumn and Winter months. At other times I work from my little studio at home on my teeny tiny press which I love.

Well, that’s a little bit about me, thanks for reading!

Birthday Hat Commission – an ideal winter birthday gift!

Brand Makery Merry Market If you are looking for an ideal winter birthday gift that will be appreciated and worn every day – please look no further than my latest ready-to-wear collection! This autumn I launched a collection of winter berets, finished with handmade tartan flower trims and petersham bows, which I designed especially with TBCH customers in mind. Just…

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Brand Makery Merry Market

If you are looking for an ideal winter birthday gift that will be appreciated and worn every day – please look no further than my latest ready-to-wear collection! This autumn I launched a collection of winter berets, finished with handmade tartan flower trims and petersham bows, which I designed especially with TBCH customers in mind. 

Just in case you want something that’s extra special, there’s also a custom finished version, including my favourite version that I have nicknamed my “Holly and Ivy” option, so you can design your own curated beret and commission me to make it for you from a selection of nine beret colourways and trims. 


Meet the Maker – Beverley from Bevart designs

bevart designs blog Here is a little info about me, what inspires me to be creative, and what I love to do. Beverley, the jewellery maker behind the brand, ‘Bevart designs’.

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bevart designs blog

Here is a little info about me, what inspires me to be creative, and what I love to do. Beverley, the jewellery maker behind the brand, ‘Bevart designs’.

Meet the maker – Clare

Hello and welcome to my very first blog! I thought that I would be best starting at the beginning and introduce myself.

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Hello and welcome to my very first blog! I thought that I would be best starting at the beginning and introduce myself.

Taking Care of Your Artwork

Coloured Pencil drawing of a chocolaye coloured spaniel in a white mount If you are investing in original and bespoke artwork you want it to last! I am sharing the things I do to keep your art tip top and what you can do to take care of your artwork and keep it looking great! 

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Coloured Pencil drawing of a chocolaye coloured spaniel in a white mount

If you are investing in original and bespoke artwork you want it to last! I am sharing the things I do to keep your art tip top and what you can do to take care of your artwork and keep it looking great! 

A New Stained Glass Venture in Strange Times

Well, what strange times we are living in at the moment. I was, like most people, at a bit of a loss and feeling very unnerved by the whole Covid 19 situation. I love doing Craft Fairs….love them. Love meeting the customers, the other traders (they always tend to be so friendly, helpful and supportive),…

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Well, what strange times we are living in at the moment. I was, like most people, at a bit of a loss and feeling very unnerved by the whole Covid 19 situation. I love doing Craft Fairs….love them. Love meeting the customers, the other traders (they always tend to be so friendly, helpful and supportive), talking to people about my work and hopefully selling some items and I had some lovely fairs booked for this year. Then covid 19 happened and everything was cancelled or postponed and I felt at a complete loss and so I started to think about what else I could do. If I’m honest I’d avoided On-line shops. I’d looked at Etsy but it seemed to be soooo big and I couldn’t work out how my items would ever be found amongst all the other seller’s work. Then I started to see The British Craft House pop up on Facebook and Instagram and I looked at the site and talked to Willow and Twigg who follow on Instagram who already sells on here. The support offered by TBCH is brilliant; Dottie, who set the site up, is a wealth of knowledge and the whole TBCH team are friendly and helpful. After a bit of umming and Aahing I decided now was the time to take the plunge and so here I am! HELLO! I’m Sue, I live in Lyme Regis, I love glass (my grandad and great grandad both worked with glass), I still get very excited about designing new stained glass items and I never tire of making stained glass. I love everything about it, each step of the process from design to polishing and I always get a little thrill when I see the finished product. Last Autumn I started to run my own stained glass workshops which I was terrified of at first but I now love them and really enjoy seeing people develop through the day from being scared of cutting glass to start with to going home with a beautiful finished product. The first item I added to my shop was the Rainbow Heart that you see here; I used that as I thought it was a real symbol of this current time we are living through. So I hope you like my work and I hope to keep on designing new and fresh products that you will enjoy looking at. I will write some more another time about the processes that go into making a stained glass piece and what inspires me to make what I do. So thank you for reading this, take care, stay safe and I hope to see you all very soon.

Hares, Boxes…and a Big Cat sculpture commission!

Iron Harriet Hare Sculpture I often find that January is almost as busy as December and I certainly have quite a few orders to keep me busy; Harriet Hares to polish, as well as a handful of my lichen keepsake boxes to make! I also have a large Sculpture commission to start of an extinct big cat which will…

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Iron Harriet Hare Sculpture

I often find that January is almost as busy as December and I certainly have quite a few orders to keep me busy; Harriet Hares to polish, as well as a handful of my lichen keepsake boxes to make! I also have a large Sculpture commission to start of an extinct big cat which will be quite nerve-racking to start with…but I do like a challenge!

Just Kirsty Sculpture & Gifts
Just Kirsty Sculpture & Gifts