Craft Work in the Gallery
We strongly believe in supporting local creativity and know how hard it is for an artist to find outlets to sell their work, so as well as art exhibitions and workshops, we also sell beautiful original craftwork by local artisans. Here you will not find the mass produced that can be bought in any shop, or items from China and overseas. 98% of our exhibiting craftspeople are based in Hampshire, Wiltshire or Berkshire, within a 50 mile radius of our Gallery. So for an unique gift or a statement piece, visit us to see what we have on offer.
Within the gallery we have work in glass, leather, textiles, wood and ceramics and the following items are just a taster of what we have available.
Graham is a member of Test Valley Turners and an extremely skilled wood turner. He enjoys taking a piece of ordinary wood and drawing out the form within. His work is practical, beautiful to look at and extremely tactile. We have light pulls, moneyboxes and yarn holders for knitters as well as ornamental pieces for display.
Vikki Lafford Garside
Vikki has a MA in textile design from Chelsea College of Art & Design. She creates fabulous bespoke wearable art inspired by fairy tales, folklore and nature. Here in the gallery we have some of her range of hand crafted textile accessories. Her realistic butterfly brooches are a mixture of hand stitched and hand painted textiles. We also have delicate cutwork earrings and necklaces. More of her work can be seen on her website. http://www.liliia.co.uk
Fiona Milligan creates ‘Art Dolls with Attitude’. We have had ageing angels, Don Raton & his bride Ratonella, fairies on toadstools, a pair of elegant dancers and many other quirky designs from Fiona. Each one is completely unique. Lately she has been working with fabrics in William Morris prints and producing very on trend hares. She will take doll or animal doll commissions for weddings or special birthdays. Perfect if you are looking for something original and different.
Andover artist Caroline Dyke works with Dichroic Glass to create striking jewellery. We stock Blissimore’s necklaces, earrings, cufflinks and bracelets. Dichroic glass has a particular transmitted colour and a completely different reflected colour, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected. This causes the jewellery to shimmer with an array of colour depending on the angle of view. Caroline has been working with glass for over ten years, developing her own technique in using the vibrant colours and layering the glass. Many of her inspirations come from walks in the countryside gleaning inspiration from the seasonal wild flowers to the autumn leaves. https://www.blissimoredesigns.com/
Jo Carr Pottery
Jo’s rustic pottery is a great favourite with our regular customers. Sturdy and practical yet innovative in design and decoration, Jo makes a comprehensive range of useful items for the home. As all her work is hand thrown, don’t expect to buy a completely uniform set of bowls or cups. Instead you will own a unique set where each piece has just that tiny difference from the next.
E Ash – Bespoke Lamps & Gifts
Upcycling and decopage are Lyn’s passions. She takes found clear glass bowls and dishes and upcycles them in her own unique technique. Working from the inside the first layer is decoupaged images, this is covered with a layer of gilding and finally a third layer of paint to make a completely opaque surface. She specialises in large lamps which have a glorious lustre, particularly when lit. Because she is working with recycled glass, you can be sure that the piece you purchase will be truly unique.
Jo Hopgood Leather
By far the most popular work in the gallery is Jo Hopgood’s leather. Jo works with the softest leathers in bright jewel like colours to make bags of all sizes; handbags, sling bags, make up bags, pouchy purses, clutch bags and more. She also makes notebook covers, pen holders and coin purses. Many people come to buy a gift for a friend and end up treating themselves because they can’t resist the smell and feel of the lovely leather!
The entries to our Open Art Competition can be seen here http://www.sheepshedgallery.co.uk/open-art-competition-entries/