For a long time, I have been passionate about supporting and celebrating independent shops, designers, makers and artists. Before working with ceramics, I organised exhibitions and events for early career artists, then went on to set up the Shop and Gallery at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, championing early and mid-career artists, independent designers, and makers.
This year, I've created a gift guide on my Instagram feed featuring some wonderful independent makers and shops (it can be found in the tabs across the top of my Instagram grid). I've also listed a few below. There are so many more I'd like to mention, but here a few to start...
Makers, Designers and Artists
Darte Timeless and beautiful jewellery, handmade using recycled sliver and gold.
Saskia Rigby - Unique Ceramic lighting and vessels, inspired by the textures and colours of the coast, landscapes and nature.
Red Hand Gang - Based in Oxford, Abi makes bright and bold homewares and gifts.
Fun Makes Good - Bold, bright and design led interior products and upholstery.
Ermana Natural Skincare - Natural skincare, made in the UK.
MW Makes - Handcrafted leather goods for the everyday.
Mother Feels - Pattern design and paper goods inspired by all the feels.
Indigo, Oxford - Clothing, homeware and gifts, all ethically sourced.
Basalt Dune, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire - Gift store selling coastal and Scandinavian inspired homewares and accessories, including handmade, eco and conscious gifts.
Kobi and Teal, Frome - Shop, gallery and studio, showcasing artwork, interior products and objects from UK based designers, makers and artists.
Quarters Home, Online - Beautiful gifts and homewares inspired by the seasons.
Prior Shop, Bristol - Not-for-profit independent shop showcasing design-led handcrafted work that's made responsibly and sustainably.