Lisa is a designer, maker and illustrator. Her ceramics are highly-decorated pieces which reference great British ceramic heritage and juxtapose hand-drawn qualities with a contemporary use of ceramic print, glaze techniques and gold embellishment. Her work is very much about making beautiful objects that have a historical reference and also a contemporary feel.
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TAME (Talented Artists, Makers & Entrepreneurs) Studios is a collective of three artists who met at and graduated from Staffordshire University. The trio are working to strengthen the new wave of arts and crafts in the local area.
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Jade is eternally fascinated by the natural world and the way we as humans encapsulate it. As well as producing 2D studies in various mediums she uses ceramic, felt and fabric to produce specimens and create faux taxidermy. Her work reinvigorates the wunderkammers and micro-museums of the 18th century household for the modern home, and attempts to reconnect the modern human to nature.
Jasmine’s work captures the power and beauty of animals in painting and sculpture. She sculpts and plaster-casts every one of her animal forms from scratch. She then casts them in earthenware clay slip to obtain several copies onto which she applies her painting style. To decorate her pieces Jasmine uses a combination of sgraffito, hand painted glaze and lustre.
Alex’s work combines traditional handcrafted and digitally-produced techniques and processes to create a range of diverse surface pattern designs for commercial and limited edition products.
Alex applies etching, embossment, glaze and experimental screen-printing techniques to create distinct pieces with intricate detailing and composition. All of her decorative wares are produced in a range of high-quality ceramic bodies including porcelain, earthenware and Parian.
Richard has been capturing images of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas for over a decade and maintains a focus on industrial heritage and the ever-changing face of the city.
He is passionate about local life, potteries, coal mining, canals, industry and grand Victorian buildings that remain from when ‘The Potteries’ was the ceramics capital of the world.
Emma is a unique ceramic artist born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent. All her wares are hand-painted in the traditional method on fine bone china. Deemed to be the next Clarice Cliff her designs range from fun and funky to classical and in-between. Demonstrations can be seen in her workshops and commissions are welcome.
Fourmakers@No.5 is a new collective of design graduates who have won support from Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop their creative businesses.
Libby Ward Contemporary Jeweller
Libby juxtaposes unusual and unexpected materials using a myriad of making processes. She starts with objects that have interesting textures, and recreates them by casting them in resin, silicone or latex. She then adds materials, etching, coating, layering, stretching, heating and also breaking them. Libby also works in metals, by etching on textures or images, and electroforming and experimenting with patination.
Amy Helena Clarke Ceramic and Surface Pattern Design
Amy’s bold design features have been noted in design magazines including Mix Magazine and Living etc. Her first design collection was showcased at Topdrawer, Earls Court, and she has also exhibited at Maison et Objet, Paris. Quality and modern trends are paramount to her products, which are all made entirely in Stoke-on-Trent, sourcing local manufacturers and screen printers.
Brydee Gillbard Designs
Through the process of tessellation, Brydee creates intriguing ceramic wall art pieces, installations and objects. Her range includes tableware, inspired by the idea that classic everyday objects can be transformed into objets d’art. Her process begins with precise paper maquettes, which become the basis for her slip casting technique. Working in this way, Brydee uses the tactility of ceramics to interact with the exploration of geometric forms.
Established in 1989 the Canadian Pine Company designs and supplies pine furniture and offers an eclectic mix of interior accessories and gifts. With an onsite workshop items can be made and finished to the customer’s requirements. Upcycling of furniture is also undertaken. Paul from the Canadian Pine Company says, ‘The atmosphere of Middleport Pottery is very conducive to design and construction and this is enjoyed immensely by the visitors and artisans alike.’
Magic Memories provides attraction photography and has worked at venues including Christchurch Gondola and the London Aquarium. The team seamlessly integrates into an attraction and builds genuine and long-term relationships that enhance the guest experience. Vibrant and fun surroundings allow them to instantly engage and capture the most memorable smiles.