Crafts for all

Crafts At Christmas is at Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, The Market Cross, Bury St Edmunds until December 24.Crafts At Christmas, now showing at Bury St Edmunds, features the work of some of the finest makers in their fields, mainly from the East of England.

Crafts At Christmas is at Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, The Market Cross, Bury St Edmunds until December 24.

Crafts At Christmas, now showing at Bury St Edmunds, features the work of some of the finest makers in their fields, mainly from the East of England. Ceramics, textiles, prints, glassware, furniture, and jewellery are just some of the crafts on show in this truly celebratory and exciting Christmas exhibition.

Ceramics are a real strongpoint and here there is something to please everyone; from Mizuyo Yamashita's tiny porcelain butterfly plates to Pru Green's functional, brightly decorated, earthenware. Don't miss Lucy Edwards raku and toasted stoneware pebbles, which form a tactile small installation, or Usch Spettigue's porcelain and stoneware jugs and pots, some in bright yellow, which are elegant and stylish in their simplicity. In contrast Paddy Peters figurative and animal ceramics, influenced by Staffordshireware and literature, are full of narrative and wit.

The wood pieces in the show combine innovation with traditional working methods. Particularly inventive is Tim Germain's contemporary patterned beech bench, which can be hung on the wall. Toby Winteringham's beautiful mirrors, both inlaid with walnut and coloured and shaded marquetry, and lamp tables, are expertly made and very decorative; while Peter Lister's maple wood kitchen spoons are functional and attractive.


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Amanda Ross' handprinted textle pictures, a decorative fusion of muted tones and glorious agapanthus and pretty flora, are superb in their control and artistry. Also stunning are Penny Bhadresa's linocuts; loose, witty, and inspired by nature they evoke 50s style and optimism. Elizabeth Rutt's hanging wallpiece, a hooked rag rug, delights in pattern and texture; also textural are Julie Roberts handmade paper lampshades which are moulded, dyed and hand stitched. They shed the softest of light.

Among the glassware in the show Chris Comins' perfume bottles are bold and vibrant in colour and make a good companion to Danielle Hopkinson's narrative stained glass panels, intricately decorated, silver stained and acid etched. The show also includes delicate silver jewellery by Laura Baxter, inspired by nature, and Elaine Cox's gold and silver sculptural jewellery. I've mentioned just a very small selection of what there is to see in this eclectic and thrilling Christmas show. Do go along and enjoy it yourself. You can pick up a unique gift, or simply browse and look at some of the finest crafts in the region.

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Sonia Carvill

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