Crafty Christmas presents
Suffolk Craft Society Christmas Exhibition is in Gallery 2, The Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich until January 17.The Suffolk Craft Society Christmas Exhibition is a seasonal event that many people look forward to; a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary talent of Suffolk's craft makers.
Suffolk Craft Society Christmas Exhibition is in Gallery 2, The Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich until January 17.
The Suffolk Craft Society Christmas Exhibition is a seasonal event that many people look forward to; a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary talent of Suffolk's craft makers. This year, housed in Gallery 2 with its high ceiling and huge sash windows, the imaginatively displayed work couldn't look more splendid. Faced with such a rich range of artistry it's impossible not to feel inspired, admire, or dig into your pockets to find a unique gift for someone special.
So, where to begin? Ceramics, glassware, textiles, prints, basketry, stained glass, woodcarving and turning, furniture, metalwork and jewellery. Jewellery?
Michel Ceriso's exquisite gold rings, with precious and semi-precious stones, inspired by his native Bolivia are something to covet. Also stunning are Nicci Dedman's undulating silver designs, Susi Hines dynamic silver chained necklaces, and Annette Burrows quirky and fun animal brooches.
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Among the ceramics in the show don't miss Helen Brown's magnificent platter, mini-plates, and cups and saucers. They are decorated with striking, simple organic designs and beautifully coloured. Pam Schomberg's porcelain cups and saucers resemble golden treasure of the finest. They're extremely delicate, almost wafery, and patterned with intricate design. They make a good contrast to Eugenie Simmonds' porcelain bowls, carved and pierced, pure and with a soft sheen. One could never be disappointed by Paddy Peters small sculptural animal figurines, or Pat Todd's ceramic wall pieces which use reclaimed materials and have a nautical theme.
Also fabulous are Dennis Hales' turned wood bowls and mouth- watering fruits, Verena Daniels innovative and pictorial glassware, and Nel Mooy's fantastic hats and scarves, felty and softly merging with colour. Mary Ann Morrison's delicate and ground-breaking head wear would look fabulous on a Paris catwalk, and Sue Walton's beautiful flower textile brooches are delightful.
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There is so much to see in this exhibition that this review can only provide a taster. Prepare to have the most delicious of meals.