Creative Stoke

 Directory: CRAFTS

(For ceramics crafts, please see the page for Ceramics)

     METAL CRAFTS: jewellery, armour, clocks, pewter, etc.

::  Fantasy Wire Fairies Sculptures - wire sculptures from Staffordshire.

::  Iron Work by Neil Harris - of Stoke-on-Trent. Neil makes large-scale sculptural iron works, such as life-size dodo birds.

::  Jacqueline Harold - award-winning silver and ceramic table-ware designer & contemporary silversmith. Exhibitions include Japan, London, Birmingham, Staffordshire & Southend. Based in Longport, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Joanne Panayi - a Stoke-on-Trent silversmith and designer. In 2009 Joanne won the Goldsmiths Company Craftsmanship & Design Awards, and she also won the Goldsmiths Precious Metal Bursary in 2008.

::  Simon Manby - a bronze sculptor, based at Wootton, Staffordshire.

::  Secondnature - based in Congleton, create metal laser-cut sculptures and wall plaques.

::  Sculpted Steel - located near Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Sculpted Steel offers a combination of traditional blacksmithing skills and contemporary design techniques.

::  Judith Brown Jewellery - based in Chatterley Whitfield.

::  Emma Day is a graduate in Crafts, from Staffordshire University who is based in Stoke-on-Trent, Emma hand-makes contemporary jewellery from precious metals.

::  Amanda Woakes - crafts jewellery using silver, suede, and new and antique buttons.

::  Freeform Studios - computer-modelling services for professional jewellery makers.

::   Sarah Myatt Glass Design - based in Leek, Staffordshire. Sarah offers her own unique kiln-formed glass art — incorporating metals such as copper, silver and gold.

::   Jewellery by Helen Smith


     FABRIC & NEEDLE CRAFTS:  inc. leatherwork, screen-printing.

::  The Community Scrapshack CIC - based in Fenton, the Scrapshack is one of the best places in North Staffordshire to get your waste materials for use in crafts activities.

::  Lesley Burney - a innovative textile artist who uses computer technology. Based in Burslem.

::  Alison Daykin - contemporary hand-woven textiles.

::  Janet Granger - specialist in minature samplers.

::  The Loom Room - hand-crafted bags, scarves and cushions by Stacey Harvey-Brown, based in Lower Tean.

::  Sew Kitch - can arun workshops in felt making, jewellery making, card and scrapbook design, and cushion-making.

::  NACRE art - based in Stoke-on-Trent, makes hand-crafted felt pictures with a contemporary 'pop surrealism' edge.

::  Katherine Edge - based in Stoke-on-Trent, offers hand-painted silk.

::  Staffordshire Patchworkers and Quilters.

::  Alsager Patchworkers & Quilters.

::   - based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Jan Constantine - superb hand-embroidered work, of the highest quality.

::  Whimsical and Curious.

::  Peter Rugman Designs - specialist upholstery designer & furniture consultant. Based in Alsager.

::  Rachel Grant - a textile artist working in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  FeltWorld (Barbara Meek).

::  Ripping Yarns - a knitting and textiles group, new in 2011. They meet on the first and third Saturday of each month, at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.

No web-site  Stoke Embroiderers Guild.

No web-site  Staffordshire Moorlands Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers.

For community carnival -related crafts, see Creative Stoke's Community Arts page.


     STONE CRAFTS:  carving, letter-carving, mosaics, inlaying, etc.

::  Sarah-May Matthews - a mosaics maker based in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

::   - makes gemstone jewellery.

::  Ian Knapper - fine hand-carved classic stone fireplaces. Based in Cheadle, near Stoke.

::  Little Impressions.

No web-site  British Lapidary & Mineral Dealers Association - based in Stoke.


     GLASS CRAFTS: stained-glass, glass objects, beads, etc.

::  Angela Ashton Glass.

::  The Contemporary Glass Society - based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Modern Glass - an authentic stained-glass and glass-painting firm based in Northwood, Stoke-on-Trent.

::   Sarah Myatt Glass Design - based in Leek, Staffordshire. Sara offers her own unique kiln-formed glass art — incorporating metals such as copper, silver and gold.

::  Oakland Studios - the website of Bob Thacker, a stained glass artist living and working in the village of Church Eaton.

::   Tink Glass (Elizabeth Norton)

::   Stacey Gilbert Designs

::   Fine glass designer Naomi Greaves.


     WOOD CRAFTS: furniture, turning, framing, wooden toys, etc.

::  Bespoke Birdhouses - a crafts business run by Nigel Green who is based at Stone, near Stoke-on-Trent. In 2012 Nigel created his "Peckingham Palace" bird-house for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, which was showcased around the British Isles by the sponsors Cuprinol.

::  Staffordshire Marquetry Group.

::  Staffordshire & South Cheshire Woodturners.

::  Dane Valley Coppice Crafts Group - based at Brereton Country Park & Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Redstone Willows - located on the Cheshire / Staffordshire border, they grow in excess of 100 varieties of willow, many of which are ideal for basketry, earth-art sculptures and community arts structures. They also run workshops, can can install living-willow structures and make willow sculptures on commission.

::  Rachel Evans - of Oakamoor, Staffordshire, is a trained basket-maker and runs courses in basketmaking and creating willow sculptures, and can also make traditional and contemporary baskets to order.

::  R&T Woodcraft - based in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

::  Wooden Shapes are based at Biddulph Moor, and can supply craft makers with a range of base shapes in wood.

::  Willow Arts is "a community arts company specialising in public and community art. We work in environmental art, photography, and design crafts." Chris Oldham, of Willow Arts, is also a Willow Sculpture Tutor for nearby Rodbaston College.

::  Ruth Tappin - based at Leek, Ruth is one of the country's top restorers of mirrors, picture frames, and similar gilded items.

::  The Basketmaker's Association - based in Eccleshall, near Stone.

::  Sean Jones of Jones Instruments. Sean is a master traditional bagpipe maker - based at Biddulph Moor.

::  Ruth Tappin - antique mirror restoration specialist.

::  Stoke Boats - make traditional wooden narrowboats.

No web-site  Art Studio Framing - based at The Barracks in Newcastle-under-Lyme (opposite the bus station). No web-site, but recommended as a picture framer by many local artists.


     JUNK CRAFTS: made from 'junk' or found materials.

::  Phil Hardaker - based in Stoke-on-Trent, he makes fabulous works from found materials and ceramic shards from around North Staffordshire.

::  David Bethell. David creates work that... "explores the relationship between nature and urban environments, ranging from the objects to the characteristics that can be found within these spaces".

::  Jennifer Collier - creates unique one-off pieces with recycled vintage papers.


     PAPER CRAFTS: calligraphy, paper-folding, paper-making, etc.

::  Jennifer Collier.

::  Klair Scattergood - can teach workshops in creative bookmaking, journal creation, and bookbinding classes for adults, both online and in the classroom.

::  Pen People - a national calligraphy magazine published from North Staffordshire. The editors also run local workshops and courses.

::  Rebecca Lancaster Designs - Rebecca is a Leek-based illustrator and greetings card designer.

::  Jeeberella's Craft Castle

::  The Book Factory - specialist book binders based in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent.


     SUGAR AND ICE CRAFTS: sculptural cake icing, ice-sculpting, etc.

::  Maisie Parrish - a UK leading sugar artist based the Chatterley Whitfield Enterprise Centre, Stoke-on-Trent.



::  North Staffordshire Guild of Craftsmen. Established for 25 years, the Guild holds regular high-quality fairs offering British crafts.

::  The Peak District Products collective.

::  The Green Wood Trust - the national rural crafts organisation, based just 20 miles from Stoke in nearby Telford. The Trust runs around 40 courses a year.

::   Daro Design, based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Daro is a product design consultancy, and can offer help with prototyping and visualisation services through to production.



::  All About Crafts - online catalogue of mail-order craft supplies. Based in Blythe Bridge, Stoke.

::  The Community Scrapshack CIC - based in Fenton, the Scrapshack is one of the best places in North Staffordshire to get your waste materials for use in crafts activities in comunity arts.

::  Genesis Artist's Colours - based in Stoke. Specially formulated "dry on demand" artist's paints.

::  KraftKabin - based in Stoke-on-Trent. Specialist supplier of woodworking tools to craft workers.



::  British Craft Fairs Diary & see also the Staffordshire County Showground Events Diary.

::  North Staffordshire Guild of Craftsmen. Established for 25 years, the Guild holds regular high-quality fairs offering British crafts. Holds regular fairs at the New Victoria Theatre.



::  Staffordshire Open Studios.

::   Burslem Arts is an ecommerce website that profiles and sells... "art and unique items all made in a 20 mile radius of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent".

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