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Beautiful & Useful Craft Fair


Saturday 16th September 2023 - Sunday 17th September 2023 | 11:00am - 5:00pm

Beautiful & Useful Craft Fair

Meet and buy from some of Britain’s best designer-makers at this carefully curated boutique fair. Work on offer includes an exciting, inspiring mix of ceramics, wood, textiles, metalwork and more. Delicious refreshments will also be available from the Syrian Kitchen, The Pizza Oven and Bangs, which will also be offering a local wine and gin bar. All set in a beautiful Prairie Garden!

RHS members and Season Ticket Holders will not be able to use their membership card for free entrance as this is a special event – but will be entitled to a 20% discount on the entrance price on production of their card on 16th and 17th September.

Other offer cards such as Gardeners World 2 for 1, CPRE will not be able to be used. Please consult your membership terms and conditions for use of your cards.

Book tickets here for fast track entrance


On offer this year will be handthrown stoneware from ceramicist Nix Hawkins, merino scarves woven from hand-dyed yarn by Vinca Brown of Loomiere Weaves, and beautiful stained glass by Harriet Love of Snow Glass. Sussex makers are well represented too, with characterful pots from Ken Eardley; contemporary acrylic jewellery by Brighton-based maker Sarah Packington and prints inspired by Sussex and the South Downs from designer Julie Ingham.

This year’s fair will also feature a programme of workshops covering brush making (run by Rosa Harradine), willow plant supports (Dominic Parette of Sussex Willow), cyanotype printing (Caroline Hodgson of Indio Moth).

More information and workshop booking can be found here.

Exhibitors include:

Ali Tomlin
Ali’s work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered forms, turned to a fine finish which, when left unglazed,
gives the porcelain a paper-like, tactile quality.

Amanda Doughty
Amanda uses gold, silver, precious stones and semi-precious beads in a subtle, understated way to
create jewellery for men and women that is bold, confident, wearable and luxurious.

Andrew Spilsbury Shaker Boxes
Andrew’s beautiful Shaker boxes are made using the same materials, the same patterns and even the
the same copper tacks to secure the joints as the Shakers used.

Anna Wiscombe
Based in rural Dorset, Anna makes a range of wooden flowers and jewellery, drawing her inspiration
from the natural landscape and beautiful flora and fauna of the English countryside.

Antonello Figlia
Illusion and photography inspire Antonello’s jewellery, where geometric shapes are combined,
alternated, duplicated, or inverted creating playful optical effects to the eye.

Caroline Barnes Ceramics
Found objects collected from the seashore as well as botanical illustrations and drawings made in
natural history collections are the inspiration behind Caroline’s buttons, brooches, tiles and coasters.

Chickpea – a contemporary range of knitted scarves, hot water bottles, eye masks, cushions and zip
pouches – was launched in February 2017 by designer maker Harriett Grist.

Design by Julie Ingham
Julie’s limited edition digital lino prints of the South Downs are a stunning portrayal of all that is Sussex,
whilst her new flora and fauna prints add a new depth of colour to the collection.

Hannah Issi
Brighton- based print and pattern designer Hannah Issi creates bold graphic homewares, using organic
cotton and a carefully selected palette of colours rich in earth tones.

Harriet Love Stained Glass
Each of Harriet’s pieces is a unique hand-painted collage of wildlife and pattern which transforms the
coloured glass with light and symbolism.

Indigo Moth
Captivated by the rich blue tones of the cyanotype photographic process, Caroline Hodgson illustrates
nature in its purest form, creating a stunning range of botanical prints, cards and bags.

Jennifer Tetlow
Jennifer is a stone sculptor based in North Yorkshire carving sandstone in a simple, uncomplicated style
in celebration of her love of nature.

Julian Warrender
Julian uses traditional techniques, unusual textures and hammered effects as well as exquisitely detailed
cast elements to create her eclectic ranges of jewellery. Based in Lewes, East Sussex.

Keeley Traae
Keeley Traae is a maker, product designer and university lecturer based in Staffordshire. Her 3-D printed
forms are ribbed, faceted, and fluted, and have tactile surface finishes.

Ken Eardley
Brighton-based ceramicist Ken Eardley makes bold, colourful hand-built functional ceramics decorated
using hand-cut stencils and underglaze colours.

Laura Baxter
Informed by a love of gardening and horticultural tools, botanical illustrations, plants and flowers, Laura
Baxter handcrafts silver and gold jewellery inspired by botanical forms.

Loomiere Weaves
Vinca Brown makes a range of merino scarves on vintage four-shaft looms, using hand dyed yarn from
small independent dyers in the UK.

Lucy Behrens
Jeweller Lucy is passionate about design and working materials by hand, resulting in beautiful, balanced,
harmonious forms that need nothing added or taken away.

Nix Hawkins
Hand-crafted to sit comfortably in the hand and home, Nix’s functional and beautiful stoneware
ceramics combine the natural features of the clay with a soft earthy colour palette.

‘Lampshades don’t have to be boring, they can be art.’ So says artist Rosalind Freeborn and her range of
‘papershades’, developed from her paper collage artwork, proves the point!

Paula Kirkwood
A contemporary minimalist sensibility is at the centre of every one of Paula’s leather goods, all
handcrafted in her Brighton studio, using only vegetable-tanned leather.

Rosa Harradine
Beautiful, contemporary handmade brushes and brooms crafted by Rosa Harradine in West Wales using
natural, sustainable materials including arenga, tampico and broomcorn.

Inspired by nature, RubyKite creates wearable art – silk and cashmere scarves printed with designs
stemming from co-founder Tamara’s contemporary mixed media paintings and intaglio prints.

Sarah Grove
A love of clay and textiles comes together in Sarah’s trompe l’oeil porcelain pieces which resemble
stitched fabrics.

Sandra Hardy
Sandra designs and makes a unique range of quality coats, jackets, hats and scarves in 100% boiled wool
fabric, many of them featuring individual decorative techniques.

Sarah Packington
Sarah makes modern Perspex jewellery in her Brighton workshop. Her bold, graphic designs play with
pattern, shape, colour and reflection and are designed to be unique, accessible and easy to wear.

Sarah Rickard
Sarah studied ceramics and textiles at The Manchester Metropolitan University and has continued her
practice ever since, now creating illustrative, decorative ceramics from her garden studio in East Sussex.

Simon Mount
Furniture-maker Simon Mount is inspired by mid-century design and his covetable, quirky pices often
incorporate vintage or upcycled elements.

Sussex Willow
Dominic Parrette of Sussex Willow is a basketmaker and coppice craftsman specialising in woven
garden structures and traditional frame baskets made by hand using traditional tools and techniques.

Manda McGrory’s beautifully made and highly nostalgic creatures and clothing are inspired by the forests
and coastlines surrounding her studio on the Isle of Wight.

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