30 Nov 2019
10:00 — 17:00
The Christmas Edition of The Makers’ Market takes place on the same day as the Penzance Christmas Lights switch-on and is a great way to get into the festive spirit. With a superb selection of works in ceramics, jewellery, print, textile, homewares, bookbinding and more, you are guaranteed to find incredible gifts for your friends and family.
You can also meet our friendly makers, who are always happy to chat about their work or discuss commissions. See Read More below for a list of participating makers.
The Exchange Cafe will serve food throughout the day with plenty of choices, from tasty savouries to scrumptious cakes – and, of course, mince pies and mulled wine. There will be free craft activities for you and your children, to make colourful Christmas tree decorations.
The Makers’ Market is a carefully curated event, showcasing the work of local and regional makers, with a focus on quality, innovation and creativity. At home in one of the major contemporary art venues in Cornwall, it is a platform for both established makers as well as start-ups, and committed to promoting contemporary design, artisanry and the handmade.
Hand-built ceramics using traditional methods of pinch, coil and slab techniques, to make sculptural and functional pieces inspired by the Cornish landscape and seascape.
Fine silver jewellery incorporating semi-precious gems, inspired by the Cornish coast, including the popular ‘seascape’ rings, all made in Penzance.
Using vintage knitting machines as well as hand knitting techniques, Jessye makes accessories and garments for men and women from silks, wools and other natural yarns.
Beautiful handmade glass pieces, some have a matt finish reminiscent of fine porcelain, whilst other keep the fire-polished surface undisturbed and shiny, and some with windows of shiny glass.
Handmade jewellery and objects such as boxes, bowls and vessels made in copper, pewter and silver.
Unique pieces created from wood, using handmade hammers and Japanese chisels.
Handbound sketchbooks, journals, visitor books, gift boxes and other stationery covered in beautiful Japanese or hand marbled paper.
BEST MAKES – TARA HAGAN AND BECKY HAWKINS
Handmade jewellery that is bold, colourful, unique and inspired by Cornwall’s patterns, shapes and colours, from simple studs to large statement earrings. Made in Hayle.
EPPING SMITH – EMMA MCCLURE
Epping Smith designs and hand prints fabrics to make pillows, cushions, bags, lampshade and other accessories. They use unbleached cotton and linens, and water-based and environmentally friendly inks.
Simple, wheel-thrown earthenware and stoneware pottery, inspired by the far West of Cornwall; the blue of the sea, the granite cliffs, the patchwork of fields and the changing weather.
Simple yet flattering knitwear with the highest quality finish and meticulous attention to detail, using the softest yarns from traditional Scottish spinners and high-fashion Italian mills. As a result, her hand-framed garments are wonderfully soft and comfortable, both fashionable and timeless.
A silkscreen printmaker based in St Buryan. The rocks and pebbles discovered on his daily walks, surfs and bike rides are a major influence in his work. He works predominantly with silkscreen printmaking.
Michel uses traditional techniques to create functional vessels, that have a sculptural quality. His glazes are crafted using Feldspar, Cornish stone and ash from local trees, such as Chestnut, Ash, and Beech.
Ben will be bringing his new game Tressa Pympes, suitable for 2 – 3 players of all ages.