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Anna Marrow

Anna Marrow studied at Bristol specialising in printmaking. She loves to work with silkscreen because of the limitless variety of marks you can manipulate and make your own from bold splashes of colour to delicate drawn lines, scraps of text to photographic images.

Anna combines elements of drawing text and collage to convey the excitements and confusion of a day in the city.

Her most recent works have focused on ideas about the accelerated pace of our lives, the random messages and commands we are bombarded with and the characters and creatures we encounter daily.

"I relish the chaos and diversity of modern urban living and try to capture this in my prints".

Graham Mckean

Graham was born in Irvine, Scotland in 1962 and when he left school he took up a position as a "plater shipwright", first in Glasgow then in Troon. His artistic talent would not stay hidden however and he began to do some work as an illustrator and silk-screen printer. He was soon able to support himself full time as a graphic artist, a career which he pursued until 1996 when he decided to take the huge step of becoming a professional artist. Sure enough he was immediately in tremendous demand and he is now recognized as one of Scotland's finest artists.

Although his stunning figurative images originate in Graham's fertile imagination and represent "everyman" and "everywoman", his subject matter is inspired by incidents in his own life. He uses humour and sentiment where appropriate to persuade us that each individual painting is part of a bigger picture - the picture of life.

Graham's fabulous artwork has been successfully exhibited for several years across the UK and Europe. He has been the subject of media attention on countless occasions, including various appearances on BBC tv and radio, and has featured in the Guardian and the Express. His impressive portfolio includes diverse commissions such as a collection of large oil paintings for Scottish Opera, and a label for Glenfiddich malt whisky. His charitable work is well known in Scotland and beyond, benefiting such organisiations as Save the Children and the British Red Cross as well as local hospices.

Danielle O'Connor Akiyama

Painting in a variety of media, Danielle creates luminous floral images that vibrate with life, energy and colour, whether through a riotous party of flowers or a single magnificent blossom. She has received numerous awards for her paintings which she describes as sanctuaries for the soul.

Danielle is a Toronto-based Canadian artist who has been painting for 30 years. Having studied Art Therapy, she worked with people of all ages helping them to achieve personal change through the use and enjoyment of art. Since leaving her work as a therapist Danielle has dedicated herself to a life of painting, but her understanding of psychology has had a profound influence on her inspirational images.

Danielle’s style is loose and impressionistic, however she has always believed in the importance of each and every brush stroke. In order to gain a greater understanding and technical skill she studied sumi-e, Japanese brush painting. Her distinctive fusion of eastern and western artistry has led to her works being highly prized by art collectors from both sides of the Pacific. The head sensei of Nanga Sumi-e in Japan has given her the name ‘chi-sho’ which means ‘a source of joy’ hence the red chopmark on each original. It is her greatest desire to create works of great joy for others.

Danielle was recently named as the President's 1st Choice at the Florence Biennale, proving once again the international appeal of her exquisite florals. Her paintings are manifestations of magic, tales of love, abstractions of the heart. Many pieces are emblems of her extensive travels around India, Tibet, Nepal, Ireland, the United States and her beloved High Canadian Arctic. On the surface there is a myriad of texture paint, plaster, resin, encaustic wax, etched words, but there are stories buried beneath this - silent palimpsests of portent and mystery which are like hidden treasure within the image.

The flowers I paint are no longer botanically accurate portrayals as when I was a young painter, but have been abstracted to more completely reveal the raw emotion I wish to portray. They are a lyrical dreamscape, the channel to my interior world.”

Fiona Ormerod

Fiona has lived in Lancaster for 20 years. Born in Carlisle, she grew up in Cumbria, Lancashire and Hampshire. After gaining a degree in English Literature and History of Art, she went on to teach English in Europe, North Africa and South East Asia. She was later employed as a social science researcher at Lancaster University. Her return to art, in mid-life, was inspired by learning to meditate. This eventually led to her retraining as an art therapist and working with people affected by cancer.

Her own art continues to evolve. Earlier images arose through meditation, dream and spontaneous expression. Today she is increasingly drawn to the natural environment, finding inspiration in wide horizons and small, organic forms. Artmaking takes her into a place of quiet contemplation, reflection and appreciation. She uses a range of media but particularly enjoys the rich colours and textures of oil paints and pastels. When using oil pastels she likes to work on corrugated card, allowing the card's distinct texture to contribute aesthetically to the image.

Fiona has been exhibiting locally since 2009. Her first solo exhibition, 'Fruits of the Earth', was held at The Severn Studio, Brantwood, Coniston, in 2011. In 2012 her work was selected by The Pastel Society and The Society of Botanical Artists for major national exhibitions in London.

Her work can be found in private collections in the UK and overseas.

Porsche Design

Porsche Design is one of the leading luxury brands in the high-quality men’s accessories business. The products stand for functional, timeless and purist design and represent impressive technical innovations. Porsche Design has now aproved Gallery-H as a discerning gallery for their designer jewellery.

Portmeirion

Named after the Italianate village in North Wales, Portmeirion Pottery was founded in 1960 by Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband Euan Cooper-Willis. Trained in Fine Art, Susan was asked by her father, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the architect and creator of Portmeirion Village, to develop some ceramic gifts for the Village Shop.

Expansion soon followed, as further designs were added to the portfolio; allowing Susan to design both shape and surface decoration. The iconic Totem design was launched in 1963, bringing creative acclaim and financial reward to Portmeirion. Its bold, abstract pattern of embossed stars and spirals, set against striking cylindrical drum-like shapes, across a breadth rich, warm glaze colours fitted the mood of the 1960's generation.

Richard Pargeter

I am lucky enough to be able to paint virtually every day in my local studio. I find that an early morning visit to the gym gets me going, both physically and mentally, so I try to start every day in this way. I like to reach my studio feeling positive and full of energy, and I'm sure this contributes to the fact that I always seem to do my best work in the morning! I generally tend to try and work a nine to five, as like everyone I have a finite amount of energy and I don't want to produce substandard paintings through tiredness. As I said, I am at my most productive in the morning, and I think this is also partly due to the light that comes streaming in at that time of the day. I am quite organised and tend to concentrate on one piece at a time, although I do usually have some experimental work on the go concurrently, which often no-one sees but me! On a good day, the ideas just flow and I love the time spent in the studio and can't wait to get back in there. Sometimes it is rather more like hard work, but either way, I still find looking at a finished composition an immensely rewarding experience.

The Creative Impulse...
I love to paint, and am inspired by the whole concept of creativity; the idea that a blank canvas can be turned into something that someone will cherish is very exciting to me. I also enjoy the fact that a painting can mean different things to different people, so a scene I painted after a glorious trip to Provence will remind me of that sun-kissed day with my sketchbook, while for another person it may evoke memories of a childhood holiday, or a romantic summer afternoon! Naturally the landscape is a huge source of inspiration to me, particularly that of Southern France, Italy and Spain. Every time I look out of a window in Tuscany, the scene before me is so impossibly beautiful I wonder if I'm looking at reality or an idyllic painting.

Although I love visiting galleries at home and abroad, and admire the work of many artists, I would not say any particular individual had influenced my style. I think that subconsciously all the art I have looked at over the years has had an effect on me, teaching me about form, colour and technique, and I like to think I have absorbed these lessons into the work I do.

The Creative Process...
A painting begins for me with the sight of a sunlit hillside or a glorious cloudless sky. I rarely paint on location however, but prefer to store the memory in my camera - I take lots of pictures from every conceivable angle - and then translate the memory onto the canvas back in the studio. Although I have been very happy painting with acrylics for most of my life, I have recently begun to explore the possibilities of alternative media, but have not yet found anything that gives me the same vibrant colours that are such an essential part of my images.

Background...
Born in the Midlands in 1976, Richard's artistic leanings were obvious from an early age. As a child he dreamed of being a painter, and he regards himself as one of life's lucky ones, gifted with the talent to turn dreams into reality. After graduating from the University of Central England with an impressive First Class Honours degree in Visual Communication, Richard became a professional illustrator of childrens' books and undertook numerous other design projects. He was soon invited to display a selection of his work at the New Designers Exhibition in London and Images 24, an exhibition which opened at the Royal College of Art and then toured the country at selected galleries. Lovingly executed in acrylics, his glowing landscapes explore the lustrous shades of Provencale summers, and possess an immediacy and charm that have enchanted art-buyers across the UK. His broad and jagged brush strokes blend with surprising ease to create harmonious pastoral images, which never fail to evoke memories of our best and longest summer days. His numerous exhibitions have provided him with a wealth of new ideas ensuring that this bright, young and dynamic talent has a great future ahead of him.

Emilija Pasagic

Emilija Pasagic was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia, but in 1993 she and her family moved to Canada and settled in Toronto. Formally educated in landscape architecture, Emilija had always enjoyed drawing and painting, but her new life sparked an artistic rejuvenation. She became involved in the vibrant Toronto art scene, joining "The Scollard Street Artistic Co-operative" and "VAO" (Visual Arts Ontario), and was encouraged to utilise her creative gift.

Always unconventional she began by painting on silk, intensely detailed semi-abstract still lives and figures; she then went on to explore a variety of media, most recently experimenting with the encaustic method. This is an ancient technique, blending bee's wax and oil paint which can then be applied to paper, board or canvas; careful layering and scratching is then used to add depth and character to the compositions. The delicacy of the images is offset by robust Mediterranean shades of crimson and ochre, bringing a contemporary feel to a traditional technique.

Now an established artist, Emilija's unique style has won her a dedicated following and she has exhibited her exquisite paintings across Canada and the USA.

Ian Rawling

Ian was born in Norfolk in 1966. Art was his best subject at school and his favourite pastime at home; he loved to indulge his creative side, not only drawing and sketching but also building and making things to impress his family and friends.

Ian graduated from Sheffield Art College with a design degree, during which time he supplemented his student bank balance with money earned from a flourishing career as a pavement artist. He loved Sheffield and has now settled there with his partner and their two sons.

After a successful period spent working as a designer and illustrator, Ian realized that his artwork meant more to him than simply a means to make a living. He started to work for himself and his bold, stylized images made an immediate impact on the art market. As an inveterate people-watcher, he finds inspiration in situations that we all encounter regularly, admitting for example to a somewhat quirky fondness for queues. Working mainly in pastels, he enjoys using techniques such as repetition and exaggeration to bring his unique characters to life.

Ian's influences range far and wide, and include the off-the-wall humour of the Monty Python team, cartoon genius Gary Larson, and 1950s American artist, Norman Rockwell.

"I have always enjoyed bending the rules, and for me humour and imagination are the key elements of a rewarding composition."

Christine Rooney

Christine is an Artist living and working in the Lake District.

Prior to gaining a Degree from Lancaster University in 2000, Christine spent many happy years living in Africa where the warm and colourful way of life influenced much of her work. This love of colour shows through in all of her paintings.

Other influences stem from all she sees. She says "Whilst walking or driving I am continually coming across intriguing little villages, cottages in the middle of nowhere or simple everyday scenes of village/town life". Her slightly quirky style originates from childhood memories of drawings that she loved to create many years ago, as a child.

Christine uses acrylic inks for many of her paintings as she knows that she can achieve the bright and vivid colours that she loves without any risk of them fading. She calls these paintings her 'Happy paintings' as she really does feel so happy whilst painting them and hopes that viewers can enjoy this happy atmosphere where real or imaginary people live.

News - Official BT London 2012 Olympic Artist

Christine was chosen by BT to be an Artist/Storyteller for the Olympic Games, to tell the story of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games through her art. This is a great honour and Christine feels so lucky to have been chosen, her work was displayed on gigantic screens all around London before and during the Games.

Tom Schneider

Tom schneiders furniture is not mass-produced, instead they have a team of highly skilled craftsmen who have been trained under Tom's supervision to hand make each piece of furniture. This means that they do not make your furniture until you have decided which wood, fabric or leather you would like. We love the fact that ultimately our customers are buying a unique piece of furniture made especially for them!

Tom Schneider trained at the London College of Furniture. He brought new thinking into the modern furniture arena by designing without constraint and then finding a way to manufacture his designs in a commercially viable way.

"Elegant modern furniture with clean uncluttered lines that has a sense of movement is the key, but modern doesn't mean it should look uncomfortable amongst more traditional furniture, the aim is to create contemporary classics" says Tom.

The range now consists of dining and occasional furniture, shelving units, sofas and armchairs. The use of flowing elegant lines and swirls gives all Tom Schneider furniture a distinctive look that will fit in with any décor.

Using a wide choice of natural veneers including Cherry, Oak, Walnut, Maple, Beech and Ash, together with simple but elegant glass tops for all the tables, Tom Schneider furniture is a must for all discerning buyers

Paul Spurgeon

Paul is noted as one of the modern innovators in British jewellery design and within the industry is sometimes quoted as the ‘Goldsmiths’ Goldsmith’ - he has twice been voted the UK Jewellery Designer of the Year and has won a host of other awards.

Gravity-defying settings, frequent use of his favourite marquise cut stones, the super-radiant Iceflower cut which he also favours and his love affair with the warm brown diamonds that he calls ‘chocolate’ - these are all cutting-edge characteristics that make the Paul Spurgeon brand recognisable and please the aficionados who seek out and collect his work.

Silver Cross

Classic Bear Range

These beautifully made traditional toys make wonderful presents with truly timeless appeal. The collectable range of special bears are all named after unique aspects of Yorkshire, the home of Silver Cross.


Owl and the Pussycat Range


Edward Lear was truly unique, an original poet and writer whose works have enchanted children and their parents for generations. He is best known for his wonderful nonsense rhymes and its these classics that have inspired this range.

Steiff

The legendary name of Steiff has become synonymous with quality and distinction.

For more than 125 years their skilled craftsmen and woman have been busy creating teddy bears and character animals for children and collectors across the world.

Their founder Margarete Steiff insisted "Only the best is good enough for children" and the company has remained true to this philosophy by using only the finest of materials.

They also maintain the tradition of hand stitching features and carefully positioning eyes ensuring each character has a unique and distinctive expression. The end result is so amazing, it is hard to believe these wonderful animals haven't been made by wizards waving wands.

They seem to come from a different world, one which we enter in childhood and long to inhabit again. These beloved and beautiful companions can show us the way whatever our age.

Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan was born in Leeds and after several years spent working in a variety of jobs and running his own gallery he decided to to devote himself to full time painting.

Jonathan was a finalist in the Up and Coming artist 2003 and 2004 and Best selling Artist 2004 and 2005 which was organised by the Fine Art Trade Guild.

His stunning landscapes of soft sweeping skies and seas are his signature pieces and are instantly recognizable. Jonathan has been one of the most successful landscape painters of the last decade and continues to build on that reputation.

Variér Furniture

When your body is in constant movement, it is far easier to concentrate on what you're doing: Your book becomes better, so does the music, the meal and the conversation. You have the freedom to move, and at the same time, the chair moves you.

Stokke chairs provide well-being for mind, body and soul. We are all created to move, not to sit still. Stokke chairs initiate movement and variation and inspire you to change your posture while seated.The chairs provide well-being for both your body and mind; they provide well-being through movement and variation. Simply try one of our chairs to experience the difference.

Stokke works hard to maximise comfort, to fuse form and function, to deliver unique sitting solutions with a distinctive look. Stokke has remained an original brand whose products are different, unconventional and distinguishable by their design.

Stokke offers a 7-year warranty on all wooden parts on all products and 2 years on other parts. All Stokke chairs are made of cultivated beech, as solid or laminated wood. In order to protect the woodwork they apply a surface treatment. This also makes cleaning easier. The alternatives are varnish, wood staining or oil/wax. They can also be delivered untreated. Beech is a natural material and has a rich surface with natural patterns, variations and combinations of colour.

Versace

GIANNI VERSACE
Drew inspiration from ancient cultures, faraway lands, and sheer fantasy. His work has a timeless, yet contemporary appeal.

Stuart  Akroyd

Stuart Akroyd gained a B.A. Hons Degree in Three Dimensional Design (glass) at Sunderland Polytechnic in 1988. At the International Glass Centre, Brierley Hill in the West Midlands he specialised in glass blowing and cold cutting techniques. This was followed by two years employment as head production maker and designer at a small studio factory in the Lake District.

Stuart returned to Sunderland in 1991 to start his own business whilst also teaching part time at the University in the Glass Department. After eight years he moved the business to a new site in Nottingham and expanded to include a new hot workshop, which has allowed Stuart to increase his range of designs and techniques.

Stuart makes several ranges of production glass based on natural forms and a dislike of symmetry. This theme continues into his one-off work where hot forms are twisted and stretched, then cold carved and polished creating vessels reminiscent of the flora and fauna of the ocean.

In 1999 the New Glass Magazine selected one of Stuart's one-off forms in their review of the 100 best pieces of glass made in the world that year.

Casey Allum

"I'm a self taught portrait artist based in the Lake District, specialising in animal and human portraiture. I draw in pencils, inks, pastels and coloured pencils and paint in oils, acrylics and inks.

I was born in the Langdale Valley in 1985. I feel extremely privileged to have childhood memories of den building, tree climbing and wild swimming, scraped knees, bashed elbows and a general lack of health and safety. My love of art was apparent right from the start, I was guaranteed to sit quietly when given a pencil and a piece of paper and wouldn't move for hours perfecting my drawings of three legged sheep, potato shaped people and broccoli like trees. Now of course my attention is focussed on the finer details, construction, form and texture, being able to perfectly describe a subject with a pencil line; that's truly where my passion lies.

After a few years of exploring the UK, working within prestige sales and management, I find myself drawn back into the heart of South Cumbria. I've now made that all important leap to become a full time artist and have created my first range of giclée prints.

My animal portraits draw attention to the negative space and light surrounding the subject which is so often discarded; this space is so important to help the subject breathe and ultimately draws your eye to the detail in the portrait rather than the overall sometimes complicated composition.

Sandra Blow 1925-2006

It was in 1947 after moving to Italy that Sandra Blow started her painting career, making her mark with strong tonal works using paint and collage. Throughout her life she worked with a huge variety of materials and on a variety of scales from the very small to the very large.

During her later life Sandra Blow published many stunning silkscreen prints with collaged elements, textures and glazes. Her uncompromising approach pushed printmaking techniques to new boundaries with the introduction of hessian, film and cloth. Her prints became almost sculptural.

Sandra Blow was at the forefront of British abstract modern art during the 1950's and spent 44 years in London devoting her working life to developing her art. In 1971 she was elected into the Royal Academy and in 1983 received an Honorary Fellowship. Sandra moved to Cornwall in 1994 where she continued to work right up until her sudden and untimely death in 2006.

Nicky Belton

Nicky's background in textile and fashion design has a clear influence on her work, from the topics she chooses down to the highly textured handmade papers and vibrant coloured inks she uses to present her quirky drawings.

Nicky has a unique and contemporary approach to her subject matter, her love of drawing blends seamlessly with the surface textures and overlaid inks to produce delicate and well observed portraits of cats and dogs, and studies of shoes, hats, handbags, corsets, stockings, lingerie, dresses and chairs.

Always doodling or taking photographs Nicky is permanently collecting images in readiness for the next idea to emerge. She is constantly experimenting with media, subject and scale.

Adam Barsby

Adam Barsby was born in Leicester in 1969. After graduating in Illustration at The Kent Institute of Art and Design with a first class honours degree in 1992, he began his artistic career as a freelance illustrator. At the same time he began working in galleries in and around London. This is where he saw painting and fine art as a vehicle not only to successfully finance himself, but as a means to express his creativity.

Since turning fully professional in 1996, Adam has been awarded a number of accolades which include Best Up and Coming Artist 1999, Best Selling Artist of the Year 2000, and no less than three nominations for Best Published Artist.

For the last two years however, Adam has sought to redefine his style. Figurative work has enabled him to express his ideas about love and our journey through life. Landscapes, Cityscapes and Seascapes are also common themes that help express his love for the world around him.

His artistic influences are clearly seen in his work. Stanley Spencer has been a long-term inspiration, so to that of the naive genre of art initiated by Alfred Wallis. His deepest passion however is his love for the sea. You will notice that many of his compositions are based around coastal and harbour scenes and this provides the backdrop to many of his themes.

Paula Bolton

Paula lives in England in a small rural village in Cheshire. Her father was from Japan and her mother is of Dutch origins. Paula taught herself how to design jewellery after travelling through the Far East and seeing some amazing jewellery designs there.

When she got back from her travels she ordered a shipment to sell in her large gift and antique store that she owned. The jewellery became so popular it completely took over from the gifts that she sold and she soon decided to just sell jewellery. As well as importing jewellery she started to design her own jewellery using the Far East jewellery as her main influence.

Paula's principle concerns are that people only see art as art and poetry as poetry, not something that can inspire a 3 dimensional craft such as jewellery.

She also works with many Museum and Heritage sites on subject matter such as Art, Architecture and Wildlife and her jewellery is becoming quite popular with discerning customers throughout the world.

Marco Bicego

"The inspiration behind the creation of my jewels is rooted in my Venetian origins and the natural settings surrounding my territory. I have always believed in quality and in the secrets of Italian jewelry. The Marco Bicego brand combines old world tradition with contemporary design and conveys the typical values and details of Made in Italy. The distinct uniqueness of my timeless jewels can be described through artisanal craftsmanship and imperfect shapes, always made in 18 carat gold."

Kosta Boda

With characteristic craftsmanship and good design, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading glasshouses in the world.

The company's three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda and Åfors each have exciting individual stories of their own, yet stand together under the common brand name of Kosta Boda. Famous designers are currently on retainer at Kosta Boda. They work with both utilitarian and art glass.

Glass results from a great many meetings between people - artists, craftspeople and lovers of glass. The artists of Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The co-operation between the designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers are to transfer their intentions to the glass.

Janice Bradshaw

Decorative Fused Glass Artist

I trained at Blackpool and Fylde College. I live and work in St Annes on Sea, Lancashire.

For as long as I can remember I have 'made things'. It has come to be a standing joke between my daughters that they always receive something home made for Christmas. What was it last year? Surprisingly, not a piece of glass!

Fusing glass was, for me, a natural progression from working with other media, including stained glass.

Much of my work has strong links to the sea and the coastline, from the very obvious colours and shapes of shells and waves to the more subtle juxtaposition of docks and beaches and the way the incoming tide finds its way through the undulations in the sand.

One of my loves is walking in our stunning countryside and who could fail to be influenced by the ever changing beauty of our mountains, woods, rivers and fields as they are affected by the shifting seasons and unpredictable weather!

I design and make a range of tactile fused glass which is both functional and contemporary and which complements most interiors.

The range includes unique standard and table lamps with metal frames made to my own design, oak framed tables with original fused glass tops, a range of bowls, platters, wall hangings and tiles for bathrooms and kitchens.

Each piece is made individually by hand and although I may be able to produce similar pieces, each item is unique.

Carrs Silverware

Carrs Silver of Sheffield are manufacturers of the highest quality handmade silverware. Made in the UK in Sheffield they have earned their worldwide reputation for creating some of the finest and very best silverware available today.

Perhaps most famous for silver photo frames Carrs also manufacture a wide range of pieces including decanters, bottle coasters, vases, cufflinks, brushes, keepsake boxes, goblets, wine buckets, mirrors, business card holders and much, much more...

Culinary Concepts

Culinary Concepts has acquired a reputation as a leading supplier of quality cutlery and tableware. Their aim is to design, develop and manufacture high quality, innovative stainless steel and silver plated tableware, gifts and home accessories.

Steven Houghton

Steven Houghton has brought a new individual presence to the art of furniture design. Classically modern by design, traditionally made by craftsmen.

Steven followed in the steps of his grandfather, John Houghton, also a furniture designer
and at the age of 90years can still offer Steve helpful advice!

Steve studied at St John's University College and worked at Lukes Hughes, a prestigious furniture design company in London as 3D furniture designer for seven years. It is here he believe that he served his true apprenticeship, working on major projects for Cambridge University, BP, Diageo, Unilever, RBS, Couttes.
Since leaving the company Steve has worked upon his own designs for the individual homes and offices.


Daniel Kavanagh

Daniel Kavanagh creates hand thrown ceramic forms using both earthenware and porcelain clays, some pieces are formed using a selection of parts, which are then assembled by hand and fired up to temperatures of around 1100 degrees for earthenware and 1300 degrees for porcelain.

Daniel enjoys the interplay of more organic and fortuitous surfaces applied to these controlled forms which then create a distinct finish to the work. When using porcelain clay he appreciates its lightness and fragility it provides together with its translucent qualities which reflect the elegance and refinement he strives to achieve in his forms.

New work fuses both ceramic and bronze materials to provide an innovative exploration of the two mediums he is passionate about. Using both these materials within one form allows him to adapt very different approaches during the creative process, firstly by throwing on the potter’s wheel; a very symmetrical process compared to the very abstract experience of working with a piece of bronze.

With earthenware pieces he applies metallic lustres to the ceramic surface which share the reflective quality he looks for when working in bronze. He doesn't believe in colouring the bronze surface when there is such an opportunity to exploit the natural richness of its true surface, choosing only to patinate when creating a contrasting effect.

Jellycat

Safety and Suitability
"The safety of everything we make at Jellycat is of the utmost importance to us. We take the greatest care possible to make sure you and your children stay safe with our toys".

Testing
Every toy we sell from the UK is regourously tested to the European Safety Standard (EN71 parts 1,2 & 3. All the animals, their friends and accessories too have all willingly participated in these tests and all bear the CE mark as proof of their success.

Age Suitability
All Jellycat toys are tested for any age suitability. This means that unless the toy carries a specific safety recommendation or suitability message, a Jellycat toy is safe for all ages - from birth to 100 years old (and beyond)!

Safety Information on Jellycat.com
Every individual product will have product information. Each product features a quirky fun description of the toy. Then a paragraph entitled 'Safety and Care' is included, this is where you will find all the safety information relevant to the particular toy and any recommendations. These recommendations will also be attached to the toy itself on a hangtag, when it arrives with you. Please do keep this hangtag for future reference.

Jellycat holds an EN71 test certificate for every Jellycat toy.

Victoria Ball

Born 1980 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Victoria grew up surrounded by beautiful countryside. This inspirational environment combined with the encouragement of an artistic family set her on an early path to drawing and painting and she cannot remember a time when she did not want to be an artist.

In 1998, Vicky undertook a course in Art and Design at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. From here she moved further South West to Cornwall, and graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2002 with a First Class Honours degree in Illustration.

On leaving university, Vicky accepted her first professional commission for Children’s television to illustrate a BAFTA award winning series ‘Ripley and Scuff. From here she went on to work as a house illustrator for a prestigious company in London where she stayed for just over a year before returning to her West Country roots and settling in Bath. Since 2003 Vicky has been working as a freelance illustrator enjoying an exciting and varied range of commissions for clients both in the UK and in the United States.

Henderson Cisz

Artist of the Year 2007
John Solomon Trophy Winner 2007

The show-stopping cityscapes of Henderson Cisz have established his international reputation as one of the finest artists of his generation and a virtuoso of urban style. Born and brought up in South America, Henderson now lives in London, but still loves to travel the world painting the drama and diversity of modern metropolitan life. He has formed an intense and affectionate artistic relationship with many of the world's most iconic cities, and his arresting interpretations breathe life into the elegant boulevards of Paris and the imposing skyscrapers of New York.

Voted Artist of the Year by the UK's galleries, Henderson is also the holder of the coveted John Solomon trophy, which is awarded annually to the artist judged to have made the greatest impact on the art market; a testament to the fact that his work has been both successful and immensely influential in the world of fine art. He has been the subject of a beautiful fine art retrospective and biography, 'City Living'.

Born in Brazil in 1960, Henderson grew up in a small village near Maringa. His talent for painting was clear from an early age, but he never considered pursuing a career as an artist. Instead he entered the banking profession and continued to enjoy painting as a hobby. By the mid 1980s however, Henderson had become convinced that art meant more to him than banking. In 1986 he moved to London in order to study painting, and to make his passion his profession. He has never looked back and now paints full time in his London studio.

Painting in acrylic, oil or watercolour on canvas, Henderson's trademark palette utilises cool, soft tones to convey the atmosphere of his subject. His Original Paintings are highly sought after and his works are regularly displayed in galleries all over the world. "I love the effect that weather has on the urban landscape and must confess to a particular fondness for the rain! Not only does it cast interesting shadows and reflections on the slick sidewalks, but it also dictates the stance of the figures. Their slightly defensive postures and hunched shoulders lend a very specific, and to my mind curiously engaging, mood to the overall scene."


Charlotte Cornish

Charlotte Cornish was born in Cambridge in 1967. She studied Printmaking at the University of Brighton (1986-1990) and went on to study Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1992. She now lives and works in East Anglia.

Her paintings and hand made prints are bold, vibrant abstract works, which explore the relationship between colour and emotion. Charlotte's work is greatly influenced by her travels around the world to places such as Macau and Mexico.

She has received awards and commissions including the Rosa Morrison Scholarship and the ESCC Travel Award.

Charlotte has had a nuymber of sell out shows at Cambridge Contemporary Art and has widely exhibited throughout the UK.

Sheree Valentine Daines

Sherree Valentine-Daines was born in Surrey in 1956 into a highly artistic family, her father was a sculptor and stonemason and her sisters are also artists. After studying at Epsom School of Art she won the Laing Landscape and Seascape Competition and many further awards. She has a great facility to capture the spirit of sporting events and was featured on BBC television painting at Test cricket grounds. Some of the paintings are now in the Museum at Lord's.

In 2003, Sherree appeared on Star Portraits, being one of three artists chosen to paint Michael Parkinson.

She is a great believer in the ability to draw as the foundation to painting, and works from a life model every week, as well as painting from life.

Her paintings have an impressionist feel with broad strokes and are full of colour. Her subjects range from landscapes to portraiture, working in oil, watercolour and pastel, on small up to very large canvasses. A favourite subject of Sherree's is children. She takes particular delight in depicting young children in idyllic childhood settings. She has four children of her own, so she never has a shortage of models!

Katie Edwards

"My work is largely influenced by the animal world and often has a humorous outcome. The illustrations focus on photographic representation, what images symbolise and their use metaphorically. Objects are often isolated and placed in unusual compositions to represent new ideas. Art has been a big part of my life and education, right through to graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in Graphic Arts and Design with a First Class Honours. I worked in London for five years as an artist and graphic illustrator, moving to Canada for two years and undertaking commissions' for Delta Airlines; Converse Shoes.

I have since returned to the Lake District to continue my love of art, more recently I created the art work for the new Booths store in Milnthorpe, being a representation of the old railway bridge, bringing trade to Milnthorpe. Alongside exhibiting art work I produce commercial illustrations for editorial, publishing and advertising purposes. My illustrations are also used for greeting cards, t-shirts and bag designs.

Clients include

Magazines: Delta Sky, Pique; Times Body and Soul, Observer Food Monthly, People Management, Psychology, Private Equity, Radio Times, The National, Weil, Economist, Green Source, Heart Matters, Inside Housing, NY Food, Community Care, Connect, Worldwide Challenge, Esquire, McKinsey.
Newspapers: The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, Mail on Sunday.

Advertising: Converse, Abelson & Taylor, National Australia Bank, Columns Design/Strutt & Parker, University of East Anglia; The Affordable Art Fair, Oberlin College.

Exhibitions Displays: Ameko Bags;, Booths.

Greeting Cards: Boss Cards.

Rob Edmondson

After teaching art for almost forty years, Rob has now semi-retired and is able to focus on creating his own work. His paintings are often inspired by his love of travel, as well as drawing inspiration from the work of other artists.

"Everywhere we go, I look at art and the potential for art, I admire many artists, my tastes have changed over time". Currently I admire the way David Hockney says his work is "based on" a place and the way Kurt Jackson sees and executes his work".

Rob enjoys the physical manipulation of paint and experimenting with unusual techniques and tools to gain strking or evocative effects.

Doug Hyde

Winner: Best Selling Published Artist at the Fine Art Trade Guild Awards 2005 and named as the most popular living artist in the UK by BBC TV National News.

Born in Bristol in 1972, Doug became aware of his artistic talent at an early age. Throughout his school and college education he concentrated on the technical side of drawing and painting, but after graduation he was in no doubt as to his chosen career, that of a professional artist.

Doug prefers to produce his distinctive artwork on a large scale, in order to achieve maximum impact with each piece. He also enjoys operating in plenty of space, thus allowing himself enough physical freedom to express the creative energy that is the key to his fresh, contemporary style. His unorthodox use of pastels applied with fingers and thumbs or even the side of a hand or wrist allows him to create highly communicative and engaging images that make an immediate and lasting impression on the viewer.

Recently named as the UK's official best selling artist, Doug has been featured on television both on the BBC news and on Channel 4 describing his unique technique and talking about the people and events that inspire his heart warming images. Inspired by his own emotional responses to life, Doug's intention is to provoke a response in others; his success in this aim can be seen by the huge impact his work has made on the British and international art scene. His extraordinary rise from virtual unknown to the most popular living artist in the UK has been meteoric, and his stunning original pastels have become genuine collectors' items.

Roger Hutchings

Roger Hutchings was born in Middlesex in 1943 into a family where artistic endeavor was as much a part of day-to-day life as breathing. His mother was well versed in an impressive range of arts and crafts, whilst his father was an extremely talented painter who spent much of his spare time sharing his love for painting with his three sons.

At the age of 10 Roger sadly lost his father, but continued to develop his own artistic education. When Roger left school his artistic skills had been so finely honed that he immediately found a position working as an illustrator for a publications company. At the age of 20, he and his brother decided to set up a studio together in the heart of Soho. London in the swinging sixties was an exciting place to be, and they were overwhelmed with work in the fields of design, animation and book illustration

At the beginning of the 1970s, Roger relocated to Yorkshire, having never been north of Watford Gap. He worked here for ten years as an Art Director until the company he worked for was taken over and he was forced to look at his life and decide what would be best for him and his family. It was at this time he decided to go back to the drawing board as he craved more creativity. He now lives in Bath where he paints in his own studio overlooking green fields and can give his full attention to painting for pleasure.

Hutch, as he is now known, creates charming images that present a range of engaging characters in intriguing situations that capture the viewers imagination. His unique use of colour and shape provide a contemporary backdrop illustrating his distinctive style.

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