Blue Magpie Designer-Maker Market NOVEMBER 18th & 19th

Following a bustling October market, we are back with an all-new line-up of makers and lots more gorgeous things for you to choose (ahead of that event – you know, the one at the end of December. . .)

Still with FREE ADMISSION, and running from 10.30 – 4.30pm each day on both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November, this will be our last market of 2017. For those of you who would normally have visited Hereford Contemporary, which is sadly not running this year – this is the place to be!

With tea, coffee and home-made cakes and savouries being served up all day, we hope to have something for everyone.

And here’s who’s going to be here on Saturday 18th November ONLY:

Sue Bibby Embroidery

After completing a degree in embroidery Sue Bibby has been designing and making individually embroidered items for the past thirty years.

Using a combination of free machine and hand embroidery she creates her illustrative pieces using satin, cotton and metallic thread. Fragments of silks, cotton and voile are used to build texture , depth and detail.

She supplies galleries and shops throughout the Uk with her greeting cards and has more recently begun to sell work through Contemporary Craft Fairs and Arts Markets. Sue has designed cards for Paperchase and W H Smith.

Keeping a sketchbook is a great way to record ideas and experiment and Sue likes to draw and collect stimulus that can be used as a resource for pieces of work or a new product range.

Gardens, wildlife (particularly birds!) are a great source of inspiration along with precious  domestic objects from spoons to sewing threads.


Rhys Partridge:

Born in Herefordshire, Rhys has always had an interest in the creative arts. The main focus of his work is to create something that describes his environment. He has a specific interest in surface and texture and tries to mimic what he sees in his surroundings in his paintings and drawings. He also has an interest in printmaking and has taken a new venture into the linocut process looking primarily at british wildlife.


Anneliese Appleby

Anneliese is a Designer-Artist-Printmaker.  Her work includes Hand Printed Wallpapers, Linocut with Letterpress Posters and Fine Hand Drawn Illustration, in the style of historic engravings, also for Letterpress printing.   Her subject matter primarily focuses on Botanic form but, for inspiration, she also looks to vintage & historic artefacts and everyday domestic themes.   Her wallpaper has been featured in ‘Country Living’ and ‘Uppercase’ magazines.





Clare Wainwright

Clare has been working with glass for about eighteen years, beginning with  Tiffany style (copper foiled) work before learning the techniques of glass fusing.

Her work in small to medium sized decorative items typically holds a contemporary feel through the use of inclusions such as shells, glass nuggets and other found items.

These are frequently supplemented by the use of acid etching and the fusing of images and patterns into the glass. With inspiration drawn from the sea, her use of glass set into driftwood is a stunning combination. Clare has also created a beautiful range of fused dichroic glass jewellery.

Clare wainwright stained glass art (on Facebook )


Gaby Devitt

‘Working from a studio in Gloucestershire, Gaby creates all of her designs and woven fabric herself. Each collection starts with a storyboard, and, using good quality yarns, sourced from the UK, these ideas are turned into cloth. Working on a table loom to sample and a floor loom to create small batches of products. ‘

gdwoventextiles (instagram)


Georgina Fowler

I make handmade slip cast earthenware vessels, bowls and jugs. These are from moulds which I have made from paper models. I experiment with different twisted shapes, and through working with paper the outcome has been a simple shape but with a subtle twist.

I am inspired by fairy tales, imagination and the surreal. I take something and make it into something like from a dream. Each piece is unique in how I place the transfers.

my facebook:


Sasha Louise Rae

I am not on Facebook but have a new Instagram page at SashaLouiseRae and have a website at

I live and work in the shadow of the beautiful Malvern Hills, a place which gives me constant inspiration. I create bold and lively prints of birds and natural forms using simplified images to express character and movement.





Tanith Rouse


My name is Tanith Rouse.  I live in Hereford and work from home transforming anodised aluminium into bright, colourful, wearable jewellery.

I trained at the Birmingham School of Jewellery, achieving a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery.  I love making jewellery from aluminium because it’s lightweight, versatile and above all, potentially colourful.

I hand dye, paint and print the aluminium and then seal the colour in so that it becomes a permanent part of the metal.  I’m inspired by bright colours and anything that glitters.  My love of the sea is also apparent in much of my work often playing on the colours of green and blue.

My facebook page is

My Instagram page is


Ruth Green

Ruth Green is a printmaker from Birmingham. Her brightly coloured compositions are inspired by mid-century design, and by the animals and plants of the British countryside.

Ruth has produced three children’s books for Tate Publishing, and regularly exhibits her hand -made prints at fairs and galleries in the U.K.

My facebook page is

and my instagram is

And this who’ll be swapping over with them for Sunday 19th November ONLY:

Jill Pargeter

“My work is inspired by folk art and the Arts & Crafts movement and it combines my love of history, nature and poetic verse.I produce hand drawn designs which are then screen printed onto fabrics and board to produce a range of decorative objects for the home – each piece is made by my own hands from original designs, to printing, stitching and finishing.

I have been working as a print maker and designer for over 30 years after studying printed textiles at Manchester Polytechnic,

working in a textile design studio in London and then running my own greetings card and gift wrap design business. I now enjoy creating objects which satisfy and amuse me and I hope that you like them too”.

Kim Davis


***Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’re sorry to have to announce that Kim isn’t able to join us as planned, but we hope to see him back at the markets next year ***

Instead, we have offered a place to recent BA Hons Graduate Helen Simone Johnston, a designer-maker producing individually had drawn pieces which are then digitally printed onto fabrics to produce colourful cushions. She also produces lino and screen prints made into coasters and pictures.



Jennifer Shutler

My name is Jenny Shutler, and I make jewellery from vintage silver plated cutlery, using a range of items that influence the design of the individual pieces.

Forks, pickle forks, fish knives and sugar tongs are made into bangles. Small coffee, teaspoon and cake forks become earrings and linked bracelets. Single, decorative items are used for pendants and brooches. The choice of vintage cutlery is dependent on the patterns, varying from Victorian floral to the geometric shapes of the Art Deco period. I have been making jewellery for around ten years now, and look forward to meeting you at Elmslie House.

Sarah Walker

Sarah designs and makes lampshades from appliquéd paper, specialising in half shades for table lamps and wall lights.

She works with plant-fibre paper to create striking, colourful shades and vintage OS maps to make unusual personalised lamps which make ideal gifts.

FB: /ArtShadesIG: artshades_

Pinterest: /artshades

Fi Powers

I have worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for many years on a large variety of projects including magazines, books and packaging.

I produce my own illustrations as beautifull vibrant giclée art prints, and also use these illustrations to decorate various homewares, gifts and greetings cards.

I source high quality suppliers to produce all my products.

Surface pattern design is my passion and I enjoy adding patterns and textures into my designs.

I love the graphic style of Scandinavian art and also the colours and forms in mid-century design.


Instagram and Twitter: @fiinkdesign

Phillipa Day

“I work from my studio in the heart of England, creating textile treats for the eye and the soul! Sumptuous bags, purses and other textile and leather goods are often described by customers as wearable works of art – how lovely!

I love producing high-quality level of design, detailing and finishing, as well as combining colour and texture to produce deliciously elegant work. A deep love of sumptuous velvets has lead me to work intensively on the process of creating devore velvet fabrics, and working to create intense and vibrant dyes which I use to bring the velvet to life.

Shot dupion silk, butter-soft leather, tiny sparkling beads and luscious ribbons all adorn the pieces I make.

It’s a delight to add gorgeous lampwork beads as adornments to the bags and purses, which I commission from a wonderful Worcestershire-based lampwork beadmaker.”

FB: philippa day – handmade in england


Marie Therese King 

Malvern artist Marie-Therese King creates detailed vibrant batik paintings on cotton inspired by her passion for British wildlife, especially flowers, birds and butterflies. She translates her designs into greeting cards, fine art prints and fabric with with she hand makes her own lampshades.

facebook – Marie-Therese King Artist

Colin Poulton

After studying furniture and product design I left university and at 22 began working as a designer and maker in the middle of a recession from the cellar of a derelict house in Birmingham.

I began by making rattan furniture and doing some product design work and after a few years had a small workshop with some basic equipment. In the early years I made a range of furniture and accessories but the clocks attracted most attention and gradually I developed a number of successful designs which were sold to leading galleries and stores in the U.K, Europe,Japan and America. We continued production with a small workforce for over 30 years until last year when my wife and I decided to ‘downsize’ and move to the country. I now work from a small workshop and continue to design and make clocks on a small scale for sale direct to the public. When you buy a clock you will look at it thousands of times each year and so I aim to produce work that is well considered, well made and with a timeless quality that will continue to appeal.


Chris Greening Pottery & Sarah Greening Glass


Chris Greening:

I work with stoneware and earthenware clays to create a range of largely domestic ware but definitely pots to be handled and used.  It gives me great satisfaction to think that something I have made will be used to create and contain dishes or drinks to be enjoyed by other people.

I am influenced by the foods and drinks in my everyday life, from bowls to tankards, jugs to baking dishes.  There are also tiles and some more unusual pots that have usually originated from commissions.

Decorated with coloured slips (liquid clay), abstract designs complement the form.  They are then twice fired; an initial biscuit firing up to 1040 degrees Celsius followed by a glaze firing at 1140.  The kiln firing takes around 12 hours and then about 2 days to cool.

I was raised near Dorchester in Dorset (England) and educated in schools that had fully functioning ceramic departments run by inspirational teachers.  I studied marine and earth sciences at Cardiff University which have influenced the decoration of my pottery.  My first studio was set up in Cardiff in 1996 until it was moved north to Worcester in 2000.

and Sarah Greening:

I have a small studio in North Worcester where I design and create a range of contemporary fused glass jewellery. I have a science background and enjoy playing with the chemistry of reactions inside the layers of glass to produce striking effects. My work often has bold colour combinations or eye-catching light effects and the most common response is “I’ve never seen anything like this before”. Although the techniques are repeatable, each piece is unique partly because the time in the kiln up to 800oC always adds the extra unknown factor which is very exciting. The glass pieces are available as pendants, adjustable rings, earrings and cufflinks and commissions are welcomed. As a gardener, I also enjoy experimenting with recycled greenhouse glass and leaves.

I am offering taster glass fusing classes for anyone interested in learning the basic techniques and creating a sun-catcher or coaster. For more information, please visit my website:

If you would like to see new designs as they evolve, please follow @Greeningglass on Instagram and Twitter


And this who’s here for both Saturday & Sunday:


Jo Dewar

Jo knits and manipulates coloured copper wire into jewellery and 3D pieces. Her work evolves quite frequently as the material is malleable and therefore, able to turn the woven wire into a textile that is worked and shaped into a wide range of art forms.

Jo has a love for hand embroidery and this technique has been used to embellish miniature hand made shoes. She has collaborated with a couple of businesses using their vintage ribbons and braids.

Facebook Jo Dewar Textile Artist

Instagram jo_jo_dewar

Jewels Williams

I throw porcelain vessels enriched with oxides and slips that explore my fascination with coastlines.  Inspiration comes from coastal divisions where the sea leaves traces on the sand in undulating ripples and from the ever changing line between sea and sky. 

I make individual pieces alongside groups and small installations. The forms are the landmarks of my childhood.  The material I use is versatile and beguiling and I enjoy every aspect of every process from inception to the final ceramic form.  


Sarah Watts

Sarah is a self-taught jeweller working from her home studio in Blaenavon, Wales. Inspired by a love of history, pattern and decoration Sarah combines the ancient glass bead making technique of Lampworking with traditional silversmithing to create highly decorative and distinctive jewellery infused with colour and rich detail.


Sharon Curtis – Contemporary Printmaker & Paper-cut Artist 

Sharon has lived and worked in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire for more than 25 years and is a graduate of Hereford College of Art. 

Her art has two mediums – hand-cut paper and reduction lino prints.  

Sharon creates three-dimensional artworks inspired by flora and fauna on the finest quality papers, with intricate designs that are completely cut by hand using the equivalent of a surgeon’s scalpel – no dies or lasers are used in the process. Each piece is a unique original as there will always be variances between two apparently identical pieces.  Sharon creates only a very limited number of each different artwork. 

As a reduction-lino printmaker, Sharon is curious about the passion people have toward 20th Century icons and is motivated by the bright and vibrant colours used in the popular imagery of things like iconic brands, iconic people, etc., and has sought to create a tribute to them in her lino art. 

In original reduction-lino art, the artist produces a very limited number of artworks, due to the very nature of destroying the lino master layer by layer, as each colour is completed. Each piece is in fact unique, as different colour experiments and variation in the hue and intensity will inevitably make each finished artwork totally unique. 

Commissions undertaken 

Contact Sharon Curtis: 180 272 

Unit 7, Brunel Workshops, Ashburton Estate, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7DX 

Follow on @handcutpaperart 


Mudlark & Magpie

Mudlark and Magpie jewellery is made on the Welsh borders by Rhiannon Hooson, a poet and artist. Made from hand-painted and stitched recycled leather, each piece is richly embellished with semi-precious stones, gold leaf, and ephemera from the natural world, and draws on a medieval colour palette to create intricate, wearable works of art.


Sarah Tyssen

“I design my ranges of scarves, throws and blankets on the hand dobby loom in my workshop in Surrey.

I am very inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, but ideas for my work come from the world around me. I see something that gives me an idea for a design – and then put a series of warps on the loom and “play” with constructions and colour – and so the design evolves as I work.

I hand weave a large sample of each final colourway, produce detailed weave specifications, calculate yarn quantities, order my yarn colours, and commission a textile mill in Yorkshire, to weave my designs up on their power looms. My designs are not ‘mass’ produced, as I limit production to about 12 of each colour way.

The power looms work in exactly the same way as my hand-loom – but the shuttle is powered, and therefore much quicker. Using the mill for production means I can concentrate on the designing, which for me, is the most enjoyable part of weaving. I work very closely with the mill to achieve the same finish as my hand-woven samples.

I have a real passion for colour. I love the way colours change when you put one next to, or across another.

In the early days I used solely British worsted & lambswool yarns but, due to customer demand for softer wool, my Merino lambswool comes from Australia, as the warmer climate produces beautifully soft fleeces. My yarns are all dyed in the UK”.


Matt Caines and Amanda Caines







Matt & Amanda are artists who have worked in parallel with their separate practices for 28 years. 

Amanda is a mixed-media artist. For her work she draws upon her large collection of materials she has gathered over many years, these range from, glass, wood, metal and ceramics. 

She produces paintings, stitch work hangings, sculptures and jewellery. Amanda has shown her work both nationally and internationally 

Matt is a sculptor working in a variety of stones as well as wood, nut and pieces of naturally shed antler. He has worked on marble projects in Carrara in Italy and on found whale bone carvings with Inuit sculptors in Arctic Canada. 

For the past four years they have been collaborating and immersing themselves in working together, where one idea can be the starting point for a number of responses in several of the mediums with which they work. 

Stitch work wall hangings become the starting point for pen & ink drawings which in turn lead to stone carvings that give rise to necklaces. 

Work is started without a preconception of where it will lead and can change many times as it is passed and filtered through both artists’ viewpoints.  

The differing specialisms they jointly possess lead to a strong set of contrasts that shows in the work as a whole vision. 


Cowley Furniture Creations – Laurence Cowley 

Cowley Furniture Creations is dedicated to creating special, personal pieces of furniture for every aspect of the home from jewellery boxes to wardrobes and chopping blocks to tables.
Mainly working on commissioned furniture to fulfill a specific need for a client, business owner Laurence Cowley will work through initial ideas to final concept design, moving on to construction and installation. 
There is also a collection of smaller items that can be ordered off the shelf if a bespoke item is not needed.
A professional and friendly telephone call to book a free could be the first step to creating that perfect present or piece of furniture that you have been searching for and cannot find.


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