Hello World! Welcome to Local.
This is where I mention other craftspeople, artists, artisans and hand-makers local to me. I’m not recommending or endorsing, just pointing to some other people with nifty fingers in my local area. Some I know, some I’ve found. Mostly these are businesses without a bricks-and-mortar presence, so you may not find them, til you find them here.
I’m hoping to fill this page (and make it easier to navigate), so what you see here is just for starters. Do let me know if there’s anyone I should add. (And if you’re listed here and don’t want to be, or you’re in the wrong section, or you’d like to send me your own word and pics, just say!)
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has a year-round programme of exhibitions, events, and workshops.
June-July Rugby Festival of Culture Artists involved in 2017 included: Denise Stanton, Jane Tilley, Tantalus, Yvette Bartlett, Alchemy, Chloe Bell, Ditherella’s Workshop, Deborah Dutton, Sara Bishop, Tony Baker, Emma Town, Sarais Crawshaw, Bob Meddings & Rebecca Dawkins, Amber Francesca ‘Thread the Love’, Dot and Geoff Crowe, Richard Matthews, Louise Candage-Wilkin, Clare Pentlow, Amber Feng Shui Art, Roger Griffiths, Susan Kennewell, Carol Wheeler & E.V. Wells, Tammy Woodrow, Jack Kirk, Paul Torr & Viktoria Novikova. (Hopefully I’ll be able to add proper listings for everyone eventually!)
June-July Warwickshire Open Studios. Plus other events
August Art in the Park Leamington Spa
Many of the artists and craftspeople listed here have their own online shops, but there are also bricks and mortar shops where you can see the work of several makers.
The Nest, 19 High Street, Rugby. A small, independent giftware & homeware shop, in collaboration with more than 30 local businesses.
Moriartys Cafe & Gallery, 28 Regent Street, Rugby. A not-for-profit community cafe which also showcases the work of local artists and makers. (Limited opening times, so check first.)
Fosse House Gallery, Dunchurch, Rugby. Picture framing and a gallery of work from printmakers, ceramicists, textile artists, jewellery designers, sculptors & painters, with an ever-changing display of beautiful gifts and greeting cards.
Lighthorne Pavilion Cafe, Chesterton Road, Lighthorne, CV35, has a shop with the work of several local artists and crafters.
The Farthing Gallery is an art and craft gallery and shop on Kenilworth high street.
Smithery, 23 Smith Street, Warwick. Supporting talented craftspeople worldwide.
Ruth Lyne Glass and silver jewellery. Some of my glass pieces were made during a workshop at Ruth’s studio and fired by her. Thanks Ruth! (Crick)
Ambrow Glass Art on Facebook. Fused glass pictures, coasters & more. (Cawston)
Ginger Cat Class sells her designs and runs workshops (Hinckley)
The Earring Cafe lampworked glass made by Amanda Glanville in the Red Shed (Coventry)
Red Hot and Blue on Etsy. Bridal and Vintage Inspired Millinery made by Eleanor. (Thurlaston)
Jackie Loves Clogs so much she makes them herself. (Leicester)
Yarn & felting
Toft Farm in Dunchurch. Alpacas, their wool, and crochet galore.
Thread the Love Designs on Etsy.
Knitting-Jennie is inspired by Fair Isle and knits cushions.
Karen Wyeth creates vibrantly colourful textile pictures, hand crafted using traditional felting tecnhiques, combined with free machine embroidery and hand stitching. She sells cushions and cards made from prints of her felt pictures, and runs felting workshops too.
Denise Stanton is a visual artist specialising in creating hand-felted sculptural forms.
Fabric & thread
Martisanne Handmade on Etsy. Handmade zip pouches, jewellery & pdf sewing patterns made by Anne.
Kitty Kay Make and Sew on Etsy, and elsewhere. Made by Wendy.
Violet’s Bazaar Rude cross-stitch, cards and patterns. (Formerly in The Nest and on Etsy)
Individual Attention on Etsy. Handmade cloth dolls.
The Dog and The Moon on Etsy. “Individually designed gifts and homewares” Applique and embroidery.
Sara Bishop, batik and more besides.
Deborah Dutton, textile artist and maker of deckchair slings.
Cloth and Soul, pixie folk, saudage dogs & more. Selling in Lighthorne Pavilion.
Longland Couture Dinah will make your clothes fit, or make you clothes from scratch – even wedding dresses.
Dear Little Darlings on Etsy. “Handmade Children’s Clothing, Gifts & Homeware”
Sink or Swim Bowtique on Etsy. “Handmade vintage inspired & original vintage clothing”.
Sew Me Something Sewing patterns. Stratford upon Avon.
Virginia Dowe-Edwards makes ceramic dogs, and other animals.
Cleves Garden Studio is where Dot and Geoff work with clay, among other things, and open their studio to other artists for Warwickshire Open Studios.
At the Curious Ceramics Company in Harborough Magna, Shiro can teach you how to throw pots, and more. Also to be found in The Nest.
Paint and Glaze allows you to do your own pottery painting, and Emma will glaze it for you.
LOObyLOO on Etsy. Ceramic homeware and jewellery.
Nicola Richards ceramics (Leamington)
Moira Morriss Memorials in Kilsby. Moira is a stonemason specialising in headstones.
Clare Pentlow hand cut paper sculptures.
Half Paper Books on Etsy. “Quality Hand Made Books at Fair Prices”
Nikki Duffett Art on Etsy. Notebooks and bookmarks. (Formerly on Etsy, hoping she’ll reappear!)
Leanne Gilroy, artist, with a studio on Pinders Lane in the town centre. Particularly known for her portraits of rugby players.
Anna Lorimer, artist and picture framer, with a shop in Rugby town centre.
Maggie Barlow, artist. Photography and paintings.
Claire Brierley, paints quirky, colourful houses, animals and people. (Stratford-on-Avon)
Devika Gill, vibrant paintings.
Sarais Crawshaw, wildlife and countryside artist, working in acrylic, pastel, papercut and mixed media. (Willey)
Eric Gaskell is best known for linocuts but draws and paints too.
Debbie McLaughlin creates linocut prints, and sells in Lighthorne Pavilion Cafe.
David Heaton Etchings & print.
Graphic design & illustration
Katie Carr Design Katie is an illustrator, and more besides.
Michelle Abrahall is a graphic designer and illustrator, and you can buy her designs on pocket mirrors, bags, notebooks and temporary tattoos. (Leamington)
Guy Chapman is an artist and illustrator, with a highly detailed style. (Leamington)
Jane Tilley sculpts in wire.
Helen Clues creates mosaics, runs workshops and runs The Farthing Gallery. (Kenilworth)
Carol Wheeler Mixed media artist.
Chloe Bell works in video as well as paint.
Country Treasures, Pinders Lane, Rugby, CV21 3HQ. 01788 55224. This chap makes bespoke furniture, but also has a treasure trove of vintage stuff, and he has VW campers for wedding hire too.
Bpspk on Etsy. “Bspk serving platters to Bspk furniture, all Handmade.”
1331Lasercrafts. Laser cut & engraved wood personalised signs, plaques and more. Rugby.
Lorna Jayne laser/CNC cut & engraved MDF craft shapes, and more. (Lutterworth)
Willows Project makes keyrings, clocks and nest boxes as part of a larger project.
Ruth Lyne Kiln fused glass and silver jewellery. Crick, Northamptonshire.
Jane Moore silver and enamel jewellery, and day courses. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
Sue Dronfield Silver and enamel.
Black Cat Silver on Etsy, and at The Nest and other shops. “Handcrafted Sterling Silver Jewellery, a love of nature”. (Rugby)
Ruth Mary Jewellery Ruth turns thread into tatted lace, and turns that into silver jewellery.
Kate Hadden is a name to look out for in jewellery, but also in knives.
Sarah D Smith gemstone jewellery (Harbury)
RoKKoNN Ceramic jewellery by Jenny Brook
Works4Me Work based day care for people with learning difficulties, furniture recycling, a shop, and integrated art classes, all rolled into one.
Twinings Home Fragrances scented soy wax candles
Simply Chic Gifts on Etsy, and at The Nest. “Quirky, personalised, handmade goodies”
Pebbles By Design on Etsy. “A piece of the seaside for your home.” Pebble pictures and seaside jewellery.
Body – inside & out!
Rugby Real Bread. Paul runs a micro-bakery in Hillmorton, Rugby.
Revel Bakery and Revelicious Patisserie based near Pailton with a shop in Churchside Arcade, Rugby.
Burleigh’s gin, in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Artisan, craft distilled, gin.
Springfield Kitchen Jam, chutney and more, grown and made in Rugby.
Napton Water Buffalo meat & dairy, including ice cream.
Ringswood ice cream from Pailton
Henley Chocolates made in Wootton Wawen. You can visit their shop, watch them make it, and even arrange a chocolate workshop.
Warwickshire Chilli Tree & Fruit Tree chili sauces, chutney, jam, curds (Stratford on Avon)
Rugby Beekeepers Association sells honey at local fairs – see their events page.
Honeyfields Bee Farm at Bulkington
Atomic Brewery at the Alexandra Arms in Rugby
Warwickshire Soaps on Etsy. “Handmade Sensitive Skin care using Organic Shea Butter”.
Willows Project make soaps and other body products as part of a larger project.
Garden Gate Florist.
Rugby Young Writers Group, for school years 5-9.
TR Hitchman is a Rugby writer of “Modern Macabre and Slightly Strange Fiction.”
Shelley Wilson, non-fiction and YA Fantasy, including The Oath Breaker.
Keith Trezise, works include Frogmorton Culpepper Saves the World.
Julia Wills Children’s books: Fleeced and Rampage.
Laura Rose, aka Gillian Cooper Non-fiction Poppy’s with Honour
Pauline Mallard The Amazing Adventure Begins
Julie G Fox created Clever Fox Press, wrote Tommy the Learned Cat Goes to Rugby & is working on a book for every shop in Rugby!
Wax Myrtle’s Special Structure Jen Elvy, Jo Foote and Fiona McCreath. Having a bit of a sing and a play.
The Villain rapping busker
Rugby Operatic Society
Bilton Silver Band
Rugby Philharmonic Choir
Art groups & studios
Rugby Artists Group The in-house artists’ group of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, which provides networking, support and development opportunities for local artists. There are links to some members’ websites.
Rugby and District Art Society The aim of Rugby & District Art Society is to foster all forms of art in the town and district.
The Tantalus Project is a Rugby-based artists cooperative.
Grid Studios Studios with hireable space for artists in the village of Harborough Magna. The website has information on the resident artists.
Alchemy artists’ group
WRE Worcestershire Resource Exchange A creative reuse charity. (Love this idea!)
Clubs & courses
Leicestershire Craft Centre Courses for adults and children (Market Harborough)
Action 21 Craft Club Monthly on Sundays at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum. Skills sharers to help and sewing machines available.