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Showing Off in Shropshire!

Designer makers from the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft will be exhibiting their unique hand crafted wares at Ludlow College’s Harley Centre.

Guild members will be joined by designer makers from the Worcester Guild of Designer Craftsmen at this annual selling exhibition, aptly titled ‘Showing Off’.

The exhibition is running on Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th and will feature over 20 highly skilled contemporary craftspeople who will be displaying their unique and inspirational handcrafted items.

‘Showing Off’ will showcase a wide selection of quality, contemporary work by Guild members and guests. Disciplines on show include: ceramics, leatherwork, furniture, basket making, glass, jewellery, textiles and forge work.

Jandrell PlateRecently elected chairman of the Guild, potter Ralph Jandrell, works in the picturesque Ironbridge Gorge. He designs and makes a unique range of quality ceramics in his studio at the Coalport China Museum continuing the tradition of ceramic excellence established there over many years. Ralph said “‘Showing Off’ is a great event to be involved with and this year, we have over 20 talented designer makers exhibiting their exclusive wares.”

Ralph continued “Ludlow is a really wonderful place for us all to exhibit, as there is always such a fantastic atmosphere there”.

Art Deco SculptureShropshire Guild members showing include metal designer Julie Grose. The youngest member of the group, Julie works from her forge near Broseley creating contemporary, organic and imaginatively sculpted pieces for the home and garden, inspired by geometric shapes and natural forms. Julie told us “as a designer-maker you spend most of your time working alone, so exhibiting at events such as ‘Showing Off’ really is a chance to show off!”

Round Shopper BasketShropshire Guild member Ted Bruce from Ellesmere is celebrating his tenth year in basketmaking this year. Initially self taught, Ted studied with some of the best basketmakers in Britain.

Ted said “I am inspired by the beautiful Shropshire countryside in which I have lived and worked for the last 20 years.” Working with English willow, some of which he grows himself, Ted continued “I make strong attractive and functional baskets for a wide variety of home and garden situations. Most of my baskets are of my own design and are multi-purpose”.

Coffee TableWorcester Guild Members include Gavin Davidge from Hanley Swan. Gavin's workshop is based at the foot of the Malvern Hills, in Worcestershire, where he designs and makes original furniture using temperate hardwoods from sustainable sources. Each piece of wood is chosen to ensure its grain and figure is sympathetic to the whole form.

Price BangleJudith Price, who lives near Bewdley is also a member of the Worcester Guild. Judith designs and makes jewellery from her workshop at her home. Inspired by her garden and the surrounding countryside. Her pieces have a sense of natural growth. She sometimes incorporates gemstones into the work which is made mainly in silver and 18ct. gold.

The ‘Showing Off’ selling exhibition offers free admission and will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday and then from 10am – 4pm on Sunday.

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