This weekend I head off to Harrogate for the British Craft Trade Fair and I can't wait. I'll be choosing beautiful handmade items ready for the shelves of Dotty Gallery and believe me, I'll be spoilt for choice! There is so much amazing creative talent in this country it makes my job of buying stock very simple ... and I love it! This will be my fifth visit and I'm never dissapointed. So in around four weeks time, new work will begin be dropping on Dotty's doorstep. Come and take a look. Dotty is open as normal this weekend, so please do visit! Coffee as always... best wishes, Lesley
Lots of lovely new creative workshops coming up over April through to end of June. Take a look at the Workshop section of this website for details but book quickly as spaces are limited and they are very popular. New sessions on offer include Silver Clay Jewellery, Watercolours with Ken Forrest, Wax Cast Rings ... there must be something to tempt you. And of course, there’s always cake!
For one night only (unless it's a massive success!) Dotty will be open until 8.30pm on Thursday 30th November. So please come along and enjoy a festive shopping experience in Twyford. Lots of jewellery, glass, ceramics, art and gifts on sale, 99% of which is handmade in the UK. Hope you can join us.
Over the weekend of 7th & 8th October the Twyford Guild of Artists annual exhibition took place in the Twyford Village Hall between. The Guild members who exhibitied their work this year were Jean Baker (stiched textiles), Paula Chapman (Silk Paintings), Lesley Harris (Silver Jewellery), Frances Lowe (batiks on silk) and Gay Mayes, (watercolour). This year, the Guild were delighted to have the work of guest member Ken Forrest.
A new and exciting programme of creative workshops has just been released taking us through to Christmas themed workshops in November and December ! Take a look at the Workshop section of the website to see what is on offer. Most workshops are limited to just six people so if you're interested in booking a place, give Lesley a call as soon as you can.
Beautiful hand felted pictures, tea-light holders, brooches and other work by Scarborough based artist Lindsey Tyson. The perfect Mothers Day gifts ...
New to Dotty is local jeweller Lin Lane. Originally from Hong Kong, Lin has lived in England for over 20 years and for the past eight years has worked at Vipa Designs, a jewellery design and manufacturing company based in Melton Mowbray. Lin's main responsibility at Vipa is craftsman and her duties include wax master set up and casting technician. Taught by Peter Crump, a specialist goldsmith, Lin has continued to expand her skills and knowledge and has recently embarked on designing her own jewellery. Her initial two collections are based on Scottie Dog and Country themes and are beautiful.
I'm delighted to say that Dotty Gallery is continuing to host lots of Creative Workshops over the coming weeks and months. Participant number for all workshops are kept deliberately small so that you are guaranteed to get the invidiual instruction required when learning a new craft. All workshops are suitable for complete beginners, they're relaxed and there is inevitably homemade cake served at some point in the proceedings. See the Workshop section of this website for a list of what is coming up ... more will be added soon and throughout the year.
Adorning the shelves of Dotty Gallery is a new range of ceramics. Linda is renowned for her semi-abstract porcelaine birds that are characterized by their purity of form. Linda's inspiration is drawn from contant observation of form combined with watching the birds themselves. Each piece is burnished before firing, then smoked in sawdust. The result? Wonderful!
This delightful 'dotty' range of silver and handmade glass jewellery by Craven and White is now on sale in Dotty Gallery. Delicate, contemporary - just perfect!