The other weekend we were in Bristol for my (Ruth) nephew’s end of year Foundation Show – (more on that another day!) – while we were there we popped over to Quakers Friars to visit the lovely Made In Britain pop-up shop!
We are lucky enough to be stocked there amongst a vast and beautiful collection of British designers. It was hard not to get carried away photographing everyone’s work – so I got carried away and photographed nearly everyone’s work!
Made In Britain was ‘popped up’ by Bryony Morgan who runs Made In Bristol – showcasing the work of designer/makers in and around Bristol – with craft fairs, events, other pop up shops.
The shop had just been re-arranged and a lots of new work displayed (it looked totally different to the last time we popped in) – and we were so happy to see the little ‘i am acrylic world’ that Bryony had created for us!
It was lovely to see lots of familiar names – people we’ve met at craft fairs and who we went to college with – and it’s always brilliant to discover new work too!
Here’s a mini virtual tour of the shop – but you’d get a much better view if you went and had a real tour yourself!
Husband and wife team – Adam Harvey & Emma Wells. Beautiful ceramics and glass work. Adam was working in the shop that day – and we realised that we’d met before at Spitalfields market and that they were at the Bath Artisan Market when we were too!
Read more about Emma here on the brilliant ‘Meet the Makers’ section of the Made in Bristol Blog.
All around the shop are dotted these brilliant owls and other creatures from Laura Mirjami. Read more about her here on ‘Meet the Makers’.
Top photo – a table of Alice Shields tiles, cufflinks and brooches. We see Alice at the Designers/Makers Spitalfields Market sometimes – and was lovely to chat to her last time we visited the shop as she was manning the till!
Also above, bottom photo – Beautiful hand cut and finished products from Anna Wiscombe – another D/M Spitalfields Market regular : )
Lovely stitched badges from Poppy Treffry – who we went to Winchester School of Art with – I bought one of her little bird badges here last time we visited – for our mutual friend from back in the days of Winchester School of Art – : )
Loved these sterling silver and painted aluminium pendants from Claire Gent. So detailed! Apologies for the quality of the close up – they’re in focus in real life : )
Clockwise from top left: Milk Jug from Hanne Rysgaard. / Enamelled pendants by Janine Partington – got my eye on the acorn one!…… / Love the shapes and hues of this silver and acrylic jewellery from Sarah Packington. / Amazing to read about how Sue Gregor makes her, as she calls it, ‘fossilized plastic’ – dying and embossing acrylic using real leaves! Stunning!
Two tables in the centre of the shop had the most amazing collection of ceramics – I only managed to photograph these by Fliff Carr-love the little swallows flying across the shop : )
Clockwise from top left: Owl just peeking in by Laura Mirjami / Mugs and signs from Alice Shields / Sneak peek of a beautiful cushion from Butterscotch & Beesting – Read more about Camilla here on ‘Meet the Makers’ / One of my favourite makers – Lucie Ellen’s hand cut wooden jewellery / Small Stories brooches from Gabrielle Reith. / Lovely felt Birds and flowers from Lynsey Walters.
We recommend browsing the Made in Bristol ‘Meet the Makers’ blog – we’ve done an interview on there too – click here to read it – We love reading them all – it’s so interesting to hear the story behind the products and to see people’s workspace too!