Tuesday, 11 June 2013

We've moved blog!

We've moved blog to a new shiny home (with extra room for stuff that we can share with you!)
Come and join us at The Harley Gallery Blog...
and do let us know what you think!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

We're spreading our wings!

Our little blog will soon spread it's wings to a new site, with a bit more space for sharing! We'll let you know the new address shortly...

Dayle Green's Button Pots!

Dayle Green’s work is based around a personal narrative, derived from her love of old objects and involving childhood memories and family nostalgia. A collection of buttons that belonged to her Grandmother directly informs her creativity.
 
“I feel the old and found tells a story and the ‘button’ is a catalyst for memories that have personal meaning and sentiment. The making process involves handbuilding each piece individually and thoughtfully glazing each piece with a palette of  chosen colours. A collection of closed button pieces, vases and spoons  echo a subtle feeling of nostalgia. ”
 



 
Large Button Pot £51
Medium Button Pot £41
Small Button Pot £20.40
Tiny Button pot £14.30
 

Cath Ray Books

Cath Ray’s books are beautifully made with lovely details such as ribbon bookmarks and map inserts. We especially like her hand written tags which reveal exactly where the book materials originate, revealing  Cath’s resourceful imagination!
 
 

Each book is unique, designed to be used and kept for a lifetime and with this in mind, Cath uses simple and traditional methods of bookbinding, meaning the beauty and appeal of each book will increase with time.

 

Monday, 29 April 2013

Presenting our first Guest Blogger!

We're very excited at having our first EVER guest blog! And our first EVER guest blog is by...
CLEO MUSSI!
(applause)
 
Check it out below... and do let us know how your craftventure goes, we'd love to see your handy work!

Have fun making :)

 
Image from the beautiful www.mussimosaics.co.uk
 
 

Guest Blogger... Cleo Mussi!

 Steps for mosaic making...

1. Lay out all your materials.
 
 

 
2. Using your tile nippers, begin to cut out regular and repeating shapes using the patterns that you find within the ceramic. Experiment with shapes, scale, colour and pattern.

 
3. Lay your design out onto the tile.
 
4. When your design is complete, cover another tile with a 2-3mm thin layer of ready mix tile adhesive.

 
5. Transfer your design across, pressing each shared into the adhesive.

 
6. Allow your tile to dry for 24 hours in a warm place.
 
7. Wearing rubber gloves, add a cup of tile grout into a plastic container and add a small quantity of water, gradually mixing to make a thick paste like cake mixture.
 


 
8. Push the grout into the gaps of the ceramic, making sure you do the edges of the tile.

 
9. Wait for a few minutes. Using an old nail brush, brush off the excess grout which should come away as a wet powder.

 
10. Using an old towel, polish off the remaining grout and your tile is finished.

 


 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Oooof we love Cleo Mussi's mosaics!
Look at these brightly coloured posies. And what make's them even more lovely?
They're called Tussie Mussie's!
 
 
Cleo is passionate about making and materials. Her practice has gradually evolved since graduating in textiles from Goldsmiths in the 1980's and much of her current work is made using recycled materials, particularly ceramics. Each piece of mosaic is considered and holds reference with history, culture, fashion and design.
 
Have a look at this beautiful video!
 

 
 
Further beautiful imagery can be found at www.mussimosaics.co.uk/
 

 
Tussie Mussie £181.50

Christy Keeney

Lets be blunt. Christy Keeney sculpts good!
 
The 'drawn' nature of his wonderful ceramic sculptures is a considered consequence of their construction. Made from slabs of wet clay, Christy draws details and texture into its surface.
 
  
 
Mother and Child £260
 
“I visited a retrospective exhibition of Picasso, at the Tate gallery, in the early 80s when I was at college, and many of my influences came from seeing that work. Especially a collection of small card-board cutout and folded, figurative sculptures. These simple two dimensional pieces opened a world of possibilities on how I would approach my own work.” Christy Keeney
 
 
There's a great 360 'video' on Christy Keeney's website, that'll really get you wanting to make!
 
 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Zinc White

This fabulous company work their recycling magic from Huddersfield, where they reuse Derwent colouring pencils, old paintbrushes and knitting needles... it's all about salvage and reworking old stuff into new pieces!


Colour Palette necklace £43


Pencil Studs £23
Pencil badges £19
Pencil Flower earrings £43


Povera Paintbrush necklace £61
Single Tile bracelet £49
Pencil cufflinks £55

Friday, 5 April 2013

Colette Bain

Now, aren't these just lovely! Colette Bain uses found objects, vintage tins and ephemera to create these beautiful collaged 3D pieces...


'Lost' approx. 20.5 x 15cm £140

Each endearing little figure is made by layering papier mache... find out more about the making processes involved on colette's page, listed to the right -->



Friday, 29 March 2013

Caren Hartley

 Caren Hartley's Small Change Collection is precious! The pieces are inspired by a group of out of circulation British coins from early to mid period of the 20th Century.
A mould is made of each coin and then a wax copy is taken from the mould. Caren then subtley manipulates the coin by hand, before casting in solid silver.

See Caren Hartley's dedicated page, listed to the right, for further information about her work...


Necklaces from left to right:
silver Half Penny £86
silver & oxidized silver Farthing £77
oxidized silver Farthing £77
22ct gold plated silver Sixpence £99
silver Farthing £77



Above, Small Change stud earrings, from front to back:
oxidised silver £77
22ct gold plate silver £99
silver £77


Farthing rings, silver and oxidised silver, £143 each

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Melody Rose

Melanie Roseveare is the Canadian-born designer of company Melody Rose. She lives and works in North West London, where inspired by a love of ceramics, art and eco-friendly design, she breathes new life into long forgotten china.


Melanie salvages vintage tableware and makes it brand new with quirky transfers and patterns of her own design.  These are small and affordable pieces of art, that are gorgeous displayed but also very practical. They can be used every day and some can even go in the dishwasher!


Upcycled Teapot £100
Plate £50
Cup & Saucer £32

Reused Refuse

Our current showcase 'Reused Refuse' employs heroes of the craft world, who rescue their raw materials and reuse them to conjure up unexpected works of art!



Pencil Tip necklace by Iris Tsante £818

 "My pieces provide connotations of optimism, lightness, simplicity, joy and innocence, revealing at the same time qualities such as fragility and vulnerability." Iris Tsante

Reused Refuse is showing until 2nd June 2013

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Susan Horth

This bejewelled little creature, made by Susan Horth, is designed to 'produce an emotional response...similar to when one surprises an animal at rest'. It certainly startles!

 So beautifully rendered using wire, beads and jewels, her work has a surprisingly life-like feel...


Squirrel Face brooch £99

Susan Horth is based at Cockpit Arts in London, an award winning social enterprise who 'support extraordinary craftspeople making work in the UK'... www.cockpitarts.com

A touch of glass...

We're lucky enough to have some beautiful glass pieces here at The Harley Gallery, hand made by highly talented craftspeople. Pictured below are pieces by Anthony Wassell Glass, who's based here on the Welbeck Estate, and First Glass by Bob Crooks, who makes work from his studio in Devon. Just lovely!

Left to right:

Large blue Nautilus Jug £40
Small orange & green Nautilus Jugs £33 each, all by First Glass

Twist Scent Bottles £80 each, both by Anthony Wassell Glass

Emma Clegg Ceramics

We've just received these wonderful pieces of work from Emma Clegg and we've all gone a little gaga!
Drawing inspiration from an Edward Raby porcelain piece found beneath New Cross in Park Street in Bristol, Emma creates these apparently delicate forms from individually sculptured porcelain flowers.


But don't be fooled! They may appear to be delicate, but after a firing at 1280 degrees, they're actually very robust!
Emma Clegg's collection of handmade pieces includes vases, jars, plates, cups, jugs... have a look on www.emmaclegg.co.uk to see more.


Tall Hedgerow Vase £528
Tall Dog Rose Vase £242
Flower Urn £264

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Winter sunshine on the Open...

The Open exhibition is looking marvellous in the sun! Come and vote for your favourite (something thats proving to be quite tricky!).



Showing until 17th March 2013.


Timea Sido

Timea Sido handcrafts these beautiful objects using methods which challenge conventional ceramic construction. She layers earthenware clay into a fine mesh to create this delicate 'Tangled Web' range, which draws inspiration from a spider's web in her garden!


Trinket Boxes £20
Tangled Web medium bowl £51
Tangled Web large bowl (just seen) £133

Timea is based at Cockpit Arts in London after gradualting from Cental St. Martins College of Art & Design in 2001.


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Stuart Akroyd Contemporary Glass

Stuart Akroyd is bringing in the sunshine with his colourful glass pieces, which draw inspiration from nature, using bold transluscent colours and flowing forms.

 

Akroyd adapts traditional Venetian techniques to produce work that explores the properties and possibilities of glass.

'Lucid' beaker £34

Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year's eve!

We do hope you all had a very Merry Christmas? It's been and gone in a (very large) trifle!

It's now countdown to our January sale...
it starts in the new year so do come and see :)



Sunday, 30 December 2012

Natthakur!

Natalie Thakur has made quite a name for herself since establishing Natthakur in 2005... her fun retro-inspired designs, which are handcrafted in fine quality leather, have been featured in The Independant, Instyle, Elle Decoration and The World of Interiors!


Sweet Wrapper purses £28
Coin purses £32


Natthakur shows real ethical forethought too, only using leather which is a bi-product of meat. What more could you ask for from your pennies!


There's lots of great information and images of Natalie's work on her website www.natthakur.com