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Automata Maker Susan R. Evans is a member of the British Toymakers Guild and exhibits widely throughout the UK in prestigious galleries such as Ruthin Craft Centre and the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool.

Ceramicist Susan Halls says of her work “My obsession with animals and animal imagery has been more or less constant since my childhood so it is beyond doubt that they should be the dominant subject in my work.

Paper Clay sculptor Susan O’Byrne is a celebrated artists working from her ceramics studio in Glasgow. She uses the animal form as a vehicle to express human emotions. She is interested in the function and history of animal imagery – its presence in childhood imaginations and its use in storytelling, legends and folklore to simplify the complexities of adult life.

Wire sculptor Sarah Jane Brown is back by popular demand, Jane’s witty animal sculptures never cease to amuse. Each body part is formed from knitted wire and recycled tin and is stitched together, the embellishments of collar, whiskers, a little bird, are added as the final touches.

And Mary was launched in November 2009 by husband and wife Neil and Alison and has become known for its whimsical and original hand painted porcelain jewellery. Working from their studio in the Scottish Borders, they find inspiration from vintage markets and antiques fairs, their travels around the world and the beautiful countryside surrounding their home.

Xuella Arnold works with precious metal clay and bronze clay from which she hand models her desirable pieces. She combines teaching masterclasses with her busy studio practice and has work included in many jewellery publications.

Michael Michaud’s renowned botanical jewellery captures in its exquisite detail the beauty of nature, using soft patinas on bronze, with pearls, beads, coral and stones. Based in America his clients include the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Palace at Versailles.

Alex Monroe’s jewellery is synonymous with a very British sense of style. It is feminine and delicate but above all consistently wearable, demonstrating his wonderful ability to take precious metal and imbue it with a natural quality.

Bill Skinner. Before setting up his own studio in 2012, Bill designed and made for revered brands including Van Cleef & Arpels, Asprey and Vivienne Westwood. His own remarkably charismatic, distinct and much sought after costume jewellery is now available at Designs for the first time this Christmas.

Rie Tanabe is a London Based Japanese Designer & Maker whose jewellery makes a subtle statement yet with small details and little twists, enlivening an every day outfit or adding the finishing touch to a glamorous party dress.

Ceramicist Susan Halls says of her work "My obsession with animals and animal imagery has been more or less constant since my childhood so it is beyond doubt that they should be the dominant subject in my work."


The exhibition opens on 11th December at Designs Gallery
and continues until 6th January, 2018 (closed Sundays)
     
   


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