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Handmade at KEW

The International Contemporary Craft Event – Handmade at Kew will return to the Royal Botanic Gardens for 4 days from October 6-9,  featuring over 200 talented British makers in an inspiring and idyllic location.

Following on from last year’s success, Handmade in Britain is returning to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the second edition of the four day craft spectacular, Handmade at Kew. Once again, Kew Gardens will play host to this innovative, global craft fair where more than 150+ highly skilled international makers and galleries will showcase their ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork and jewellery. Taking centre stage in the heart of the botanical gardens, this four day selling event, housed in an elegant pavilion next to Kew Palace, will offer visitors the unique opportunity to meet and buy one-off pieces directly from artists, makers and craftspeople and learn about the ideas and processes that shape their work.
Set to become London’s leading international craft event, Handmade at Kew has found its perfect complement amongst Decimus Burton’s glasshouses, a feat of Victorian engineering and British craftsmanship. Your ticket to the event will not only give you access to the show but also to the whole of Kew Gardens, allowing you to soak up the delights of the world’s most famous botanic garden with its fine glasshouses and rare blooms, while browsing, buying or commissioning work directly from these internationally renowned craftspeople and artisans.

It’s a fabulous day out for the whole family and rare opportunity to indulge in heritage, horticulture and shopping. With tickets giving you access to the whole of Kew, in all its autumn splendour, we invite you to bring your family and friends and make a day of it.

Ceramics and pottery are in vogue and this selling event clearly illustrates why. From cutting edge tableware to textural art objects, the diversity of this popular medium is showcased by leading ceramicists from the UK and beyond. Martin Pearce, for example, illustrates the medium’s infinite possibilities with his high-end, art led ceramics in organic shapes and earthy colours. Pina Lavelli creates exceptional sculptural forms, often combining ceramics with unconventional materials. Inspired by all things botanical and perfectly in keeping with Kew, Wallflower London crafts one-off ornate flowerheads in earthenware and porcelain. For functional objects, look no further than Linda Bloomfield’s contemporary minimal tableware, with dimples and visible throwing lines showing the hand of the maker.
Glass is a dynamic medium that can be blown, moulded, sculpted or cut and shaped into a myriad of forms. Some leading glassmakers will illustrate its infinite possibilities, showing a mix of sculptural and domestic pieces. Renowned glassblower, Adam Aaronson uses painterly techniques to create traditional pieces with a contemporary edge. Thomas Petit creates beautiful abstract patterns in striking colourways on his modern vessels and bottles, and Julie Johnson sculpts glass to create dramatic stylized birds, animals and flowers.
Discover exquisite silverware from talented silversmiths including Stuart Jenkins, who uses contrast to create intriguing details by mixing rough with smooth, black with white. Heather O’Connor also plays on the idea of contrast, combining timelessly elegant pieces with a fresh, contemporary edge. Eileen Gatt draws on inspiration from Scotland’s coastline using playful and quirky characters to create fun, silver objects of luxury and beauty. Manipulating the medium, Zoe Watts adds twists, turns and curves to sculpt her textural and decadent hand-finished silver vessels.
Fashion & Textiles
At this year’s show see an astonishing array of textiles across fashion and interiors from the likes of Phoebe Joan, who creates luxurious, delicate and sheer indulgent silk nightwear. Or cosy up this autumn with the warm, organic colours and textures of Sarah Tyssen’s woven woollen fabrics. In contrast, weaver Leto & Ariadne demonstrates the diversity of the discipline with very finely woven silk scarves in soft, contemporary colour palettes. For cutting edge designs, look to Dutch makers pieterSzoon who create the most beautiful bags and accessories in contemporary shapes using quality soft leather.
Leading jewellers, from both the UK and abroad, will be on hand to talk you through their inspirations and processes. Meet Maya Selway who introduces unconventional techniques to create luxurious, enduring classics and jewellery and furniture designer, Simone Brewster who works across scales to create sculptural, statement pieces. Yen focusses on movement and fluidity, crafting molecular pieces that are at once soft and dynamic and German based jeweller Michael Berger, also looks to movement in his spare modern jewellery, adorning each piece with a kinetic twist.

Work by the majority of the 150+ UK and international exhibitors at this show would never find its way to the average high street. Most of the artists are awarding winners in their own countries and only sell through, galleries, exhibitions or by appointment.

Book your ticket now.