Buying Art for Christmas
Do you have someone in your family who always buys amazing gifts that you can't compete with? Or perhaps you usually stick to the trusty gift voucher but want to buy something more considered this year? Let our handy guide to some of the best artists and makers help you make a decision.
Michelle makes traditional slipware pottery out of terracotta in a variety of nature-inspired designs. She set up her own pottery at the end of 2012 and now makes pots fulltime from her Edinburgh studio. We particularly love her bee design pieces but her hollies adorned with red berries make particularly festive gifts.
Alison is a sculptor turned printmaker who spent nine years running the Printmaking Workshop at Lincoln University. She grew up on a farm which has led to a lifelong admiration of animals, noticeable in her artwork. We love all of Alison's prints! Her Christmas cards are nice enough to frame as an inexpensive gift as well.
Vanessa is known for her luxurious ceramic collections which feel right at home in a country cottage or vintage urban flat. Her work comes in two very different collections; Parisian Blue and Secret Garden. Her pieces are all handmade and she utilises vintage lace and other materials to create her striking designs. We love the simplicity of her blue and white designs whilst the Secret Garden pieces are just jaw-dropping in their over the top decadence!
Carrie is a Scottish artist who enjoys the thrill of working with glass. Her pieces are wonderfully festive and perfectly affordable for that little stocking filler. We love her robin tealight holder and goose serving platter.
Christine is an award-winning ceramic sculptor from Lancashire. Her animals have a quirky personality and look wonderful in the home with their distinctive raku style. For an affordable gift, Christine's mini pigs are perfect or if you fancy splashing out a bit more, we are in love with her regal foxes.
Rupert creates the perfect gift for foodies with his ceramics for cooks and kitchens. Based in Bristol, his ceramics add a splash of colour and style to any kitchen whether you opt for a set of tapas plates or nibbles bowls or an olive oil decanter and salad dressing jug.
Pippa has managed to turn her lifelong obsession with clay into a blossoming career. All of her pieces are handmade and unique. We particularly love her chickens, penguins and doves which adapt just as well to living in the garden as they do tucked up in your living room.
Anna is a Scottish children's book illustrator and artist who embellishes her pieces with fabric. Her Christmas cards are beautiful and are sure to be commented upon by all who are lucky enough to receive one. Catherine's prints look great on the wall of a country kitchen or how about a chicken-adorned mug? Great for the country bumpkin in your life.
Pirjo is an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society and is based in Buckinghamshire. To bring her photography to life, Pirjo creates 3D wooden sculptures printed with her photography. These are incredibly unique and are sure to raise a smile.
Lynn makes wonderful driftwood figures from her home in Cornwall who are full of character and life. She was also named Toymaker of the Year in 1994. Her figurines make a very sweet present on their own or as a little family. Perhaps you can make up your whole family through their driftwood doppelganger?
All of these pieces and more can be found at our High Street gallery based in Thrapston, Northamptonshire.