With pottery going the same way as baking (anyone been watching the Great Pottery Throw Down on BBC2!?), ceramics are set to be the Next Big Thing. We’re lucky at Stroud Farmers’ Market to have several wonderfully talented potters and ceramicists selling their beautiful creations every Saturday: check out these stall holders for some special Christmas pieces…
Taena Pottery: known for their beautifully decorated slipware pottery, Sean and Vici Casserley are producing some special Christmas tree gift tags or tree decorations for the festive season. Other gifts include candlesticks and the rather novel apple bake, a round bowl in which you bake an apple and enjoy all its lovely juices – they even come with their own recipe cards.
Landsown Pottery: giftware for Christmas includes stoneware and porcelain tree decorations and gorgeous advent rings which hold four candles. You can also pick up beautiful tableware for the Christmas meal…
Cloth & Clay: Jane Vernon works in textiles and ceramics, producing decorative items with wow factor. New for winter are her stunning hot chocolate or latte mugs and straight sided mugs with lids, all decorated with precious metal and coloured lustre including striking gold hearts, stars, spots and stripes.
As the Crow Flies: beautifully ornate yet retro partridges and pears adorn the work of Bee Hayes’ ceramics, sitting prettily on fine bone china mugs and plates. They make a wonderfully modern Christmas statement but can be enjoyed all year round too.
Dan Hides: sensational seasonal items include heart or star tree decorations featuring Dan’s classic spotty designs. For a beautiful gift with a difference choose one of Dan’s tealight holders in the shape of a ring of Christmas trees with robins or angels, both throwing up intriguing shadows when lit.
Claire Powell: inspired by the nature of the Cotswolds, Claire’s pottery features leaves picked from hedgerows which are overlayed to give an almost 3-D effect. This makes each piece completely unique.
Ann Sohn-Rethel: Ann uses red clay to produce pottery with a natural earthy feel. For Christmas she is adding a bit of sparkle with some glittery silver stars and leaves, made by pressing real leaves into clay. Her olive dishes, mugs and jugs make great gifts all year round.
Ascott Gardens: the growing range of hanging decorations includes hand painted gingerbread men, santas, snowmen, robins, turkeys and hearts. There is also a wide variety of seasonally themed pottery from coasters, soap dishes, mugs and jugs to bowls, plates and platters.