Present and Correct – now open

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Every exhibition at The Byre features a beautifully curated selection of art and contemporary craft from artists and makers from throughout the UK and this Christmas is no exception. Jewellery is always high on the list of presents to give and receive and Present and Correct features a wonderful selection of eye-catching earrings, rings, bracelets and neckpieces:  delicate silver and gold work by jewellery designers Corrinne Eira Evans, Lucy Spink and Beverley Bartlett, complement the trademark bold colours of Byre regulars Tracey Falvey and Lisa Henshall, and the striking style of new talent Jodie Hansen.

For the home, elegant ceramics by Lucy Burley and Jessica Thorn in wonderful cool wintery shades would make stunning additions to any interior – or very desirable gifts to put under the tree; jewel coloured glass vessels, jugs and glasses from Catriona Mackenzie look wonderful in either traditional and contemporary settings, and Byre newcomer Alex Hoare’s glass platters in icy pastel shades seem to shimmer in the winter sun, heavenly.  No well dressed table this Christmas is complete without Phil Atkin’s timeless pewter work: delightful salt and pepper sets hand-crafted from Cornish shells look stunning alongside his place-name holders, candle holders and decorative shells.

Pewter starfish and scallops also feature in tree decorations – and this year’s selection of delights for the tree are pieces you won’t want to put away in January.  Lisa Henshall’s bold and brilliant paintings have been recreated on wonderful ceramic balls; delicate glass from Toni Fairhead look good enough to eat, as do some stunning ceramic pieces from Paul Cardew which almost resemble iced Christmas cookies!

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Coming soon…

The website is looking a bit clunky but please bear with us – a new, shiny and update version is one the way – hopefully to coincide with the opening of Present and Correct our new exhibition for Christmas.  More news soon…

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In Your Dreams – Now Open

What a great first week for In Your Dreams – it’s been wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and to meet new ones.  So much interest in the exhibition and the wonderful work in it.  We’ve got slightly shorter opening hours this weekend – 12 noon until 4:30pm – but do hope to welcome friends old and new.The Byre In Your Dreams


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Crafty pickings

I’m very excited to be a sponsor of this year’s Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey which opens on the 9th June: it is a must-visit destination for me every year, and being under an hour’s journey from home, I always feel extremely fortunate that one of the country’s best contemporary craft events is pretty much on my doorstep.








Sarah James, the festival’s director asked me to pick five of the makers taking part this year that I was most looking forward to seeing. Trying to narrow my choice down to five makers was not easy, as ever there is a huge wealth of talent that I’m extremely keen to see.  I’m so pleased to see that a number of ‘regulars’ at The Byre are taking part this year and some, like Jill Holland and Lucy Spink, for the first time.

But after a few attempts to narrow my list down, I decided on:

Sarah Jerath – ceramics

When I curate an exhibition at The Byre I draw heavily on styling techniques,  mixing colours, textures and materials to create a cohesive whole, and so I’m always drawn to desirable and interesting work that has been beautifully styled and photographed.   Sarah’s work ticks all the boxes for me.  I love the texture and form of her work – and the way it has been so attractively photographed really enhances it; you want to reach out, grab it, and fill your home with it.  With such an eye for styling I’m intrigued to see how Sarah will present her work.

Charlotte Wilkinson – glass

I’m a huge fan of glass: I absolutely love the way it responds to light and how a burst of sunshine can bounce through it and throw glorious coloured shadows on the walls and ceiling. I also love hearing about the inspiration for a maker’s work – and when I read the story behind Charlotte Wilkinson’s work I was captivated.  Finding inspiration from the unusual and the unlikely can give an added twist to already beautiful work, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing Charlotte’s vibrant pieces.

Valerie Wartelle – textiles

Wall-hung textiles can add real richness and texture to a room in the way a canvas or framed piece rarely can; but heavy textiles can often overwhelm.  Valerie Wartelle’s beautiful work has a wonderful delicacy in both the colours and the materials she uses, they exude both warmth and elegance.

Jane Bevan – wood

The Byre’s spring exhibition is Out of the Woods (not to be confused with the CCF event of the same name!) and I’ve been really fascinated by the way different makers can create such distinct work using the same raw material, I hadn’t realised how versatile wood could be.  I was delighted to discover the very innovative work of Jane Bevan; a really refreshing approach to wood craft with some fantastic pieces in her collection – I can’t wait to see them in ‘the flesh,’

Kate Toms – textiles/mixed media

As a dog owner – and lover – I couldn’t help but be charmed by Kate Toms’ work.  Her felt four-legged friends have such personalities, just like real dogs, and I especially love the exaggeratedly large paws.

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