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Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft's 'A Gorgeous Christmas' Exhibition, this November (13th July 2012)

Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft's 'A Gorgeous Christmas' Exhibition, this November

For the 7th year, The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust have come together to stage Shropshire's biggest contemporary craft fair which will be running over the weekend of November 17th and 18th.

Founded in 2001 the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft helps to promote the professional designer and maker through exhibitions and events; with members drawn from across Shropshire.

The November event, 'A Gorgeous Christmas', is an inspirational mix of some of the finest craftspeople from the region and will include designer makers who have created jewellery, ceramics and pottery, furniture, glass, woven baskets, fabrics and sculptures. For the first time, the event will also include 2D artwork.

This popular annual event will also feature a Fine Food Hall, stocked with delicious food from local companies.

Chairwoman of The Shropshire Guild and ceramicist Caroline Bennett said "A Gorgeous Christmas is just what we are planning! We'll have a food hall packed with the most wonderful local food producers selling delicious goodies to take home or munch on whilst you browse nearly 40 designer makers throughout Enginuity".

Caroline, who works from her studio near Broseley continued "we'll have Shropshire Guild members and guests chosen by a selection committee exhibiting their wares – so it really will be a perfect place for gift buying or treating yourself". 

Shropshire Guild exhibitors will include Oswestry based basket maker Ted Bruce. Ted has been making baskets since 1998, and said "I was initially self taught but studied with some of the best basket makers in Britain." He continued "I am inspired by the beautiful Shropshire countryside in which I have lived and worked for 20 years. I work with English willow, some of which I grow myself, to make strong attractive functional baskets for a wide variety of domestic and garden situations."

Also exhibiting this year is guest, jeweller Lucy Palmer.  Lucy, from Ashborne in Derbyshire creates distinctive jewellery inspired by myths, fairytales, folk lore, childhood memories and the natural world. Lucy said “I am fascinated by stories of all kinds from ancient myths and legends to children’s tales.  I often use narratives in my work, inviting the viewer to recall a favourite story, or perhaps to make up their own. Jewellery has long been surrounded by tales of magical powers and mythical wonders, from golden necklaces that enchant the wearer and bewitch others, to rings which possess great power.”

Traci Dix-William, Director of Operations at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Said "the Ironbridge Gorge Museum is delighted to be working with a vast range of different designer makers, artisans and food producers for this year’s 'A Gorgeous Christmas' event, which will see a wide selection of exhibitors offering visitors the opportunity to admire and purchase a cross section of wonderful products at both the luxury end of the market and also more affordable treats and gifts ideal for unusual handmade Christmas gifts".

Entrance to Gorgeous is £1.50 per person, under 12's go free. Gorgeous will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 17th of November and 10am-4.30pm on Sunday 18th November.

Further details are available from the Shropshire Guild's website at: www.shropshireguild.co.uk or the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 01952 884391 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk