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Gorgeous Christmas Contemporary Craft Fair at Enginuity, near Ironbridge (20th September 2012)

Gorgeous Christmas Contemporary Craft Fair at Enginuity, near Ironbridge

A Gorgeous Christmas Contemporary Craft Fair will be held at Enginuity near Ironbridge, Shropshire, on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November. This annual event will provide a wealth of Christmas present ideas with new elements added this year to ensure there are items to suit all pockets from magnificent designer made pieces, to handmade goods and locally produced food.

Building on the Gorge’s rich heritage of creativity the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, in association with the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, is holding this high quality selling exhibition of locally produced foods and fine designer made craft items.

In the main hall designer-makers will be exhibiting exquisite pieces of fine furniture, ceramics, glassware, textiles, jewellery, baskets and metal work and talking to visitors about their craft. All items are handmade by highly skilled and creative local craftsmen, who are masters of their trade.

Among the returning exhibitors is Shropshire based Glass Artist Jonathan Harris, who specialises in the ancient art of cameo and grail glass decoration. The surface of the glass is skilfully carved by hand through layers of enamel colours, 24ct gold and sterling silver leaf, revealing the intricate design in outstanding detail. Jonathan is fascinated by fusing ancient craftsmanship and technology.
Sara Piper-Heap is a Shropshire based designer, maker and jeweler. Working from her garden studio near Oswestry, Sara individually handcrafts unique jewelry and small metalwork pieces. Fascinated by the eloquent beauty of the natural world meeting the mathematical one, Sara’s jewelry features regular geometric shapes and simple clean lines. Usually working in silver, Sara uses copper and brass to highlight her work although recently she has been using other natural materials such as wood and felt to add texture and contrast.

The exhibition will also feature local food producers selling tempting goodies including cakes, chutneys, meats and sweet treats such as Heather’s Harvest, a well-known Shropshire maker of preserves. All her products are made with the finest ingredients and are perfectly blended into a wide range of sumptuous flavours to excite your taste buds. There are no additives or preservatives in any of her recipes and Heather gives personal attention to each and every batch.

Entrance to Gorgeous is £2.50 per person, under 5s free, which includes admission into Enginuity, where children of all ages can have fun discovering about science and technology with giant hands-on exhibits. Museum Annual Passport holders have free admission. Gorgeous will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, 17 November and 10am-5pm on Sunday, 18 November.  

For details Tel: 01952 433424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.