The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair has a little sister…

Come and visit the Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Altrincham Town hall on Sunday 4th December 2016

10.30am -4.30pm

Buy unique gifts from statement jewellery pieces to beautiful things for the home.

Pebble rings and full cup ring with sky blue enamel


Fishink at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2016 Part 1


Wow has it been a year already since the last Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair , I don’t know where the time goes, but I do know where the beautiful designers hang out… read on to discover for yourselves : )

As usual I try to cover the new designers I come across with work that catches my eye for one reason or another.  One such person was ceramist Jasmine Simpson with a new range of lions, dogs and birds.


I loved her curled up watercoloured fox (below) and her anxious lions and slightly starey looking dogs, best of all.


Melissa Montague had an interesting range of metallic objects, some functional, some decorative.


I watched Rhian Malin patiently draw out the design in pencil onto her pot, before creating these intricate designs with blue glaze, all with such a steady hand. Simplistic, stylish and sophisticated. The stand looked great.



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Free Art workshops for 13-24 yr olds

Photo of Reading Hack does #LoveToReadBe part of something big. BBC #LoveToRead is a national campaign to get people reading and sharing the books they love. 


Reading Hack event on Monday 24 October at Manchester Central Library.  

It includes digital workshops, screen printing and 3doodler pen sessions, and a visit from internationally best-selling author Samantha Shannon.

and 2 screen printing workshops  – 2-3.30pm  and 5-6.30pm. 20 attendees per workshop, with Mandy Cleveland.

Make a poster based on the cover of your favourite read, or design your own front cover.

Learn the technique of hand pulled screen printing and make striking professional looking posters for you bedroom wall!

This is an event aimed at 13-24 yr olds

 there are also lots more things to do at this flagship event find out more at