This morning I visited the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen’s contribution to the Broadway Arts Festival in the stunning setting of St Eadburgha’s Church, a mile outside the town on the road to Snowshill. The church itself is a beautiful building in a stunning location – a great setting for the furniture exhibited by the Guild.
There is a wide range of pieces, such as the circular table by Derek Elliott and the turned chairs by Paul Spriggs, which work together because of the craftsmanship, the quality of materials and the attention to detail. I was particularly taken by a small side table by David Murray with three slender legs and T-shaped stretchers, an original take on the Cotswold craft furniture tradition. Soft furnishings and scarves by Liz Lippiatt and Rachel Stowe add touches of colour to the display.
Guild members are also featured in an exhibition, ‘Changing Times’ at the Gordon Russell Design Museum in Broadway which marks the arrival of the Russell family as owners of the Lygon Arms in 1904. Calligraphy by Andy Moore and bookbinding by Pamela Richmond are on show representing crafts that Gordon Russell practised as a young man.
The Broadway Arts Festival runs until Sunday 15 June and the exhibition at St Eadburgha’s is open from 10 – 4 daily, admission free.