Liz Valenti designed for Mary Quant!

There is currently an exhibition at the V&A celebrating a lifetime's work of Mary Quant. It is on until February 2020. Guild member Liz Valenti designed for Mary Quant in a freelance capacity for about eight years in the 1970’s. Here are some relevant images of Liz's design drawings for Mary, as well as one… Continue reading →

Award for Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Many congratulations to Guild member Emily-Kriste Wilcox who has been awarded 'Best Interior Decor Products 2019' in the SME News Midlands Enterprise Awards. These awards are given to those who are considered to be using 'innovative business practice' as well as for their 'outstanding overall performance' Woop! Emily-Kirste's website  

Ray Key Collaboration

After Ray Key passed away, his wife, Liz, found quite a number of part turned items in his workshop. After discussion with the Association of Woodturners Great Britain Executive, it was agreed, that these pieces would be sent to a number of internationally renowned turners to finish in their own style. Such was the sphere… Continue reading →

A good month for Calligraphy and Andy Moore

Guild member Andy Moore has had a good month or so with his calligraphy. Vincentre, the new Van Gogh museum in Nuenen, Holland, has requested copies of his two hand-written and illustrated books on Van Gogh. And the Keats book on which he collaborated with the Old Stile Press has been featured as one of the highlights of their forty years of activity in… Continue reading →

Guild Member David Hart at Court Barn, Chipping Campden

The exhibition ‘Design: Hand Head Heart’ opened at Court Barn, Chipping Campden on 13 April.  This is a celebration of nine leading contemporary designer-makers who follow the rich Arts and Crafts heritage of the Cotswolds.  They include David Hart of Hart Silversmiths whose grandfather George was a founder-member of the Gloucestershire Guild and who has… Continue reading →

Guild Members at the Select Trail

Many of our talented Guild members will be taking part in this year’s Select Trail – either opening their studios, running workshops or being available to show you what they are working on. Guild members participating include: Susan Early, Liz Lippiatt, Ursula Jeakins, Cleo Mussi, Neil MacGregor & Val Michael, Elaine Day, Helen Foot, Jenny… Continue reading →

Landscape – Performances at Blackfriars Priory 18 and 19 April

A site specific physical theatre performance directed by Gillian Yates and performed by University of Gloucestershire Level 6 Performing Arts students.. In partnership with the Gloucestershire Guild and with special thanks to Blackfriars in Gloucester, this performance gave a lovely response to the wonderful work done by the Gloucestershire Guild and touched upon human relationships,… Continue reading →

Oh, Fabulous Shoes !!!

Calligrapher and Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Member Andy Moore was pleased to work with Caroline Groves Couture on a one-off pair of shoes for Whoopi Goldberg. Some of her own sayings and others on American democracy are written on top, with the 'wisdom' of Donald Trump on the soles, ready to be scuffed off.

Honours for two Gloucestershire Guild Members

At the 2017 AGM of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen held on 22 March, members unanimously elected two new Life Members – Anne James and Toff Milway – to the highest accolade that this body of professional designer-makers can award to their fellow members. Both the new life members are ceramicists and from 1 January… Continue reading →

The Guild at 51 and SIT select

The Gloucestershire Guild will again be partnering with SIT select and the Select Festival in 2017. Celebrating contemporary craft the Select Festival opens on 29 April until 28 May. Many Guild members are taking part in the Select Trail that takes place over two weekends in May. 6 & 7 13 & 14 May. Makers will… Continue reading →

Chipping Campden Summer Show 2016

This year's Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen's summer show at the Town Hall, Chipping Campden, was opened by authors Peter and Charlotte Fiell. Peter had this inspiring message for makers on craftmanship: • It is fantastic to see such a variety of work and skills on display. • My wife, Charlotte, and I have been writing… Continue reading →
Adrian Bates Flame Black

Bud to Bloom

1 March – 17 April 2016  in The Guild at 51 An exhibition of Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen Members inspired by plant forms. Uschi Arens Price –  Jewellery For the Bud to Bloom exhibition Uschi is exploring the use of silver and soft materials. She has made stickpins from sterling silver wire and silver sheet,… Continue reading →

CRAFT LIVE craft education project

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen is launching an exciting new craft education project in March 2016. The CRAFT LIVE project will give a group of students from six Gloucestershire secondary schools the opportunity to learn about the world of craft and design from professional designer makers from the Guild and to take part in practical… Continue reading →

Making an Impression – Featuring the work of Guild member Chris Noble celebrating his 40th Anniversary as a printmaker.

5 January – 28 February To celebrate 40 years of printmaking Christopher Noble is showcasing a selection of recent digital prints at the Gloucestershire Guild’s Gallery@ 51 in Cheltenham from Tuesday 5th January through to the end of February. Taking advantage of this opportunity, there will be several large format prints including a couple over… Continue reading →

Jo McAllister – Maker in Focus

2 February – 13 March 2016 Hand made in fine silver 999, 18ct yellow, green white and rose gold, Jo McAllister’s jewellery demonstrates a simplicity of form but not content. Initially prompted by the deceptive qualities of desert light and the desiccation of natural and man made textures within those landscapes, her work continues to… Continue reading →

Christmas Shopping in The Guild at 51

Christmas Shopping Evening Thursday 26 November | 5.15 – 9 pm Celebrate the start of Christmas with a special late night open evening at The Guild at 51 and The Wilson: Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. Enjoy shopping for beautifully designed and handmade gifts from the members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. You can… Continue reading →

The Guild at Select Showcase

The Guild at 51 is delighted to be taking part in the first Select Showcase in Cheltenham . Cheltenham Town Hall 23-24-25 October 2015 Opening times are: Friday      23rd   10.30 am – 5.00 pm Saturday 24th    10.00 am – 6.00 pm Sunday    25th   10.00 am – 4.00 pm As well as featuring work from members,… Continue reading →

Detail of Patesserie Cherry handwoven in 100% silk

Nick Ozanne at London Design Festival

Guild member,  hand-weaver Nick Ozanne of Leto & Ariadne, is bringing his loom to Shoreditch during the London Design Festival, when you can see him weaving and hand finishing his signature collection of unisex silk scarves. Work is available to buy or order from this award winning designer maker who is currently one of the 19… Continue reading →

Makers in Focus -Jilly Edwards & Theo Wright

September 15th – November 1st. Presented by SITselect in collaboration with the Guild at 51. Presenting work from two designer makers who approach weaving in diverse ways. Theo Wright hand weaves with mathematical precision. For sale are a collection of scarves. Tapestry artist, Jilly Edwards, well known for her beautifully crafted tapestries evoking journeys and landscape… Continue reading →

Ursulas demo

Tetbury Spring Show

Our Spring Show in Tetbury has been attracting plenty of visitors including these youngsters who along with many other children have been making simple books with bookbinder Ursula Jeakin’s during her demonstration. The show ends at 6 pm on Sunday 31st May so there is still time to call in. Demonstrators are Andy Moore, Calligrapher and… Continue reading →

The Guild at 51 Shop front

The Guild at 51 Studio Seven present SPRINGBOARD II

In the window of The Guild at 51 Studio Seven present SPRINGBOARD II, a collection of new work developed from a 3D sketchbook of ideas inspired by the old Chair Factory at Chalford, near Stroud, which has become the Victoria Works Studios. The work draws on the colours, textures and patterns in the building’s structure,… Continue reading →

Loco Glass – Glass Garden

In The Guild at 51, Loco Glass create a glass garden. Glimpses of vivid colour and reflection contrast with the natural beauty of nature in this collection of new work by Louise and Colin Hawkins. Glass and steel combine to create elegant drifts of single stem sculptures for planting into garden borders outside. Alongside their new… Continue reading →

Catarina Riccabona – Maker in Focus

The Guild at 51.  Tuesday 6 January – Sunday 22 February 2015. Catarina Riccabona is a textile designer and hand-weaver. She produces one-off designs and small editions of functional items such as scarves and cushions, but mostly she weaves throws and blankets. ‘ I love working with my hands. Weaving by hand allows much greater… Continue reading →

The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds

Friday November 21 to Sunday 23, 2014  Course tutors : Mary Greensted and Liz Lippiatt This course will provide an introduction to the Arts and Crafts Movement and to the work of some of the Cotswold designer-makers, including Ernest Gimson and Alfred and Louise Powell.  On Sunday, in the spirit of the Arts and Crafts,… Continue reading →

Selected journal Issue 1: 10,000 hours

This exciting new craft publication produced by SIT, will feature amazingly inspiring people who bring brilliance to our lives. Features include Jilly Edwards, Joe Hartley, the studio of Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson, Anna Gravelle, new talent with: Amy Gair and Mei-Ling de Buitléar, coppice man Sebastian Cox, Andrew Davidson block prints for Lewis &… Continue reading →

Paper – Material in Focus.

Jo Swait,  manager of The Guild at 51, has had a great response from Guild members to her anniversary celebration exhibition, Paper – Material in Focus. ‘ I thought it would be interesting to focus on a material and I have selected PAPER. The material can be used however you would like, as long as… Continue reading →

New jewellery collection by Sally Davis

The Guild at 51 is showing a collection of jewellery by Sally Davis, one of the Guild’s newest members. Already proving popular with visitors to the shop, Sally’s first piece sold within minutes of being on sale!   For more information on Sally and her work please visit her page in the Members’ Directory. 

The Guild at the Broadway Arts Festival

  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… Continue reading →

Guild at 51at night

Shop late night opening – Christmas gifts from The Guild at 51

The Guild at 51 is opening from 10am to 8pm on Thursday 5 December. There are plenty of christmas gifts to choose including jewellery, furniture, leather belts and handbags, woven baskets, decorative vessels, hand painted tableware, cushions, scarves, clothing and lots more with prices ranging from £5 to £1000, all designed and made by members of the… Continue reading →

photo credit Emily Dennison

‘Makers in Focus’ in collaboration with Stroud International Textiles

Cover Image of Joseph James Hartley at the wheel by Emily Dennison. Opening on November 5th is the first of a short series of focus exhibitions of lead artist’s work called ‘Makers in Focus’, which begins with work from Joseph James Hartley, winner of the prestigious Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Award Joseph designs and makes… Continue reading →