Sunday, 4 December 2016

Scottish Borders Christmas Gift Guide

Having spent the last two years running a gallery I have had the immense pleasure of encountering loads of wonderful creative work. As it is coming up to Christmas I thought fellow Scottish Borders folk might appreciate a brief list of who is making gorgeous gift ideas and where they can buy them.

This list is by no means comprehensive so please don't be offended if I've missed individuals or venues out; there is a distinct lean to the Eastern Borders )and Berwick) as that's where I'm based.

Galleries

If you want to support local artists and give handmade gorgeousness this Christmas I highly recommend checking out our wealth of galleries. Many of the galleries will be running winter opening hours so it's worth checking out their websites for opening times. 

For paintings, printmaking, photography, furniture, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, cards and even gift vouchers do check out our local galleries.

First up, The White Fox Gallery is taking over our gallery space on the High Street in Coldstream and up until Christmas Stephen and Virginie will have both the High Street and Hirsel galleries open. 

Number Four Gallery in beautiful St Abbs houses a huge range of contemporary arts and crafts plus you get the chance to go for a stunning coastal walk when you visit! If you are heading this way on a Friday make sure you pop into the St Abbs Market at the Ebba Centre too.

Kinsman-Blake Gallery, Smailholm, near Kelso, hosts the work of the Kinsman-Blake family including pottery, wood, jewellery, paintings and print making.

The Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder also has a lovely cafe to enjoy when you visit, or if you can't make it in person they have just started selling online.

The Crafters, Market Square, Melrose, hosted by a core group of makers with different guests showing work each month.

Not far from the Crafters is the brand new Melrose Gallery which opened last month.

Julia Linstead Glass Gallery, the Hirsel, Coldstream, home of Julia's workshop and a whole array of glass wonders.

Photographer and framer Ian Oliver at Tweedside Gallery, Newtown St Boswells.

Chirnside Gallery and Framers.


Online Shops

If you are shopping for festive gifts from the comfort of your own home here are a few Scottish Borders and Northumberland based artists and makers with web shops.

Wildlife artist Hannah Longmuir whose calendars make a lovely present.

Dave Watson and Morag Eaton of Foldyard Studios in Berwick-upon-Tweed have a selection of artist prints available to buy online.

Harris Tweed textile art, print and cards from Bright Seed Textiles.

Jeweller Fiona Luing makes beautiful jewellery with prices starting at under £10.

Prints from artist Sylvia Quinn Home.

Orwell and Goode the fabulous creators of home decor, art prints, fabric and accessories.

Kiki's Chocolate is delicious!

Beautiful beasties from Linda Lovatt.


Workshops

For those who would prefer to gift an experience it is possible to choose from a wide range of visual art and creative writing workshops for all ages at Allanbank Arts, near Allanton.

Maybe you know somebody who would like to make a willow chair, a rustic stool or carve spoons, all available at The Big Tree Society, Buy Design Gallery, Harestanes.

Weaving workshops in Swinton with Janis Embleton.


Mill Pond Flower Farm has an online shop where you can order flowers for local delivery, heirloom silk ribbon, natural dyed fabric and you can also book onto two flower farming workshops.

Lastly, for something a bit different; for the drivers there are gift vouchers available for 4x4 experiences or training with Farx4

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Pop Up Christmas Market at the Granary, Berwick-upon-Tweed


Next Saturday I'll be joining the lovely folk of 56 Degrees North studios at their pop-up market.

I will have a selection of sea glass and pottery jewellery, some enamel buoy jewellery and maybe even a bargain basket. This will be the first event I've done in ages as running the gallery did not leave much time for other events so it'll be fun to pop up somewhere different next weekend.

It will be a festive occasion and yes, if you read the small print that does say mulled wine and mince pies! See you there! 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November 2016

November has been my first month back in the workshop full time which is a good place to be.

I have made lots of new work which has gone out to galleries for Christmas exhibitions and my own web shop is live and filling up with new pieces including this set of aqua sea glass and silver pieces of jewellery.




I have had this gorgeous round piece of sea glass for quite some time and am delighted with this lovely clean silver setting; I've left the back open to let the light shine through the glass which I guess is the base of an old bottle stop.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Buoys-a-Dear!

The first set of my buoy inspired jewellery has hit the shop

Spending lots of time on the coast the brightly coloured or weathered and faded buoys always caught my eye and earlier this year I started to make jewellery echoing these coastal sights. 

Enamelling round silver and copper discs to create earrings, necklaces, bangles and rings with a pop of colour I offer these in a shiny new-buoy or matt been-in-the-sea-a-while-buoy finish.

So join me in exclaiming in fine Norther Irish fashion, buoys a dear* would you look at those colours!





*'boys a dear!' = a common mild exclamation in  Northern Ireland along the lines of 'Oh My goodness!'

Sunday, 30 October 2016

October 2016

October 2016 brings to an end our time running Coldstream Gallery, a jam packed two years and we are so grateful to all the fantastic artists who showed with us and all our visitors; for popping for coffee, buying, chatting and being lovely! 


Now it's back to the workshop full time for me getting ready for winter exhibitions and to fill www.laurajohnsonjewellery.co.uk with new jewellery.

We managed to squeeze in a wonderful trip to Edinburgh which reminds me I have a memory card of photos to look at.


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August 2016



This summer's edition of EB Living features the most fabulous photographs of my jewellery, many thanks to photographer Abbie McCann and Melanie Buchan.

We had the opportunity to get over home to Northern Ireland to catch up with lots of lovely people and go walking in the Mournes; Trassey, Hares Gap, Slieve Bearnagh.



We had a visit from super friends from the Midlands and it was so ace to get to show them the gallery and what we've been up to since we last saw them at our wedding. 




Sunday, 31 July 2016

July 2016

July 2016 was the month we finally climbed Scafell Pike having both wanted to do it long before we'd ever met.




Big massive thank you to Hannah Longmuir for looking after the gallery for us!


My sea glass, pottery and recycled silver jewellery is available at Crown Studio, Rothbury. You can see an up dated list of stockists over on my website.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

June 2016

Summer Exhibition at Coldstream Gallery full of bright and glorious work!

Toward Holy Island, Siobhan O'Hehir


Lots of gorgeous aquas and greens drilled for sea glass stacker jewellery, green sea glass bezel set and dangle earrings and a very welcome little garden visitor!




Tuesday, 31 May 2016

May 2016

May has been all about our holiday to the magnificent Ardnamurchan; our first visit and we are smitten.













Saturday, 30 April 2016

April 2016

We've been out for more danders with our wee lad cat Monty who has emerged as a lover of strolling! There are more pictures of his exploits over on instagram! Our friends over at Loaf vegan B&B have had the most wonderful Spring visitor recently, check out visit 1 and visit 2!


I've really enjoying making bezel set sea glass stud earrings and a big thank you to everyone who has been buying them.


Our garden is blooming and I can't get enough floral joy just now, tis wonderful!


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

March 2016

March brought a new stockist; you can now find my jewellery in the fabulous Creative Recycling Gallery, Chorlton, Manchester.



Our own Spring Exhibition got off to a flying start with fabulous work on show and all sorts of spring happenings on the windows, there seem to be more bunnies and daffodils with every passing day!


When not at the gallery I've been making new jewellery with lots of lovely blue and white sea pottery which will be off to stockists soon.




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