St Johns Place

Hay on Wye


01497 820 556

Sophie Sutherland

I have always had a keen interest in art and design and after working in film for several years with John Cleeses company, Video Arts, I decided to move into interior design, working for Colefax and Fowler. Over the years I have continually used my skills in making and design.

Having a particular love of textiles, I began needle felting aiming to predominantly use sheep wool locally sourced in Wales, and it was my rescue dog, Scribble who was the inspiration in making dogs.

Also Exhibiting

Joan Doherty

Joan Doherty trained at the Ulster College of Art and subsequently worked at Kilkenny Design Workshops in Ireland as a demonstration potter and designer for the ceramics industry.

Along with Jack Doherty she set up Doherty Ceramics in Herefordshire in 1983. The ceramic wrens and sparrows are modelled in stained porcelain clays. The "agate" technique of construction means that all the pieces are completely individual. Some are glazed, some not. Some are high fired, some not. All fit comfortably into the hand.

Jane Branney

Jane works predominately in silver, hand crafting jewellery from her home studio. Jane aims to make jewellery that will stand the test of time and will be something that can be worn again and again. She incorporates her love for vintage textiles into her jewellery using them to imprint into the silver to provide contrasting textures and a sense of history to her work. Interest and rich colours in the jewellery comes from adding vintage beads or semi-precious stone beads.

Christmas Exhibition: 21st Nov - Jan 2017

Perry Lancaster

Each piece is made individually by hand, from wood specifically chosen. The timber must be perfectly seasoned to ensure stability during and after carving. Once the piece is finished it is waxed which adds a protective coat. Perry now works from his home in the Dordogne region of France, creating fine forms with minimal detail thus showing the natural beauty of the wood.

Sarah Withers

Sara produces a range of exquisite jewellery, assembling her own hand crafted beads together with others collected from around the world. Her intricate work is sold at shops and galleries throughout Britain. She also exhibits at selected shows and music festivals.

Sara is the author of several books on the subject. Titles include 'Exotic Beads', 'Beautiful Beading', 'The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques' and 'The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery.

Nick and Gabi Ward

Nick and Gabi Ward are designer makers of handmade ceramics. Nick studied Studio Pottery at Harrow School of Art under Walter Keeler. Gabi studied Textiles and Ceramics at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham. They went on to design and create work for the international interiors market. Their current work includes thrown, decorated earthenware using figurative and abstract images inspired by natural form. By using the hand drawn technique of sgraffito and painting the pots with stained slips they achieve a contemporary finish. They work together in their stone barn in rural Herefordshire.

Patricia Kelly

Patricia became hooked on pottery when she was first introduced to clay at evening class. At the same time, as luck would have it, redundancy from an office lifestyle gave the chance for a career change - fulfilling a dream of becoming a potter. She lives in beautiful Mid Wales and her present work is influenced by this environment. Each piece is hand built using earthenware clay and decorated with slips, under glazes and glazes

Alison Young

All Alison's work is handmade using traditional silversmithing techniques. Her work is inspired by organic forms and often incorporates semi-precious stones and natural materials, including petrified wood, freshwater pearls and very rare vintage deep water black coral. All the stones Alison uses are set by hand in silver. Alison's jewellery appeals to people looking for unique, modern design combined with versatile wearability.

Sally Haysom

Bear Hands is a handmade, illustration based jewellery company. Designed around Sally's own illustrations, each piece is lovingly handmade from start to finish from her Bristol studio. Sally attribute her passion for nature and narrative to a childhood of woodland walks. Sally's degree from Falmouth college in Illustration helped her along the way, and finally a desire to combine her passion for drawing with a love of making inspired her to set up Bear Hands. Sally hopes people will find something in her work to inspire and enjoy.

Lindsey Tyson

Originally a weaver in the automotive trade,around ten years ago Lindsey sidestepped into the world of feltmaking. Being brought up in the countryside and living in Scarborough,Lindsey is inspired by moody seas and skies. In the main Lindsey uses sketches and photographs to create designs which are printed onto silk, she then incorporates these into her felt. This process is called 'Nuno' felt - the combination of fabric and wool fibre. She then adds more literal images by printing onto the finished product. From all of this, Lindsey creates a range of home and fashion accessories such as pictures, bowls, vases, lampshades, scarves and her more well known 'felt' pebbles!

Astrid de Groot

Astrid de Groot is a woodworker living and working in Goodwick, Pembrokeshire; she has worked with wood for over 25 years. Five years ago, Astrid began to hand-carve spoons using traditional tools and techniques. They are made from indigenous wild hardwoods sourced in rural west Wales while the wood is still green. Astrid forages most of the wood herself. She designs and makes durable, practical spoons, striving for a high standard of excellence and beauty. Both her Granddad and Great Granddad were clog makers, so carving and working with wood is very much in her family.

Annie Rie

Annie's painted stained glass shows the English countryside, in all its forms. Landscape in particular is a real inspiration as well as capturing its image in light. Annie's home in the Cotswolds is an influence on her work, but she also has an attachment to the landscapes of the River Severn, The Forest of Dean, the Malvern Hills and West Penwith in Cornwall. Her work uses the same methods as stained glass painters of the early 14th century.