Handmade Highlights

Many of the tutors that we work with here at Clayhill are independent artists and designers. As we all know, this year has been a tough one for people like that. As a nation, we haven’t been able to visit the craft fairs where we can buy direct from makers, nor have we been able to access the shops and stores on the high street, where we often browse to find those special gifts to give to loved ones.

Our Handmade Highlights during the festive season are designed to encourage you to make some things of your own, but we’d like to suggest taking a look at the following  designer/makers for inspiration too.

We hope you enjoy browsing and would love to know if you find anything! Tag us @clayhillarts in your social media or email us info@clayhillarts.co.uk to let us know.

Jennifer Collier 

Paper Pioneer, Jennifer Collier has a wonderful range of objects for sale on the madebyhandonline website using her trademark stitch and paper techniques.


She brings to life once loved papers across a variety of unique objects and designs for you and your home. You can even commission her to make something extra special for you too.

You can follow Jennifer on instagram and twitter, and if you like the sort of work that Jennifer makes then you can learn all about it in our Paper Samplers and Experimental Bookbinding course next February, or in our Making Paper Garments course in May

Ranjit Dhaliwal 

Ceramicist and Designer/Maker Ranjit Dhaliwal has a range of stoneware mugs available to buy directly from his website



You can follow Ranjit on instagram @studioranj and if you are interested to learn about his signature technique of Smoke Fired Ceramics, you can do so on a three day course we will be delivering with him next February.

The Letterpress Collective

If you’ve not bought your Christmas cards yet, The Letterpress Collective have a range of their own designs, as well as handprinted packs of playing cards and unique letterpress prints.

Visit their website https://www.departmentofsmallworks.co.uk/shop to find out more


You can follow the Letterpress Collective on instagram @theletterpresscollective and if you want to develop your own text, you can join them here in March for a two day Letterpress course.

Meticulous Ink

Continuing with stationery, Bath based Meticulous Ink have a range of paper based gifts including wreaths, cards and Calligraphy Sets


If you like the look of their Calligraphy Sets, you can join us for an afternoon workshop in Copperplate Calligraphy next March to help perfect your technique.

Follow Meticulous Ink on instagram @meticulousink

Jackie Curtis

Local Printmaker, Jackie Curtis was due to run a lino print Wrapping Paper and Christmas Card workshop with us this November, which sadly had to cancel due to the recent lockdown. Jackie is still selling her own cards and prints however, over on her website:



You can follow Jackie on instagram, twitter and facebook And we are working with her to develop some printing in the landscape workshops in the new year sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about these

Rob Jones

Looking for something that gets your loved ones making this Christmas? Rob Jones of Romor Designs has a range of project kits available on his website, as well as his signature shibori inspired textiles for sale.



Looking to deepen your understanding of these techniques? You can join Rob on our Japanese Embroidery course next May, where you will learn about the ancient art of Sashiko stitching, Boro mending, and Kogin-counted thread embroidery

You can follow Rob on instagram, twitter and facebook

Rachael Taylor Designs

Do you have a textile project in mind but haven’t found the right fabric yet? Rachael Taylor has a brilliant range on her website. She rightly terms her fabrics as those with ‘patterns to make you happy’. You can find the right one for your project, or for the textile maker in your life by visiting her shop



You can follow Rachael on instagram, twitter and facebook. And, if you like the patterns that Rachael creates you can join her for our Inspired by Nature Pattern Design course in May next year to discover how to create your own.


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