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Origins Craft Fair

November 9, 2011

Billy Lloyd porcelain tableware

Back in September I went to the Origins contemporary craft fair, which was held at Spitalfields in east London. I thought it was fab – it was a manageable size yet it was packed with so many talented people creating beautiful objects. Lots of things caught my eye. It was great for jewellery, accessories and ceramics. These were some of my favourites:

Chris Keenan

I loved the colours of Chris’ Limoges porcelain pieces glazed with celadon and tenmoku. He had some gorgeous sets of beakers as well as little rocking bowls and this beautiful tea set.

Image from chriskeenan.co.uk

Ali Nash

Ali is based in Dublin where she hand makes her pieces. I wanted everything on her stand! Her delicate jewellery made with vermeil gold and precious/semi-precious gems had a contemporary yet vintage, timeless feel. Love! Pictured here is her necklace of grey angalite and cream lava stone with vermeil gold hoops and chain.

Image from alinash.com

James & Tilla Waters

James and Tilla Waters’ stand really stood out for me. They make their porcelain and stoneware in rural Carmarthenshire. Their pieces were gorgeous. So clean. So simple, subtle and sensitive. Loved all their colour combinations often with accent stripes of red or orange.

Image from jamesandtillawaters.co.uk

Mizuyo Yamashita

How adorable are these tree house tealight holders? Handmade by Mizuyo Yamashita, a Japanese ceramicist based in London. She also blogs here. Check out her October entries for her posts on making these treehouses.

Rowboat London 

Melancholy but enchanting little abandoned ceramic houses by Rowena Brown. She also had designs with roofs and ones in different colours. They looked fab grouped up in little rows. Quirky and different. Some are also available strung with hemp string for hanging.

Image from originuk.org

For knitwear I liked Hikaru Noguchi and I also bought a scarf from Katie Mawson who is based in the Lake District.

If you like the look of these then perhaps the Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios might interest you. It’s taking place in Holborn at the end of November and in Deptford at the beginning of December.

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