The original Craft Connection Gallery was established in 1991 by a group of local crafters and artists who wanted to find a way to sell their products directly to the public, while still having the time to be creative. The Gallery is run as a co-operative, which means that all the members take a part in the running of the enterprise. Part of this commitment to the Gallery is taking turns behind the till on a rota basis. Customers often try to guess what the person behind the till makes.
The ethos is that all the products in the Gallery are made locally by the craftsman/artist themselves. This means that when you buy something from the Gallery there is no middleman, hence the prices are reasonable and compare favourably with elsewhere. Many of the items are one-offs and are only available within the shop and artists are unable to repeat a particular product as the materials are unique. Certain items can be made to order within a week or two, including Alison's pebbles.
Products include: cards; jewellery (silver and costume); textiles including bags; ceramics; hand-painted glass and wood; wood-turned products; amber-embellished glass; papier maché; fabrics, haberdashery and craft supplies.
Come and Make!
We also offer workshops in our store. This includes weekly art clubs on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (11am to 1pm in term-time); a Sewing club
once a month as well as occasional workshops on Silver Clay jewellery, printing, pyrotechnic art and different sewing techniques.