Sunday Best

Morning folks and a very fine Bank Holiday Sunday to you all. Here’s our Sunday Best today with love from HAPPY VALLEY! We thought this little montage appropriate now filming has started in our town for the second series of this great British Drama written by BAFTA award winner Sally Wainwright and staring Sarah Lancashire.

Enjoy these images of our locality my friends – all prints available in Heart Gallery.

30.08.15

The Big Park – Kate Lycett
The Lamppost Cafe – Clare Caulfield
Heart Gallery – Clare Caulfield
Woodhouse Mill – Kate Lycett
As The Crow Flies – Kate Lycett
St George’s Square – Clare Caulfield

Meet The Maker – Debbie Barber

Debbie Barber - Ceramicist

Debbie Barber – Ceramic Artist

Debbie is a ceramic artist who specialises in Raku and smoke fired ceramics. She works from her home studio in rural Leicestershire. 

Raku fired ceramic birds

Small birds – smoke fired

Debbie’s art and design training was in textile decoration and embroidery. After 10 years she changed course and returned to college to train as a potter having a lifelong interest in ceramics.

Raku bowl

Raku bowl

Debbie retains her influences from her textile background. She is drawn to 3 dimensional forms but still retains a love of surface details and loves pattern and colour taking inspiration from the natural world – trees, plants and the birds in her garden and the surrounding countryside.

Large bowl with leaf border

Large bowl with leaf border

Debbie was drawn to Naked Raku as a firing technique as enjoys the hands on and the dynamic process of Raku firing.  Raku ceramics date from 16th century Japan. As part of the tea ceremony tea bowls were simply made using this fast-firing technique.

Raku fired birds

Raku fired birds

Debbie’s pots are strong, simple, decorative forms and she uses different glazes and firing techniques.

Raku bowls

Raku bowls

Natural organic forms are used as inspiration; these may be thrown, cast or hand built. Stoneware clay is predominantly used but Debbie also works in earthenware and porcelain.

Selection of Debbie's hearts

Selection of Debbie’s hearts

Of course Debbie’s collection for Heart Gallery is not complete without some hearts!

 

Sunday Best

Here’s another little Sunday Best feature for you my friends. This week I am excited to tell you it is inspired by the colour scheme my son and his lovely girlfriend chose for their wedding day this coming week … and yes I am a proud Mother of the Groom at the moment!!

17.08.15Lower Laithe Reservoir – Kate Lycett
Lace Jewellery – Jayne Middlebrook

Lasercut Meadow – Stewart & Jacqueline Morton
Raku Fired Ceramics – Debbie Barber
Printed Silk Scarf – Craig Fellows
Silver Lily and Pearl Necklace – Amanda Cox

Oh, and here is the colour scheme … just incase you are interested!

WEDDING COLOURS

 

Buying Handmade & Going To The Shop!

Many of you know the main reason Heart Gallery was born but if this is something you missed you can read the blog post about me and my leap of faith here.

2015-05-14 19.09.51-2I can’t pretend it has all been plain sailing as there have been a few curve balls thrown my way over the years but I still feel so blessed and so excited when I turn the key in that big black door!

IMG_3416Buying handmade or handcrafted I feel, teaches you a lot of things … a lot of different things. Buying British is also really important in making a difference and my journey to educate others and change how people shop began over 10 years ago and I’ve never looked back.

Heart_Gallery-001These are the changes I have seen in Hebden Bridge, and in other places I visit regularly, and I hope that if you are reading this you can proudly say you have ticked some of these yourself as conscious efforts on your part to shop wisely.

  • People don’t instinctively jump in their car and drive to a big concrete jungle any more to buy something that has been mass produced and made somewhere other than Great Britain. Yes, I know this still happens don’t get me wrong, but I do feel that lots more of you think twice before doing this these days and that makes my heart sing.
  • More and more people are choosing to shop locally where possible and supporting those small businesses on their own doorstep or in a neighbouring town or village. A thriving local community makes a town a better place to live and shop and spending with a small independent keeps that cash circulating. I personally visit as many local shops for my provisions as I can; I love the interaction with both those that work there and those that shop there. Leading up to Christmas I manage to buy nearly all my presents in Hebden Bridge…the few that I have to buy elsewhere are generally for my lovely but very fussy Dad who always gives me his list of ‘things he doesn’t want’!
  • People are increasingly thinking about what they are buying; they are making that informed purchase knowing that they are spending their pennies and pounds on a quality piece. This may cost them more initially but they are buying something that will last. I don’t want to live in a throw away society of short-lived disposable items.
  • People are also increasingly thinking about who they are buying from and carefully considering where they shop. I see so many more customers returning time and time again to Heart Gallery which shows that they really understand and trust who they are buying from; don’t forget small independents have a great story to tell.
  • Quality lasts! More and more of my customers save their money and wait until they can buy what they really want rather than impatiently impulse buying a cheaper version somewhere and settling for second or third best. They quite often put a deposit down on something and come back to pay the balance when they can. Seeing the joy on their face when they can take their purchase home is priceless.

2014-03-22 10.35.35Great lessons to live by and by doing so you are rewarded with a quality, unique, handmade item that will last you a lifetime. Whether this is something for you to wear, something for your home to enjoy or a gift for another your purchase matters to you, to the small shop you bought it from and to those artists/makers who designed it, made it, painted it, sculpted it, weaved it, soldered it, polished it, fired it, glazed it, framed it ….. I think you get the picture!

staff collage Aug 15Heart Gallery has a lovely presence on the web; we have a website, a blog and you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too. Our website doesn’t have a selling section though! Many of you might find that odd and I did too (for over 7 years) but I finally made the decision this last New Year not to go down that route. Why you may ask? Every year that has flown by since I opened Heart Gallery in 2006 I have put on my January list SORT OUT WEBSITE and every following January I have beaten myself up that I have not got round to doing it! This January, I had that light bulb moment and didn’t have to beat myself up for once.

2015-02-03 11.54.18The reason? Simple really, I don’t buy online unless it’s something practical such as a water filter for the fridge that I simply cannot get to the shops to buy. I certainly wouldn’t buy art, jewellery or craft on line preferring to shop the way I have always loved, in person. The whole experience of shopping is wonderful, it makes me happy. I like to touch it, smell it, feel it, try it on, taste it … whatever it is I am buying it always appeals to one or more of my senses and that makes me so happy.

DSC_5718I know my customers are happy too when they visit Heart Gallery with many of them spending a long time mooching round and indulging their senses by seeing, feeling, smelling, trying on etc so why not continue with this marvelous way of shopping and stop trying to change.

me n dadSo I’m not changing, I’m not adding a shopping section to the website for all the reasons mentioned above and for another very simple reason, I don’t need to. I don’t need to do any more than I am doing already, I love things just the way they are at Heart Gallery. I have cried tears of joy and tears of sadness with so many of my customers over the years and you can’t find that online now can you?

Buying HandmadeHeart Gallery is open 7 days a week and if you really cannot get to enjoy the experience of a visit don’t worry we can facilitate payments over the phone and guarantee that we will post out your purchase with love x

 

 

Sunday Best

Today’s Sunday Best is inspired by countryside walks (I’ve been doing a lot of that lately have you?) and afternoon tea.

Enjoy this snippet of loveliness currently gracing our shelves and cabinets in Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge.

09.08.15

Wood Feather: Tom Smith
Bone China tea set: Amy Helena Clarke
Silver Earrings: Belinda Norrington
Silver Birch Earrings and Necklace: Clare Hawley
Silver and Felt Horse Chestnut Brooch: Lucy Ramsbottom
Ceramic impressed tiles: Charlotte Hupfield
Bone China mug: Amy Helena Clarke

 

Meet The Maker – Clare Hawley

Claire Hawley - Jeweller

Claire Hawley – Jeweller

Clare is a British designer/maker who uses traditional silversmithing techniques to hand fabricate all her work.

Ash Brooch

Ash Brooch

From her studio and workshop in the ancient and beautiful Sherwood Forest, Clare creates individual jewellery inspired by the natural surroundings of the forest and the environment around her.

Oak pendant

Oak pendant

Working under the eves of Sherwood, the country’s most ancient oak forest, has been a great influence to her and her work.

Oak necklace

Oak necklace

Clare originally studied jewellery design and silversmithing in Sheffield in the mid 1990s. From then on her work has been heavily influenced by textures on metal and the tactile feel of finished pieces.

Ivy necklace

Ivy necklace

This, she believes comes from the jewellery she made for her mother who was registered blind. Clare always made items that felt nice to touch for her mum and ever since has been drawn to bold shapes and textures.

Necklace and earrings

Silver Birch Necklace and earrings

In this collection for Heart Gallery Clare has used real leaves collected from Sherwood Forest, Britain’s oldest oak forest. These leaves are stuck on to sheet silver and used as a template and as each leaf can only be used once, each finished piece of jewellery is literally one of a kind.

Apple leaves

Apple leaves

The leaves are hand cut out and then textured with different silver smithing hammers or engravers. Each finished piece of jewellery has the tree species stamped on the back as well as Clare’s hallmark.

Earrings

Hawthorn Earrings

Clare’s jewellery has arrived with us for our Summer 2015 Exhibition THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS and we love her work … bob in soon to see why, we think you will fall in love with it too x

Meet The Makers – Shelly and John

Shelley and John

Shelley and John – artists

Shelley and John are husband and wife team from Kent who met at Art college and gained degrees in Graphic Design from De Montfort University.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Shelley has been a professional Book Binder for 10 years and John a Design and Technology teacher for 8. Together they design and make a range of unique and quirky acrylic jewellery influenced by fairy tales, stories and books alongside a range of handmade gorgeous books, photo albums and lasercut cards.

Red Riding Hood bracelet set

Red Riding Hood bracelet set

 

Wolf earrings

Wolf earrings

Shelley has worked for many prestigious clients in her time at London bindery Delta Design which is owned and run by Cathy Robert. Whilst at the bindery Shelley mainly worked on bespoke photographers portfolios, handmade menus, boxes and books as well as being the leather worker. But after almost 10 years of working in London she tired of the daily commute and longed to create her own range of unique pretty books.

Dorothy - The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy – The Wizard of Oz

Like many creative journeys Shelley started out selling her books at small local craft events to test the market and see if the public would like them.

Toto earrings

Toto earrings

 

Wizard of Oz ring set

Wizard of Oz ring set

This continued until John became the head of Design and Technology and gained access to a laser cutter which allowed him to make Shelley a cat ring which she loved. From this small gift of Johns to a full range of jewellery, it’s surprising where those small beginnings end up. 

Snow White

Snow White

 

Snow White ring set

Snow White ring set

 

Apple Earrings

Apple Earrings

Their jewellery is designed in a way that tells a story by using three items in symbol form. for instance The Owl And The Pussycat is represented with an owl, a cat and a pea green boat!

Owl and The Pussycat ring set

Owl and The Pussycat ring set

 

Owl Necklace

Owl Necklace

This range of acrylic jewellery is with us for our Summer 2015 Exhibition THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS and we love it – we think you’ll love it too x