Craft to take home

Alex Allday

Alex is a ceramic and surface pattern designer who produces decorative wares with distinctive details and qualities.  Inspired by the fusion of traditional patterns and styles, her work combines the use of traditional handcrafted and digitally produced techniques and processes to create distinct pieces that have an emphasis on intricate detailing and composition. All of her decorative wares are produced in porcelain, earthenware or Parian and have glaze enamel surface transfers applied.

Since graduating Alex has set up a studio with fellow Staffordshire graduates at the newly restored Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Based in one of the pottery’s creative business units under the name of Tame Studios, visitors are able to watch the making process and then buy their finished work. Alex exhibits at events around the country and recently won a showcase award at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.


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Jennie Gill

Jennie has been making precious jewellery at Persistance Works in Sheffield for 23 years.  An Arts Council funded research trip to New York sparked an interest in vintage cut diamonds, which led to a more spontaneous approach to design.

Most pieces are one-offs, based around unique stones, often hand-cut, natural diamonds with flaws and inclusions that have a story to tell.  As Jennie says “Stories are important to my work, I want to capture in each piece a sense of another life, maybe grander, maybe a completely different purpose, but always a past.”

Recently Jennie has been developing a range of fine cast iron jewellery and collaborating with the iconic fashionista Rita Britton and her own clothes range Nomad.


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Agalis Manessi

Born in Corfu Greece and working in Hackney for the past forty years Agalis Manessi’s work lies within the tradition of maiolica. It celebrates this rich historical medium through the diverse influences ranging from the sophistication of Italian Istoriato dishes through to the simplicity of humble folk wares. Subject matter is derived from portraits, figures and animal studies drawn directly from life or inspired by characters from paintings in museum collections; a fusion of the observed and imagined She strives for a poetic mastery through pictorial representation with a freshness of palette that belies the difficulty of the process.

Her work is in many private collections and museums in the UK and abroad, and has been featured in several books. Agalis works to commission and through exhibition.

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Marina Bauguil

Marina loves what she does.  Working with clay brings balance to her life.  Her work serves as a vehicle through which to explore her perception of the interconnectedness between things, particularly seeking where they become harmonious. She draws inspiration from multi-cultural sources and a deep connection with nature in equal measure.

Using a meditative approach when starting a piece, she works intuitively. As in Animism (the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls), Marina aims to create pieces filled with breath, spirit and life. Her recent work is best described by the Japanese word Kami “The sacred element or spirit which can be contained in everything, expressed in an awe inspiring way.”

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Museum Inspired Craft

We have launched a new range of gifts inspired by The University of Nottingham Museum of Archaeology's own collections. There is a wide selection of products including tea towels, tote bags, pocket mirrors, jewellery, pottery and glass. They are inspired by both local collections of archaeology as well as international archaeological artefacts.The development of this new range has been supported by Arts Council England as part of their Resilience Funding programme, enabling us to be able to bring a variety of craftmakers into the Museum to produce new collections for the shop. 

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