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Christmas 2013

Jo Tunmer

Original prints and greeting cards

Jo is the founder of the Cambridge Christmas show, now in its 6th year. She is best known for her contemporary oil landscapes. Some of her work can be found permanently on the stairwells at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Originally trained in Furnishing Textiles at The London College of Furniture Jo then studied at The Cambridge School of Art and now lives and has her studio in central Cambridge, UK.

In 2012 Jo completed the Certificate in Advanced Printmaking at The Curwen Print Study Centre and it is her print work that she will be exhibiting at the Cambridge Christmas 2013 show.  She has specialised in solar plate printing and the results are quite different from her oil landscape paintings.

Jo will be showcasing her new collection of boxed cards.  The themes are Cambridge Walkabout, Time For Tea and Lovely Landscapes. Each is a set of eight greeting cards all beautifully wrapped in gorgeous boxes tied with brightly coloured ribbon. She also has a small selection of a box of 8 postcards with envelopes. You will have to come to the show to see them!

Jo's oil paintings can be purchased through Cambridge Contemporary Art as well as other UK galleries. Jo's prints and cards are available from Over Gallery or directly from her studio.  For more information please visit her website.


Justin Rowe

Book Sculpture

Justin Rowe is an artist and paper sculptor from Cambridge. After graduating from Norwich School of Art in 1998, he began working for Cambridge University Press as an academic bookseller.

In 2010, Justin began a series of book sculptures inspired by folk and fairytale imagery and classic novels by recycling old books into new art objects.

His work is now exhibited around the UK and he continues to have
commissions from numerous clients. Justin continues to sell books and recently created a window display for Cambridge University Press Bookshop in Christmas 2012 and had a solo exhibition at the British Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences in May 2013.

For more information visit Justin's website.

Nicola Killen

Books, cards and illustrations

My career in design started with making handmade cards and then working with card publishers. After 7 years employment at a couple of design companies I decided to apply for the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. On the course I was encouraged to come up with story ideas to illustrate and that's how I started writing. My artwork usually combines various printmaking techniques although I always enjoy experimenting with different materials!

On graduation I won the publisher Egmont's Best New Talent Award and my first picture book Not Me! was published by them in 2010. It was shortlisted for the Cambridgeshire Read It Again Award and the Nottingham Children's Book Award

Fluff and Billy do everything together! was published in 2011 and was picked by Julia Donaldson as one of her books of 2011 in The Guardian and was nominated for the Sheffield Baby Book Award 2012.

My latest picture book I Got a Crocodile was published in February and has recently been read as a CBeebies Bedtime Story by the actor Damian Lewis.

For more information on Nicola follow her Blog. Or go to her website.


Fine Art Lollipops

Joali are makers of fine art lollipops.  They are beautiful creations that make perfect presents for every age.

The following quote came from The Larder at Burwash Manor, "We think of them as little pieces of art ... top of the range lollipops by Joali are every bit as delicious as they are beautiful. With lots of designs to choose from, they’ll bring smiles to children’s faces.

Amanda MacPhail


Drawing is at the heart of what Amanda does and although now her 'canvas' is now bone china it is the image that excites her and the shapes she is working with.

Amanda trained in Graphics and Illustration at Bath Academy of Art and Cambridge School of Art , becoming for many years a freelance illustrator.  She worked mainly for publishers in London, for magazines and books and in Cambridge, where a lot of her work was commissioned by Cambridge University Press.

Amanda taught Graphics and Illustration on the Foundation Art Course for 18 years, firstly at the 'tech' and then when it was transferred to Cambridge Regional College.  On leaving teaching she set up Createaplate where she is producing illustrations on bone china by using onglaze paper enamel.   She sells from home, Cambridge Open Studios, a couple of galleries and also takes commissions for special occasions as each piece can be made to be totally unique and personal.




Katharina Klug


Katharina studied ceramics in Austria and Germany and after years of traveling settled in Cambridge. Her work speaks through simplicity of design and form. She is particularly drawn to creating porcelain vessels of all kinds, and is inspired by the elemental colour and shape of ancient Korean pottery.
Each piece is a hand made one-off piece, but her work is often united by form or design in a series of three or more pieces. When creating a pot, Katharina strives to achieve balance and stability. When decorating, she uses natural forms and rudimentary patterns which are pressed, scraped, or stuck to the pot's surface.
Katharina has a large collection of tools and found objects that she uses to texture and decorate the surface of her work; shells, cutlery, credit cards, saw blades and cocktail sticks to name a few. She is always searching for objects that can create interesting pattens. In realising her designs Katharina employs several techniques, carving features heavily, but she also uses wax resist and scraffito.

Katharina is currently developing a collection of wall hangings - abstract ceramic pictures that use colour and textures.  She mixes glazes using her own recipes developed and refined since she began working as a potter.   All her work is fired to 1260C. This means that all her pieces are waterproof and food-safe.

Please visit her website for more information.


Rachel Dormor


I’ve been making pots on the potter’s wheel since I was 14 and in 2009 to mark 20 years since my first pot I launched my collection at four international shows in Paris, Frankfurt Tokyo and New York. I was lucky enough to work as a potter's apprentice after leaving art college in 1996 and I set up my own studio in 1998. In 2007 I was awarded a scholarship to study and MA in Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University and now my work includes slip-casting, throwing, screen printing and mould making.

All work is glazed in either retro blue, white or grey and fired to a high temperature for increased durability. Everything is stamped with a discreet potters mark which is listed in British Studio Potters Marks.

For more information on Rachel go to her website.


Alison Hullyer

Original illustrations, prints, gifts and cards

Alison is a freelance illustrator, printmaker and designer working in a village just outside Cambridge.  She designs primarily for the stationary industry mainly for award winning card publishers Phoenix Trading.  Six of her fine art Seed Head prints have recently been licensed by Green Pebble as cards. Her printmaking work continues to be inspired by patterns in nature; including stylised seed heads, quirky flowers and boats.

For more information go to her website.

Roxana de Rond

Illustration, cards and gifts


“There is nothing so delightful as drawing”, Van Gogh wrote, and I agree. Nothing quite compares to the soft scratch of the pencil on paper, the dip pen and ink, the mixing of paints, and the stepping-back to see if the balance is right.

My work includes original watercolours, limited prints and a variety of cards. I like my pictures to tell a story. In Dance Dance Dance, for example, twelve small drawings show a girl practicing ballet throughout the day, while setting the table, watching her favourite television programme, brushing her teeth and even while getting ready for bed.  In another picture, children play hide and seek amongst the silver birches.  Though my work has an innocent childlike quality it is not just for children like Kings Parade and the Trees.  Both of these were created by layering different parts of the drawing, giving a 3D effect.  Many drawings are set in Cambridge.  Among the new pictures is one of the Fountain at the Botanic Gardens. It was inspired by a number of days spent enjoying the sunshine, the new green of spring, the colour of the blossoms and
other families appreciating the same things.

I sell my work during Cambridge Open Studios in July, Primavera, various London fairs and my favourite Christmas event Cambridge Christmas.
For more information look at my website.

Ellie Air


Initially self-taught, Lauren has recently returned from Florence, Italy where she studied contemporary jewellery under renowned jewellers at the prestigious Alchimia.

Her enthusiasm for art has changed over time, from an early interest in writing and drawing, she later moved on to printmaking and metal work. After leaving school Lauren worked as an apprentice in a Hatton Garden jewellers’ shop, and it was there that she first fell in love with gemology and the technical creation of the pieces she worked with each day. From there Lauren progressed to where she’d always aspired to be: working part-time in a contemporary art gallery, leaving the rest of the week free to set up her own working bench at home.

Lauren started up her own brand, Ellie Air Jewellery, in late 2010 when the boxes of handmade jewellery were overflowing. Showing at craft stalls, online and now in galleries around the country, every piece of minimalist silver jewellery is designed and created entirely by her.

“I believe that less is more and creating a piece of jewellery for what it is leaves the context and meaning of the item up to the wearer, especially when it becomes such a personal part of ‘you’. All my jewellery pieces specialise in sterling silver and reclaimed objects including other metals, raw minerals and found gemstones.”

Alison Tait


Alison is based in Cambridge and is a stained glass artist. For more information about Alison, please go to her website.

Having originally trained as a ceramicist, Alison became seduced by the bright vibrant colours offered by stained glass about 6 years ago. She retrained herself in glass techniques and learned how to copper foil, make leaded glass windows and also how to fuse glass in her kiln.

Alison make windows to commission as well as free hanging glass panels inspired by the wild landscapes and seascapes of the North West coast of Scotland.  She also makes smaller unique window decorations and really enjoys mixing colours and textures together.

Alison has a garden studio where she teaches stained glass to adults and also runs art and craft classes to children in local Cambridge schools.

For the past two years she has opened her studio for Cambridge  Open Studios and currently sells her work at the Ely Cathedral Stained Glass Museum.

This will be Alison's fifth year running that she has exhibited at the Cambridge Christmas show.

Rhiannon Thomas

Wire Art

I'm very much looking forward to Cambridge Christmas 13, this year I will be showing my Christmas cards, greetings cards, small seasonal paintings and wire sculptures.

I'm always taking photos of plants and flowers; my phone is full of snaps of beautiful flowers I find on my way to work or walking around town! I love the amazing variety of shapes and forms of flowers and create my own interpretation of them using ink, pencil and oil pastel. When it’s not raining, I enjoy painting in the garden or at the botanical gardens.

Having studied Textile Crafts at University, my paintings have a textile feel about them as they could be translated to a woven or embroidered piece. I also create wire sculptures using traditional techniques such basketry and braiding, to produce 3D textiles. I make the sculptures with wire, cotton, paper yarn and occasionally old musical instrument strings. They are displayed both in box frames and on small wooden plinths. Each material responds differently creating an exciting process and a lovely outcome. Once framed, light plays an important role with the shadows that the sculptures create looking like a line drawing behind the sculpture.

I show my wire sculptures at Cambridge Contemporary Crafts and my cards at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

Edel Hopkin

Hand made bound books

My Grandmother instilled in both my mother and me a great love of reading and traditional respect for books. With five children and little time for herself, my mother expressed her love of books and all things paper by upgrading school books with the most beautiful and perfectly made covers featuring her own wonderful personalised script.

My first experiments in combining these two great influences involved brown paper scrapbooks, Christmas cards and wallpaper paste but at 15, but somehow in ’60 west of Ireland, I discovered the wonderful papers of Venice. This was the beginning of a consuming interest in decorative papers and I still have my first bound book with words of inspiration and motivation written by my Grandmother!  I later discovered the beautiful papers of Japan and had the exciting experience of living in Asia in the 1990’s where I was able to pursue my papercraft passion.

On arriving in Cambridge in 2000 a career change led to bookbinding classes with Barry at Brignell Bookbinders, now the only traditionally run workshop remaining in the city. After learning the basics of the craft I have developed my own style, bringing together these ancient skills with contemporary crispness - mixing Coptic sewing techniques with chiyogami paper, fusing funky leather spines with traditional marbled papers and so on. Knowledge of the craft has also inspired me to design a range of themed books which meet my personal and family interests. All of these books, in some way, allow for the preservation of happy memories and fond family/friend links.

I am currently working on a commission for MageeIreland using their renowned tweed, handmade where I grew up in Donegal, to create a range of books for their new Home Accessories line.  Some of my work is on display at Cambridge Contemporary Craft and also at Brignell Bookbinders, where I now teach others this engrossing craft.

Please visit Edel's website for more information and pictures.


Ruth Schmid and QHERE

Recycled bags and accessories

RuthStudio.jpgWhen I moved to Cambridge, ten years ago, I took the opportunity to do full-time what I always enjoyed: making and creating things.

I bought a sturdy sewing machine and started designing and making bags from new PVC tarpaulin, a strong, waterproof, very colourful material.

Later on a holiday in Spain I found a smashing advertising banner in a skip. I packed it in my suitcase and brought it back to Cambridge. That was the time when I started to recycle used materials. The banners I turn into bags and accessories are from the Cambridge Science Festival, the Darwin Festival or from the Cambridge Corn Exchange. I like the fact that each bag I make from banner material is different and unique. ruth schmid 1.jpg

Two years ago I ran out of good quality banners. Looking out for alternatives I found a great new material that is very common in Cambridge – used bicycle inner tubes. It is a great and versatile material to work with. Over time the surface of inner tubes develops a smooth texture like leather. However, they are 100% waterproof, resistant to stains and have a long life.

I continue to hunt for other materials that I can re- or up-cycle. Some time ago a man who saw my inner tube bags in the window of the Cambridge Art Salon brought me several used bright red and orange hot water bottles to recycle. I have not figured out yet how I can best make use of them without buying another sewing machine that can handle such thick rubber material!

For more information on Ruth and QHERE visit her website.


Bek Genery


I feel deeply tidal as a person. Things flow up and ebb away in our lives. Things come round again or are chance findings, opportunities to be seized; else in the blink of an eye they are gone, back into the depths.

I have been lucky enough to learn my craft from an eclectic range of artisans in an apprenticeship style. Going and finding people with the skills I want to learn and honing them under their watchful eye. I like to learn in this traditional way and then experiment and combine.

As a jeweller my work is heavily influenced by water; the towering reflections of the mountains in the Kintyre sound or the epic meeting of sky and sea on the East Anglian coast. Places I have spent long hours just being with the elements.
I am fascinated, in the true sense, by water and our relationship with it. Some of my design is an attempt to realise its texture and nature. I use different techniques to achieve this. The process of reticulation allows me to turn metal from a solid to a liquid while retaining its essential shape. When the surface of the metal is molten the base components of the amalgam sink leaving rippled silver wavelets. The inclusion of pearls, particularly soft grey ones and Aquamarines adds to the depth and reflectivity of the surface.
Flotsam and jetsam from the shore line are sometimes integrated into my work either as a design motif (kelp and sastrugi) or as ornamental elements (found ceramics and debris).

Byzantium, Saxon metal smiths and antique setting techniques are wondrous to me. The Palla d’Oro in St Mark’s, Venice is the most incredible example of human craftsmanship and our ability to pick stuff up and take it with us as we travel. It is the personification of early European Trade routes meeting the Eastern ones, with its Amber from the Baltic and Emeralds from India.
I have travelled to both ends of this line and have experienced the places where things, ideas and people meet. I am interested in the notion of exploration, how it affects us and the tools we use. Tools have been used historically to plot journeys through actual physical space. The people who used them also made them into talismans either to be worn or to adorn their bodies and bring them back safely.
I hope that this symbolic aspect is translated into my work. Jewellery is given not just for decoration but to mark significant events or cement bonds.

For more information please go to Bek's website.

Katie Lynn and Molten Wonky

Katie is passionate about making quirky, colourful and original products. She works in a random and haphazard way and that is all part of her unique work.

Molten Wonky was set up in 2009 by Katie Lynn. Having previously worked with Stained Glass, Katie had experience of working with the wonderful colours that are available in glass but found that she wanted to work in a freer more fluid way.

Katie bought a small kiln and started to fuse some of her designs. Her first range was a Christmas collection in 2010. Nugget jewels and the first wonkyLANDs were grown in 2011. wonkyLOVE was introduced in 2012 for valentines day and 2013 has bought quirky birds in to the range.
Colour and shape are a fundamental part of Katie Lynn's work. She enjoys cutting, designing and fusing the glass together. Dichrioc pieces, wire, paint and millefiore are also added to create interest and to make each piece individual.

Molten Wonky's products are sold in white gift boxes stamped with the logo or and organza bag.

For more information please go to Katie's website.





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