Itinerary Category: general
There are a wide range of quality craftsmen and women working in Shropshire, along with galleries and craft centres showing and selling their work. The designs and methods used range from contemporary to traditional and encompass a wealth of talent and inspiration. The businesses featured here are just a selection of the choice on offer. Check out more at www.shropshireguild.co.uk.
Suggested by: Sally Loft of Goosefoot Barn Self Catering Cottages
Jaques Design – 2hrs
Paul’s work is concerned with those fundamental qualities found in nature, which our senses enjoy. In particular, surface, texture, colour, smell, pattern, temperature and movement. The work is sculptural yet functional, sensual yet often containing amusing conceptual ‘traps’. Each piece is guaranteed unique and generally labour intensive. He uses a wide variety of materials including wood, bronze, glass, stone, steel and leather; in fact anything that is appropriate.
Amanda Brisbane Glass – 1hrs
In the tiny hamlet of Stanton Lacy you will find internationally known and the UK’s foremost sand casted glass artist, Amanda Brisbane. Amanda’s work has a masterful fluency that depends entirely on the casting being completed in a single stage. As the molten glass begins to solidify, she intervenes, manipulating it with her hands, coaxing new shapes to materialize. It is an intense, engaging process which captures the exact moment the sculpture comes into being. Amanda replicates the essential characteristics of her designs, while slight variations in shape and colour only add to their beguiling, dramatic charm. Each piece of glass is a subtle collaboration of artistry and chemistry. Unusually, she produces all the raw materials used to colour the glass herself. Please contact to visit
Silk Top Hat Gallery – 1hrs
Next stop Ludlow for a visit to the Silk Top Hat Gallery in Quality Square. There is a lively programme of solo exhibitions featuring paintings, prints, sculpture and crafts by pre-eminent artists from the Marches and beyond.
Woodyard Gallery – 1hrs
Designer Makers of contemporary fine jewellery in gold, silver and platinum. Specialising in one off commissions to suit individual requirements, all their work is designed and hand crafted in tehir Ludlow studio. Also on sale is work by other selected jewellery designers.
Twenty Twenty Gallery
Twenty Twenty Gallery is a contemporary art gallery with an excellent reputation for British art and craft based in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. The town is famous for it’s contribution to the modern Olympic movement through William Penny Brookes and holds annual Olympian Games. The gallery has regular exhibitions throughout the year and has a permanent selection of jewellery, ceramics, glass, furniture, sculpture, paintings and prints by approximately 50 British artists and makers.
Wenlock Pottery and Craft Centre – 1hrs
Traditional home-thrown pottery for sale, with cafe. A wide range of crafts from local crafts people.
Maws Craft Centre – 3hrs
The former factory buildings of Maw & Co. are situated in the heart of the picturesque Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1.5 miles from the historic Iron Bridge. In the late 19th century Maw and Co. was the largest tile manufacturer in the world, producing over 20 million items a year at the height of the tile boom. The company’s five acre site is internationally famous for its decorative wall and floor tiles. The refurbished factory building is now home to Maw’s Craft Centre and consists of residential units and 30 individual workshops housing a wide variety of specialist businesses. These select businesses open most afternoons and weekends throughout the year. However, if you are planning to visit particular shops, it’s always worth a call to check their availability.
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre – 2hrs
As well as being a visitor attraction to reveal the secrets of the Shropshire Hills there is also an exhibition and retail gallery showcasing arts and crafts by local contemporary designers and makers living in the Shropshire Hills. There is also a craft activity room with a wide ranging programme of events, classes and residences. Excellent cafe serving locally sourced food.
Qube Gallery – 1hrs
Qube is a fully accessible creative centre which acts as a forum for ideas, a place to involve everyone, a show space for new art work, a gallery for emerging and established artists and a link to other centres of arts learning and practice. As well as the Qube Gallery we also house as part of ICT Graphics a multimedia department that runs courses in creative technologies as well as taking on commissions and providing resources for artists and designers.
Whitchurch Craft Centre – 1hrs
The Whitchurch Craft Centre is is made up of four individual units: ‘Craftability’ for all your art and craft supplies and hand made goods and paper art; ‘Artistica Glass’ specialising in contemporary and traditional stained glass designs also restoration and repair work; and the WOW factor in Units 3 and 4 who produce furniture to grace the modern or traditional home, handmade in materials, colours and finishes to suit you. Come along and see these craftspeople at work and purchase the goods on display.