Leeds Craft Centre & Design Gallery

imagesToo often we are in our workshops or doing admin and one thing that we should be doing is visiting the galleries that stock our work.

On Thursday I had the pleasure of dropping in to Leeds Craft Centre & Design Gallery with some top up stock and for a good look round. The Gallery is based in The City Art Gallery and has been open for 33 years now displaying the work of over 300 professional crafts people mainly from the UK. There is an exhibition programme includng a print shows and three dedicated showcases focusing on designers working in one medium. as well as  permanent stockists and is the best venue in Leeds for handmade jewellery, ceramics, glass and wood.

Upcoming exhibitions to look out for

Solo showcase by Cornish based ceramicist Charlotte Jones.                                     17th January – 30th April 2015


Ceramics inspired by the Cornwall land and seascapes.

Her distinctive pots are made from coloured stoneware clay, using oxides and self dug clay. The coloured clays are used as a three-dimensional collage material: layers contrast and merge. Pot bases are thrown, coils added, pinched and scraped into an organic vessel. Burnished with a pebble when leather hard, the pots are through high firing returned to stone.

Rings 2015
17th January – 27th June 2015










Find yourself a handmade engagement or wedding ring at the ring show or simply treat yourself to a new ring for every day.

Rings by Ruth Bridges, Leoma Drew, Andrea Eserin, Sue Lane, Carole Leonard, Alison Macleod, Laura Thomas, Shivani and Kate Smith.
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Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

0113 247 8241



Jewellery sale this week at #JoLavelleJewellery


It is time to clear out the jewellery treasures at Jo Lavelle Jewellery to make way for lots of new stock in the Spring.

More pieces will be added throughout the week so keep your eyes peeled!

Click here to take you to the sale
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Two most popular rings at #JoLavelleJewellery

2015 and these are still the most popular rings viewed and ordered!

Take a look at my online page too as I have some half price bargains with more bargains going online next week and will be having a jewellery pop up sale to be announced soon!


Online shop, last post dates & Little Northern

The online shop has been updated today to include some new pieces just in time for Christmas.

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* Last post dates will be Thurs 18th & Fri 19th December

* Last orders for post by Mon 15th December

My studio will be open so drop me a line if you would like to drop in. I have lots of other stock available at my studio especially lots of jewellery with semi precious stones.

I will be at the Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair this Sunday at Altrincham Boys Grammar School



The Sale Art Trail Christmas Bazaar Sunday 23rd November

Date for your diary guys!!! Do not miss!

Arts events in South Manchester

Sunday 23rd November

12-7 pm

Free admission

After Sale Arts Trail’s hugely successful inaugural summer event in July we decided to keep the momentum flowing by having a Christmas Bazaar.

This will be a one day event with 19 artists and makers selling a selection of work including jewellery, leather bags and accessories, photography, ceramics, art, children’s books and teddies and concrete vases and vessels all under one roof. The Christmas Bazaar will be the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping, listen to carols and enjoy a glass of mulled wine.

In the build up to the event we will have Q&A with some of the makers and artist’s starting with the three organisers Sarah Malone, Sophie Nixon and Jo Lavelle starting this weekend.



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The Great Northern, Made London and The Print Room

It is that time of year again where the shows kick in and suddenly we wonder where the year went!!! It all started with the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at a brand new venue at the Old Granada Studios in Manchester.  I had a great weekend at the show catching up with customers old and new and lots of sales too and loved the new venue. The Great Northern will be running there smaller event the Little Northern in early December at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. Check out the website for more details.








It was at The Great Northern that I got to give out my new business cards screen printed by Sarah Hardacre at The Print Rooms in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. I couldn’t decide on colour options and Sarah suggested she printed off two options which was a brown kraft and white ink version and a simple black and white version. I love both!!! Sarah also made me some posters with the logo on for my upcoming shows and which you can see in the pictures below.








Next stop was Made London at One Marylebone in the fabulous venue the Sir John Soane Church. It was a very busy show and very tiring but well worth it and great to spend a weekend in London where I met lots of new customers and gave out a hefty amount of my new business cards!!

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IMG_2994So back to the workshop now ( it isn’t nearly as tidy as that pic ) until my next shows which is

* Lustre at Lakeside Arts Centre at Nottingham University

* Sale Arts Trail Christmas Bazaar

* Harley Markets at The Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire.

I have a few more pop up shows and my studio will be open through December but more of that later.




Make A ring workshop at Fresh from the Studio #Littleborough sat 3oth August

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Make a Silver Ring at Fresh from the Studio, Littleborough

Designer Jeweller Jo Lavelle whose work is on display all over the country will lead this workshop

She holds workshops at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and is a sympathetic and supportive teacher.

Saturday 30th August 2014

From 10 -1 Cost £30

You will leave the workshop with a bead ring, copper ring and a silver ring – all made by you!

To book a place Tel 01706 378725

Email freshfromthestudio@gmail.com

Drop in and make a Bead Ring”

In conjunction with the Arts Festival and to raise funds for Springhill Hospice we are holding a bead ring making workshop, no booking necessary.

suggested donation £2

Saturday 30th August from 2-4 p.m.

Fresh from the Studio, 28 Church Street,

Littleborough Ol15 9AA