Tewkesbury Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market

Last weekend was bliss. Two days of no plans, fall sunshine, digging and cooking left me were very chilled indeed. I even made some chili on Sunday night to have for dinner on Monday, so the relaxation went into the week. If only I could always be this organized.

On Friday night we visited family in Tewkesbury. It’s a lovely little town, well worth a visit if you’re ever in Gloucestershire. Of course there’s the Abbey, but there are also several excellent charity shops (my weakness!). This Saturday also happened to be the day of an extra large farmers’ and artisans’ market, so the High Street was shut to buses, and I had to walk past all of it to get the bus home. What a shame! 😉 I was impressed with all of the stalls, but thought I’d share a few of my favourites. Supporting independent artists & craftspeople is becoming increasingly important to me. I can’t really afford to buy much of their work, unfortunately, but I hope spreading the word will still help somehow.

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As you can see, there was a lot to browse. The first stall I stopped to look at properly, though, was local glass artist & illustrator Sarah Brown’s.

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Unfortunately this is the only picture I took that I was happy with. Let me assure you everything in the stall was unique and beautiful! Sarah creates art with fused glass (sometimes based on her own illustrations), and what I particularly like about her work is how architecural and contemporary it is. So much of the fused glass I’ve seen in the past is metallic and while I’m sure many people love that, I find this kind of work more elegant. This ornament is just over an inch in diameter, and I bought one that looked like a Christmas pudding for a friend. Adorable! Sarah also runs workshops, and has a couple of very reasonably priced ornament sessions coming up in December. It was also really nice to discover someone who is based so nearby, literally just up the road from R’s parents.

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p1070094Then I saw these beautiful ceramics. I think they have the glossiest lacquer finish I have ever seen. They also have subtle patterns. I tried to get a picture without glare, but couldn’t. So lovely. These are by Rachel Pritchard, a Worcestershire artist. Unfortunately I don’t believe she has a website, but she seems to be displaying in several galleries at the moment.

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And then there was my favorite! As the Crow Flies is a Bristol-based artist (via the Edinburgh area, apparently) who uses ceramics as a base for her illustrations. I really loved the feel of all of her pieces. Most have nature at their heart, be it a peacock or wildflowers. Some were on stock porcelain, but still beautiful, while others were hand thrown or slip cast. My favorite was this dandelion vase – the design is gorgeous and I loved the shape. It was quite reasonably priced, and if I wasn’t going to a craft fair in Cardiff on Sunday I think I would have bought it. I settled for buying a harvest-themed tea towel instead. What can I say, I’m a sucker for tea towels. My Stroud-based friends and readers may be interested to know that she’s going to be showing at several Stroud markets this fall and is also showing in a gallery there.

 

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p1070109Technically, Break Vintage wasn’t part of the market, but I liked that they got into the spirit of the event by putting a couple of tables outside. It is my favorite charity shop in Tewkesbury, and I always find something beautiful & unique there, whether it’s for me or a friend.

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This time, it was this Victorian Coalport jug. Pink isn’t usually my thing, but I adore cherry blossoms. I also love how simple this design is while still being detailed – you can see they’ve painted in stamen dots, and one of the blossoms is facing away, while the handle itself is shaped like a branch that goes down either side to the blossoms. Wonderful.

How was your weekend? Have you found any lovely things in charity shops recently?

9 thoughts on “Tewkesbury Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market”

  1. I love Tewkesbury – my step-sister and her family live there so I occasionally go over that way to visit. I wish I’d known about the market because I would have tried to make it across!

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    1. I had no idea it was happening until the day, either. If only I had a smartphone so I could tweet about things like this. Someday I’ll cave! Glad you’ve already discovered the charms of Tewkesbury. Have you been to the Abbey Tea Rooms? I hear they do an amazing ploughman’s lunch.

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  2. It sounds lovely and like you I also think it’s important to support independant and local artists and companies.

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  3. I like Sarah Brown’s and Rachel Pritchard’s work. It’s lovely to see independent stalls like these. We have a shop in our town hall for local artists which is really nice, but not somewhere I visit nearly often enough.
    Your Coalport jug is lovely. I found a super little stoneware pot during the week which now sits on my desk as a pen pot, it was only £1.50 from the RSPCA shop.

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    1. Ooh, a pen pot is an excellent idea. I’m always looking for excuses to buy pretty pots/crockery.
      I must admit I’m not always a fan of markets like these, as sometimes the stalls are really twee and not to my taste at all. I was really impressed with this one.

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  4. I am swooning over the As the Crow Flies work. Wow. So in love. I’m on her blog right now and am completely smitten. What a wonderful couple of days you had! I’m late to this post, but it looked like a nice, relaxing time full of fall festivities!

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