As well as offering a range of products reflecting Heath Robinson’s work, the shop sells a selection of one-off items, designed and handmade by acclaimed, locally based artisans and artists.
The Maker’s Art is a contemporary range of jewellery, ceramics and textiles that complement the imagination and enchantment of Heath Robinson’s work. The makers change every six months – this is now our sixth group – adding more valuable creative partnerships and creating a distinctive decorative art marketplace at the Heath Robinson Museum.
Laura De Benedetti The ‘Coast’ Collection
Laura De Benedetti is a registered maker with the Crafts Council, specialising in designing and hand making ceramics that echo nature’s coastal landscape. She uses hard, white porcelain to create the ‘soft’ forms of her vessels and the fluid crystalline glazes produce her rich surfaces and pools of intense colour.
Jackie Bennett The ‘Aviary’ Collection
Jackie Bennett is a self-taught artist specialising in needle-felted sculptures of birds and animals. This versatile technique enables her to capture their shape, pattern, movement and character. Pieces are mounted on found natural objects and sometimes decorated with fabric and threads. Jackie runs workshops, which cater for all abilities, and is also a member of the International Felting Association.
View the ‘Aviary’ Collection leaflet.
Jane Prentice The ‘Heath’ Collection
Jane Prentice is a trained jeweller and designer who uses traditional and modern silversmithing techniques. Her latest work is mainly inspired by the natural world. Alongside this, you can enjoy her ‘storytelling’ pieces; tiny figures, the cogs and wheels inspired by Heath Robinson’s illustrations. Jewellery can be commissioned and Jane also supports charity fundraising with her work.
View the ‘Heath’ Collection leaflet.
Photographs of Maker’s work by Michael Lenny