This year has been out of the ordinary – with Christmas on the horizon and the UK being in lockdown number 2, we felt that showcasing and supporting local businesses was important, now more than ever.
Cornwall is where HQ lies- its beauty and unique wilderness have been a huge inspiration for artists and craftsmanship.
As an artisan brand ourselves, we really admire and appreciate the work behind such trades, the huge amount of thought and detail that goes into individual forms of expression, bringing joy and connection to the recipients - something very much needed at the moment!
Cornish artisan give away - support & win
Here’s your chance to support a local inspiring business and have the opportunity to win a gorgeous prize. Each artist has donated a unique piece of their work for our GiveAway so there will be one winner for each piece.
There is so much amazing talent to celebrate and support - below just 7 of our top picks all based here in Cornwall.
Head over to our Instagram page to enter the give away - ENTER NOW >> Closing date Dec 2nd 11pm.
DOMINC PEARCE - CORNISH WOODSMITH
A green woodworker based near Grogley Woods overlooking the Camel Valley in North Cornwall. I turned my first bowl 17 years ago in my Grandfathers workshop and I've been in love with the process ever since.
After many years nurturing my craft whilst working as a carpenter, I now make functional artisan woodenware as my full time job.
Inspired by the colours and textures of the Cornish landscape and the trees themselves, I am driven by my passion for blending traditional tools with modern techniques to create simple tools for cooking, serving and eating food.
Each of my designs are made unique by the gentle movement that occurs whilst the fresh green wood dries, warping the designs into fully functional yet sculptural forms. This interplay with natural forces is what makes the work so enjoyable for me.
Favourite quote: "Nothing lasts, but nothing is lost." - William Blake.
GiveAway donation: Large Sycamore Bowl RRP £35
Made from a Sycamore tree rescued from falling into the river Camel in North Cornwall, painted the colour of the sea with hard wearing milk paint and finished with walnut oil.
REBECCA RASMUSSEN - RAZ MAKER
I work from my little studio in Penryn, Cornwall.
Polishing antique metalware on a weekly basis as a child awoke my love of brass, copper and silver artefacts. This started my immense appreciation of the work and care that goes into creating each piece. This eventually led me to wanting to gain formal training in craft. I completed my BA(Hons) in Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University in 2011. After lots of experimenting, it was only late last year when I found myself making a real go of it and officially started my little business.
Your inspiration: Motivated by the beauty of form, function and love of process, my collections reflect a sense of home and belonging, each piece unique; a celebration of objects and their innate beauty.
The organically formed and textured nature of each piece is inspired by my beautiful Cornish surroundings. I hand draw the round spoon cups to reflect nature’s circles.
The traditional tools and techniques that I use lend individuality to each piece, for example a bench block, damaged through accidental slips of the hammer, creates texture in a lot of my pieces. I enjoy letting the metal speak for itself through simple, timeless designs.
Favourite quote: “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things” - Antonio Gaudi.
Give Away donation: Hand formed Brass and eco-silver coffee scoop RRP £35
DON TAYLOR SERPENTINE SCULPTURES
I am Don Taylor, I live on the on the Lizard Peninsula. I moved down from Oxford over 50 years ago. I live in a small cob cottage hanging precariously on the edge of time itself, in a small village somewhere on the Lizard Peninsula.
At the end of my small garden is a small workshop where all my creativity comes from a constant supply of tea and Cornish sunshine... :)
Inspiration comes from living, working, and walking on the Lizard Peninsula, as much as the films I watch, the music I listen to, the shapes in architecture, ancient art and tools.
Cornish Serpentine is unpredictable with its fault lines but this is all part of the challenge. The shape of the stone will usually dictate the initial outcome but, not always, the final outcome.
Favourite quote: "Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday... and all is well."
GiveAway donation: Cornish Serpentine Sculpture Tregonning Hill approx. size: 13cm x 10cm x 2.5cm RRP £78
SOPHIE MARSDEN – DREAMSPELL JEWELLERY
My name is Sophie, I am a jeweller based in North Cornwall. I make nature inspired jewellery from my cosy Shepherds hut studio, overlooking my home and woodlands.
I studied silversmithing and jewellery at Truro college where I graduated in 2011. I have since been growing my business and evolving my work, but always keep my love of nature at the forefront of every piece I create.
Favourite quote: "Be still and listen, the earth is singing."
GiveAway donation: Brass Dryad leaf earrings RRP £38
Each leaf has been lovingly hand fabricated from brass sheet using the technique 'fold forming', which give the leaves their own unique, realistic quality. The leaves are hung from sterling silver earwires.
GEORGIE HARRISON - ARTIST
My name is Georgie but most people know me as Gee, I’m 25 years old and based in Falmouth. Arty genes run in the family! My parents led the entrepreneurial lifestyle - my childhood was spent attending Arts and Crafts exhibitions, visiting factories and travelling mainly around Southeast Asia. I studied Fine Art for my Undergraduate degree at Birmingham University and went on to gain a Masters in Entrepreneurship, which gave me the business tools I needed to launch myself into the position I find myself today.
Favourite Quote: “Let The Sea Set You Free.”
GiveAway donation: ‘Paradise Beach’ A3 Print RRP £50
ZOE HOWARTH JEWELLERY
Handmade jewellery using 100% recycled sterling silver - all made in my little home studio in Porthleven. I'm a self-taught silversmith with a textile design degree! I have lived in Cornwall since I was 5 years old and as a teenager I couldn't wait to spread my wings and leave for the big city, but the sea always called me home. I studied at the London College of Fashion and later at Falmouth College of Art with the intention of becoming a Fashion Designer. But my creative muse had other ideas and it led me down the path of jewellery design. I love to create elegant jewellery that makes woman feel empowered and beautiful. I now live in the beautiful little fishing village of Porthleven with my partner and our son.
Favourite quote: "Nothing is impossible, even the word itself says 'I'm possible'.'' – Audrey Hepburn.
GiveAway donation: Sterling Silver Interlinking Hoop Necklace RRP £55
JULIA CRIMMEN - CRIMMEN CERAMICS
After returning to study art and design at Falmouth University as a mature student in 2006, I discovered a love of ceramics. From there I’ve not looked back, first attending a general ceramics course at Truro College and then intensive throwing courses with Jack Doherty and Richard Phethean. Now working from my garden studio in Porkellis Cornwall, I hand throw and decorate ceramic homewares and small collectable, sculptural, porcelain animals and decorations.
Favourite quote: "Life’s too short to wake up with regrets, so love the ones who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it." – Dr Seuss.
GiveAway donation: Porcelain mini Christmas Tree RRP £18
There are a total of 8 prizes up for grabs
To enter the give away, entrants will need to:
1- Follow each tagged brand
2- tag a friend who would love to win (on inlight's post)
3 - share the post on stories or grid
Open from Nov 26th to Dec 2nd at 11pm. Thanks for supporting our local artisans and good luck!