Places for You to Find a Unique Present Across London
It is indeed already that time of year to think about what presents to get for friends and family. Whether you are searching online or in person and particularly if you’re in the mood to connect with the creative spirit, I’m happy to pass along a few places where you can purchase craft works in London.
A Mix of Ceramics from Coldharbour to Cabbages and Frocks
As it often goes, people connect over their passions. These ten potters and designers came together in shared studio spaces and went from being singular artisans to a collective front called Ceramics 274. Visit their winter pop-up shop in Hackney, East London between December 7th-18th for a first-hand experience of artistry and comradery!
Rich Mix London, a social hub and cinema in London’s East End, is hosting the DIY Art Market on the 8th of December, featuring a variety of crafts on sale that include art prints and jewelry. You can find more info on their Facebook page!
Artists at Coldharbour Studios in South London are selling craft objects that fit any budget on the weekend of December 9. Join their reception party on Friday night for a preview of the art on sale along with some mulled wine and inherently British mince pies!
For a mix of old and new with crafts sold directly by the artisans themselves as well as collectors, visit Cabbages and Frocks, a curated market event happening every weekend of December! Located at West London’s charming cobblestone plaza behind St Marylebone Parish Church, it is home to plenty of handmade, extraordinary designs!
Shopping London Online
Not in London? Simple, just browse. The city is literally at your fingertips with delivery to your doorstep often just a short while away! This way, you no longer have to fear getting stuck in a department store, overstimulated by much of the same. Let me recommend you a few craft websites to hunt down a special present from London.
Lesley Martin is a ceramicist who has been a member of the London Potter Association since 1997, selling her adorable crafts online. Animals are a big theme of her work—you can send her a picture of your pet and she will do her best to create the best possible ceramic interpretation of your beloved family member and send it to you! If you feel more like adopting a ceramic dog from the roster of UK breeds, check out her online shop and you will find an amusing selection of English hounds.
Tatty Devine sells jewelry and other various useful objects, such as distinctly-styled mugs for your English tea, or cuppa as we say here. The acrylic and flat cutouts are easily distinguishable from other brands as they are peppered with “UK wits” featuring plenty of humorous references to British culture. From having gin bottles dangle off your ears to placing anti-Brexit statements such as EUROPEAN around your neck, you can choose from a wide selection made by true Londoners.