Experience the first taste of Christmas with a contemporary craft fair held at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November. Gorgeous will see skilled local craftspeople and artisans from across Shropshire and the West Midlands gathering to showcase a whole variety of handmade designs and one-of-a-kind gifts.
To mark the fair’s tenth year, installation artist Dan Fox has been invited to create a giant musical ‘Enginuitree’. He’ll be leading workshops in the museum’s Fab Lab where families can design and make snowflake tree decorations with state of the art laser cutting technology.
In the festively decked main hall and spilling out into the adjacent courtyard, exhibitors will be selling beautiful and unusual pieces of jewellery, glassware, ceramics, textiles and metal work, as well as hand-made wrapping paper, cards and crackers
Some of the very best of the county’s renowned food producers will also be available, with highlights including delicious preserves from Heather’s Harvest, cakes and meringues from The Little Round Cake Company and spicy treats from Chilli Zoo.
Gorgeous is a celebration of creative skills, with exhibitors showcasing their expertise through talks and demonstrations. During the weekend visitors will be able watch demos by Katherine Edge who hand paints designs on silk, Ed Brown who makes garden stoneware pottery and porcelain jewellery and Stevie Walker who designs textile art and accessories.
Gorgeous is held in association with the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, which promotes the work of designers and craftsmen in the region, many of whom enjoy status as internationally recognised artists.
The fair builds on the Ironbridge Gorge’s rich heritage of creativity; the place where early industrialists mined for raw materials to make iron, tiles and porcelain goods, many of which are still produced and displayed at the museum sites today.
Entry is £2.50 per person (under 5s go free), which includes admission to Enginuity. Fab Lab workshop activities are from an additional £2.50. The fair will be open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November.
For more information call 01952 433424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk
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