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Arts and crafts in Cornwall

Cornwall (including Isles of Scilly) is in the South West of England. It has a population of around 534,000 and covers approximately 356,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Devon.

County flag of CornwallCornwall is bordered to the south by the English Channel, to the north and west by the Celtic Sea and to the east by Devon. The Isles Of Scilly are to the southwest of Lands End and have an economy based on tourism and agriculture. The only city in Cornwall is Truro, which is also the counties administrative centre. After the decline of tin and copper mining, the extraction of china clay grew in importance for the local economy, which also depends upon agriculture and tourism. Since the twentieth century tourists have been increasingly appreciative of the mild climate, beautiful coastline, beaches, picturesque fishing villages and seaside towns such as Newquay. Performing arts venues in Cornwall include the Minack Theatre in Penzance, Sterts Arts Centre in Liskeard and the BoatHouse Theatre in St Ives.

The quality of the light and the inspiring scenery have for many years attracted artists to Cornwall. From the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, the Newlyn School attracted artists, such as Walter Langley, Lamorna Birch, Frederick Hall, Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Norman Garstin and Alfred Munnings. Writers such as Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence visited the art colony and another visitor, the artist Ben Nicholson later moved to Cornwall, living with his wife the sculptor Barbara Hepworth in St Ives. During the twentieth century other artists moved there, such as Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton and Peter Lanyon and Slade School of Art educated potter Bernard Leach, considered to be the Father of British studio pottery. Examples of the work they created can be seen by visitors to the Tate St Ives, which opened in 1993, to exhibit the works of modern British artists. Other attractions in Cornwall include the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives, Lanhydrock House and Garden in Bodmin, Truro Cathedral, the ruins of Tintagel Castle and Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance.

ROSE GALLERY

ROSE GALLERY

Looe, Cornwall

I make hanging plaques carved from wood. A design is then hand-painted onto the carving. A high gloss varnish is applied to enhance and ...

Kernow Knitting

Kernow Knitting

Penzance, Cornwall

Kernow Knitting is a small business, based in Penzance, run by Mandy Paul, producing hand knitting toys that are CE tested (meet European ...

Wool N Felt UK

Wool N Felt UK

Saltash, Cornwall

Based in Cornwall and overlooking Dartmoor, I specialize in felted accessories and clothing. Some of my wares can be viewed at Cotehele ...

Veronica Rose

Veronica Rose

Torpoint, Cornwall

Working from my studio in a lovely Cornish Village I design and create quirky and fun bags, cushions and childrens clothes. I source fabrics ...

Lime Kiln Crafts

Lime Kiln Crafts

Launceston, Cornwall

I have been always loved creating things from clay, and since moving to the Cotswolds area have studied with ceramicist Chris White in ...

June

June

Truro, Cornwall

Handmade girls dresses by June. Individually made, with unique detail, one collection uses fabric hand dyed by me. Covered buttons add ...

Solstice Moon

Solstice Moon

Penzance, Cornwall

I am a Lands End based designer/maker of Limited Edition devoré velvet and satin scarves trading under my design label ‘Solstice Moon’. ...

PhotoArt by Tony Mills

PhotoArt by Tony Mills

Penzance, Cornwall

The subjects of my limited edition archival prints are plants, wildlife and landscape. Im always looking for that new angle looking to ...

Im no longer a market stall Virgin

Im no longer a market stall Virgin

Torpoint, Cornwall

Well today was my first taste of selling my creations to our best friend, the general public. I was up really early, 5.45am after spending ...

Wool Batts

Wool Batts

Saltash, Cornwall

I am now creating and selling wool batts. Making as many as possible until my Carpal Tunnel release ops. Using Merino, alpaca, silk ...

launching my new products

launching my new products

Torpoint, Cornwall

Having spent hours and hours in my studio designing and making my collection I am now searching out the best ways to sell them. I thought ...

How i started.

How i started.

Looe, Cornwall

As a child in the 1960s i was naturally talented with art work. I wasnt academically minded and always in trouble at school for not paying ...

Workshops

Workshops

Saltash, Cornwall

Workshops in Needle, Nuno and Wet Felting are in full swing! Contact me by phone or email to book. I can tailor to your needs and dyeing ...

Craft Fair interlopers

Craft Fair interlopers

Saltash, Cornwall

I recently read a blog on craft fairs, about organizers letting in non handmade items. Having witnessed this first hand at a local event, ...

Cabin Capers

Cabin Capers

Saltash, Cornwall

My long suffering partner and I, are in the process of putting up a cabin. This is to give me space for my felt work and to be able to ...


Geoffrey Grigson

(Born 1905 in Pelynt in Cornwall), Poetry

A British poet, writer and critic becoming known as an influential poet in the 1930s and was the editor of the poetry magazine New Verse from 1933 to 1939.