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Arts and crafts in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire (including Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, South Gloucestershire, Stroud and Tewkesbury) is in the South West of England. It has a population of around 960,000 and covers approximately 315,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Berkshire, Bristol, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire.

County flag of GloucestershireThe county of Gloucestershire includes within its borders the Forest of Dean, part of the Cotswolds and royal residences such as Highgrove House and Gatcombe Park. Visitors to the county town of Gloucester can see Gloucester Cathedral, where King Edward II of England was buried and where scenes from the Harry Potter films were filmed. The city has many medieval and Tudor houses with architecture surviving from previous centuries and the Guildhall is the venue for a wide range of cultural activities, such as theatre, concerts and an art gallery. There are a number of museums, such as Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, and Nature in Art, which exhibits art works inspired by nature and includes examples by artists such as George Edward Lodge, Archibald Thorburn and Pablo Picasso. Based in the Old Silk Mill in Chipping Campden, The Gallery at The Guild is a cooperative of artists and craftspeople, creating traditional and contemporary pieces, using media such as textiles, ceramics, photography, glass, wood, stone and metal. There are regular exhibitions held of the work that members have created and visitors have the opportunity to meet the artists and designers.

The town of Cheltenham attracts visitors who appreciate its Regency architecture, and many of the buildings are listed. Places worth visiting in the town include Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, which has a nationally designated collection of pieces from the Arts and Crafts Movement, such as ceramics, textiles, furniture and jewellery, including work by William Morris and Ernest Gimson. There are also archaeological exhibits from the region, as well as paintings, and costume collections. National trust properties in Gloucestershire include 17th-century Dyrham Park, with a mansion that includes period interiors and art works, and the ruins of Chedworth Roman Villa, which dates from the fourth century and is one of the largest Romano-British villas in Britain, with mosaic floors and examples of its wealthy former owners opulent lifestyle such as underfloor heating. Performing arts venues in Gloucestershire include the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury and the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham. Other attractions in Gloucestershire include Corinium Museum in Cirencester, Kelmscott Manor, Chastleton House and Garden and Berkeley Castle.

Sue Bateman Textiles

Sue Bateman Textiles

Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

From my workshop in the Cotswold, I design and make a range of textile products from home furnishings to accessories. I am a professional ...

Flower Power

Flower Power

Bristol, Gloucestershire

I am a retired art teacher who now specialises in flower, meadow and woodland scenes. I paint in watercolour and acrylics and welcome commissions. ...

Uzumlu Glass Art

Uzumlu Glass Art

Lydney, Gloucestershire

Seller of unique kiln formed glass all hand made by myself. I sell and make glass jewellery, trinket dishes, hors dOeuvre dishes, coasters, ...

Sew Together

Sew Together

Bristol, Gloucestershire

We are Debbie and Gill two mature women and lifelong friends with a passion for creating beautiful things (with a touch of class!). We ...

Lizzie Hammond Art and Commissions

Lizzie Hammond Art and Commissions

Berkeley, Gloucestershire

I am an artist living and drawing in wonderful rural Gloucestershire. My surroundings have heavily inspired my work which focuses on interesting ...

Amatchi

Amatchi

Cirencester, Gloucestershire

We set up Amatchi when we rekindled our knitting bug following the arrival of our grandchildren. We now focus on handmade knitted garments ...

Vivid Gems Jewellery

Vivid Gems Jewellery

Gloucester, Gloucestershire

I have been making jewellery for myself for the last 5 years and have been giving my pieces as gifts to friends and family for the last ...

Handmade with love mosaics

Handmade with love mosaics

Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire

We create indoor and outdoor mosaics. We are a newly set up business and looking to lots of craft fairs.

The Rhyming of Life with Jerry Berry

The Rhyming of Life with Jerry Berry

Gloucester, Gloucestershire

I create true stories in Rhyme on any subject. My portfolio that I am currently selling includes tales of personal experiences, food, drink, ...

Furzie

Furzie

Newnham on Severn, Gloucestershire

Needlefelting is a wonderful craft, even if you dont think you are creative, the wool somehow inspires you to create. The course is suitable ...

Glintz n Glitz Jewellery

Glintz n Glitz Jewellery

Dursley, Gloucestershire

Hand crafted Artisan jewellery made using hand cut Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Kiln-fired Glass Enamels, Semi-precious Gemstones, Venetian ...

Especially For You

Especially For You

Stonehouse, Gloucestershire

Cardmaking, scrapbooking and home decor items. Made using high quality products in a wide range of styles. Orders taken for unique personalised ...

Jameana Jewellery

Jameana Jewellery

Gloucester, Gloucestershire

The jewellery that i create is made to a high standard and can be customized to suit different tastes. I am trying to produce good quality ...

Oose Creations

Oose Creations

Stroud, Gloucestershire

I make useful things from fabric and felt. From bags and scarves to key rings and monsters.

Mrs Barrington

Mrs Barrington

Newlands, Gloucestershire

Mrs Barrington is a family run business in which we all contribute in the creation of bespoke Individual items to enhance homes from town ...

Rosemary Millar

Rosemary Millar

Thornbury, Gloucestershire

Silver and Gold filled jewellery incorporating handpicked semi-precious stones. All jewellery items are different and my niche market is ...

Sunday Girl Designs

Sunday Girl Designs

Glos, Gloucestershire

I make a variety of jewellery items with a wide variety of styles using gemstones and wire. I can make bespoke pieces if you let me know ...

Designs on Craft

Designs on Craft

Stonehouse, Gloucestershire

Encaustic Art. Acrylic one stroke painting. Photographs of the local area. Rubber stamped items such as greeting cards. Production of original ...

Sammis Trinkets

Sammis Trinkets

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Just starting out, making and designing jewellery- necklaces, bracelets and earrings, wirework, macrame, some loom work. I am very much ...


Dennis Potter

(Born 1935 in Berry Hill in Gloucestershire), Fiction

Potter was a writer of fiction such as Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Blue Remembered Hills. He mixed reality and fiction with popular culture.

Jane Grigson

(Born 1928 in Gloucester in Gloucestershire), Nonfiction

Jane Grigson was an English cookery writer. She wrote her first book Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery in 1967 and went on to write many more cookery books.

Dick King-Smith

(Born 1922 in Bitton in Gloucestershire), Fiction

He is perhaps best known for writing The Sheep-Pig. Not heard of it? Well in America it was known as Babe, the Gallant Pig and adapted for film in 1995 as just Babe.

Mary Thomas

(Born 1889 in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire), Embroidery, Knitting, Nonfiction

She is the writer of the Mary Thomas Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, Book of Knitting Patterns), Embroidery Book, Knitting Book and Teach Yourself Embroidery. Dispute publishing all her works back in the 1930s, she is well respected now. Just goes to show that some thing do not need to change.

Vaughan Williams

(Born 1872 in Down Ampney in Gloucestershire), Music

The English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in Down Ampney but spent his childhood in Leith Hill Place in Surrey (now a National Trust property). He is well known for his works such as The Lark Ascending. He attended the Royal College of Music and Trinity, Cambridge. He wrote ballets, symphonies, chamber music and more.