Brighton is in the middle of the Xmas 2010 Artists' Open Houses. I have mentioned this amazing scheme before, as it also happens in May for the Brighton festival.
It is the most wonderful thing. I walk to houses, within 5mins of my own, and get to meet artists, see their work and buy things that I like (and can afford).
I started at at the Dragonfly House (#48 on the house tour) which always has a great choice of artists and disciplines. In this house, the ceramicists really caught my eye. There were three (I think, all with totally different styles).
I picked up this heart Xmas tree decoration made by Stacey Manser-Knight.
I really love it, very simple but stylish.
And to prove not all art is expensive, it was only £4.
I believe this sweet little bowl is made by Christiane Kersten, who usually makes printed ceramics. It was only £8, which I thought was pretty good for a limited edition piece.
The next house, that I bought something was The Family Show (#46 on the house tour). The standout artist for me was Shyama Ruffell. I bought this flower print from her (stupid blogger keeps turning it around!) I might be able to sort it out later, I've already tried twice.
I like the seedheads and flowers in this. The originals in oil were amazing, but I could only afford this print, which cost £25.
The next house that I went to, that I was impressed with, was 24 Yardley St (#24 on the house tour) There were three artists, Belen Gomez, John Dilnot and Kate Jenkins.
These 2 cards were by John Dilnot. I have seen his work in a shop in Brighton. I like his animal/ insect prints. All I could afford were these cards at £2 each. I plan to frame them, and put them on the wall in my son's bedroom. My eldest son likes them and wants them above his bed.
I picked up this sweet locket (£8) made by Kate Jenkins.
But my favourite things in Yardley St were these:
One side of the mug
The other side
The ceramics are made by Belen Gomez.
She is a lovely lady, and talented artist. I bought 2 mugs and 2 egg cups from her, with her allotment/ hen theme.
They are all on English fine bone china. (which is always nice to drink out of).
I hope you will agree, this is a great way to find some lovely presents for your family and friends and yourself!