Millennium Gallery celebrates local craft and design in annual festive showcase

Millennium Gallery celebrates local craft and design in annual festive showcase

09 November 2021

Looking to make this year’s Christmas extra special? Handmade for Christmas is back at the Millennium Gallery, offering an inspired alternative to the high street for great ideas, all while supporting local makers and the city’s museums and galleries. With work from over 40 makers from across the region, shoppers are guaranteed to find the perfect present this festive season. 

Bringing together original jewellery, accessories, homeware, textiles and ceramics, Handmade for Christmas presents work by some of the region’s most sought-after contemporary makers. The wide range of work available includes jewellery by Laura Holland and Caroline Brogden, woodwork by Wild Grey Art and ceramics from Sarah Jones Morris and Jenny Chan. Handmade for Christmas also features glassware by Twice Fired and Sarah Myatt and textiles and accessories by Nell Swift, Jacqueline Hilson, Monica Gabb and many more.

This year’s show continues to shine a spotlight on Sheffield’s own talented maker community, including local artist and print maker Ruth Rogers and ceramicist Kate Cooke.

Ruth Rogers is a self-taught artist based in, and inspired by, Sheffield. She works primarily with relief printing and her designs are carved and printed by hand using oil-based inks. Ruth’s practice is particularly inspired by buildings and landscapes and her work expresses not just physical scenery, but the character, heart and emotion of a place. Ruth says:

“I’m really excited to be part of Handmade for Christmas at the Millennium Gallery - it’s a brilliant opportunity for potential customers to visit and see my work in-person, particularly as the pandemic has meant I’ve mostly sold online for the last couple of years. The showcase is such a celebration of our region’s makers and craftspeople - I'm looking forward to seeing the other works for sale too!”

Kate Cooke makes unique stoneware pottery in small batches in her garden studio in Sheffield. Her pottery is inspired by the textures and colours of the wonderful natural world that surround Sheffield in the Peak District and further afield. Kate says:

“I’m really passionate about sustainability – from sourcing my clay as locally as possible and using green energy providers for my electric kiln to using biodegradable packaging. Handmade for Christmas is a fantastic way to sell my work locally, support the city’s museums and galleries and to support the thriving, creative community in Sheffield.”

As well as supporting local creative talent, every purchase in Handmade for Christmas raises vital funds which help keep Sheffield’s museums and galleries free and open for everyone to enjoy.

Kim Streets, Chief Executive at Sheffield Museums said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Handmade for Christmas back to Millennium Gallery and this year’s showcase is a real celebration of the region’s creative talent. It’s a fantastic opportunity for visitors to support both local makers and Sheffield’s museums and galleries, and find a perfect gift that someone special is going to love.”

The Millennium Gallery is all about making over the next two months. As well as being able to browse Handmade for Christmas, visitors will be able to try out a range of creative activities for themselves as the Millennium Gallery’s popular evening making celebration, Craft Jam returns on Friday 12 November. There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the artists and makers from Handmade for Christmas and learn about their creative processes on selected Saturdays during November and December as part of our regular Meet the Maker sessions,

Handmade for Christmas is now open at the Millennium Gallery and continues until Thursday 23 December – entry is free.

For more information visit: www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/exhibitions/handmade-for-christmas-2021