Christ­mas crafts

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Shopping - By Corinne Julius

FIND­ING that spe­cial present need not be dif­fi­cult. Many of the cap­i­tal’s craft work­shops hold Christ­mas open stu­dios with hand­made dec­o­ra­tions, mulled wine, mince pies and the chance to buy un­usual, in­trigu­ing one- off gifts not avail­able on the high street or online. Meet the mak­ers, com­mis­sion gifts, browse or buy spe­cial- of­fer items and ex­plore work­shops and stu­dios not nor­mally open to the pub­lic.

LON­DON GLASSBLOWING

SUMPTUOUSLY coloured glass ves­sels and dec­o­ra­tions by Peter Lay­ton and col­leagues will de­light. Mak­ers blow glass daily on site, with a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion day on De­cem­ber 4.

KINGSGATE WORK­SHOPS

November 24-26 at 110-116 Kingsgate Road, West Hamp­stead NW6. Fri­day 6pm to 9pm, Satur­day noon to 9pm, Sun­day noon to 6pm (kings­gate­work­shops.org.uk/win­ter-fair) POT­TERS, sil­ver­smiths and artists in this his­toric Vic­to­rian ware­house in­clude Angela Cork and Nan Nan Liu, whose silver was re­cently shown at the V&A, and ce­ram­i­cists Deborah Jaffé and Daphne Carn­egy. Freya Bram­ble, a con­tes­tant in BBC2’s The Great Pot­tery Throw Down, will serve mulled wine in lim­ited-edi­tion mugs for sale.

November 23 to Christ­mas Eve at 62-66 Ber­mond­sey Street, SE1. Mon­day to Satur­day 10am to 6pm, Sun­day 11am to 5pm (lon­don­glass­blow­ing.co.uk)

Above: large Of­f­cut tray, £28, and dishes, £22, by Se­bas­tian Cox at De­signer Maker Xmas Fair Be­low: He­len Rawl­in­son’s Panama cot­ton cush­ion, £35, at The Choco­late Fac­tory Be­low: Su­san Nemeth’s porce­lain vase with cher­ries, £75, at The Choco­late Fac­tory

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