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.
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.
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