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Sheffield Museums welcomes return of Handmade for Christmas in Millennium Gallery

The annual craft and design showcase, Handmade for Christmas at the Millennium Gallery, offers an inspired alternative to the high street and a unique opportunity to support both the region’s creative community and the city’s museums and galleries.

Visitors will be able to browse work from over 40 artists, designers, and craftspeople at a range of prices. You can expect to see a wide range of collections on offer, such as jewellery by Daisy-Lee Overton and Beth Pegler, ceramics from Rebecca Brown and Claire Allam and woodwork from Becca Hopkinson. Handmade for Christmas will also feature glassware by Debra Burrell and Kate Park, and textiles and accessories by Ruth Rogers, Laura Rosenzweig, Monica Gabb and many more.

This year’s show continues to shine a spotlight on Sheffield’s own talented maker community, including ceramicist, Alison Wren and jeweller, Laura Holland.

Handmade for Christmas Alison Wren

Alison Wren Ceramics

Alison Wren makes wheel-thrown ceramics from her garden studio on the outskirts of Sheffield. She creates decorative and functional stoneware in simple, elegant forms, including vases, bowls, and small batches of tableware.

She said: “It’s great to be part of Handmade for Christmas – there’s always such a fantastic array of craftsmanship on display, and I’m thrilled to be involved. It’s brilliant to be able to sell my work locally and support the city’s museums and galleries. I’m really looking forward to visiting!”

Laura Holland is a jewellery designer based in Sheffield who carefully crafts each piece by hand. She works with sterling silver and is inspired by a love of delicate charms and mixing metal colours with the aim of creating beautifully personalised and timeless everyday jewellery.

Laura said: “I’m really proud to be involved in Handmade for Christmas – Sheffield is an important part of my business identity and so it’s brilliant to be selling my work locally at the Millennium Gallery. Shopping in-person offers a different experience to browsing online especially shopping for jewellery. I’ve really enjoyed visiting the gallery to see my work on display amongst the work of lots of other fantastic local makers.”

Handmade for Christmas Laura Holland

Laura Holland Jewellrey

As well as supporting local creative talent, you’ll be helping raise vital funds which help keep Sheffield’s museums and galleries free and open for everyone to enjoy all year round.

Kim Streets, Chief Executive at Sheffield Museums said: “Handmade for Christmas is a real celebration of the region’s creative community and a chance to buy a truly special gift this festive season. Every purchase supports independent makers, and also raises vital funds that support our work as a charity across the museums and galleries.”

Alongside Handmade for Christmas itself, there’s also an opportunity to meet some of the makers behind the work on offer as part of their Meet the Maker sessions during November and December.

For more information on Handmade for Christmas or Meet the Maker, click here.

To check out other events on in Sheffield, click here.




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