artisan's creative first year

artisan opened last year and now celebrates its first birthday as gallery space for local artists and those whose work offers something different. This December artisan will become a 'Pop-up' Christmas shop for just one week to help solve the Christmas panic of that last minute shopping. 15th to 23rd December.



The Christmas 'Pop-up' will offer a range of ceramics, jewellery, glass, prints and photography. This is an opportunity for those seeking something truly individual. Step away from the maddening Christmas crowd and find what you are looking for, gifts that are as unique as the people who will receive them.

Martin Wilson demonstrates with his 35mm images, created frame by frame, that making every picture count takes on a new meaning. His photographs carry a message and when you read them, remember that no Photoshop was involved! Novembers 'Wired' magazine features Martin and he continues to exhibit throughout the country as his reputation grows as an image maker extraordinaire.


Richard Bailey and his camera took flight in the world of 'Fancy Pigeons' this year and liked it so much he is now exploring the weird and wonderful world of 'Fancy Poultry'. 'From Rosecomb Bantams to Brinkotters, Cambars and Sabelpoot's these are just some of the names of these extraordinary birds. Richard's beautiful limited edition prints give a new twist to poultry for Xmas!.


Richard Tilbury creates glasswork which is both retro and organic. Influenced by Miro, Gaudi with a touch of Klimt, Richard treats each bowl and dish as a canvas. These are truly unique designs and his work would grace any table or sideboard. Especially for Christmas Richard has created bespoke Christmas decorations These are box sets of glass 'icicles' to hang from trees or windows which catch the light and add an extra sparkle to the occasion.


Theresa Edwards   After a career in the animation during which she worked on such classics as 'Yellow Submarine' and 'The Snowman' not to mention several famous advertising campaigns Theresa now uses those classic animation techniques such as stenciling and layering to produce a stunningly original range of colourful and intensely decorated ceramic tableware and decorative pieces. Her Open Studio day this summer inQueensParksaw her reputation soar.


Simon Selaib-Salandini  Her Jewellery is intuitive and spontaneous which reflects an artistic background influenced by sculpture and architecture. Simone draws inspiration from everyday experiences and a fascination for Japanese Characters; where line and space, light, shadow and clear forms are integral part of each piece. By reducing the forms to the barest minimum Simone creates beautiful jewellery emphasizing the metallic properties by working with organic textures.


Lisa Smith is an experienced jeweller and her Christmas collection of colourful and sleek semi-precious beads assembled with silver or gold components will win many hearts this month.   To show the diversity of Lisa's talent and her eye for what is 'on-trend' she will also show for the first time her Cake Stands. 'Up-cycling' vintage and retro plates Lisa creates dainty two or three-tiered stands with gold or silver fittings. The stands can be made to order.





Domini Stallings began making collages as part of her MA in Creative Writing. Her collages combine her own images, made using paints, inks, lino cuts, photographs, and found materials. Her pallet is muted and soft and the image captivating in its structure. Her prints are a must for any wall. Currently one of her collages has been chosen as the cover for Steven Price's book, The Screenplay: Authorship, Theory and Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).


From the 15th to 23rd December artisan presents 'OMG its Christmas'a 'Pop-up' Christmas shop for the discerning shopper.






 artisan makes Christmas a work of art!


New NW10 gallery, artisan celebrates its first year this December. artisan's role has been to create a gallery space, which showcases new, 'one-off', affordable artworks. For the Christmas season artisan showcases three artists whose work offers the festive shopper an opportunity to find that elusive gift which embodies originality and craftsmanship not easily found on the High Street

 From the 1st to 11th December artisan presents 'Traces' an exhibition of beautiful ceramics and jewellery for the discerning shopper.

Michelangelo Bonitatibus creates ceramics, which form stunning centerpieces on tables and shelves. His use of 'volcanic' glazes gives the work a wonderful textured and tactile surface, which makes each piece unique. Michelangelo also 'paints' with clay producing heavily textured and torn pieces, which he traces back to the rich earthy colours of his native Tuscany. These 'paintings' are an inspired choice for interior walls.





Tina Kenward can trace her has passion for ceramics back to her childhood love of nature and the affinity she felt with the landscapes of her youth and connections to Finland. With clay she found the perfect medium in which to express her love of all things natural and her sculptures and wall art reflect the colours and textures which nature provides so abundantly.




Jacques Jeanjean  The source of inspiration for his work can be traced back to the most ancient concepts of chain making with every single link being made from sterling silver wire. His jewellery is individually soldered, shaped and linked to produce finished handcrafted pieces. Jacques's jewellery has a very definitive and individual look, which balances traditional and contemporary design.





 Traces'   1 to 11 December 2010 at artisan.

"I may not have gonewhere I intendedto go,
but I think I have endedup where I intended to be"

Douglas Adams



This November artisan showcases

colour and light



 New NW10 gallery,artisancontinues to attract attention in North West London since its launch last year. artisan's role is to create a gallery space, which showcases new, 'one-off', affordable artworks. Owner ofartisanNaomi Harrison says "We live in a homogenised world where it doesn't matter if you are standing in Rome or Rio you are looking at the same shops". She feels very strongly that the public are now looking for handcrafted and even bespoke items as a reaction to the over-manufactured world we all live in.

'See-through' combines the talents of glass artist Josephine Florent and Photographer Maria Kemp. Josephine paints with glass to create wonderful kiln fired wall lights, bowls and jewellery. She uses a unique technique which she has developed herself making her work truly individual. Josephine is inspired by glass, its ability to reflect and transmit colour while remaining translucent.

Maria's photographs express her own particular colour sense and she intensifies the palette by bringing a vibrant fresh feel to her pictures. Her love of the natural world encourages her to capture nature through a lens and by altering colour and light we create images which amaze and please the eye.

Josephine and Maria met at the beginning of their modelling careers in 80's London and have remained close friends ever since. Both women were very much part of the London scene and graced the covers of many glossy magazines and strutted international catwalks wearing the clothes of famous designers from Anthony Price to Yves St Laurent.

Josephine Florent

Josephine 's background is as colourful and varied as her work. He first job was for Russell and Bromleys as a window dresser and later, while working at Biba in Kensington High Street, she was discovered by Nikki Williams of Honey Magazine thus began a successful career as a model in London, Paris, Milan, and New York. She became a favourite of photographers such as Donovan, Duffy, Bailey, John Swannell and many more. Josephine was the girl on Robert Palmers album cover 'Sneaking Sally through the alley'.



She worked closely with fashion designer Anthony Price and became interested in design and pattern cutting, which she studied at the London College of Fashion. Josephine went on to study glass and it was then she discovered her true passion.


Maria Kemp

Maria Kemp was born in Stockholm,Sweden but moved to England in her teens. Her interest in photography started as a young girl but after being spotted by a model agent she found herself on the over side of the camera.and so began a successful modelling career, working with photographers such as Terence Donovan, Norman Parkinson, David Bailey, Eric Boman and many more. Under the name of 'Maril' she became famous as the 'Bergasol' girl which was featured on billboards all over Europe. Her poster was one of the first to become known as a danger to traffic!

Throughout her modelling career, she continued to take pictures, an interest she shared with her photographer husband Charlie Kemp. This is her third exhibition, the first in London 2008 and the second in Stockholm in 2009.


5 to 27 November 2010 at artisan.




Artisan has been an instant hit in London's North West since its launch last year. This October the 'pop-up' phenomena arrives at artisan in the form of Homeworks. Since Comme des Garcons began the trend in 2004 with its guerrilla stores, the pop-up shop has become an anticipated event.  artisan is delighted to hand over the gallery space and see it transformed into a shop offering wonderful handcrafted and bespoke merchandise. Mary Portas championed on her recent BBC2 series, 'Mary Queen of Shops',"People want something different, different from what the rest of the high street are doing". Artisan offers just that.

Mother of three, Fiona says "I'm always wishing there was more time in the day, yet don't seem to be able to stay up late enough to get my long list of 'to do's' done!" Aside from homemaker, her expertise lies in being a freelance picture researcher, photographer, interior designer, knitter and crafter with ambitions to be a master of all trades and jack of none! Choosing her yarns with care and attention Fiona creates beautiful hand-knitted accessories from bags to hats.


Lou Rota - Reflecting her passion for the natural worldand deep-seated recycling ethic, Lou's eclectic range uses collage and decoupage and both homemade and vintage decals to transform unloved objects into highly desirable home-wares. Whether it's vintage bone china or a battered French desk, a salvaged polypropylene stacking chair or a 1960s mirror, each of her witty transformations is unique. Stag beetles march across a faded chintz tea plate. Jaded chairs are overgrown with roses, nettles and thorns. Translucent black butterflies flit over foxed glass.

Smith and Coates - Smith and Coates children's tops are handmade here in the UK from recycled woolen jumpers. The jumpers are felted, re-cut and remade, then hand finished with crochet and trims made from vintage fabric. Each piece of clothing is completely unique. In a world where everything appears to be throw away it is wonderful to find how unloved things can be transformed into unique and wonderful garments.



Homespun and Vintage - Homespun & Vintage offer an eclectic mix of contemporary handmade and vintage home accessories including pictures, jewellery, ceramics and soft furnishings. "We are passionate about handmade quality, traditional craftsmanship and unique design that links a contemporary approach with vintage style and materials"

Made with Love by Mrs Booth - Mrs Booth was inspired by the things she fondly remembered from her own childhood, she designs simple, imaginative gifts for children. Her colouring and counting books, alphabet friezes, prints, cards and stickers explore early reading, writing and counting - there are even reward stickers for extra encouragement! When the world is full of plastic finding handcrafted gifts for a child is even more important.



Handworks - Handworks has a beautiful collection of lightweight cotton clothing for children, a small range of day and nightwear for women and printed shirts for men. They also have a great collection of cotton quilts to grace any bedroom and home furnishings, which would add the finishing touches to a room.  Their range of wonderful fresh prints, high quality cotton carefully sourced fromIndiaand an eye for design gives them a unique brand.



 'Homeworks' pop-up at artisan

6 to 30 October 2010





New NW10 gallery, artisan has been an instant hit inLondon's Willesden Green, since its launch last December. artisan's role is to create a gallery space, which showcases new, 'one-off', affordable artworks. Situated on the corner of Harlesden and Parkfield roads, the former organic shop, with its quirky appearance is very much a part of the local history and now has transformed into a stunning, light and airy showroom for local artists and those whose work offers something different. Visitwww.artisan80.comfor further info.

Owner, ceramicist/photographer Naomi Harrison recently moved out of her Portobello studio to openartisan, says"We live in a homogenised world where it doesn't matter if you are standing in Rome or Rio you are looking at the same shops". As Mary Portas champions on her current BBC2 series, 'Mary Queen of Shops', "People want something different, different from what the rest of the high street are doing". A retail customer was keen to source a"one-off individual piece, an original that no-one else is going to have".Naomi's gallery,artisanoffers just that.

artisan'sSeptember exhibition,'Five come to London'showcases:

Ceramics by Richard Baxter -Richard Baxter lists Stella McCartney and Heston Blumenthal as clients as well as having many of his pieces featured in books, magazines (BBC Good Homes, Grand Designs, Country Homes and Interiors), and on television. He made jugs for Heston's 'Roman Feast' on Channel 4 and one of his pots made an appearance on 'Eastenders'. Richard also made recreations of Leonardo da Vinci percussion instruments for the Victoria & Albert Museum 'Leonardo' exhibition. He is an established potter well known for his beautiful porcelain work embodying strength, translucency and purity of colour. He prices his work to be accessible to all, from small delicate dishes to wonderful statement pieces for that special room or occasion.Visit for further info.


Ceramics by Kate Baxter -  Kate works to commission and has recently begun designing and hand building her own range, notably the rather perky 'Beaky Jugs'. Each piece is treated as an individual 'canvas' featuring birds which she creates using a variety of decorative techniques including brushwork, stencilling, printing and scraffito. The jugs are decorated with coloured slips and glazed with a lead-free transparent glaze.   Kate exhibited her first flock of 'Beaky Jugs' at artisan in February and only two returned to the nest! Visit for further info.


Mosaics by Paul Siggins
-created in stone, glass, slate, porcelain and gold Smalti. Paul will exhibit his new work entitled 'Tattoos' made from Cornish slate and Venetian gold smalti along with his existing collection which includes his version of the Sex Pistols album cover 'Never mind the bollocks'. Paul's clients include; architects, designers and numerous London stores inc Harvey Nicholls, Selfridges and Liberty. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaking many public and private commissions. He also works extensively with schools and colleges in the community and in 1988 published the Mosaic Sourcebook. Visitwww.themosaicstudio.comfor further info.




Jewellery and Sculpture by Yu Lan Burkmar- working mainly in aluminium and silver, Yu Lan creates stunning jewellery pieces and collages in glorious colours. The collection she will bring to artisan will include a range of jewellery, which is both colourful and beautiful, and her collages demonstrate her ability to turn her jewellers skill into sculpture. She has won several Goldsmith Awards for both design and finished pieces and in her nativeTaiwanshe won the 'Best Contemporary Jeweller' award. In 2007 she was named winner of 'Best Emerging Designer in Platinum'. Visit for further info.



Landscape platinum prints by Charlie Skelton
- depict beautiful monochrome images of wild landscapes. Spending much of his childhood walking in the wilds of theBritish Islesand his adulthood walking and climbing in many places around the world,Charlie has developed an empathy with the landscape, which his photography illustrates vividly. The technical advantages of working with his large format camera encourages Charlie to wait for the right atmospheric conditions; "we go for a walk together and sometimes something happens".



Step off the beaten track and discover something different at artisan when

'Five come to London' - 4 to 25 September 2010.







Queens Park Community School


 Students evolving atartisan!

  29 July to 27 August 2010













After leaving Harrow School of Art, Liz went on to work in the photographic department of Sotheby Auctioneers and then for Advertising photographer Bob Wallis as Assistant and Stylist - for some years following this she became a Photographers agent.


Frustrated with being on the business side of Photography and not behind the lens, she decided to combine her passion for gardening with photography. In 2005 she co-founded the rights managed photographic library




Her photographs are published internationally in books and magazines and last year in collaboration with four leading garden photographers had a book published on the 'Gardens of the Loire Valley'. A number of the photographs from this Exhibition were taken during her trips to France.







4 June to 26 June 2010

 Mixed media and photographic exhibition

by Margaret Cooter and Tony Wallis

Margaret's installations, travel writing and wall hangings will take you on a very different journey to Tony's wonderful black & white photographs. 


Together they lead the observer down many avenues which both stimulates and challenges the mind and the eye.

Between them, they have created an exhibition - in the hinterland of Harlesden - that will take viewers on an inner journey of their own.


Photographic and sculptural media meet to evoke journeys physical and metaphorical through the work of Tony Wallis and Margaret Cooter in the inviting space of artisan.







Streets Ahead

6 May - 29 May2010

an exhibition of art, craft and design

Demonstrating its commitment to be a local gallery for local artistsartisanhas the pleasure of opening its doors to local residents who put the art into craft.  These six talented neighbours come together to create a group exhibition of mixed media blending jewellery, glass, typography and painting into an exciting show which will appeal to those looking for unique and bespoke art and craft.



Brigitte Arnold -  Jeweller 

The beauty and romance of semi precious stones inspired Brigitte from an early age. Walking along the shores of the Baltic Sea, she would delight in discovering the treasures nature had to offer, notably pieces of amber, glowing in the sand. Later, pursuing the study of geology, Brigitte's awareness and fascination of natural wonders developed further.  Although it took a number of years before Brigitte's love of precious stones came to fruition through making jewellery, as other career paths took her away from fulfilling her creative talents.  Two years ago Brigitte embarked upon a long held passion to make jewellery.  Inspired by the inherent qualities of semi-precious stones, her necklaces are simple, elegant and visually striking. They show a rich contrast in colour and texture, in combinations that may previously have been unknown. Each piece of Brigitte's jewellery is handcrafted and she creates bespoke pieces which enhance the individuality of the wearer. 





Fiona Bailey - Jeweller

A mixture of beading skills and a love of textiles brought Fiona to design and create a range of jewellery which is contemporary and fun to wear.  Fabrics used range from cool cottons, shimmering silks and a variety of recycled garments and off cuts.  With such a huge range of colours and textures available the jewellery can lend itself to any occasion, for everyday wear, parties and weddings.  Individual pieces can also be made to order using specific fabrics….. the possibilities are endless.




Phil Baines - Graphic Designer

Phil Baines was born in Kendal, Westmorland, in 1958. He graduated from St Martin's School of Art in 1985 and the Royal College of Art in 1987 and is now Professor of Typography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London.  He is also a freelance graphic designer whose clients include publishers such as Penguin, Phaidon and Thames & Hudson, and arts organisations notably Matt's Gallery. His work often includes the use of his own typefaces which include Vere Dignum (2003) for Linotype. In 2009 he designed the lettering for the 7 July 2005 Bombings Memorial in London's Hyde Park. He has written extensively for the design press as well as four books: Type & typography, (2002, with Andrew Haslam); Signs, lettering in the environment, (2003, with Catherine Dixon), Penguin by design: a cover story 1935-2005 (2005) and Puffin by design: 70 years of imagination 1940-2010 (2010).  









Annabel Dane-Liebesny - Jeweller 

Annabel always had an interest in jewellery, and have moved from making simple beaded creations, to the complexities of glass and metal clay. What started off as a hobby from her kitchen table has spread to encompass a kiln in the spare room!  All the jewellery is hand cut, and unique: that's what comes from working with such an unpredictable material and heat of 800 degrees. Annabel hopes it gives the wearer as much pleasure as it did her to make.  Enjoy.




John Thorogood - Artist

 Born in 1941, John Thorogood spent a lifetime painting landscapes and figures until, on retirement from his career as a language teaching adviser, he was able to treat himself to a foundation and degree course at Camberwell College of Arts, where he became interested in abstract painting with a decorative flavour and has continued to explore this area in many ways.




Richard Tilbury - Glass Artist

The real job is in IT, but he says he would go crazy if that was all he did!  The glass "thing" began quite by accident a few years ago.  With a style which is both retro, organic and influenced by the Catalan artists Miro and Tapies, with a touch of Gaudi and perhaps a little Klimt Richard works on each piece as if it were a painting or drawing

Each piece is the result of a long process and therefore can take two days or more to make, and may go through many firings.  Accidents happen; the glass can crack due to incompatibilities in the glass or through thermal shock can ruin many days work.   Regardless of the trauma of producing each piece, Richard thoroughly enjoys being able to be creative with such an amazing medium; he says 'working in glass is thoroughly addictive'. 





'Darwin's Pigeons'

17 March - 11 April 2010

An Exhibition of Photographs by Richard Bailey




Fancy Pigeons played an important part in helping Darwin prove his theories and as last year, 2009, was the 150th anniversary since the publication of the 'Origin of

Species' and also the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, Richard decided to photograph some of these exotic breeds and at the same time see if he could come to love the pigeon. After all, we are all used to the 'London Pigeon', which some would call the 'flying rat'.

Charles Darwin set out to prove that all fancy pigeons are descended from the
common pigeon known as Columba Livia or Rock Dove and this particular research, would in turn help him with his theories towards the 'Origin of Species'.
In 1855 Charles Darwin became a pigeon fancier and set up a breeding loft at his
home in the village of Downe, Kent.

The images were intended to celebrate the pigeons which played such an important part in Darwin's work, but then the project became more than that. The photographs became 'portraits' of the birds and they took on an anthropomorphization. Some pigeons looked into the camera with an unflinching gaze testing the viewer in a malevolent manner, whilst others looked on benignly, almost compassionately. The different breeds took on unusual characteristics, some looked a little bit naive, others have a conceit about them, an air of self-importance as they puff up their chests and present themselves to the camera.

Photographed in such a way that the abundance of colours on the different pigeons are brought out and emphasised, this series of weird and wonderful pigeons that Darwin worked with carries on the great tradition of classical animal iconography.



80 Harlesden Road London NW10 2BE


Gallery opening times during exhibitions:

Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
Admission: Free

For more information call Richard Bailey on 07956 971 520

Or Naomi Harrison on 020 8451 6315



 artisan starts the new year

 with an exciting line-up of talent

6 - 27 February 2010


Martin Wilson

Make every picture count

Christmas 1973- I'm pretty sure it didn't snow. This was the year I was given my first camera and if it had
snowed, I'm certain I would have taken a picture of it. I was 8 and my brother was 9 and we were both given identical cameras as a present. They were coal blackand petrol blue - the kind of cheap oily plastic that wouldn't glue back together when we eventually droppedthem and they cracked.

We were also given a roll of film in a Kodak yellow packet. My dad, worried that wewould run out of film by boxing day, gave us a piece of advice; "make every picture count." He would repeatthis mantra every time we were about to release the shutter and I think it became so deeply ingrained thatI've been following his advice ever since.

That's probably why my work looks like it does today. I've arrived at a way of working where I put every
frame on display. The entire film is visible. The numbers underneath each frame show that each picture istaken consecutively. Perhaps subconsciously I'm trying to prove to my dad that I haven't wasted a singleshot.

My pictures are painstakingly created frame by frame on 35mm film. I get the whole film developed, scan it,
then piece the final image together on the computer, making a large contact sheet. It's only when thecompleted film strips are laid out side by side in the contact sheets that the final image appear.

Each work usually takes months to complete, as each frame is obsessively taken in sequence. No pasting
together after the event, no cheating in Photoshop!  If I make a mistake or take a frame out of place I start the film again from the beginning. The works are all records of real journeys, the visual remnants of hours walking or cycling round town,bringing to life the unheard voices of the city.




Richard Baxter

I have been a professional potter for 28 years. I work from my studio and gallery in Leigh on Sea, Essex. Recently I made some large porcelain pieces for Stella McCartney for her new Hong Kong and Paris flagshipstores. I also made some jugs for Heston Blumenthal for his Roman Feast Channel 4 TV show. I exhibitwidely in galleries in the UK and at shows such as Art In Action and Art In Clay, as well as selling throughoutthe world via my website.

I have sold at Bonhams of Knightsbridge and have made recreations of Leonardo da Vinci percussioninstruments for the 2006 Victoria & Albert Museum Leonardo exhibition. My work often appears in magazineslike BBC Good Homes, Grand Designs and Country Homes and Interiors, in books and has been featured inseveral television programmes.

These pieces are thrown on the wheel using fine porcelain clay, which gives strength, translucency and purityof colour. I am currently investigating various ways in which the forms can be pierced to achieve low reliefdecorative effects as well as views into the pots.  All glazes are my own, developed from extensive testing, and are fired in an electric kiln at 1220`c.






Kate Baxter

Kate Baxter started out as a painter having studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Shewon the East Anglian Open watercolour award in 1991 but soon began to collaborate with her husband, thepotter Richard Baxter, on a range of tableware decorated with exuberant depictions of the undersea world ofthe coral reef. More recently she began designing and hand building her own pots, notably large platters andthese rather perky Beaky Jugs. Each piece is treated as an individual 'canvas' for a variety of decorativetechniques including brushwork, stencilling, printing and scraffito and often returns to the theme of the'Enchanted Forest'. The jugs are slab built in white earthenware, decorated with coloured slips and glazedwith a lead-free transparent glaze.Kate lives in Leigh on Sea in Essex and works at Old Leigh Studios.







Sarah Cowley

In 2009 Sarah completed her postgraduate course in Architectural Glass at Central Saint Martins .She says 'Glass is a versatile and captivating medium; light and colour can transform a space. It allows me toexpress myself in the design of unique functional vessels, sculptural pieces and contemporary wearablejewellery. Light can be reflected and transmitted in site-specific and autonomous panels with painting,sandblasting and screen-printing. Inspiration comes from organic forms in the real world, and what can onlybe imagined'.




The inspiration for my work comes mainly from the material itself.  Glass has such wonderful qualities both transmitting and reflecting light.

I have designed the wall pieces to use reflected light whilst retain the translucent, vitreous quality that is unique to glass.  For the rest of this collection I have combined both transparent and opaque glass to enhance the colours and the shape of each piece. 

The firing process embodies the variations of chance, making each piece unique and the whole process exciting.


The Debut Exhibition


14 November to 11 December 2009

artisan Exhibits For The First Time

Situated on the corner of Harlesden and Parkfield roads, the former organic shop has been transformed into a gallery/studio. Naomi Harrison recently moved out of her Portobello studio to open artisan, a combination of gallery and working studio.

The shops transformation has caused much speculation in the neighbourhood. Having stood on this corner since 1905 it is very much part of local history and everyone knows its quirky appearance. Having always been a corner grocery shop it now begins a new era as a gallery space for local artists and those whose work offers something different.


Claire Pearson

My sculptural vessels are heavily influenced by the urban landscape. My first ceramics studio was off the Old Kent Road in London, and travelling to and from it on the bus I was struck by the beauty that can be found in urban decay - peeling billboards revealing delicate layers of colour, random splatterings of paint on pavements like some miniature Jackson Pollock painting, semi-demolished buildings taking on sculptural qualities, the cracked paint on forgotten doors.  The elements take our buildings and billboards and augment them into sometimes exquisitely beautiful, natural artworks. My vessels are made using a combination of throwing and handbuilding, with layered slips, underglazes and lustres.

My pet bowls began almost by chance when I made a bowl for my cocker spaniel, Bella, to keep her ears clean and dry. Gradually word spread, and over the last 3 years I have made bowls for numerous dogs, cats, rabbits and even a hedgehog! Through my website, are able to design their own, bespoke, handmade bowls, choosing the colours, the wording and the symbols, and I am often asked to create specifically sized or shaped bowls for different breeds. The bowls in this exhibition have been created specifically for Artisan and are all one-offs.

I completed the revered City Lit Ceramics Diploma (graduates of which include Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry) in 2003 under the tutelage of Dan Kelly, Sara Radstone, Annie Turner and Robert Cooper. I have exhibited in a number of galleries in the UK and in Germany.








Jeff Wood

The inspiration for my work comes mainly from the material itself.  Glass has such wonderful qualities both transmitting and reflecting light.

I have designed the wall pieces to use reflected light whilst retain the translucent, vitreous quality that is unique to glass.  For the rest of this collection I have combined both transparent and opaque glass to enhance the colours and the shape of each piece. 

The firing process embodies the variations of chance, making each piece unique and the whole process exciting.





 Naomi Harrison  

After 7 years in my Portobello studio doing ceramics I had an opportunity to expand my interests by taking over the old organic shop on Harlesden Road and transforming it into a gallery and working studio.  Although I will continue to design and make ceramics for this exhibition I will show a retrospective of my photographs from three previous exhibitions.  The photographs are of landscapes from far flung places such as New Zealand and vistas closer to home.  I will also show images of flowers which I have taken over the years.