Find Beautiful Cornish Gifts & Support Small Businesses
The Roberts Gallery - Mevagissey
If you're on the look out for some beautiful unique Gifts and preferably Cornish, I may have done all of your hard work for you!
Last week I met with June one of the artists who has founded The Roberts Gallery in Mevagissey, Cornwall. I always like to support small businesses while we're away and this one is quite unusual.
The Roberts Gallery is a gallery shop on Mevagissey, High Street. It's run by a co-operative of 7 artists. They all work one day a week in the shop in-between creating their unique pieces of craftsmanship.
This means whenever you visit you can discuss first hand with that person; what you love, how they make their items and what they are passionate about.
It's such a great experience knowing that the piece you buy is made by the person you're talking to and not a mass made product in a large store. You also have the benefit of knowing you are supporting a small business and keeping that skill/craft alive.
Below you will find the details of each artisan, their specialty and their websites or contact details.
The Roberts Gallery has its own Facebook page here where you can keep up to date with the latest creations.
All of the artists welcome you to Mevagissey but if you can't make it to Cornwall and see something you like get in touch! They also offer commissions.
1. June Hayes Designs
June creates beautiful applique designs which she sews on to a range of handmade products such as aprons, cushions, beach huts and much more. She's passionate about textiles and finding the perfect fabrics for her creations.
I love these children's aprons! You can find more of her products on her Facebook page or if you would like to ask for something specific contact her at: email@example.com
2. Richard Jenkins Linoprints
Richard makes original lino cut designs handprinted in Tywardreath, Cornwall. There are framed and unframed prints and greetings cards available with nature or maritime themes. To find out more about Richard's work check out his Facebook page here. He can also be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Original Stained Glass
Roger Parramore is a self taught glazier who has trained in creating and crafting stained glass. He now makes beautiful objects such as these below and can craft anything from small keepsakes to mirrors. To contact Roger for more information you can find him at: email@example.com
4. Jennie Spicer Jewellery Design
Jennie creates stunning jewellery in a range of metals with smooth and hammered finishes. The Roberts Gallery has a lovely selection of rings, bangles and earrings. Her new website is under construction here (Coming soon!) and she can be contacted here for commissions or inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Smarty Glass
Rebecca Thorton of Smarty Glass creates amazing glass art! Colourful infused glass with a bit of humour. I love the characters and the light which flows through these beautiful pieces. To see more reach out to Rebecca at her page or email@example.com
6. Cathy Stringer - Fine Artist
Cathy has the most incredible paintings. The creatures in her canvas' seem to have their own little personality. She paints human and animal figures in oil, acrylic and pastel. Cathy has such a large selection of these on her website. Take a look I am sure you will find something you love! To contact her for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Coastal Memories
Mandy Tinson of Coastal Memories recycles and upcycles things that she finds on the beautiful Cornish beaches and in her local woods. She makes memorable gifts for that perfect present, or just to treat yourself. These are lovely reminders of a holiday and it's so reassuring to know they have literally been created from Cornwall itself. You can read more about Mandy's business here.
Claire Harris Fused Glass
Another artist who displays her creations is Claire Harris who creates handmade fused glass landscapes. As you can see she has some stunning designs and really exceptional items to remember your holiday by. Claire doesn't work in the shop but you can contact her at email@example.com or at her Etsy Shop here.