New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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At Christmas thoughts turn to home so our Winter Exhibition presents a range of unique, local art and craft that you won't find anywhere else. Treat yourself to something new for your home or buy gifts for your loved ones. Pop in, browse and shop away from the crowds. You'll be supporting a local gallery and small creative artist businesses if you do, as well as finding something special this Christmas.
by Celia Allen | Lydia Barclay | Louise Bell | Jane Clift | Curio Studio (Tom Wilson) | Gin Durham | Richard Jack | Liane Matthews | David Mayne | Mitch Pilkington | Jay Rubinstein | Jenny Southam | Ilona Sulikova | Jean Tolkovsky | Ed Willis.
Textiles by Naomi Beevers | Candy Coated Accessories | Alison Dupernex | Keira Graham | Green Thomas Textiles | Sally Nencini | Sarah Tyssen.
Art glass by Adam Aaronson | Peter Layton | Sanders and Wallace | Shakspeare Glass.
Ceramics by Hannah Bould | Rowena Brown | Claire Burke | Jude Colley | Amy Cooper | Clare Conrad | Diane Griffin | Sarah Grove | Matt Horne | Maisie Parkes | Rebecca Ridley | Vivienne Ross | Liz Scrine | Chrissy Silver | Steve Smith | Carolyn Tripp | Gilly Whittington.
Painting by Suzy Fasht | Sally Anne Fitter | Rosalinda Kightley | Yeside Linney | Susie Lidstone | Helen Long | Fiona Pearce | Jacky Paynter | Virginia Ray | Jane Rist | Ray Sheldon | Jo Shepherd | Sarah Spackman | Ruth Taylor | Vicki Nigoumi | Suzanne Winn.
Limited Edition Prints by Clare Bassett | Ed Boxall | John Bryce | Ann Burnham | John Duffin | Chloe McCarrick | Trevor Price | Shirley Watson | Clare Youngs.
Jewellery by Petra Bishai | Shimara Carlow | Margaux Clavel | Daphne Krinos | Misun Won | Kathie Murphy.
Festive decoration by Adam Aaronson | Kate Colin | Fleur Grenier | Jessica Jordan | David Mayne | Liane Matthews | Judith Needham | Charlotte Stockley.
Wood by Kevin Stamper.
16 x 13.5 x 10 cms
Will Shakspeare, of Shakspeare Glass, is one of the UK's best-known glass blowers. He set up Shakspeare Glass over 25 years ago and has achieved great success with his uniquely creative glass art, known for his wide range of work and his individual contemporary style.
Based at his studio in Langport, Somerset, Will works with a small and talented team of glass assistants. He is a keen member of the community and has had lots of great help with the business from some lovely locals.
Shakspeare Glass has featured regularly in the media, including Kirstie's Homemade Home, Channel 4, Kirstie's Homemade Christmas, Channel 4, Original Features, UKTV and Inside the Factory, BBC 2.
I make a wide range of different designs which are constantly evolving. I deliberately design glass with a random factor, something that is out of my control. I use colour so that it affects the final shape of the piece in a natural, fluid way. It means that I work with the glass rather than imposing my 'will' on it!
Will draws great inspiration from water and says:
There is something magical about it. I love rock pools... I believe that glass is the perfect medium to capture the qualities I love about the sea and water in a way no other can. Through each piece my inspiration from the world around me is evident, my surroundings and experiences are inextricably linked to my work. However, the making process, the history, the ideas are only a part. Just as important is what each piece says to you as you hold and look at it. Above all, I want my work to speak for itself.