Shropshire's Biggest Contemporary Craft and Fine Food Fair

Shropshire's Biggest Contemporary Craft and Fine Food Fair

After a hugely successful event in 2009, The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft are bringing together a truly inspirational mix of some of the finest craftspeople from the region for the Guild’s prestigious annual flagship exhibition, ‘Gorgeous’, over the weekend of October 9th and 10th.

For the third year running there will also be a Food Hall filled with a range of delicacies from across Shropshire.
This unique selling exhibition will be held at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Shropshire.

Steve Miller, Chief Executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust said "It was fantastic to see so many people at last year’s excellent event and I am sure 2010 will be even busier". 

Steve continued "Gorgeous is one of the highpoints in the Museum's Annual Calendar of Events and it is always highly rewarding to co-host such a prestigious event in partnership with the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft.  It is a great way to remind people that Ironbridge has always been home to creative industries and today Shropshire has a remarkable collection of highly skilled craftspeople".

Chairman of the Shropshire Guild Sophie Eades said "the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft was formed in 2001 to promote, display and sell the work of designer makers working in Shropshire. Our members use traditional skills and techniques, alongside innovative modern methods, to produce contemporary work of the highest calibre.

Sophie continued "Gorgeous is the biggest contemporary craft event in the region, and will feature a wide variety of disciplines from very creative designer makers. This fantastic exhibition will include Guild members and guests who have created wonderful pieces of furniture, jewellery, fabrics, ceramics and basketry."

Gorgeous will also be hosting an array of craft demonstrations. Sophie said "we are lucky enough to be able to have 6 designer makers demonstrating at this year's event, covering ceramics, textiles, furniture, metalwork and jewellery; demonstrations will be running throughout the weekend". 

Sophie continued "as well as demonstrations and nearly 40 designer makers we will have a food hall packed with local and very tempting food and drink – the whole event will be buzzing!" 

Companies in the food hall will include Strefford Farm Shop from Craven Arms, Bonbonier Chocolates from Shrewsbury and Queenies Cupcakes from Ironbridge. 

This year, Gorgeous will feature 9 new exhibiting designer –makers including Kate Mead Designs from Much Wenlock.

Kate, who makes textile accessories graduated from Birmingham City University in 2006 with a First Class Honours Degree in Textile Design and began her company, Kate Mead Designs, in July 2006. Kate’s work was featured at London Fashion Week in September 2008 and her neck pieces were selected by Selfridges in London, April 2008 to dress the famous stores windows in a work entitled ‘Storm’ that also featured designers Alexandra McQueen and Stella McCartney.

A Mink coloured Wrapped Pearl Neck Piece, made by Kate, was one of three designer products short listed in the Luxury Products category for the Birmingham Design Initiative (BDI) Industry and Genius Awards held at Millennium Point Birmingham in November 2007, hosted by TV celebrity Tony Robinson. The awards, held since 1989, are to raise awareness of the importance and value of outstanding design in the West Midlands.

Kate said "I'm a new member of the guild and really looking forward to 'Gorgeous'. I heard about the shows originally from friends that had visited past shows and had been really impressed by the quality of work on sale"

Another new exhibitor at Gorgeous this year is Becca Williams from Alvechurch. Becca graduated from the Birmingham School of Jewellery in 2008 with a BA in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Working across the disciplines she produces contemporary jewellery and silverware with an emphasis on colour, texture and originality.

Becca said "I am really excited about exhibiting at 'Gorgeous', and I'll also be talking about my work throughout the weekend specifically how I make a range of jewellery that uses CAD/CAM (computer aided design) and computer led rapid prototyping".

Becca, who received a commendation for her silverwork at the Craft and Design Awards held at Goldsmiths Hall in London in 2010 has exhibited all over the country and is a member of the Worcester Guild of Designer Craftsmen.

Entrance to Gorgeous is £2.50 per person, under 12's go free. Gorgeous will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 9th and 10am-4pm on Sunday 10th of October.

Further details are available from the Shropshire Guild's website at: or the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on

Tel: 01952 884391 or visit

Date Posted: 29th July 2010

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