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Contact the
Artisans Gallery

 

The Folly Artisans

 
The Folly Artisans Gallery provides a showcase
for the work of a number of very talented craft makers
who live in Settle and the surrounding villages.
 
Each maker is selected as being exemplary in using the
landscape and resources around them to influence
their work in traditional and contemporary crafts.
 
A percentage from the sale of each item
makes a valuable contribution towards the
preservation and running costs of The Folly
 
 
The following Artisans are among those currently selected to sell their work in The Folly 
 
 

Christine Carradice

Silk Painter

Original Artwork, Prints, Cards, Scarves

 

Christine lives in Settle. She moved here twenty years ago with her husband and baby daughter and has no plans to leave.

Her  painting is inspired by the beautiful countryside around her - the limestone crags, green fields, dry stone walls, barns and flowers of the Dales. The Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside, from different viewpoints, also feature prominently in her work.

Christine's pictures never have people in them. She prefers her work to show familiar scenes as places of calm and solitude just at the quiet time before people arrive and the day's activities begin. She does, however, like to include buildings in some of her work. These pictures aim to show the last small influence of people on the landscape before the countryside opens out and the hills rise up.




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Turnerford Oak

(Michael Ravey & Anita Williams)

Bespoke hardwood accessories for the home

Chopping Boards, Bread Boards, Tealight Holders

 

 

Michael and Anita live in Keasdon. Turnerford Oak was established following Michael's retirement from his career as a Lecturer in Nursing and his desire to face a new challenge.

They are passionate about the wood they use regardless of whether it is new or recycled. This passion extends from how they select individual pieces to produce unique products to how they apply the final finish.

 

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Rachel in the Dales

Potter

Original Handmade Pottery

 

Rachel lives in Settle. She is an adopted 'Yorkshire Lass', originally from a farming family in the States. She's a wife and a mum... and a Potter!

Rachel's pots are beautiful -  in a natural way. All of her glazes are of her own creation and are composed in large part from natural materials from the Yorkshire Dales, be that nettle ash or greywacke gritstone dust from the quarry down the road. The pots are carefully handmade on her potter's wheel and each is unique. Some might come as a 'family', but they are not factory-made, so the sizes and shapes, though similar, will vary slightly.

​Rachel's pots are practical, not just for decoration or sculptural. All of her pottery is food-safe, microwave and dishwasher-safe and oven-proof, unless otherwise stated.


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Escape Tunnel Crafts

(Gill O'Donnell & Chris Marflitt)

Fairies, Alphabet Photographs

 

Geordie sisters with close links to North Yorkshire, Gill O'Donnell has lived in Giggleswick since 1994 and Chris Marflitt is married to a Yorkshireman that she met on York Station!

They formed "the tunnel" when they retired/escaped from teaching and found themselves not only with the luxury of "spare time" but also the urge to do something creative. They quickly found that they were constantly sparking ideas off one another and so Escape Tunnel Crafts was born.

They particularly enjoy the idea of making things that will make people stop in their tracks and say "ooh, now that's a bit different!". They enjoy crafting together and apart: with the fairies Gill does the main body and Chris does "the fiddly bits" by adding decorations. With the alphabet photos they both spot letters and locations and Gill puts the pictures together.

Being sisters who work together on projects has the added advantage of the fact that they can happily bounce ideas off each other with ease and not have to worry about the other one taking offence - after all, they've been squabbling and playing together all of their lives!