Upcoming Events  

Pop-Up Summer Markets at Peter Pears Gallery, 152 HighStreet, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AQ 

It is with heavy hearts that we have had to cancel our much loved Summer Exhibition this year due to the Coronavirus crisis, but we are pleased to announce that small groups of our makers will be taking part in Summer Pop-Up Markets at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh in August. 
From Fri 7th to Weds 26th August, small and changing groups of Suffolk craft Society makers will be holding Pop-Up Markets in the Peter Pears Gallery, 152 High Street Aldeburgh. Open daily from 10am to 5pm, except closed on every Thurs to allow new makers to set up. Click here to find out who is taking part. 

At the Heart of Glass 

142 hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7DX 
Thurs 12 March - Weds 18 March 
Opening Times - 10am - 4pm daily 
A joint exhibition from seven Suffolk glass artists showing the wide range of disciplines covered by the simple word "Glass". Includes three SCS makers, Clare Gaylard, Verena Daniels and Fiona Fawcett. 

Liaison with the College Design Scholars Programme 

Suffolk Craft Society Makers have recently been welcoming students from Framlingham College to their studios as one of the events marking the SCS 50th anniversary. The students are currently on the College Design Scholars Programme. 
The aims of this educational outreach to students are: 
To inspire and offer a portfolio enhancing experience 
To help understanding of the design and craft processes 
To give an insight into production and selling 
Makers visited so far are Danielle Hopkinson of The Stained Glass Studio in Ipswich and Clare Gaylard who works molten glass in a converted barn in Earl Soham. Visits to Annette Rolston and Mike Fenton who work in print at Designer Makers 21 in Diss and Ruth Holt who uses traditional weaving methods in her Halesworth studio have had to be postponed but will hopefully be able to take place later this year. 
Three Suffolk Craft Society makers exhibiting ceramics and glass, namely Pat Todd, Mary Wyatt and Verena Daniels. 
Thurs 31st October - Weds 6th November 2019 
142 Hamilton Road 
IP11 7DX 
Open 10am til 5pm each day 
Meet the Makers 
Contemporary crafts by selected members in Lavenham Village Hall, including bookbinding, ceramics, prints, furniture, jewellery and textiles. Refreshments served. 
Sat 2nd November - Sun 3rd November 2019 
Lavenham Village Hall 
Church St, 
CO10 9QT 
Open 10am - 4pm both days 
Summer Exhibition 2019 
Our annual Summer Exhibition at the Peter Pear's Gallery in Aldeburgh. 
13th July - 26th August 2019 
Peter Pear's Gallery 
152 High Street 
IP15 5AQ 
Open daily 10am - 5pm 
Suffolk Jewels 
18th Feb - 6th April 2019 
Ipswich Tourist Information Centre 
St Stephens Church 
St Stephens Lane 
IP1 1DP 
Open 9am - 5pm (Closed Sundays) 
Inspired by Alan Marshall’s bestselling book Suffolk Jewels, this print exhibition explores the architecture, history, landscapes, flora and fauna of Suffolk and brings together the printmaking talents of 18 artists who have been inspired by our wonderful county. Featuring established and new artists, familiar and less familiar places, and a range of techniques from lino and woodcuts, collagraph, screenprints and copperplate engraving, explore Suffolk as you’ve never seen it before. 
Featured artists include: Carl Borges, Amelia Bowman, Fiona Carver, Louise Davies, Sally Freer, Greta Hansen, Celia Hart, Amie Haslen, Joan Hodgkiss, Leanda Jaine Hughes, Isabel Hutchison, Clare Johnson, Maria McGuchan, Helen Maxfield, Elizabeth Morris, Sue Scullard, Graham Spice, Glynn Thomas and Henrietta Villers. 
Walsham Arts & Crafts Exhibition 
Eleven artists and craftspeople from the Walsham Le Willows area, including SCS makers Alison Dane (jewellery), Helen Dougall (batiks) and Mary Jane Toulson (weaving). 
24 - 26 November 
Priory Room (next to the Church) 
Walsham Le Willows 
IP31 3AB 
Open daily 10am - 6pm 
These Suffolk Craft Society Makers will be at Blackthorpe Barn: 
10-11 November: Clare Gaylard jewellery, Dennis Hales wood, Penny Bhadresa prints 
17-18 November: Anna Bird textiles, Annette Rolston textiles, Dennis Hales wood, Fiona Fawcett glass, Penny Bhadresa prints, Danielle Wade (Polly textiles), Sally Dunham sculpture 
24-25 November: Annette Rolston textiles, Carol Pask ceramics, Clare Gaylard jewellery, Danielle Hopkinson glass, Dennis Hales wood, Karen Risby ceramics, Penny Bhadresa prints 
1-2 December: Carol Pask ceramics, Dennis Hales wood, Karen Risby ceramics, Lin Patterson textiles 
8-9 December: Carol Pask ceramics, Lin Patterson textiles, Stephen Broadley wood 
15-16 December: Penny Bhadresa prints, Stephen Broadley wood 
Blackthorpe Barn 
IP30 9HZ 
A collection of work for sale by East Anglian artists including members of the Suffolk Craft Society. 
Sat 1st to Tues 4th December 2018 
The Great House Gallery 
IP12 2NT 
Open daily 10.30am - 4pm 
Summer Exhibition 2018 
Our annual Summer Exhibition at the Peter Pear's Gallery in Aldeburgh. 
14th July - 27th August 2018 
Peter Pear's Gallery 
152 High Street 
IP15 5AQ 
Open daily 10am - 5pm 
Suffolk Craft Society at Snape Maltings Tack Room 
The Art Of Making in Suffolk - workshops for adults led by five selected Suffolk Craft Society makers in April 2018. A collaboration between SCS and Snape Maltings. All workshops take place at Snape Maltings. The price is £86 per participant, including all materials and a light lunch. To book contact Snape Maltings Box Office on 01728 687110. Download the leaflet here for more details. 
The workshops are as follows: 
Making Unique Paper Art - with Alison Dane - Sat 7th April, 10am to 4pm 
An opportunity to make unique and colourful jewellery using paper as a base. This workshop is designed for people with an interest in colour and some manual dexterity.During the d ay participants should make at least one unique piece of wearable jewellery. 
The Art of Making with Texties and Paint - with Jean Fryer - Fri 13th April, 10am to 4pm 
Using a metre of material, fabric paints, pens and assorted household objects, participants will learn a variety of special techniques that can be easily recreated and used at home. The emphasis will be on exploring techniques for making unique fabric designs. 
Making Art Jewellery in Porcelain Clay - with Sue Bruce - Fri 20th and Fri 27th April, 10am to 12.30pm 
Over two mornings Sue will guide participants to create unique wearable porcelain brooches. Part 1 will be spent designing and creating the brooch. Part 2 will include painting, decorating and finishing the fired porcelain. 
The Art of Making Single Block Lino Prints - with Helen Maxfield - Sat 21st April, 10am to 4pm 
This is your opportunity to discover the world of lino printmaking. The workshop will provide an introduction to lino printing that includes: preparing your image, the safe use of tools, applying ink and printing your image. Helen will provide helpful advice and tips for successful lino printing at home. 
Making Art with Wet Felting Techniques - with Katie Walker - Sun 29th April, 10am to 4pm 
Participants will be introduced to different techniques of wet felting using Merino wool to make a flat felt picture. During the workshop demonstrations Katie will include making felt balls and ropes as well as showing how the texture and the embellishment of felt work may be developed. 
Christmas Show at Suffolk Food Hall 
We delighted to be bringing our Christmas Show to the Suffolk Food Hall for the first time this year. Those who supported us at Gallery 2 (when we were in Ipswich town centre) will not have far to come to find the work of many of their favourites and some new makers. We look forward to making many new friends who already love the Suffolk Food Hall and what it stands for. 
Thurs 16th November - Sun 17th December 
Suffolk Food Hall 
IP9 2AB 
Open Monday to Friday 10-5pm, Saturday 9-5pm and Sunday 10-4.30pm 
Contemporary Crafts at Gainsborough's House 
The Suffolk Craft Society is delighted to show a selection of its Maker’s work in the Gainsborough’s House Shop. We do hope that visitors will find something to make their visit to Gainsborough’s House special. 
8th September - 2nd October 2017 
Gainsborough's House 
46 Gainsborough Street 
CO10 2EU 
Open Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 11-5pm 
Sally Freer at the Norwich Print Fair 2017 
The Norwich Print Fair is celebrating it’s 22nd year by bringing together 29 of Norfolk and Suffolk’s most exciting printmakers including our own Sally Freer. They display a wide variety of hand-made print disciplines in the biggest independent selling show of its kind in East Anglia. As can be seen left, Sally was demonstrating aspects of her screen printing processes to the many interested visitors. 
The Fair continues daily until Saturday 16th September and Sally would love to welcome fellow makers and friends on Saturday when the NPF holds its Open Portfolio Day. 
4th to 16th September 2017 
St, Margaret's Church Gallery, St. Benedict's Street, Norwich, NR2 4QA 
Open 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat, 11am to 4pm Sun 
Summer Exhibition 2017 
Our annual Summer Exhibition at the Peter Pear's Gallery in Aldeburgh is now over for this year. 
15th July - 28th August 2017 
Peter Pear's Gallery 
152 High Street 
IP15 5AQ 
Open daily 10am - 5pm 
After ten successful years in Ipswich Town Hall, the Suffolk Craft Societyhas closed their town centre exhibition space. Operating Gallery 2 for a decade through some turbulent economic times and through many changes within the venue is an achievement to be proud of. Over 100 Suffolk Craft Society members, along with local amateur makers, visiting designers from further afield and new graduates have had the opportunity to exhibit their work and make sales in the calm and airy gallery space curated by Gallery Manager, Sarah Young, for the last decade. 
When Gallery 2 opened to the public in 2006, the Visual Arts Ipswich department, run by Ipswich Borough Council, was curating a changing programme of contemporary art in Gallery 1. Ipswich Museum Services were curating Gallery 3 upstairs but nothing stays the same for long! Gallery 1 is now run by Town and Tea as a creative café venue, while Gallery 3 is hired out by various local arts groups. 
The opportunity for exhibitions and sales in Gallery 2 has been a bonus for many Suffolk Craft Society members over the last decade. Gallery 2 has been invaluable to introduce and showcase the Suffolk Craft Society’s newest members, whether they be established professionals, or the 14 new graduates welcomed through the Making It initiative. Making It is a Suffolk Craft Society initiative offering recent graduates with a Suffolk connection the opportunity of support in bridging the gap between education and the market place with a two year period of membership, providing access to exhibition and gallery selling opportunities as well as a supportive network of fellow professional makers. Some Making It members had studied locally and aimed to stay locally to set up a business and others had been away to London or further for study but returned to Suffolk to set up a professional studio. 
Sarah Young has a keen eye for new design talent and often invited guest exhibitors to come to Ipswich to exhibit amongst our local artisans. Memorable exhibitors include Claire Loder from Bath with her amazing ceramic heads and Fine Cell Work, a social enterprise that trains prisoners in needlework skills, exhibiting beautiful textiles. Sarah has also curated an exhibition of hand crafted furniture and another one of musical instruments in Gallery 2. 
In 2013 and 2014 Gallery 2 hosted Open Craft Exhibitions with the aim to engage and connect with local makers who may aspire to joining this highly regarded Society of crafts people. Approximately 40 local makers took part. 
The Suffolk Craft Society is very grateful to the many regular customers and supporters of Gallery 2 over the last decade. The group will continue to promote and support their makers through the year, with exhibiting opportunities around the county, the main annual focus being the Summer Exhibition in Aldeburgh during July and August. They are interested in discovering new venues to set up professional exhibitions or for showcase areas to sell and promote their makers work. 
If you are interested to find out what the Suffolk Craft Society does next, do connect via Facebook, Twitter or join their email or postal mailing lists. There is a busy and sociable Friends association who enjoy demonstrations and studio visits through the year. You can find details on how to join the Friends of the Suffolk Craft Society here. 
"Summer Exhibition 2016 
Our annual Summer Exhibition at the Peter Pear's Gallery in Aldeburgh. 
16th July - 29th August 2016 
Peter Pear's Gallery 
152 High Street 
IP15 5AQ 
Open daily 10am - 5pm 
A Celebration of Contemporary Craft - Ten Years of Gallery 2 
The very best work from past and present members in our permanent gallery in Ipswich. 
18th June - 6th August 2016 
Gallery 2, Town Hall Galleries 
Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm 
Helen Maxfield - Printmaker 
Helen says "I create limited edition linocuts from my home studio near Needham Market in Suffolk. I work in both colour and in black and white. My black and white designs have a bold, graphic quality where I enjoy the mark-making potential of the medium. Coloured designs are created using the 'reduction method' where each colour is printed one at a time and further lino is carved away inbetween printing." 
7th - 28th May 2016 
Gallery 2, Town Hall Galleries 
Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm 
New Makers Exhibition 3 - Opening 19th March 2016 
The next of our New Makers Exhibitions will showcase the work of printmaker Greta Hanson, glass artist Lynn Foster and ceramic artist Mary Wyatt. 
19 March - 9th April 
Gallery 2, Town Hall Galleries 
Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm 
New Makers Exhibitions - Opening 23rd January 2016 
Over the next three months we will be showcasing the work of the newly selected Suffolk Craft Society Makers. The exhibitions will take place at our gallery/shop in Ipswich. 
Ten applicants were successful in becoming members at the last selection meeting, they are bringing to the society a varied and inspiring selection of work including ceramics, glass, jewellery, printmaking and book-binding. 
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Suffolk Craft Society please click here 
Exhibition dates and times Read More> 
Exhibition One - Ange Leinster, Fenella Osborne and Johnathan Deer 
23rd - 13th February, Tues - Saturday 10 - 5pm 
Gallery 2, Town Hall, Galleries, Cornhill, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1DH 
Calling for entries to: The Open Exhibition 2016 
Gallery 2 
27th June to 25th July 
The Open Exhibition will feature the selected work of craftspeople from around Suffolk and its border towns. You don't have to be a member of the Society to have your work considered for selection. But you do need creativity and skill! Here are the details and application. 
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