Local craftspeople taking part in fair

Iron Forged Designs, Brackley. Left, Ben Landucci and right, Stuart Makin.'130422M-A484
Iron Forged Designs, Brackley. Left, Ben Landucci and right, Stuart Makin.'130422M-A484

A pair of designer blacksmiths, a ceramicist, a wildlife photographer and a maker of luxurious natural handmade skin productswill be displaying their wares at the popular Artists And Makers Fair next month.

The successful fair, which showcases some of the most talented artists in the region is returning to the Glass House at Waddesdon Manor PlantCentre on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12.

The Artists And Makers Fair is one of the largest visual arts events in the area, where visitors can see local artists in action giving live demonstrations of their art.

Among the exhibitors will be Iron Forged Designs, a partnership between designer blacksmiths Ben Landucci and Stuart Makin, who create objects with flowing, elegant lines and graceful curves from steel, working out of a unit on Buckingham Road Industrial Park, in Brackley.

They specialise in individually designed and hand forged items, and most of their work is done to commission.

They temper traditional techniques with modern metalworking practices and machinery to produce a variety of elegant, bespoke pieces.

Visit www.ironforgeddesigns.co.uk.

Sam Whitehead, of Steeple Claydon, creates handmade natural soaps, bath and skincare products and handmade beeswax candles.

She uses essential oils, clays, minerals and oxides, butters, oils, waxes, herbs, exfoliants, botanicals and beeswax and honey from her own bees to create her Natural Pampering range.

Visit www.facebook.com/Naturalpampering1?filter=1

Photographer Alan Boutel, of North Marston, who takes stunning pictures of dogs, horses and the natural world, will be bringing a selection of canvas wraps, framed and mounted prints, greeting cards, fridge magnets, keyrings, mousemats and other items featuring his images.

See www.alanboutel.com.

Ceramicist Karen Turner, of Hodge Podge Arts, in Brackley makes decorative ceramics, framed mixed media pieces and unique ceramic buttons and jewellery.

She uses fine porcelain to create decorative pieces that hold a sense of nostalgia and romance. Each unique piece incorporates a combination of vintage lace textures, text or her own drawings with a soft neutral colour palette as a background.

See www.hodgepodgearts.co.uk.

Other exhibitors will include painters, printmakers, jewellers, textile and glassmakers, among others.

The fair is open from 10am to 4pm each day and entry costs £3 per adult, with a significant proportion of the proceeds going to local charities Helen and Douglas House, Action Medical Research and Young Carers Bucks.

To find out more and for a full list of exhibitors, visit www.sallyevansevents.co.uk