Piotr Jajszczyk – master jeweller at Ogden of Harrogate

I am a firm believer in buying local and supporting family businesses and it’s always a pleasure to be able to work with one!

Ogden of Harrogate are particularly special, renowned experts in fine jewellery they still occupy their original building in James Street, Harrogate where they have been creating exceptional jewellery for customers  – ranging from Yorkshire farmers and brides to be, to historic figures such as Winston Churchill, the Roosevelts, King George VI and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (later known as the Duchess of Kent) – for over 125 years.

One very important team member is their in-house master jewellery, Piotr Jajszczyk, who has been working with them for over seven years and spends his days designing, making and repairing luxury jewellery using precious metals, large precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds and rubies and semi-precious stones.  An expert in his field he is accomplished at working on a range of pieces, from antique tiaras and grand heirloom pieces to modern jewellery and watches – and as he says: “I’m just out to create perfection, whatever I’m working on and whoever it’s for.”

I was so pleased that Yorkshire Life magazine selected Piotr for their ‘My Workspace’ feature in the December issue, and think the article is well worth a read – for me it’s a great way to end the year on a PR high!

The full article can be read here https://www.yorkshirelife.co.uk/people/piotr-jajszczy-ogden-of-harrogate-1-5778878

Ogden of Harrogate https://www.ogdenharrogate.co.uk/

Ram’s Return creates photo opp…

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ogden Harrogate, one of the finest jewellery firms in the UK, we helped to track down this beautifully crafted silver gilt ram which was originally created in their Harrogate workshop in the 1930’s. This unique piece is on loan from the London based Worshipful Company of Weavers and its return to Yorkshire soil was an ideal excuse for a PR press photo opportunity.

The large ram, valued at £60,000, is realistically modelled and stands on an oblong grass plinth supported on an ebonised wooden base.  The inscription reads “Presented to the Worshipful Weavers’ Company By the Rt. Hon. Lord Illingworth of Denton JPC on the occasion of their Octocentenary AD 1130 to AD 1930” Lord Illingworth, a longstanding client of Ogden of Harrogate, came from an old Yorkshire family and served as Postmaster General under David Lloyd George, rising to a peerage in 1921.

The Silver Ram will be on display in Ogden Harrogate, 38 James St, Harrogate HG1 1RQ from Wed 25 April until Saturday 5th May. This is a special event which marks the 125th anniversary of their founding.

Photo credit: Gary Longbottom, Yorkshire Post

Putting the Craft back into Craft Fairs

The term ‘Craft Fair’ conjures up images of knitted toilet roll holders and painted pebbles for many. However this November, a fabulous event CRAFTED BY HAND hopes to revitalise the notion of craft fairs and reveal the skill and passion of the makers behind their creations.

On the weekend of 4 & 5 November the Town Hall in the beautiful market town of Masham will be transformed into an emporium of stunning contemporary design led art and crafts featuring some of the region’s best makers of jewellery, ceramics, glass, sculpture, printmaking, and much more!

This year there are over 40 artists and makers including:
Helaina Sharpley, whose stunning wirework art is inspired by her love of tea, architecture and the Edwardian way of life,
David Mayne whose magical metal sculptures capture the essence of trees, deer, foxes.
Printmakers’ Folded Forest who take inspiration from the natural world
The endearing canine creations of Hearfelt Dogs
Shepherdess Ellie Langley whose exclusive range of felt and tweed bowler hats are made from wool sheared from her Weardale flock of sheep (pictured)
Handmade wooden chopping boards, spoons and bowls by Hugh Leishman
Unique furniture by Mawdsley Williams
& of course plenty more besides!

This event also offers the fantastic opportunity to ‘have a go’ and discover more about techniques through mini workshops and quality hands on activities, for all ages – young to old!

Personally I intend to buy all my christmas presents at Crafted by Hand this year.  The event is on the weekend of Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 November 2017, at Masham Town Hall, in North Yorkshire and is open daily from 10am – 4pm. Entry is £2 for adults, under 16’s 50p. For more details visit http://www.by-handevents.com

Photographer explores Farmer Florists

The women behind the new breed of farmer florists are the subject of photographer Tessa Bunney’s latest collection of images.

“I went to a market in Hovingham and came across the Flowers from the Farm organisation,” says Tessa in a recent interview with the Yorkshire Post. “I have always been interested in capturing the details of rural life and this was something which seemed to have sprung up while I had been away.” Making contact with Gill, Tessa has since photographed a number of the county’s farmer florists and while the project has some way to run she will be unveiling the first results as part of North Yorkshire Open Studios (NYOS) next 
month.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/analysis/home-grown-how-british-flowers-are-making-a-comeback-1-8564560

Photograph credit  Tessa Bunney

Land Artist Q&A

Living North Magazine have recently interviewed artist Miriam Robson about her work. Miriam is one of the 129 artists opening up their studios as part of the North Yorkshire Open studios this June. This is a fabulous event with studios reaching from the Yorkshire Coast to the Dales, taking in market towns, villages and remote farmhouses along the way!

Here is the interview with Miriam who creates art outside using natural materials, drawing mammoth pieces on sandy beaches or building pieces on forest grounds.  www.livingnorth.com/

The event website has full details of all artists taking part www.nyos.org.uk/

All Press enquiries through us – we have  a fabulous set of images and can arrange interviews and photocalls.

Art in the News

Lovely to see lots of northern artists in the news. I think this is a great photo by York Press​ Photographer of artist Harriet McKenzie, one of the artists taking part in York Open Studios​ this year. I’m looking forward to exploring some of the studios this weekend…http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15231182.Artists_line_up_for_York_Open_Studio_weekends_2017/?ref=rl&lp=5

Arty Interior

York photographer, Simon Palmour,  has an amazing home which features in this month’s York Living Magazine. His home was designed by Ron Sims,  a York architect, best known for his work on ecclesiastical buildings, including the modern interior at Heslington Church near the University of York.“The house is full of pretty modern ideas for 1965,” says Simon, “Sims was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright.”

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Fifty years ago, the house must have caused a bit of a stir. Its open-plan living space and varying ceiling heights, not to mention the exposed stone and wood-panelling interior, would have set it apart from other homes at the time. There are strips of copper panels on the fireplace wall, which don’t look out of place now, but might have turned heads in the mid-’60s.

Simon will be exhibiting in York Open Studios on April 21, 22, 23 and April 29,30. His home is listed as Venue 34: 60 Hob Moor Drive, York, YO24 4JZ (the house in the street) Find out more at yorkopenstudios.co.uk

Data Data Data…

Reviewing Ripon Museums database marketing – with the help of lots of fantastic volunteers who are painstakingly cleaning the data and transferring a variety of mailing lists all into ONE lovely marketing database. Next stage is setting up the emailing templates and then hopefully they will get lots of lovely new and repeat visitors! E-marketing is a fabulous communication channel and we are big fans of Mailchimp, which is free for mailing lists of under 2k subscribers so very accessible to smaller cultural organisations and not for profits…

Artist Commissions for Gallery Shop

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The Mercer shop has some fabulous new crafts, prints, jewellery and ceramics in stock which have been inspired by their collections and exhibitions. This series of 12Brownian plates by Yorkshire ceramicist Anna Lambert were inspired by the Capability Brown exhibitions earlier this year, I would very much appreciate finding one of these under my christmas tree!

Glamorous costumes on show

A glamorous exhibition has just opened at the Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate – featuring costumes seen in screen portrayals of the writings of two great female novelists, Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë including the wedding dresses worn by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility, as well as the bridegroom outfits of Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, many thanks to the The Northern Echo who have run a lovely feature written by Ruth Campbell on this…