Some work in their own homes, but many are conveniently located together in groupings of studio workshops.
This is the time of year when they throw open their doors to the public, offering an amazing variety of beautifully designed, handmade objects. They also lay on a range of other activities from workshops to demonstrations of their skills, often with mince pies and glühwein thrown in.
COCKPIT ARTS, DEPTFORD
18-22 Creekside SE8; Friday December 2, 11am to 9pm; Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4, 11am to 6pm; Friday free, weekends £3
Cockpit houses makers of all manner of interior goodies and jewellery. It’s great for textiles, including Eleanor Pritchard’s minimalist throws, Catarina Riccabona’s blankets and throws, Maria Sigma’s undyed cushions, throws, rugs and runners and Majeda Clarke’s ethereal cashmere scarves. There’s silver by Adele Brereton, plus maker stars such as glass artist Shelley James, wood turner Eleanor Lakelin and still-life ceramicist Katharine Morling.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART CHRISTMAS FÊTE
Jay Mews entrance, Kensington Gore, SW7; Friday to Sunday December 9 to 11, noon to 8pm
Up to 100 RCA art and design students take part in this annual event selling a variety of experimental designs with prices from £1 to £600, including concrete planters by Kezia Regan and Mediterranean blue glass bowls and vases by Rezzan Hasoglu. On Sunday December 11, from 2-6pm is Parents and Children Afternoon, where children of all ages can join in with free festive workshops.
Balls Pond Road Studios, 8b Culford Mews, N1; Saturday and Sunday December 3-4, 11am to 7pm
Here’s a chance to buy pieces by celebrated ceramic artist and judge of the BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down, Kate Malone. Her bone china mugs start at £15 and she is launching The Stage of Pots, a limited edition of prints of paper cuts, from £80. Also find Andrew Logan’s glass jewellery and Rich Miller’s stoneware pots from £15.
Clements, Iliffe & Peacock Yards, SE17; Friday December 2, 6.30pm to 9pm; December 3 and 4, 11am to 6pm
The three historic yards of Clements, Iliffe and Peacock have a Victorian Christmas feel, with ceramics such as beautiful handmade mugs by Billy Lloyd, striking vessels by Daniel Reynolds, delicate ceramic landscapes as well as functional tableware by Katie Spragg and sculptural installations by Natasha Daintry.
SELVEDGE MAKERS’ FAIR
St Augustine’s Church Hall, Langdon Park Road, N6; Saturday December 3, 11am
Selvedge Fair includes wonderful blankets and cushions by Mourne Textiles, geometrically patterned cushions by Annaloom and also Louisa Loakes, plus wooden platters by Dot and Cross. Tea and cakes will be served round the corner in the Selvedge store, at 162 Archway Road.
WORKSHOP CHRISTMAS SALE
Christ Church Centre, 263 Barry Road, Dulwich SE22; Saturday December 3, 10am to 4pm. Free
This one-day maker clearance sale includes framed embroideries by Linda Miller, colourful half-price crockery by Rob Turner, and hand-printed linen cushions, lampshades and scarves by Trisha Needham.
24 Lloyd Baker Street (at corner with Amwell Street), WC1; Monday Dec 5, 6pm to 9pm; Tuesday to Friday December 6-9, 10.30am to 5.30pm; Saturday December 10, 11am to 6pm
These renowned textile designers offer massive reductions on interiors products and fashion accessories. One-off Shetland wool cushions start at £35, lambswool throws are priced from £70, and there’s a wide choice of scarves priced from £20.
Vanguard Court, 35-38 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5; Friday to Sunday December 2-4, 10am to 6pm
Part of Camberwell Open Studios, Vanguard produces ceramics, including Chris Keenan’s tableware, Carina Ciscato’s vessels and Sun Kim’s vases.
62-66 Bermondsey Street, SE1; now until Christmas Eve; Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sundays 11am to 5pm
Find the prettiest glass pieces by Peter Layton, Louis Thompson, Hanne Enemark, Cathryn Shilling and others, including tea lights and Christmas decorations. Book a workshop space for £50 to make your own Christmas bauble.
Part of Camberwell Open Studios, 38 Southwell Road SE5; Friday December 11, 6pm to 9pm; December 12 and 13, 11am to 6pm
Home to several ceramicists including Dan Kelly, Rafael Atencia and Sian Jones, and textile artist Victoria Richards, maker of Jon Snow’s best socks and ties.