Things to see in October

Don't miss the gorgeous exhibitions of modern glass, craft and design art across the capital this month
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Handmade in Britain: the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3
Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October
This venue, with its stately Victorian columned facade and elegant interior architecture, has an admirably long tradition of shows that sell good design. Handmade in Britain, now in its fifth year, is currently rising to the challenge, with enthusiasm.

Here you will find over 75 designer-makers willing and eager in person to show/sell ceramics, metalware, glass, textiles, jewellery, fashion accessories, prints, cards and more. Many have new designs, and much work is original - a “one-off”. Snap up a beautiful Christmas present, or discuss a bigger commission to wear, or to adorn your home.

Launched at the show is a new design book by Piyush Suri, founder of the show. It’s called Handmade in Britain - Appreciating Contemporary Artisans, (£19.95), with details of 90 British designer- makers, along with 200 pictures of their work.

Tickets: £10 (admits every day, and to private view on Thursday 27 October, 5.30-9pm); or single-entry ticket £5, concessions, £3.
Call 020 7729 5704 or visit

Living with Glass

Vessel Gallery
114 Kensington Park Road, W11, until October 29
Gorgeous glowing modern glass (free; 020 7727 8001;
Favourite: Evil Eyes, from £3,600 each, George Papadopoulos.


London Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
62-66 Bermondsey Street, SE1, until October 29.
Showcasing the work of 18 artists (free; 020 7403 2800; londonglass
Favourite: Ghosts of Pete Townshend’s Guitars, £3,600, Andrew Graves Johnston.

Festival of Crafts

Farnham Maltings Bridge Square
Farnham, Surrey, October 15-16
Meet the makers — more than 75 of them, from Britain and abroad (£3; 01252 745444;
Favourites: chair, £1,245, and stool, £255, Deryn Relph’s Retro Rainbow Collection.

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