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© 2019 Rottingdean Preservation Society

12th Nov - 15th Dec 2019

Our exciting Christmas Art and Gifts Fair

A collection of artists and crafts people come to the Grange Gallery with small works that are the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family. Art prints, paintings, drawings, illustrations, engravings, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, paper goods & glass, seasonal hand made decorations, advent calendars and greeting cards. 

For unique gifts visit the peaceful Grange in the delightful village of Rottingdean to begin your Christmas celebrations.

These artists and crafts people are (in no particular order):

Filigree Jewellery.

Hand Crochet Gemstone Jewellery by Brighton Artist Troy Ohlson


Perfect to give as a present or as a treat for yourself.

As an artist I've always enjoyed experimenting with pattern, colour & texture. My jewellery designing has naturally evolved from this and I really enjoy creating it.

I work with a wide range of ethically sourced precious and semi-precious gemstones and crystals to create timeless elegant jewellery.

Buyers often comment that they “feel they're wearing art” – which is lovely!

Each piece is individually hand made by me in my Brighton studio.

Charoite hand crochet earrings by Troy O
Blue howlite hand crochet earrings by Tr
Charoite hand crochet earrings by Troy O

REDCLAYBLACK - Crispin McNally

In 2009 circumstances led me to begin staining porcelain and making
coloured clay ceramics without really knowing anything about the
process. I found inspiration online in the form of images of  ceramics
by Ito Sekisui V and Thomas Hoadley who has written an excellent
description off the technique saying,

 ''My initial attraction to the nerikomi technique came from its
organic union of pattern and structure. Rather than the former being
applied to the latter, as in most decorative pottery traditions, the
two are one and the same''.The images of coloured clay I found online
made me realise pots could be made using colour as a primary
consideration in the structure of the piece as opposed to colour being
used as a design or purely decorative element.

It  became apparent that I could build pots with blocks of colour.

Lyn Leese

"Most of my work is produced from my own photography. Inspiration comes mainly from the natural world. It's colour and texture that attracts me initially. Using a wide variety of fabrics that I like to dye myself, I find is a most satisfying way of interpreting my subject.  I also enjoy experimenting and embellishing with both machine and hand stitching".

I am a woodcut Printmaker and the South Downs landscape is my love.

I draw directly from the landscape, then carve in to wooden blocks and print from them on an old printing press at bip-Art Printmakers in Brighton. 

All of my work is made by hand and each one is unique. I aim to capture the spirit and energy of the beautiful countryside we are surround by here in Sussex.

My glasswork is varied from decorative pieces to playful kilnwork
Most work begins with original drawings inspired by nature and I
use printing, hand-painting and etching techniques fused into the
glass. Working with glass gives my illustration another dimension
with the play of light and shade
Gilding glass creates precious and unique piece. I use the method
of Verre Eglomisé (reverse water gilding) to burnish and distress
the gold onto the glass. Much of my time is spent teaching which I
find enriches and inspires my own creativity
*All gilding is 22carat in warm and white gold leaf
*Gilded work is only scratch resistant.

Tee Pee Glass

Sara Hill

From Brighton, painting and exhibiting continuously for many years, countrywide. I have had over 80 shows, receiving regular press coverage and appearing on local T.V. and radio. Paintings have featured in BAFTA winning ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’,  BBC1’s Matt Lucas, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer shows, ITV ‘s Shell Seekers’ starring Vanessa Redgrave and a Disney TV production.
        My work is a mixture of seascapes, landscapes, abstracts and figures, colourful, energetic, and thought provoking, appearing for this show on Christmas cards, greeting cards, mugs, coasters, prints, towels, T-shirts, etc.


Sara Hill Website


I came to Rottingdean nine years ago and moved in to a cottage in the historic Tudor Close complex which had formerly been the famous Tudor Close Hotel.

After retiring from a career teaching Art and Design in secondary education I decided to concentrate mainly on silk painting using steam fix dyes.

I have always loved wearing bold jewellery so after completing a course in silversmithing I began making bespoke pieces to accessorise particular outfits.

I now design my necklaces and earrings using new beads collected during my travels overseas as well as from hunted down ‘prepurposed’ pieces of vintage jewellery. 

Denise Hopper

Silk Scarves

I started painting on silk twenty years ago after taking early retirement from teaching Art & Design in Secondary Education.

It is a medium which satisfies my love for painting as well as using bold colour which can then become a piece of wearable art.

My curiosity to experiment and develop my own personal technique has been much influenced from travels as widely as Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Africa, Mexico and just recently Bhutan where textiles are a prominent cultural feature.

I paint with silk dyes in a free gestural manner allowing the dyes to spread and collide. Salt and watermarks give added detail before the silk is steamed to fix the dye permanently.

We are a husband and wife sharing a love of arts and crafts.  Living on the South Coast one cannot help but be influenced by its natural beauty.  This year alongside our range of stained glass decorations, we have a selection of larger pieces, inspired by the Jurassic Coastline around Lyme Regis.  In addition to our stained glass, we also have original handprinted linocut cards and gift tags.

Liza and David Brown


Chris McEwan

My illustration work has included children’s books for America and the UK, animation, advertising and editorial. 

Carol Lawson

Christmas has always been a major element in my illustration work. I have created designs for Christmas tins for Fortnum & Mason, Marks & Spencer, Harrods, etc. Also greetings cards for Art in Design and John Austin plus designs for jigsaws and porcelain.


Ria Wilson

Ria is a Sussex based designer maker of whimsical jewellery and home decor, her work has recently featured in Country Living Magazine and is exhibited across the UK and abroad.  She restores vintage illustrations to produce feel good artisan pieces to wear, hang in your home and wrap your gifts.  Everything is handmade using eco friendly materials.


Woofing Fabulous’ by Liza Morton

Ceramic Artist Liza studied at Brighton University, W.M.C.P. in the 90's. After University she was a full time teacher and Head of Art. She now spends her time as a full-time artist creating sculptures for 'Woofing Fabulous' and running MTA Events with her husband in Sussex.

Her ceramic studio is a hive of activity sculpting clients pets as commissions and animals for exhibitions in Sussex at Artists Open Houses in Brighton and Lewes Artwave. She is also a member of Kemptown Arts Group and the Sussex Arts Collective.

Her inspiration comes from her strong bond with her pets and their companionship. She hopes to recreate that sense of wonderment and happiness that they pass on to us.

Her work is hand built and fired in her own kiln called 'Bertha'. 

Follow her making process on Instagram woofingfabulous & Facebook Woofing Fabulous.

Alison Chesman

With over 25 years experience as a full time professional award winning photographer​, I have developed a broad and extensive portfolio specialising in landscape artwork, wedding and architectural photography and graphic fitness photography.


Elizabeth Lamont

I  find glass the perfect medium to convey atmosphere, capture ephemeral effects, tell stories and evoke memories of real and imagined worlds. I chose glass with a flow of colour to match my theme, have the glass I paint kilned  and often combine layers of colour and texture to achieve the effect I seek.


My glass projects range from individual commissions and Artist in Residence programmes with the National Trust includingDreams behind the Scenes at Nymans to Reflections, a touring exhibition of stained glass paintings inspired by poems for the fallen in the First World War. I took part in the  Inspired by Burne-Jones exhibition at The Grange last June which  featured the unique responses of  25 glass artists from all over the UK to the work of Burne-Jones .  My next exhibition is a small collection of pieces based on the sculpture of John Skelton as part of a retrospective in the Gallery of the Lettering  Arts Trust  at Snape Maltings in Spring /Summer 2020.


My work for The Grange Christmas Show 2019 spans glass paintings of a floating sycamore seed, a wind sculpted hawthorn and an owl, gliding through Gothic ruins as well as prints and cards.