Welcome to The Tin Shed's Northumberland and Scottish Borders Studio.
Discover and buy online from a hand-picked selection of talented artists and makers. Scroll through our Studio to "meet" them online and visit their own websites and shops. We also have special guests features dotted throughout our Studio pages.
This is a great way to support these small independent businesses.
Our Studios are also a place for artists to get together. With so many venues closed and events cancelled, it's never been more important to strengthen creative communities.
Please visit our Artists' Studios in other areas, including Durham/Teesside/Yorkshire and Tyneside/Wearside.
If you're interested in joining our Studios please get in touch via our Contact page or email
Click on the artists' photographs to open their Tin Shed page to see more of their work or visit their websites, studios and shops via the link in the button.
BILBERRY & BIRCH
Jewellery designer Caroline Johnston runs Bilberry and Birch from her home in Northumberland. This is where she finds much of her inspiration for her silver and semi-precious stone creations.
She learned the basics of the craft at Leeds College of Art and now uses traditional methods and techniques in her unique, hand-made pieces.
Artist Carole Thirlaway is a printmaker, working mainly from wood engraving from her studio in Northumberland's Tyne Valley.
She also create collagraphs and monoprints, enjoying the surprise element as she's never quite sure how a piece will turn out until it comes through the press!
ALI ELLY DESIGN
Watercolour artist Ali Elly is inspired by the earth's seas and oceans. Through her work, created at her studio on the Northumberland coast, she highlights issues facing vulnerable marine life and fragile oceans. With a background in textile design, her style is clean and modern, with a strong emphasis on illustration and the colour blue, which she's totally obsessed with.
Glass artist Helen Grierson says working with fused glass is like alchemy, because you never know what will happen in the kiln and the effect leaded glass can have on a room is just magical, almost spiritual.
Helen sells her work from her studio at The Old Bath House at Broomhill in Northumberland, her website and welcomes commissions. She also runs workshops for all ages and abilities.
Ellie Davison-Archer is a textile designer and printmaker specialising in hand screen-printed homewares and accessories from her studio at The Old Bath House at Broomhill in Northumberland. Ellie, who graduated in Fine Art, gets much of her inspiration from collecting discarded vintage pieces, or beach-combing and foraging. She sketches them then prints in a range of natural colours.
Contact Ellie via her website.
Peter, who's based in the Scottish Borders, is an award-winning artist. His preferred subject is people, painted in a colourful, abstract, distinct style using oils on canvas.
He has exhibited throughout the UK and USA and his shows at Newcastle's Biscuit Factory regularly sell out.
See his new work in The Biscuit Factory's Winter Exhibition and in our online Gallery.
Artist Peter Podmore takes much of his inspiration from the constantly changing light and landscape near his North Northumberland home.
"It's so rich and varied I rarely feel the need to move anywhere else for inspiration".
The long vistas of Holy Island led him to create a series of sequences in pastels, based on time and music.
Ian McAllister is a digital artist who loves creating bold, colourful images.
Much of his inspiration comes from the beautiful landscape and buildings close to his his home at Warkworth in Northumberland.
"My designs are contemporary, simple but striking....though sometimes getting the required straight lines is anything but simple".
Artist Ruth Bond divides her creative focus between the beautiful Northumbrian coast, close to her base at Alnmouth, and the dramatic jewel isles of the Outer Hebrides.
The dramatic effect of the changing light and weather conditions on these landscapes are the main influences in her oil paintings, which are collected worldwide.
THE WRONG ALICE
Ethically sourced, quality hand crafted knitwear. Celebrating the best of British yarns, championing rare breeds from independent spinners and dyers. Colours reflect the British landscape, with each piece individually created, and as each piece uses hand dyed yarns, no two pieces are ever the same.
Yvonne's creative streak was nurtured by her artist grandmother, but after a long career in retail, she only recently returned to painting. She takes much of her inspiration from the landscape near her home in Northumberland's Tyne Valley, though she loves painting the human face. This led to her being part of a poster campaign for a BBC drama series.
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Trish designs her jewellery from her studio at home in the Tyne Valley. Her range includes delicate pieces inspired by nature and also more minimalist industrial styles. Everything is created from Eco Silver and other recycled metals using silversmithing techniques. Bold colours are sometimes added with enamel, perspex or clay.
Art has been Natalie's passion for as long as she can remember and has spent much of her life. Now, after a change of style, she describes her work as soul art.
"I don't find it, it finds me. It’s a feeling, it’s beautiful and takes my breath away."
Natalie, who lives on the Northumberland coast at Blyth, gets much of her inspiration from the sea.
Ceramic artist Anne James creates both functional and decorative work from her studio at North Tyne Valley in Northumberland.
Using hand building techniques, she works mostly in porcelain and white stoneware.
She's influenced by her childhood in rural Scotland and her passion for gardening.
Ceri Aitman, who graduated in Fashion Design, set up Oakwood Soaperies using only natural products. She grows many of the flowers and herbs she uses and even the honey is produced near her studio in Northumberland's Tyne Valley. Her products have a huge following and recently earned her a place on Kirsty's Handmade Christmas tv show.