Rob Rutterford

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Rob Rutterford specialises in ceramics. His home is Halesworth Suffolk, where he has worked for over twenty years, teaching and producing stoneware, raku and domestic pottery.

He concentrates mainly on garden pieces, in both functional and abstract forms, aiming to create work which complements in colour and scale, a garden. His preference is to use textured stoneware clay because of its durability and natural colouring.

His inspiration comes from the natural world – from gardens, the nearby coast and historical references. He surrounds himself with resources to fire his imagination, various media, found objects and sketches. Once a form is complete, a single firing achieves the toasted appearance for which he is now renowned.

He’s always pleased to see his work ‘at home’ in natural surroundings which inspires him to develop new structures and ideas. As everything he creates is hand built, no two pieces are ever the same. Over time they ‘weather’ to form their own personality and character.

He has exhibited all over East Anglia and beyond and is a founder member of the Association of Suffolk Art Teachers and works closely with local galleries.

For more information please visit his website:

Norfolk Makers Festival

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Visit the website for more details of what’s happening: Norfolk Makers’ Festival

Saturday 22nd Febuary 11am – 4pm at designermakers21

Drop in and try a variety of arts and crafts with designermakers21 members and other local craftspeople.

Free have-a-go sessions throughout the day:

For £5 carve a small wood engraving with Di Griffiths or a linocut with Annette Rolston and take home your own original print.

Dressmaker/designer Marie Hamilton will demonstrate the construction of an ‘infinity scarf’ using re-claimed textiles, 1 – 4pm

Nick Gosman Spoon Co will demonstrate making a kuksa cup carving throughout the day.

Gold and silversmith Kate Heath of L’Hermitage Jewellery will be teaching students and will be willing to answer questions and queries about her craft.

Rachel de Roeper

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Rachel de Roeper Living Art is the brand and label for international British artist and designer, Rachel de Roeper.

Influenced by form and movement found in nature. Working intuitively, through feeling, recollection and inspired visual stimuli from geographic, geological and natural form. the stunning semi-abstract and abstract artworks capture hearts and minds with a feeling of ‘living’ the art pieces. They appear as decorative imagery for interior or open public spaces.

While studying Surface Decoration Design BA (Hons) at De Montfort University, graduating in 1993, Rachel developed a unique formula and technique of layered mixed media applied to transparent surfaces, on the reverse side, to that of the audience view; Creating intriguing textural patterns and imagery.

Her particular technique and formula remains’ unique.
Working with British illumination specialists and framers, her transparent media work lends itself to backlighting, as functional light sources for private, commercial and public spaces. Left in natural light, her transparent media artwork takes on a softer, yet equally striking appeal.

Rachel also creates on traditional surfaces from canvas to paper, through to mural design.  

Her artistic style and application of medium changes with the surface medium she works with; from detailed form, through to relaxed, open abstraction.

An exciting development in Rachel’s repertoire is the creation of her designs into high-end Art Fabrics for couture and interior furnishings. Rachel’s unique work and talent is endorsed by manufacturers ‘By Appointment to the Queen’. For example, Joel & Son Haute Couture Fabrics London; Where she has sold her artwork designs for their own collections.

Rachel takes her clients on a journey beside her that honours and respects their wishes, while ensuring an end result that is always beautiful.

Her work shown through the designermakers21 Showcase are for sale; She also welcomes bespoke commissions.

Contact Rachel directly via:
Mobile:+44 (0) 7711 768 150

Drawing Workshop for Adults

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment.

Relaxed, friendly, fully tutored class

£20.00 including materials and refreshments

For further details please phone or text Clare on 07870 813643
or email:

Lockdown Pictures

Some of Clare’s students have been producing artwork during the lockdown period.

artwork by Julie Filmer
Lockdown Landscape by Julie Filmer
artwork by S Baker
Lockdown still-life by Sally Baker
artwork by S Baker
Lockdown portrait by Sally Baker
artwork by Mike Cornish
Old Man With Hat by Mike Cornish
artwork by Mike Cornish
Lockdown Landscape by Mike Cornish
photograph by B Butcher
Pottery and Still Life by Brigitte Butcher
artwork by Julie Filmer
Portrait by Julie Filmer
artwork by Julie Filmer
Lockdown Toilet Roll by Julie Filmer
artwork by j Filmer
Lockdown Waves by Julie Filmer
artwork by Mike Cornish
Talking To The Furniture by Mike Cornish

St. Nicholas Christmas Fayre

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Sunday 15th December 11am to 4pm

The magic starts in St. Nicholas Street, Market Hill, Cobbs Yard and Norfolk House Yard

Traders, shopkeepers and cafes will hold a special Christmas Fayre right in the heart of Diss.

Stall holders will be situated in designermakers21 and in both Yards selling a wide range of artisan gifts and foods. Enjoy hog roasts, hot chestnuts and mulled wine and cider, meet Santa Claus. Also a Christmas raffle with brilliant prizes.

Free lantern making at the Diss Corn Hall 2 to 4pm. Lantern procession at 4.30.

White Buffalo Crafts

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traditional hand stitched leather goods made with care and commitment

White Buffalo Crafts is a small craft business where the ethos is very much about the use of traditional materials, tools and skills in the design and production of useful and attractive leather goods.

The majority of the leather we use is vegetable tanned, using tree bark to produce a durable, flexible and attractive material to work with. Linen thread (made from the flax plant) is used for stitching, and much of our fittings are solid brass.

Apart from making beautiful leather goods we also:

  • Teach and run leather working courses
  • Conserve, restore and repair old much loved leather articles
  • Make bespoke items to customer specification or design
  • Run leather working demonstrations and talks
  • Leather reupholstery (small items)

We’re based in Stanton, Suffolk where you can visit us to discuss your leather working needs. During the summer we travel around Suffolk and Norfolk to a variety of shows, and have had our goods displayed at Designer Makers 21 in Diss.

Want to know more? Email mark at or ring 07941 6166784