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Cornish Art and Contemporary Crafts Blog

Welcome to musings, stories and views from the world of Cornish arts and artisan crafts seen through the lens of Inspire Makers. The home for more insight into what makes our artists and makers tick, the place to explore crafts, and an outlet for my passion for supporting local creative businesses. So, be curious about craft, celebrate the handmade and be inspired!

Handmade Cornish Gift Guide For Father’s Day 2024

The father figures in our lives are notoriously tricky to buy for, but over the years we’ve discovered the knack for gifting for men. Believe it or not, there are plenty of alternative options to the mass-produced ‘dad’ gifts, which are often a little gimmicky and a bit naff! Why not treat your father to…

Our Guide to Buying Cornish Seascape Artwork, Paintings and Prints

Think Cornwall, and you might conjure up thoughts of expansive beaches, golden coves, sunshine sailing, and quaint fishing villages. This romantic notion of Cornwall might be a little dated (and selective!), but these days, it is a thriving, creative county, but also a county with its own social and economic challenges. However, the connection between…

The Ultimate Jewellery Metals Guide: From Gold Glam to Titanium Toughness

When it comes to buying jewellery, most people choose based on the style and the colour of the metal. What else? PLENTY else as we’ll show you! Understanding the properties of different metals and being clued up on the scramble of different metal terminology, is key to choosing jewellery that will last a lifetime with…

Our Guide to Handmade Pottery in Cornwall

Creatives in Cornwall are often lured in by the natural landscape here, whether it’s the famous golden light in the sky, or the rich clay in the ground. Inspired by the ever-changing scenery and dynamic natural forms in Cornwall, not to mention an abundance of clay, this county has a long legacy of experimental ceramicists…

Our Guide To Gorgeous Handcrafted And Handmade Cornish Gifts

Buying gifts can be tricky, especially in an age where we’re more aware of shopping well – seeking out affordable items that have been made ethically and will last a long time. It is the thought that counts, but we also want to give presents that will be loved and cherished. With a strong connection…

Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Events in Falmouth for 2024

Falmouth, a thriving small town on the south coast of Cornwall, has a stellar (and deserved) reputation that far exceeds its size. The buzzing university town is a favourite among Cornish locals, and visitors looking for a Cornish holiday in a vibrant, creative location. The town is full of independent shops, eateries, and galleries, with…

How to Measure Your Jewellery Size at Home

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to measure your jewellery size at home! Getting the right fit for your rings, bangles, and necklaces is crucial for both comfort and style. In this guide, we'll walk you through easy and accurate methods to measure your sizes, ensuring that your cherished pieces adorn you perfectly. Whether…

What To Do In Falmouth This Christmas?

Christmas is a time for giving, so we’re giving a shout-out to our wonderful neighbours on Falmouth’s Old High Street. Year-round Falmouth is a vibrant hub of great independent shops, award-winning places to eat, and unmissable art galleries. But come Christmas time, the town is even more inviting and full of festive cheer! It’s the…

Top 11 Cornish Jewellery Makers and Designers

We’re reaching that point in the year where we cast our minds back and wonder where on earth the time has gone? 2023 has been a whirlwind of the best kind, full of new collections by existing favourite makers and the introduction of many new artisans to Inspire Makers. We’re thrilled to have added to…

The Top 13 Things to do in Falmouth When it Rains

Wondering what to do in Falmouth when it rains? It’s a thought that might occur all too often during the winter months, and even throughout the summer, as the coastal Cornish weather loves to be unpredictable. Luckily Falmouth is a vibrant town full of creatives and innovators, meaning there’s plenty of rainy-day activities to keep…

Contemporary Artists & Makers Using Artisan Crafts in Cornwall: A Celebration of Heritage and Creativity

Cornwall’s history of artisan crafts is famous the world over, and this landscape has been home to many artists and makers using their hands, and humble equipment to create exquisite pieces. Cornwall has a rich legacy in art and craft, and is recognised for the renowned artists and makers who nurtured and refined their skills…

The Top 11 Independent Shops to Visit in Falmouth

At Inspire Makers, we adore being on the Old High Street in Falmouth and feel very passionately about supporting the independent businesses that make our town so vibrant and special. So for us, it’s important to provide a little context as to why it’s so important to support the high street. Indulge us in sharing…

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