Festive extravaganza has the best of British

Platform Gallery supervisor Helen Cresswell.
Platform Gallery supervisor Helen Cresswell.
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Two of the country’s most celebrated craft workers – a pewterer and a glass blower – are exhibiting at a Clitheroe gallery’s annual festive extravaganza.

Northern Star at the Platform Gallery in Station Road features more than 65 of the best British craft workers and artists.

Among them are pewter artist Ella McIntosh, who grew up in Clitheroe and is a former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil, and Will Shakspeare, one of the country’s most celebrated glass blowers, who has been featured regularly on television, including Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas.

Ella is one of the UK’s leading pewter designers and a member of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers. She is well known to Ribble Valley residents after designing commemorative bowls for local London 2012 Olympians Samantha Murray and Jon Schofield.

Shakspeare Glass, established by Will Shakspeare in Landport, Somerset, more than 25 years ago, supplies extensively to specialist shops and galleries throughout the UK.

Other exhibitors at Northern Star include Darwen furniture maker David Shackleton, also known as Red Thumb Print, and textile artist Tracey Davies, dubbed Lancashire’s “queen of crafts” since being named Country Living Magazine’s Craft Person of the Year.

Stuart Carefoot, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “Northern Star is one of the Platform Gallery’s most anticipated annual events and this year’s extravaganza features the work of some of the best craft workers in the county.

“We are inviting art and craft enthusiasts, or shoppers looking for a unique festive gift, to join us for a fantastic day out in Clitheroe.”

Northern Star will run until January 6th featuring a large selection of handmade items, including textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, lighting, decorations, cards and woodwork, with prices starting at just £2.

The gallery will host a festive launch of Northern Star today (Friday) from 6 to 10pm featuring mulled wine and mince pies, and a 10 per cent discount on purchases. There will also be 10 per cent off purchases tomorrow (Saturday) and December 16th, and a free gift wrapping service from December 21st to 23rd.

Situated in a renovated Victorian railway station, the multi-award-winning Platform Gallery and Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4-30pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, December 3rd, 10th and 17th.

Any purchase or purchases between £100 and £2,500 can be bought through Own Art, an interest-free purchasing scheme.

Further details about Northern Star are available from the gallery on 01200 425566.