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Gallery’s Festive Extravaganza Features Best of British

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Northern Star – Platform Gallery supervisor Helen Cresswell.
Published Monday, 06 November 2017

Two of the country’s most celebrated craftworkers – 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 over 65 of the best British craftworkers 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, over 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 craftworkers 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 6 January 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 on 17 November 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 on 18 November and 16 December, and a free gift-wrapping service from 21 to 23 December.

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, 3, 10 and 17 December.

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

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

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