24th October - 24th December 2015

Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12noon - 5pm

Craft Town Scotland's award winning Barony Centre is hosting a juried selling show of contemporary craft.  Focusing on high quality craft, Alternative Giving showcases one-off unique pieces alongside small-scale batch production.  There is an emphasis on makers who produce exciting, concept based work as well as designer makes who produce work to adorn you or your home.  As the title suggests, the work on show provides an opportunity this Christmas to give objects which are an alternative to mass producted gifts.

Featured Exhibitors

Deirdre Nelson - Textile based Artist
" ....a maker who embodies the principles of quiet activism making work that places craft as a central and productive force in society. She uses craft processes, sensibilities, values and thinking to empower people in communities to find agency to address issues of social justice , well-being and connectivity.. I admire her resourcefulness, the spirited way she goes about her creative enquiry and the joyfulness she brings to each project and challenge" Deirdre Figueiredo. Craftspace

Dawn Youll - CeramicistHarboured 2010

"Youll’s work has featured in numerous exhibitions across the UK, most recently in Crafting Narrative, a Crafts Council Touring Exhibition guest-curated by Onkar Kular. She represented the UK at the European Ceramic Context exhibition in Denmark and in Ceramics: The New Generation in France, both in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Arts Foundation Fellowship for Ceramics and her work can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Crafts Council, London."  Marsden Woo Gallery, London

Dr Beth Legg - Jeweller

Legg’s award winning jewellery pieces are transformed when worn and the wearer forms their own associations through the piece. Away from the wearer her work takes on the role of a memento object through a contemplative and sensitive interpretation of the sense of place.  On completing an MA in jewellery in 2005 Beth was invited to Japan where she exhibited her work in Tokyo and Kyoto. Beth has since gone on to exhibit in Germany, Holland, Finland, Canada, Estonia, Poland and Korea.

Gavin Burnett - Ceramicist

Gavin Burnett trained at Edinburgh College of Art and left with a BA(Hons)in Ceramics. Gavin has worked inGavinBurnett_Gold&PlatinumLustreIncisedBowls_ 2013.Porcelain_7x12x12 the ceramics industry and now works as a ceramic/glass specialist in schools and Art Colleges as well as continuing as a practicing artist. Gavin's ceramics are stocked throughout Scotland and he has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Gavin's work  blurs the boundaries between the usable and the decorative by creating more individual pieces and collections.

Elin Isaksson - Glass

Isaksson, originally from Sweden, is a graduate from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in Design & Applied Arts. She began her glass blowing training at the famous Orrefors Glass School in Sweden, learning traditional Swedish glass making technique.  Inspiration comes from the play of light, texture and movement in nature and she aims to capture a sense of place, a small detail or an atmosphere rather than reproduce a direct likeness of an object or form.

Marion E Kane - Silversmith & Jewellerlarge bowl 200

Kane is a gradute of the Glasgow School of Art.  Commissions include Silver of the Stars -Coffee Pot Set for Ewan McGregor and Bute House.  Work can also be found in Victoria & Albert Museum, Kelvingrove Museum and the Royal Museum of Scotland.  Using a selection of old worn hammers,  she strikes a mixture of surfaces onto tableware.  Used with smooth polished edges and touches of gold the aim is to encourage the owner to take their time to feel, explore and enjoy the piece.  Kane likes the idea of making her work look and feel non precious. 


Susan Basham, Ceramics

Jennifer Cantwell, Leather work and upcycled materials

Fiona Daly, Woven Textiles

Susan MacLeod, Jewellery

The Pale Rook, Textile Artist

Jane Hunter, Textile Artist

Morag MacPherson, Digitally printed textiles

McRostie, Leather work

Warped Textiles, Woven Textiles

Gallery Shop

Scarlette Erskine, Jewellery

Hewn Jewellery, Jewellery

Magpie Maison, Jewellery and Textiles

Nicola McEarchan, Embroidered Textiles

Roslyn Mitchell, Textile Artist

Weft Blown, Hand Woven Textiles

Astrid Weigel, Hand Printed Textiles