Thelma Hulbert gallery

Present Makers 2020 exhibition launches online

Authored by Mary
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 22:40

Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has announced that its next exhibition: Present Makers 2020 will launch online on Saturday 21 November and hopes its doors will reopen again on 2 December.

Present Makers 2020 demonstrates the skill and diversity of contemporary crafts people and designer-makers living in the South West and all of the work is for sale. The exhibitionshowcases creative innovation across craft and design including glass, wood, textiles, prints, ceramics, lighting and jewellery.

To highlight the exhibition, THG will showcase the makers’ practice in a new series of ‘MAKERS SHORTS’. Following on from THG’s popular NATURE SHORTS series, these short, fly-on-the-wall films will give an intriguing insight into the maker’s space, revealing their fascinating methods and skills. The first MAKER SHORT ‘Taming the wildwood’ features the woodworking practice of Rosie Brewer. The MAKER SHORTS will be released every Wednesday throughout the exhibition.

Gemma Girvan from Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) explained, “Although the gallery doors are closed until December, we want to make sure our visitors can still buy from Present Makers. We will be sharing featured makers on our website and via social media.

THG prides itself on working with and supporting the local artist community, which is even more important now. I am particularly excited about the breadth and quality of this year’s collection, celebrating high quality, local craftsmanship. We are proud to support local makers and encourage you to buy local this Christmas. All the work will be able for purchase online at from 21 November.”

Tangle Dreams Bay is new to Present Makers this year. Monika Piotriowska is originally from Poland and creates handmade home décor, fibre jewellery and accessories inspired by nature, from her home in Cornwall.

“I like to make simple and meaningful creations for sustainable living. I designed this collection to be neutral, something for everyday wear, using a gorgeous palette of autumn colours. The necklaces are hand knotted and beautiful and light to wear”.

Rosie Brewer is an artist and designer-maker in both wood and ceramics. She creates a range of functional works as well as one-off art pieces. The items are thoughtfully considered, minimalist and sleek. She crafts everything from sustainably sourced wood, locally grown where possible.

As a child, my parents ran a busy sawmill by our house, my passion for wood and woodworking started here. I wanted to give new forms to a natural product, ones that were perfectly functional and rooted in everyday life.”

Jessica Cutler is a hand weaver located in the heart of Devon. The inspiration for her work stems from her rural surroundings.

“There is an ever-changing pallet of colour, textures and patterns in nature which bring life to my work. All my products are fully biodegradable and recyclable, each are woven using 100% wool. In a world of fast fashion, it is important to me to make items that are going to last but can, at the end of their life, be given back to the landscape they came from.”

Molly Lemon is a printmaker who specialises in wood engraving. Working onto end grain boxwood as well as holly and lemonwood, Molly engraves images inspired by nature and the rural landscapes surrounding her. Molly works onto each woodblock making thousands of fine marks to make up the final image.

“As I am concerned with conservation and global warming, I aim for my prints to reflect the beauty and vulnerability of the plants and animals we share this planet with. When you look at my prints, they are full of detail: you'll find yourself stepping into a world in miniature.”

Present Makers 2020 (21 November–24 December). Online exhibition. Please visit for more information.