Discover contemporary craft, engaging workshops and exciting independent shopping opportunities across Scotland in this year’s Handmade Christmas feature.
There’s an array of markets, pop-ups, exhibitions and creative workshops taking place across Scotland this festive season. We’ve gathered some of the best upcoming Christmas craft events from our What’s On page below. So wherever you are, you can shop handmade gifts from Scotland’s makers, or you can even try your hand at making your own.
Get creative this Christmas with Hands-On Festive Workshops
Whether you want to try your hand at wreath making or fabric printing, craft workshops are a fantastic way wind down during the festive season.
Join Paper Houses Design in their Stonehaven studio this Christmas to print a tea towel or tote bag, the perfect opportunity to make something for yourself or for a loved one. Mhairi of Paper Houses Design will be there to guide you through the process, whether you choose to make a design that’s festive or a design that’s timeless. (Festive Print Workshop, Friday 10 December 2021)
Perhaps you’d prefer to get creative and make your own paper Christmas wreath? Join Fenneke Wolters-Sinke of Fenfolio at The Barn in Banchory to create a beautiful, contemporary and sustainable paper wreath that you can enjoy for the years to come. Using a variety of printed and coloured papers, you’ll come home from the workshop with something truly special to treasure. (Paper Christmas Wreath Workshop, Saturday 11 December 2021)
Find out more about both workshops:
Image: Fenneke Wolters-Sinke (Fenfolio) / Photography by the artist
Celebrate Island Made Craft this Christmas
Shetland Arts are rounding off another year of celebrating Shetland craft, by looking south to their Orcadian neighbours for their Winter exhibition.
Visit An Island Christmas at the Bonhoga Gallery this festive season and take the opportunity to browse and buy a selection of Orkney-made jewellery, slip cast ceramics and prints of large-scale tapestries.
Explore the work of makers such as: Zoe Davidson, a jewellery designer who draws much of her inspiration from Orkney’s seas, coastlines and rich history. Karen Duncan, whose jewellery strongly reflects her local roots in the South isles of Orkney. And discover Ceramic artist Kerrianne Flett, who uses porcelain to inform much of her work.
The exhibition will run until Friday 24 December 2021.
Learn more about the exhibition and the makers that are taking part:
Join WASPS Artist Studios This Winter to Shop from over 120 Independent Makers
Join WASPS Artists Studios in Glasgow for one of their biggest Winter Markets yet.
This unique market is the perfect way to do your Christmas shopping whilst supporting artists, makers and independent businesses. With 85 stall holders under the canopy of the Briggait 1873 Hall, you’ll be certain to find the perfect gift.
All work on display at the market will be for sale, where you’ll be able to buy directly from the makers, ranging from fine art to jewellery, homeware and crafts.
Find out more about the WASPS Winter Market:
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 December 2021: https://www.waspsstudios.org.uk/events/wasps-winter-market-glasgow/
Image: The Briggait / Courtesy of WASPS Artists Studios
Grey Wolf’s Festive Pop Up Shop Returns to Glasgow for Its Second Year
Visit the Grey Wolf Festive Pop-Up Shop in Glasgow for a unique in-person shopping experience this December. Browse products made by over 30 local designers, makers and creatives and pick up some unique gifts for Christmas.
Following the success of their open-air mini-market last year, Grey Wolf’s offering this year has evolved into a larger pop-up shop, housed in an open-air shipping container, featuring a variety of unique items from apparel, homeware, scents, jewellery and much more.
Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 December 2021.
Find out more about the designer/makers involved and plan your visit: https://www.craftscotland.org/whats-on/event/grey-wolf-festive-pop-shop
Image: Cecelia Stamp / Photography by the artist
Embrace the Cold with Baskwell Arts
Visit In the Bleak Midwinter, a new exhibition by Baskwell Arts. The exhibition explores materials and themes that play on warmth within the cold, featuring raw tones and arid textures.
The exhibition welcomes the wilder side of the winter, as well as the comforting. Inspired by Rosetti’s poem, it explores materials and themes that play on warmth within the cold. It offers a glimpse into harsh winters with a comforting stillness. The show features the different faces of winter through paintings by Scottish artists, pottery by local and international makers, comforting textiles, and other items to warm up the season.
Visit In the Bleak Midwinter, on until Thursday 3 February 2022. Learn more about the theme and the makers involved: www.craftscotland.org/whats-on/event/in-the-bleak-midwinter
Celebrate Scottish Contemporary Craft at Festive Boutique 2021
Visit Double Door Studios in Dundee this December and discover their exciting festive boutique!
Double Door have transformed their studios into a festive grotto and have gathered an eclectic selection of handmade products by 20 Scottish designers/makers. These products will sit alongside jewellery, candles and frames made by their six studio residents.
Shop local and support independent businesses this Christmas, with products from ceramic, jesmonite, glass and wooden homewares to cosy woollen textiles, original art and prints available.
On until Sunday 19 December 2021.
Learn more about Double Door Studios’ Festive Boutique and plan your visit:
Image: Paper Houses Design/ Photography by the artist
Looking for more craft events to get you in the Christmas spirit?
Head over to our What’s On page to keep up to date with a huge selection of events taking place across Scotland this winter. We will be adding add new events every day until mid-December, so make sure to check back in the lead up to Christmas to make sure you don’t miss out!