Locally Made and Fair Trade
Topsy Jewell is a potter working in a Star Gallery studio just across the way from our shop in Lewes. Her latest collection features delicate grey and white espresso cups, grey and tenmoku handless jugs and posie vases, pale blue teacups and bowls, and ochre colander/dish sets Prices are very reasonable for hand-thrown work, ranging from £13 to £58.
Most of my pieces are made from found objects which are old and unwanted. My line of steampunk jewellery began with a pile of old watch and clock parts which got caught in the 2004 Tsunami, courtesy of my Dad. He owns a shop in southern Sri Lanka which was badly damaged. There is so much joy in turning such a tragedy into beautiful pieces of history.
Prior to being a Designer/Maker, I was an experimental researcher in Engineering – and I think this comes across in my jewellery – both in the mechanical bits & bobs I recycle, and in my range of media - I love a challenge when it comes to turning junk into beauitful things you will adore. I also love it when things are both beautiful & functional.
Each piece here is unique, and my lines are transient, like my name, Chanchala, which means ‘ever changing’.
Chanchala is based in Brighton and supplies us here in person. Take a look: lovely, unique stuff!
I found this vintage pigeon-holer in the excellent recycled furniture and employment project that is Furniture Now! in Lewes. A bit of blue paint and it has served well in displaying the many different designs of beaded, wooden, glass and felt fairtrade jewellery that we offer - from India to Kenya, and for mainly under £10.