Well didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Congleton!
Yes we did , we had a lovely few hours at The Peanut Gallery on Saturday morning, 12th November 2011, attending their launch event inside the Victoria Mill, Congleton, Cheshire, UK.
Well, if you didn’t get chance to visit the gallery thats a shame , Peanut Gallery have now packed up the shop in Congleton and have new ideas and plans in the making, but you can still catch them at some fairs over the summer, visit their website or facebook page for more news, and you can also check this space for news updates of what’s happening next.
Here is the article DappledSky ran in November 2011, so you can get idea of the people behind the project and their approach.
Let’s see what happens next - there is talk of opening a new gallery space in Newcastle-under-Lyme and also collaborating with the British Ceramics Biennial for 2013 … exciting stuff!
Wishing them well on the road ahead
On the first floor you will find The Peanut Gallery – a workshop area and a shop which houses a lovely range of handmade items, prints, crafts, ceramics and illustrations that have been brought together by Amy Davies and Cheryl Smith. The two lovely ladies are arts and design lecturers at Newcastle under Lyme College, Staffordshire. Together they decided it was time to try a venture outside of their usual day jobs that would still utilise their own crafts and ceramics skills, plus they wanted to use the knowledge they have in the crafts arena. They are constantly supporting fledgling makers to fly the nest, from the security of college into the big wide world. The Peanut Gallery provides those new makers with a well-positioned perch to try out their wares.
The gallery has a workshop space too so they can offer very affordable crafts sessions to anyone who fancies trying their hand.
Its a compact and bijou space with lots of lovely little things go catch your eye.
We were invited to sit and relax- enjoy a perfect cuppa in vintage china cups, and eat the prettiest of cup cakes. The cup cakes were part of a cupcake raffle where you could win a free place on a workshops. It was delightful – we even came away with some purchases.
It’s all very affordable and new makers wanting to test the market might like to get in touch with Amy and Cheryl – they are keen to support new folks who want to sell something different at reasonable prices.
It’s open Wednesday – Saturday, at various times – for more information see their website.