Just Make

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Had a lovely day last Saturday visiting Wells and taking in a collection of jewellery to ‘Just Make‘ on it’s opening day.

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I’ve been to Wells before: it’s not far from our home, and has some very lovely historic buildings plus a great market, but I hadn’t discovered the Market Street area where Just Make is before.

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It’s interesting that it’s called Market Street, because it’s not where the market is: an historical name I guess? Anyway there is one (rather good) fruit and veg stall there, just at the entrance to The Courtyard, which is where Just Make is situated. A good landmark.

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I met Laura Pearcey, the owner, at the ‘Made by Hand‘ in Newport last December, where we were both exhibiting. She makes covetable ceramics under the name of Boop Design, and is also an experienced ceramics teacher. Opening Just Make is her latest venture.

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Laura’s done the space up really well: it all looks very smart. As you’d expect, Laura has some of her own quirky ceramic jewellery and pots on sale. 

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There are also ceramics by other great makers, including Tone Von Krogh.

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Other Made by Hand makers get in there too: these lovely bags by Dr Bean are really special. We bought one as a present last Christmas: it now lives with my sister-in-law in Australia (and she’s extremely pleased with it). I’m very tempted to get one for myself too… 

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Not only is there a careful selection of high quality handcrafted work for sale in Just Make, but Laura’s also holding classes and kids craft sessions there. It’s not a huge space but ideal for small groups.

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If you haven’t been to Wells it’s definitely worth a visit, and Just Make and the area around it are ‘musts’. Sew Vintage, a few doors along, is a haberdashery and sewing parlour, and Millie Moon have opened a haberdashery boutique and sewing school just round the corner. In fact ‘This is Somerset’ is hailing it as the Wells Craft Quarter.

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It’s also quite foodie, with the farmers markets and a very nice deli. On Laura’s recommendation we had lunch in The Good Earth, a vegetarian cafe in Priory Road, just around the corner. I had a delicious quiche, salad, and cake, and will definitely be returning!

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