Back to the Barbican

All ready for set-up on Saturday!

We’ll be open every day from midday till 8pm, from 16th May till 14th June, selling the work of 27 great contemporary jewellers in the fantastic setting of London’s Barbican Centre. Looking forward to it!


Standing Tall

The Byard Art Gallery in Cambridge has a great new exhibition on called Standing Tall. It features photography, sculpture and paintings by ten artists who’re inspired by trees and the English woodlands.


I was asked to supply some jewellery especially to complement this exhibition, which is great – I think this is the first time my jewellery has been exhibited in Cambridge!

Do pop along if you can, as it looks really good.

A Walk in the Park

Leeds Craft Gallery

I’m currently taking part in a group show in the Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery: it’s called A Walk in the Park and features the work of ten contemporary UK jewellery designer makers.

Christine Kaltoft jewellery

All the featured jewellers find their inspiration in birds, trees, wildlife, and the flora and fauna found in recreational open spaces.

The other jewellers are Liz Samways, Katie Stone, Joanne Tinley, Charlie High, Glenn Campbell, Kate Rhodes, Karen McMillan, Alison Haddon, and Anna De Ville.

The exhibition runs from 21st March until 27th June 2015 and looks well worth a visit!

Back at the Barbican

Yes, the Designer Jewellers Group annual Winter exhibition is now open for business again at the Barbican Centre in London.

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As usual, set up was both hard work and good fun: it’s always great to meet up with such a lovely bunch of people, and to feel part of the team.

My shelf at set up: bear in mind that I will be bringing in new pieces during the show though!

Christine Kaltoft jewellery

Back to the Barbican!

Well we’re all set up for our winter show at the Barbican now – it’s so nice to be back there – feels a bit like coming home!

My shelf at the Barbican

It was a bit of a quick dash: up to London for the day by coach, setting up my jewellery and fitting in a visit to Hatton Garden, but good to be pacing the London streets again. And especially lovely to see my Designer Jewellers Group colleagues!

DJG winter flier front

As usual, we’re showcasing the work of six great new designers, carefully selected at the New Designers show. Their work really does look fantastic this year, so do check it out!

DJG winter flier back

One thing you really should be aware of: this coming Monday, 18th November, is the private view evening for the show. We’ll be offering a 10% discount on all jewellery, all day, so if you can get along then: do!

DJG PV flier 2013

Made London

Full steam ahead now getting ready for ‘Made London – the design and craft fair’. This is a fairly new show. It ran for the first time last year, and in the absence of Origin, has quickly become a major player in the craft fair circuit.


Open from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th October, with a preview evening on Thursday 24th, this promises to be a great event.

Sir John Soane Church

The venue is the stunning Sir John Soane Church, opposite Great Portland Street tube station.


I’m exhibiting as part of the Designer Jewellers Group, and our stand is in the Crypt: very atmospheric!

Tickets are £10 on the door, £8.50 if you buy in advance, or if you click here you can get 2 for the price of one. I also have just one free ticket (admits two people) that I will mail to the first person who emails me! It is for admission only on either the preview evening (Thursday 24th, 18.00 – 20.30) or on Friday 25th (11am – 8pm).

Great craft at the Great Northern

I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last weekend – not only did I make some good sales, I also found some wonderful things there to buy, and shopping always makes me happy!

Dove Street Pottery Dove Street Pottery

OK, I confess that most of it was ‘window shopping’, but I couldn’t resist buying a fruit bowl from Dove Street Pottery. You can see even with just this handful of tomatoes and a couple of lemons that the glaze is perfect for displaying fruit.


My stand was next door to Andrea’s ‘&made‘ stand: beautiful textiles. I love the colours she uses, and those cushions are on my wish list.

Amy Lawrence

Jewellery is always hard to photograph for blog posts as it’s usually so small, but Amy Lawrence had a great wall display of her bold yet detailed textile neckpieces.

Maike Browning Maike Browning

I loved Maike Browning‘s display too. She’d displayed a selection of tools as well as her intricate jewellery. A terrific idea.


These vibrant glass vessels by CatMackGlass were real attention grabbers too.

Katharina Klug

Being a line-lover I was drawn to these beautiful ceramic vessels by Katharina Klug. The coloured interiors are a lovely touch.

Treefall Design

One thing that always fascinates me about shows is the whole process of set up, and how some makers really do transform their stands. It’s just like watching one of those home transformation programmes, except there’s 160 or so of them going on at the same time! Treefall Design had a particularly well dressed stand, just like a little room, and full of lovely wares too.

Lucy Anne Harding

I was also fascinated by Lucy Anne Harding‘s stand, and her work. Taking her inspiration from the milk round that she and her family have been doing for generations, she has developed a whole collection to display her fun, whimsical graphics. Just lovely. I was drawn back repeatedly to look again.

Anne Laycock

Anne Laycock‘s bold ceramic and rubber jewellery was really strong too. Those neckpieces would be perfect against a simple black dress: real statement pieces.

Robert Ingham

I also really liked these clocks by Robert Ingham. Very simple, elegant, contemporary.

Sarah Hutchison's silver vessels

And talking of elegance, Sarah Hutchison‘s fine silver bowls are just gorgeous.


Finally, here’s a quick snap of me at my stand, talking with one of the many, many lovely visitors we had over the weekend.