Walford Mill Crafts, Knobcrook Road, off Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1NL
01202 841400  info@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk




Christmas at The Mill

11th of November – 7th of January 2018


Our annual winter selling exhibition is back filling the shop and gallery with a vast array of handmade, bespoke pieces. Let us help with those Christmas shopping dilemmas! 

‘Christmas at The Mill’ opens on Saturday the 11th of November providing gift ideas to suit every pocket, with pieces available from over 80 highly skilled designers and craftspeople.

From textiles to ceramics, jewellery and glass; all of the work on display has been hand-crafted across the UK and provide a refreshing alternative to the High Street.

Discover an extensive collection of festive goodies to cheer up those winter days. Wrap up warm in knitwear by Jules Hogan, dress the tree with decorations by Rhiannon Thomas or curl up with one of Esther Connon’s hand printed storybooks.

Browse from the best in British Craft as we showcase jewellery by Emily Richard and Cara Tonkin; functional ceramics by Hana Hybs; embroidered accessories by Heather Everitt; and wooden home-wares by Dowell Designs.There is even something for the garden with wonderful statement willow by Liz Walsh. 

Radical Craft (Touring show)

16th of September – 31st of October 2017

Alternative Ways of Making. Radical Craft co-curated with Laura Hamilton, features 35 international and UK artists who express their creativity beyond the bounds of convention. It includes work by renowned artists associated with Outsider Art also contemporary self-taught artists.

Join us on Saturday 16 September 2-4pm for the opening and gallery talk by Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Project Development Manager, Craftspace. 


The Teacher's Pack for this exhibition can be downloaded here:


By the Sea

29th of July – 10th of Sept 2017 

'By the Sea’ at Walford Mill Crafts presents the chance to discover unique handmade pieces informed by our spectacular and ever-changing British coastline.

The varying and shifting shoreline offer a continual source of inspiration for both artists and makers. Rocky textures, dramatic skies as well as the world beneath the waves provide the perfect muse and evidence of this will be in abundance at Walford Mill Crafts this summer.

Discover handpicked makers working across an extensive range of disciplines including translucent porcelain lighting by Amy Cooper, glass rock-pools by Stephen Foster, tide marked textiles by Alice Fox, coastal inspired jewellery by Cara Tonkin as well as metal landscapes by Lisa Wisdom.


10th of June – 23rd of July 2017 



Senses at Walford Mill Crafts brings together makers, who in very different ways, explore the influences of the sensory world, presenting their individual responses to the five senses.

Sight, touch, taste, smell and sound are directly involved in how we make sense of the world and ourselves and when stimulated can be a valuable source of inspiration to artists and makers.   

We invite you to discover an extensive range of sensory interpretations including kinetic jewellery inspired by the calming properties of plants, porcelain sculpture concerned with visual uncertainty as well as handwoven geometric textiles that explore the interaction of waveforms.  

Textile Textures

29th of April – 4th of June 2017 


A vibrant exhibition giving textiles a voice that refines surface textures and colour.

The creative processes from a selected group of contemporary makers are explored within the show. 

There will also be pieces from Arts University Bournemouth Textile and Architecture students, who have joined forces in response to our last exhibition's theme of collaboration. 

Two Make

4th of March – 23rd of April 2017 


‘Two Make’ plots the shared output of ten pairs of established makers who have created new work together. The partnerships are diverse, ranging from life-long friends, makers working together for the first time, makers who wanted to learn new skills, and a couple working together over the pregnancy and birth of their daughter. 

Exploring the process of collaboration, sharing ideas, working through problems, encountering risk and exploring uncertainty, the project responds in diverse ways to emotional connections between the makers, and their shared engagement with their creative worlds.

Curated by Miranda Leonard in partnership with Dr. Nicola Thomas, University of Exeter and the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

Bella Peralta & Jenny Bicat
Matther Tradgett & Sarah Pearson CookeValerie Michael & Tim Blades
Karen Hansen & Rowan McOnegal
Susan Early & Sarah Cant
Derek Elliot & Faith Ristic
Trevor Lillistone & Su Trindle
Stephanie Kemp & Alison Dupernex
Nicholas Ozanne & Gemma Sangwine
Tess Wakeling & Kristian Pettifor

Ruth Dresman 

16th January – 26th of February 2017  


A solo show by Ruth Dresman. 
Vessels in coloured glass.  

With work sold across Europe and the US, shown in museums 
and seen in major public art commissions – internationally renowned glass artist Ruth Dresman is bringing her distinctive designs to Walford Mill Crafts this month. 

The beautifully subtle, fluid imagery is largely drawn from nature and worked by hand as she sandblasts fine layers of glass to create effects of colour and texture that often suggest worlds within worlds. 
The pieces have all been designed and decorated by Ruth who works with glassmakers James Devereux and Katie Huskie in the blowing process to create the right forms and flow for each design.

“Glass requires a very decisive approach,” she says. “So decisions on the precise combinations of colours are made long before any breath enters the glass and I’ll have anticipated how the weight should be distributed to create a balanced piece.”

Having drawn the design onto the cooled glass and protected it with a durable plastic film, Ruth cuts lines to make a single-use stencil before carefully blasting away layers to create the intended intensity of colour and pattern.

The finished forms are polished and cut in collaboration with fellow glass artist Steve Frey, adding a further co-operative dimension to the work.

“It means I am directly part of a team at least part of the time,” says Ruth. “Otherwise it can be a rather isolated existence being a person in a shed making things that take a long time.”