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




Jen Vincent

10th November - 14th November 2021 Pop-Up Studio

Jen is a Dorset based printmaker specialising in Lino print and Wood engraving. Her work is largely inspired by the movements, patterns and colours of the natural world which often feature in her botanical pieces.

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Sarah Lovell

3rd November - 7th November 2021 Pop-up Studio

Sarah is a Dorset based illustrator. She has drawn and painted for as long as she can remember and studied art to degree level .

She is inspired by nature, wildlife , magic and her three young children.

She now runs her own small business ‘Sarah Lovell Art ‘ designing and selling illustrated cards, prints and colouring books, all of the products are printed in Dorset using eco friendly card and inks. She also works on commissions and has recently illustrated two picture books which will be published in the next few months.


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Sean Lenn

6th November - 14th November 2021 Exhibition

Sean's work takes inspiration from nature and folklore aswell as calligraphy, pop-art and graffiti art. All of the pieces in his exhibition contain words hidden within organic fluid shapes that take the form of animals and other things from nature.

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David Joy

27th October - 31st October 2021 Pop-Up Studio

Sophie Kilic

27th October - 31st October 2021 Exhibition

Our Rivers Run Through Us


'Timeless Stream' A short live performance event set on the riverbank at Walford Mill on the evenings of October, 21,22, 23 at 6 pm. Tony Horitz, Director, says: ‘The performance is our attempt to celebrate the beauty and diversity of creatures and organisms living on and in the river, and how interconnected we all are.’

Programme of other Watery Events, also at the Walford Mill:


Sound Fishing Listen to the sounds of the river and the wildlife that lives within it. Interactive demonstrations of river listening devices, by Adrian Newton, David Rogers & Lynn Davy

Thu 21st: 2pm-4pm , 5-5.40pm Performance of River Sounds

Fri 22nd: 2pm-4pm

Short Films - The Poet Fish of River Allen and Relaxing by the River

Wed 20th, Thu 21st, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd, Sun 24th - All Day

Undercurrents - Multimedia Installation about the River Allen

Wed 20th, Thu 21st, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd, Sun 24th - All Day

Kate E Randall

6th October - 17th October 2021 Exhibition - 'Mandalas and more' In collaboration with Indiana Sun Jewellery


Recently returned to her home town of Wimborne Minster, Kate E Randall has brought home influences and ideas from her global travels.

Working with acrylic and oil paint, pattern and portraits are Kate E's passion, often using both to create vibrant and individual pieces.

View From The Top

29th September - 3rd October 2021 Exhibition

A 'taster' exhibition featuring works from the five of the in-house makers who all share the common ground of having their studios on the top floor of our superb Grade II listed Mill building. This is a ground level chance to sample some of their work which we hope will then tempt you to venture further up into the building.

Wimborne Art Club

1st - 26th September 2021 Exhibition

"Back on Track" - Is an exhibition of work by members of Wimborne Art Club who, like most clubs, have not been able to meet for many months. The members have continued to paint with enthusiasm, and would like to share their work in this exhibition, but to also encourage others to paint for their own pleasure and wellbeing.

Summer At The Mill

7th July - 29th August

Showcasing works from over 30 artists and makers from around the region

Sophie Kilic

13th August - 15th August 2021 and 23rd - 25th April 2021 Popup Studio

As a Dorset girl, growing up in the Wimborne area, I have always had a passion for the sea. In early days my enthusiasm was stimulated by a fascination for fossils, for the creatures in rock pools and for my love of collecting shells. I still enjoy all of these but over the years, I have developed an obsession for the many moods that the sea creates through the water patterns which it plays. I have recently become fascinated by the patterns made by the foam of the waves both in the sea and on the shoreline. I find the infinite variety of ways in which the waves can strike the shore and leave their mark, even on the same stretch of sand, to be a wonder. Combining this with the light play which intermingles with these patterns and the many ways it can reflect on sand or on water is for me a true inspiration, for the sea is ever changing, a kaleidoscope of pattern and light, a perpetual motion, with every fleeting moment a unique moment of beauty which I feel is worth capturing. My intention is to bring attention to the amazingly complex and intricate beauty of the sand and sea and to create a mood which will find its home with the person who identifies with it.

I am a self-taught artist who has been painting and drawing since I was a child, experimenting with different mediums. At present I am working with acrylics, trying to source products which are as kind to the environment as possible. The acrylics I use contain, where possible, non-toxic pigmentation and the canvases are mainly unbleached or use wood which comes from sustainable sources.


Anne Easterbrooke

28th July - 1st August 2021 Exhibition

A Dorset girl and lifelong maker, I love the fabulous Jurassic Coast and my pieces are influenced by aspects of this environment. I am a passionate ceramicist and stitcher and also find inspiration from my fascination with texture and ‘fragments’.

For the last 8 years I have been learning, exploring, experimenting and practicing with clay and I feel that at last I might be getting somewhere. Having recently retired from teaching I am really enjoying the opportunity to spend hours immersed in our home studio alongside the River Frome.

I use a variety of stoneware and porcelain clays and mix them to achieve the colour, texture and properties that I need for each piece; I like to make individual pots which have a personality of their own. Although I enjoy throwing, I find myself increasingly drawn towards hand building, which seems to offer me more opportunity to express my ideas. I currently enjoy making one off pots inspired by the changing moods of the sea, bowls representing rock pools with textured outsides and smooth colourful interiors, and one-off plates and platters which bring a little wow to the table.

Glazes are all handmade and my favourites are the result of much experimentation. I particularly enjoy silky smooth surfaces and very matt glazes, and love the unpredictable nature of volcanic glazes using silicon carbide. All work is fired at cone 6 in an electric kiln. The firing profile is slow and steady with a long controlled cool to develop crystals in the glaze, resulting in a complex and interesting finish.

My stitching has been with me since childhood and although has sometimes been in the background, is having its ‘moment’ now alongside my ceramics. I make my own substrates from handmade paper and love using hand dyed, textured silks. Currently I am exploring uniting stitch and ceramic in one off porcelain pieces inspired by ocean sea beds.
​I live on the edge of the Purbeck Hills and often walk the coastal path with my husband and dogs. We share our pottery studio and work alongside each other developing forms and glazes and sharing a love of life, a passion for ceramics and a gratitude that we live in such a beautiful part of Dorset.

Natalie Chan - Peeking Duck Jewellery

14th July - 25th July 2021 Exhibition



Lisa Berkshire

29th June - 4th July Popup Studio

Drawing is at the centre of all of Lisa’s playfully illustrative work, which she also combines with printmaking, collage, digital effects and her own words and stories.

She creates ranges of original illustrated artworks, digital prints, greetings cards, jewellery, illustrated homewares, hand-painted stones and hand-made assemblage art-objects, and also works on commissions.

Favourite themes are of the sea and its creatures both mythical and real, folk tales, personal narratives, children’s themes and stories, birds, wild animals, Dorset and Cornwall.

Making Life Illustrated!


Colin Smith

25th June - 27th June and 13th - 17th January 2021 Popup Studio

Colin is a local Dorset-based designer-maker and coppersmith. He hand-makes low energy lighting and aims to combine elegant design with functionality and sustainability, using reclaimed materials and operating his business on a climate positive zero waste basis. His lamps all conform with EU safety standards and he is WEEE registered. He undertakes commissions, and sells his work at local events and from his workshop. He is also a featured maker at the Cygnet Gallery in Shaftesbury and at Seed in Frome.

See more of Colin's work at: https://www.copperstuff.net/