*Submissions now Closed* Call for Submissions | Summer Open Exhibition August 2023

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We are inviting submissions to the third Summer Open Exhibition, to be held in the Gallery Upstairs from the 3rd to 26th August. Submissions are on a first come first served basis, and limited to one piece per artist. To register your interest please email joy@jhmosaics.co.uk and kateweltonceramics@gmail.com.

call for submissions poster for designermakers21 summer exhibition 3rd - 26th August 2023

Ceramics in Action, a day of drop-in demonstrations and ‘Have-a-Go’ Sessions | Saturday 8th July, 11am-4pm

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Come along to ceramics in Action on Saturday 8th July, an immersive day celebrating all things clay!

Six potters will be demonstrating their skills, and offering ‘Have a Go’ sessions throughout the day (11am-4pm).

Watch demonstrations of the Pinch Pot technique with Pam Schomberg, and see a medieval Potters’ Wheel in action!

Try your hand at coil building, texturing clay and throwing on the potters’ wheel with our members and visiting artists.

Some sessions will run with bookable slots throughout the day, at busy times you may be asked to join another activity until space becomes available. There is lots to see at designermakers21, and Ceramics in Action runs in conjunction with ‘The Earth Sings’, an exhibition of ceramics and paintings by East Anglian Artists.

ceramics in action saturday 8th july 11am-6pm have a go sessions at designermakers21, diss

4.23, an exhibition by students from Diss High School | The Gallery Upstairs Thursday 22nd June – Saturday 1st July

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A fantastic exhibition of work by A-Level Art Students from Diss High School. The students have designed a poster, and helped curate the show.

Come along to the Private View on Thursday 22nd June 4-6pm, refreshments provided.

Diss High School art exhibition at designermakers21 22nd june to 1st July

‘The Earth Sings’ – An exhibition of ceramics and paintings by East Anglian artists | Thursday 6th – Saturday 29th July

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An exiting exhibition showcasing the best of East Anglian ceramics, alongside paintings by Martin Laurance.

Featuring work by Ray Auker, John Chipperfield, Pam Schomberg, Carol Pask, Jo Arnold, Sue Maufe, Lois Thirkettle, Rob Rutterford, Rob Wheeler, Sally Thomas, Clare Goodman, Keeley Chapman, Karen Risby & Tom Thompson.

The exhibition, in The Gallery Upstairs at designermakers21, runs from 6th-29th July, and is open every Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Running in conjunction is Ceramics in Action on Saturday 8th July – a day of drop in workshops and demonstrations by exhibiting artists.


A selection of work by exhibiting artists

Fundraising Auction | Silent Auction continues until Saturday 15th July at designermakers21

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Our Grand Auction takes place on Thursday 6th July, beginning with a 6.30pm drinks reception at designermakers21, before the promenade to TW Gaze, Diss Auction Rooms where the auction will commence at 7.30pm in the Waveney Room.

We have a fantastic selection of artworks and experiences to bid on, with all proceeds from the lots going straight to designermakersCIO ‘Save Our Story’ fundraising appeal.

Auction tickets are £5 per person, and are available to purchase at the desk in designermakers21, open Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

auction ticket Thursday 6th July at designermakers21 and TW Gaze

Soap Making Workshop with Bernadette Russell | Saturday 3rd June 10am-12.30pm, The Gallery Upstairs

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Join Bernadette Russell, and learn how to make your own soaps, shampoos & shower gels. Create your collection using a range of vegan plant based products, dried herbs, flowers & perfumes.

The workshop will take place in ‘The Gallery Upstairs’ at designermakers21, on Saturday 3rd June, 10am-12.30pm.

£25 per participant (this includes all materials, tea/coffee and biscuits)

Only 10 places available, pop into designermakers21 to book your place!

Bernadette is donating all profits from this workshop to our ‘Save Our Story’ fundraising appeal.


handmade soaps by Bernadette Russell

Showcase Exhibition | May 2023 – July 2023

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The next Showcase will run throughout May, June and July. We are excited to welcome three local artists to the showcase exhibition space, which is located on the first floor at designermakers21.

A collection of paintings and drawings of birds by Martin Gibbons, Felted vessels by Connie Flynn, and Cathie Fiddling returns with her collection of Mosaics.

Visit the Showcase from the 2nd February during our opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am-5pm.


Coronation Bank Holiday Events | Sunday 7th May & Monday 8th May

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We are delighted to be taking part in ‘A Right Royal Celebration’ at Diss Park, on Sunday 7th May 3pm-8pm, and Fair Green, Green Fair on Monday 8th May 11am-4pm.

‘A Right Royal Celebration’ – Diss Park

A fantastic day organised by Diss Town Council, including live music, food & drink stalls, and activities. designermakers21 will be running a family craft activity throughout the day, and there will be an opportunity to find out about our exciting program of events for the year!

‘Green Fair’ – Fair Green

Come along to the Green Fair which will feature live music, local food stalls, crafts and workshops, childrens’ activities, Green living talks, up-cyling and repair cafe. designermakers21 will be running family craft activities throughout the day, and there will be an opportunity to find out about our exciting program of events for the year!

Needle Felting Workshop with artist Becky Whatley | Friday 2nd June 10am-1pm, The Gallery Upstairs

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Join artist Becky Whatley, and learn the skills to create a needle felted flying owl.

The workshop will take place in ‘The Gallery Upstairs’ at designermakers21, on Friday 2nd June, 10am-1pm.

£32 per participant (this includes all materials, tea/coffee and biscuits)

Becky is donating all profits from this workshop to our ‘Save Our Story’ fundraising appeal

Only 8 places available, pop into designermakers21 to book your place!

needle felted flying owl by Becky Whatley