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On the blog: Guild members Adam Aaronson, Phaedra Menas, Gabriella Sellors and Nancy Shafee at the Spring Art and Craft Fair

Sunday March 18th is the first of a new series of fairs which will be run by Mary Hughes and her team with the aim of bringing truly handcrafted work to Surrey Hills’ buyers. Her exhibitors have been carefully chosen to give buyers a wide choice – so there will be lots of variety - and an exciting number of sellers you may not have seen before. 

This first event – The Spring Art & Craft Fair – will be at Albury Village Hall, GU5 9AD starting at 11am and running until 3pm. Hot and cold drinks, biscuits and cakes will be on sale as well as a wide range of beautiful items and there is plenty of parking.

The first 200 visitors will receive a goody bag containing vouchers, sweets and some crafty treats and a number of exhibitors will also be running demonstrations.

Here at the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen we are happy that Mary has included four members, two of whom will be demonstrating their work – we would hope for nothing less!

Adam Aaronson makes blown glass in distinctive patterns.  You need to take a look at his work because he also teaches glass blowing at his studio in nearby West Horsley. You might just become sufficiently hooked to treat yourself to some classes and his studio is a nice warm place to be on a cold day! Even as a beginner, you could end up with your very own bauble like those above, made in your own colour combination.

You won’t often see the work of Phaedra Menas at events in this area.  Phaedra’s butter-soft leather sells in our own gallery in Moushill Lane, Milford, but otherwise most of her events are nearer her own studio in South East London.  Phaedra’s work is recognisable for her fabulous bright colours so they make easily found handbag accessories, and much appreciated gifts (below, left)

Gabriella Sellors makes really unusual and very wearable jewellery (above) and is especially known for her lovely ‘two-way’ earrings – beautiful freshwater pearls which can be worn with or without a pretty textured cup behind them – so, two for the price of one! Many of Gabriella’s designs have a distinctive texture and incorporate semi-precious stones like those above. She will be showing visitors to the Albury event just how she achieves some of these texture results.

Nancy Shafee, known particularly for the felt poppies she has been making under licence for the Royal British Legion over past years, will be demonstrating feltmaking at Albury. Nancy will also be selling her coiled baskets – useful in just about any room in your house. These can be made on commission using your own cherished fabrics or in colours to match your decor.  Nancy also runs both basket-making and felting workshops in nearby West Horsley.


The Spring Fair is at Albury Village Hall, Guildford, Surrey GU5 9AD

  • Sunday 18th March
  • 11am to 3pm