New generation of crafters move in at Hatton - The Leamington Observer

New generation of crafters move in at Hatton

Leamington Editorial 11th May, 2024   0

A NEW generation of  crafters are showing off their skills at Hatton Garden Centre and Shopping Village.

When it first opened more than 40 years ago the centre was one of the first rural craft centre in the UK.

Jeweller John Garland Taylor has been there since the beginning. John’s journey with metal began as a tinsmith, and by the time he moved to Hatton was mending armour.

His talents were quickly recognised by the National Trust and commissions for renowned places like Warwick Castle followed. He then transitioned to copper jewellery and, along with his son David, now has a thriving silver jewellery business.

And now he is being joined at Hatton by a new generation of crafters and artisans.

A new Workshop Centre, run by Bull Pen Antiques & Interiors, allows visitors to learn a new skill from making macrame and natural paper to understanding the art of quilling, floristry and chunky knitting.

Several local artisans have also recently joined together to create their own centre in The Old Bullpen.

And new shop ‘New Chapter Crafts’ is selling a range of hand-crafted items created by several artisans.

The popular outdoor markets have also returned to Hatton in the Courtyard taking place most weekends. Stalls change regularly, selling everything from home and lifestyle decor to home-made jams and chutneys, clothing, sauces and baked goods.

Johnnie Arkwright, owner of Hatton Garden Centre, and Shopping Village, said: “Our commitment to fostering creativity and preserving traditional skills is unwavering, and we are excited to provide a platform for both craftspeople and newcomers to showcase their talents.”

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