Tomorrow launches our Maker of the Month exhibition programme for 2012, starting off with ceramicist Chris Donnelly. As part of his exhibition there will be an exciting new window display to whet your appetite for all things ceramic! Watch this space.


How cool are these hand printed fabrics by Concrete Wardrobe co-owner Fiona McIntosh who has been printing these very wearable and affordable fabrics under the trade name of Tessuti. 

These hand printed fabrics are produced from the Tessuti studio in Edinburgh and all finished off by hand.

Other colour ways are available as well as a selection of mens ties which can often be seen worn by a very well known Channel 4 news reader! You have impeccable taste Mr Snow!

How excited are we to have the latest collection of work in by the brilliant and stunning Paola McClure! 

These Anti Dolls and Betty Brooches have just arrived and we can't get enough of them! 

In fact we aren't the only ones who love these wonderfully crafted pieces as they were personally selected by Grayson Perry to feature in "The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman" exhibition retail space at the British Museum which ended at the end of February 2012.


The new issue of Craft & Design magazine www.craftanddesign.net is in store today, featuring ceramicist Hannah McAndrew's review of last year's successful Philidelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Look out for the exhibitors photo on page 47, to see if you can recognise Concrete Wardrobe's own James Donald and Fiona McIntosh's smiley faces! Other participating Concrete Wardrobe designer makers included award winning jeweller Grainne Morton and ceramicist Myer Halliday.


Functional Beauty

This March, Concrete Wardrobe brings you the ceramic tableware of Edinburgh based Chris Donnelly, the first Maker of the Month exhibition for 2012.

Inspired by British and Middle Eastern slipware, East Asian folk pottery, and what has become the studio pottery tradition, Donnelly has created a range of functional ceramics, which aims to elevate the humble meal from mere fuel recharging, to a special ritual shared with friends and loved ones.

Donnelly’s work includes jugs, beakers, cups and saucers, and lidded lantern jars. His designs are a contrast to the sleek machine made designs we live with everyday, and encourage a dialogue between the user and the piece. He believes that ceramics contain a narrative as well as a function, and that they can reflect and project culture in much the same way as fine art can.

Donnelly’s wheel thrown, slip decorative earthenware pieces are fired to a point of greater resilience than is usual for earthenware. The applied transfer images are taken from contemporary textiles and are influenced by eastern designs.  His new range for Concrete Wardrobe is called ‘Starcloud’.

Of his new collection at Concrete Wardrobe, James Donald co-owner of the shop commented, “having a broad range of Donnelly’s work on display enables you to see the tactile beauty of his work in full glory. The combination of traditional dark earthenware and contemporary washed glazes creates pieces you just want to pick up and use.”

Donnelly’s work will be on display from 1st to 31st March 2012. Concrete Wardrobe is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.

Concrete Wardrobe 50a Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA 

Please find below details of our Maker of the Month exhibition schedule for 2012. With new faces and welcome returns, 2012 looks like it's going to be a craft packed year at Concrete Wardrobe.


New work by local resin jeweller Kaz Robertson arrived today.
Her contemporary pieces incorporate offset, playful designs with unexpected detailing, hidden magnets and perfectly mismatched patterns. Her designs play delightfully with our sense of proportion and balance, creating highly wearable pieces you'll want to wear time after time.
My favourite is this gorgeous tactile (magnetised) wangle bangle.


We also have a cufflink versions for the trendy bloke in your life. Hotcakes Design are based in San Francisco, California and James and Fiona couldn't resist them when they say them at the New York International Gift Fair last week.