Crafting in Suffolk

Remember how fun that potting shed in Kent looked like to stay in?! We loved hearing about the crafty things to do in Kent so when Laura suggested telling us about similar places in Suffolk too we were all ears. The cottages there look equally quirky and fun for a getaway, hopefully we’ll be able to visit in 2014!


Suffolk has always been a popular place for artists and craftspeople to live. In addition to some wonderful craft and design collectives, it is home to the Suffolk Open Studios, where visitors are invited to the working studios of over 90 artists and craftspeople. The program runs during weekends in June every year and features the studios of textile artists, bookbinders and sculptors throughout Suffolk. Works from a cross-section of studios also feature in a collective exhibition at Snape Maltings which is also home of the annual Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts. The village of Snape is located within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and is a popular place for a short break or holiday.

Southwold, a traditional seaside town situated on the beautiful Suffolk heritage coast, is particularly renowned as a centre for arts and crafts. This quirky holiday destination features a number of independent galleries and ceramic studios in addition to a wonderful choice of holiday cottages. Southwold also has a unique craft co-operative called CraftCo, which was founded over 25 years ago by 10 local craftspeople. CraftCo features works by over 100 associate members including rug makers, ceramicists  and glass makers.

Stained Glass Window

Additional craft/design businesses local to the Southwold area include Patternista and Layla Amber. Patternista specialises in paper cuts and printed textiles using foliage and wildlife design motifs. Layla Amber is a designer-maker specialising in hand made nature-inspired brooches and jewellery.

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Another wonderful Suffolk gallery to visit featuring some exceptional examples of British craft is Smith’s Row, situated in the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds.

The Suffolk Craft Society Gallery in Ipswich also features some outstanding pieces by craftspeople across a number of different disciplines. Members’ works can be bought from the gallery or online at the Suffolk Made website. The Suffolk Craft Society also has a Summer exhibition at the Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh. Aldeburgh is a beautiful coastal resort offering a good selection of holiday cottages, art galleries, eateries and independent bookshops – perfect for a summer seaside break!

*Post sponsored by The Original Cottage Company