Across SE Cornwall, we have some very talented local artists & artisans making everything from children’s clothing to fine art…
Inspired by the sea, coast & countryside, talented local artists & artisans are producing some wonderful products. In our Blog, we take a look at some of the beautiful array of items that can be bought online from our local creators.
Shrimpy’s is a sustainable fashion social enterprise in Looe that functionally provides, educates and connects the community in the form of a hand illustrated children’s merchandise brand.
Shrimpy’s aim to:
- Produce quality children’s clothing based around the fundamentals of Looe, using hand illustrative embroidery to encapsulate seaside intimacy.
- Connect consumers to the nature within Looe through a locally designed operational output focussing on the relationship between human and nature.
- Educate and export knowledge regarding sustainability and its positive effects on our environment.
- Preserve and protect our marine environment and cultural distinctiveness.
Founder of Shrimpy’s, Alice, told us “Our key aims have always been to develop products that create a positive impact on our community. However, these keepsake pieces are wonderful to purchase as gifts or to remember your holidays to Looe by. Each garment is entwined with coastal intimacy for the most unique feel.” ~ Alice, Founder of Shrimpy’s, Looe.
Cornwall Colourful Creations
Beautiful gifts made from resin and jesmonite and stunning images from around Cornwall.
Hello, I’m Cath, I am a mum of 3 and I have lived in Cornwall for 34 years. I own Cornish Colourful Creations and Beautiful Exposure Photography.
I set up my businesses last year and have had wonderful feedback from my clients.
My first business is creating beautiful bespoke gifts made from resin and jesmonite. I create Jewellery, coasters and lots of other exciting pieces; commissions are also available. My second business is producing stunning images from around Cornwall, including fantasy and creative edits.
Photography is a huge passion of mine as is Cornwall so I have put the 2 together to enable others the opportunity of being able to own something unique and special.
You can find our more about Cath’s work via her two Facebook pages, one for her bespoke gifts, the other for her photography – along with a combined Instagram page. You can also visit her Featured page on the Welcome to Looe & Polperro website.
Lesa Welch Art
Lino print artist based in Polperro.
All prints are original Lino prints making each one unique with slight differences and evidence of the technique. The theme of most of the work is a celebration of Cornwall, its food, landscapes, sea and characters .
With over 20 years teaching experience not only does this artist run creative workshop at her art cafe but with also teaches part time at the Local secondary school
Jane Wilson Artist
Hi! I’m a full time artist working from my studio by the coast in Hannafore, Looe.
As a mixed media artist I use a variety of mediums; including collage, paint and dry media to create multi-layered paintings. My inspiration comes from living in Cornwall and it’s coast, landscape, flora and fauna. Studio visits are always welcome by appointment (phone or email first in case I’m out with the dogs or having a swim) come along for a chat and to see what I’m up to.
With a background in fine art, I always regarded myself as a painter, but discovering fused glass moved my skills to a different level.
I still work 2 dimensionally but with more texture and understanding of how light works with both transparent and opaque surfaces.
My fused glass is eclectic, I’m inspired by the different landscapes that Cornwall has to offer, the coast around Polperro features heavily in my work along with where I live, up on the edges of Bodmin moor.
I love painting glass and mixing it with fused glass textures to make one off pictures and panels. I also make unique fused glass bunting, candle holders, light catchers and dishes, in a variety of colours and designs. I also adore making fused glass dichroic jewellery and miniature seascape necklaces.
I sell exclusively though our shop, Welly Dog, in Polperro and on my own website. Visiting our shop couldn’t be easier, take a lovely stroll down from the car park, along the river and we are one of the first shops you will see on the left hand side. For the latest updates and makes visits our Facebook page or Instagram
The Glass Shack
Original and unique fused glass art for sale or commission and workshops to make your very own glass art pieces
Overlooking the English Channel with views to Looe Island in one direction and the Rame Peninsular in the other, The Glass Shack is situated in Downderry, just a few miles to the east of Looe on the stunning South east coast of Cornwall.
Here, Caroline has her studio where, using the technique of Glass Fusing, she creates and sells beautiful glass art pieces and also runs workshops to enable anyone to experience the delight of creating their own personal piece of glass.
A unique, handmade piece of glass is the perfect solution for that ‘difficult to buy for’ person or a gift for someone special…and what a unique keepsake of your holiday in Cornwall?
For more information on both items to buy and Caroline’s workshops, please visit The Glass Shack website. You can visit both their Facebook & Instagram pages too. You can also visit her Featured page on the Welcome to Looe & Polperro website.
Rosie Spooner Photography
Rosie’s photography started as a retirement hobby and has grown into a very successful business supplying calendars, jigsaws, souvenir photobooks plus prints and canvasses.
Rosie produces eleven different calendars covering Devon and Cornwall. Her very first calendar was Looe and the number has grown each year. She also produces the Looe and Polperro joint calendar which is the official calendar for The Welcome to Looe and Polperro website. Only very few 2022 calendars are still available. Check her website for availability. 2023 calendars will be available very soon.
A Looe jigsaw and a Polperro jigsaw are currently reduced to clear to make way for new stock, Souvenir photobooks are A5 with 50 colour photos and lovely for presents. They fit through a letterbox.
At the Cornish Homestead our focus is on creating high quality, body friendly, traditionally made products, including cold process soaps, shampoo bars, hand creams and various balms.
Our packaging is recycled or recyclable; the soap boxes are hand made and stuck with potato starch based glue. You can find us at various markets in the local area (follow us on Facebook or Instagram for latest dates/venues) or buy online. Alternatively you are welcome to collect from us in Pelynt.
Cornish Cottage Makes
Crafting with locally sourced items from sea glass to driftwood.
Hi and welcome to Cornish Cottage Makes, my husband Steve and myself Helen moved to our cottage in Duloe, SE Cornwall in August 2021 and both enjoy crafting, making bespoke items often using locally sourced products, sea glass, driftwood, reclaimed wood.
Rebecca Spikings Design
I love making unique gifts and many of my textile pieces are one offs. I am Influenced by the beauty of nature and the ever changing colours of the landscape throughout the seasons.
Since moving to live in Looe, this has become more evident in my designs and I am enjoying trying to capture the feeling of the stunning Cornish countryside, hedgerows and coastal path near my home
You can find all of my products online in my Etsy shop I am also happy to deliver locally – please email for more details. You can also follow me Facebook & Instagram account. You can also visit Rebecca’s Featured page on the Welcome to Looe & Polperro website.
Wicks from the West
I am Looe born and bred and very proud of my heritage, hence some of my candles are Looe themed.
I started designing and making individual hand poured candles and wax melts from my home in Looe, Cornwall about a year ago and my little business has grown from then.
I use soy wax which is a much healthier alternative to paraffin wax, and gives a cleaner and longer burn. I use good quality fragrance oils, always using the maximum recommended so I get a good cold and hot throw (obviously some fragrances are stronger than others).
If you are looking for a gift for a friend, relative etc why not take a look at my new website to buy from me direct. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for new products added and special offers.
You can also visit Julie’s Featured page on the Welcome to Looe & Polperro website.
Emz Cakez Cornwall
Hello, My name is Emily and I am a self-taught baker and cake decorator and established Emz Cakez in 2012 in Kent
A few years later I returned to Cornwall to build Emz Cakez Cornwall closer to family. All of my cakes are affordable and beautifully custom designed just for you.
Where possible I use locally sourced and freshly grown produce, including free range eggs from the farm less than 2 miles from the studio. Because of this I am a recommended supplier to a number of business’s across Cornwall.
Many dietary requirements can be catered for. All celebrations starting with the first milestones of a new baby through to weddings, anniversaries and retirement.
A free no obligation consultation service is available for weddings and big events. Other bakes such as brownies, scones and treat boxes can also be supplied to cafe’s and for corporate events.
Bumper & Friends Children Books
Join the adventure with Sammy Rambles, Molly Manila, Bumper and Friends books and Dragonball, activities for children of all ages!
I’m Jenny, an author from Looe. I’ve written books for children and visit schools helping children with reading and storytelling sessions.
For children aged 0-5 I’ve written the Bumper and Friends books, a series of adventures featuring garden creatures For older readers I’ve written Molly Manila The Girl Who Talks To Animals & Sammy Rambles books where Sammy receives a dragon egg and needs to uncover who or what is trying to destroy the dragons.
From Sammy Rambles, I’ve also created Dragonball Sport where children of all ages and abilities can play this inclusive sport.
Mrs Marvellous – the Memory Maker
Textile Artist, designer/maker and quilt maker
Creativity runs throughout the family, as does the value of doing a job properly – “if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well” was heard regularly when growing up – so attention to detail is second nature.
With a dislike for waste of any kind, giving textiles more than one life is the very least I can do. We only have one planet, that needs respect and care so creating pieces ethically is high on my list of priorities.
Lizzie’s Cottage Creations
Hand crafted decoupaged items.
Decoupage is the art of applying paper /napkins to objects. I mainly use glass and slate. Also wooden ducks.
Handcrafted in Looe, various decoupaged gifts, which is the art of decorating objects with paper /Napkins. The main items I decoupage are, large glass fish bowls with lights, vases, slate coasters, slate hanging hearts, glass T light holders, glass bottles with lights and wooden ducks.
If there is anything in particular you would like decoupaged, I will always give it a go and can do personalised items too. Depending on the item, waiting list, or stock I may have, it can take a week or so to complete orders.
For further information, please visit my Facebook page.
I personally handcraft and sell unique polymer clay items, papercraft gifts and greetings cards.
My WormipeepS were my 1st unique, bespoke handcrafted creation on the start of my crafting journey, March 2018. Since then I have expanded my range of individually handcrafted items.
My most popular items to date have been my model buildings of the beautiful Cornish fishing village, Polperro, where I’m fortunate to spend most of my time working from home.
Handcraftily creates unique, bespoke jewellery and items for the home for when you want a never repeated gift for that special person!
Using a variety of eco friendly, recycled, vintage and organic materials, Handcraftily combines old and new treasures to create items that are as unique as the people who treasure them! Specialising in handmade colourful macramé plant hangers to suit a theme, room or budget, along with a variety of quirky jewellery made from recycled treasures and trinkets, inspired by their coastal, Looe surroundings, Handcraftily keeps every piece unique and never to be repeated! Commissions welcome!