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Cornwall LivingIssue #74

A Cornish treasure trove

Discover a whole host of unique artworks and collectables at Cscape Art, The Craft Kiln and Sail Loft Emporium at the Old Workshop, Charlestown.

Situated at the entrance of the Old Workshop, Charlestown, The Craft Kiln is a newly refurbished co-operative-style gallery which
allows individual makers the opportunity to display their work and have an input into the running of the business. Woodturner John Fells feels that this gives the Charlestown crafters a freer rein to experiment, and that the customer is therefore more likely to find pieces not available elsewhere. “We develop our own range of work, and as we also spend time behind the till in The Craft Kiln, we have the chance to find out what the customer thinks of the work. I also feel lucky that we are in such a historic spot, which sometimes feels like stepping back in time the further down the hill into Charlestown that you come.”

“I also feel lucky that we are in such a historic spot, which sometimes feels like stepping back in time the further down the hill into Charlestown that you come”

The stylised and colourful paintings of artist, Sarah Blakey, are on display at Cscape Art’s Charlestown gallery, which is also at The Old Workshop. Sarah illustrates the local working life with her unusual style, including only enough detail to give a flavour of the scene, and to suggest character and movement. Her husband, photographer Mick Blakey, visits every corner of the county with his lurcher, Cooper, in search of that elusive land or seascape which he conveys in his own artistic style. A large stock of his prints and cards can also be found at Cscape Art.

Upstairs at The Old Workshop are the antiques and collectables of Sail Loft Emporium. The many stalls and cabinets display an infinitely varied stock, including Art Deco and Cornish pottery, which is the specialisation of trader Jessie Russell. She is currently selling a collection of  vintage Celtic Newlyn pottery from the estate of a private collector. Ceramics of this type are now highly sought-after and collectable.

There is also a vast choice of other vintage and retro items, as well as antique silver, jewellery and other collectables. Visit Paul Felton’s cabinets for rings of every description, or Mike Fergus’s corner for coins and medals.

The Old Workshop is next to the car park at Charlestown, where you will also find plenty of places to eat and drink, and the historic harbour is only a few steps down the road.

"I also feel lucky that we are in such a historic spot, which sometimes feels like stepping back in time the further down the hill into Charlestown that you come"