Cornwall LivingIssue #110

Art in all forms

If you like art, crafts and antiques, there’s no better place to visit than The Old Workshop at Charlestown.

You’ll find The Old Workshop next to the main car park, so after just a short stroll you will uncover a fascinating range of shops and galleries, showcasing hand-crafted and vintage items, all under the roof of a wonderful listed building.

The Craft Kiln is situated on the site of a historic lime kiln and plays host to a wealth of Cornish arts and crafts. It is staffed and managed by a group of artists and crafters, working together to showcase a diverse range of Cornish-inspired products. There is a wide range of handmade items to browse and purchase, from jewellery, framed prints, cards, textiles and ceramics, to fused and stained glass, soaps, skincare products, candles, felt work, driftwood pieces, wood turned work and much more! So, if you are looking for that inspired handmade gift, why not pop in and meet a maker?

Over at Cscape Art, you’ll meet artist Sarah Blakey, whose paintings depict local coastal life and scenes from the industrial history of the area, in her own unique style. Alongside, you can view Mick Blakey’s photographs of Cornwall which are atmospheric and thought-provoking. Browsing the many originals, prints and cards available at this attractive gallery is a very happy pastime.

Within Sail Loft Emporium you’ll discover an extensive range of beautiful decorative items and glamorous jewellery, with more historic and poignant pieces found in two militaria cabinets. All three branches of the British Armed Forces are represented and equipment used by each is held whenever possible, showcasing a range of regimental cap badges, comprising of mainly brass examples from WWII or earlier. You’ll also find medals and sweetheart brooches, as well as popular Trench Art, which was usually fashioned from spent shell cases. More modern military figures and models are stocked, as is a broad range of publications. Items are intended to appeal to those with a casual interest in military history along with the more avid militaria collector.

With so many arts, craft and memorabilia to view at The Old Workshop, the next time you’re at Charlestown be sure to allow yourself plenty of time for a visit.


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