Nestled in Quality Square just off Ludlow’s main Market Square lies the Silk Top Hat Gallery and shop. Opened by Jill Howorth in 1981 the building houses 2 floors of exhibition space on the first and second floors of … Continue reading →
Harp Lane Deli is one of the most recent additions to Ludlow’s independent retail offering; it opened in July 2014 on the site that had been previously occupied by Deli On The Square. It is a family business run by … Continue reading →
Firstly a disclosure . . . Black Bough is my shop.
Opened in March 2014 by Alex Barter and myself, Adam Withington, Black Bough is a shop that reflects the interests and knowledge that we both have individually and collectively.
Alex’s knowledge base is vintage watches and, in particular, vintage wristwatches. His experience in this somewhat singular field was gained while he worked at Sotheby’s as a member of their watch team, progressing from department assistant in 1996 to director and head of their watch department in Europe, via a stint of 4 years running the watch department in Geneva. My interests lie in design, craft and art; for a period of 13 years I ran a block of artists’ studios in West London, arranged exhibitions and helped those involved within the creative industries to develop their businesses.
Black Bough reflects our disparate and broad interests; we sell one off items made by local artists, vintage pieces that we pick up on our travels, vintage wristwatches from Omega and Rolex to Longines, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe and everyday items such as greetings cards and gift wrap.
July 4th saw Ludlow taking part in Independents’ Day – a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of independent shops and the benefits that they bring – knowledge, service, passion etc. Ludlow has a screenprinted poster campaign in the run … Continue reading →
Firstly the concept . . . cicchetti are small snacks or side dishes typically served in Italian (and specifically Venetian) bars. So . . . a bit like Italian tapas . . . in Ludlow. Opened in 2013 … Continue reading →
The Fish House stands plum at the top of the Bullring at the nexus of Corve, Old, King and Tower streets meaning that it is passed by almost everyone who visits Ludlow. For a town with … Continue reading →
Marches Pottery has been at 45 Mill Street since 1982. The pottery shop at the front of the property displays the work of potter, Andrew Crouch. Behind the shop space and visible through a large window is his studio space, and further back beyond his studio through one of Ludlow’s hidden garden spaces is his firing studio; home to his kilns.
Andrew trained at Bath Academy of Art and his practice is hand thrown reduction-fired stoneware; to the non-pottery-term-literate this means that all of his pieces are thrown on his potter’s wheel before being kiln fired (for the second firing in an open flame kiln). He produces functional ceramics and tableware, from cups and saucers to bowls plates, pitchers and jugs. All are distinctive stylish pieces in 3 main glaze colours: tenmoku (brown), celadon (pale green) and white.
Alongside his own work, Andrew also stocks a small range of pieces by other local craftspeople, ceramics by Mark Griffiths, wood bowls by Paul Caton and woven textiles by Alison Morton. All complement the aesthetic of Andrew’s own work; consistent craftsmanship which is beautifully displayed.