Noriko is originally from Osaka, Japan but moved to the UK in 2003 to further her studies. She settled here in the UK and worked various roles for japanese companies in London but yearned for something more creative to do. In 2014 she enrolled in an evening course in ceramics-making at the Working Men’s College in London. After two years of study there, she took a smaller group course at Ricky Grimes’s studio. After that, she joined the Turning Earth studio as a part time ceramicist.
An independent, zero waste small business making 100% natural, organic and vegan skincare products.
Lisa Evans set up Bristolmade after struggling to find everyday skincare products that weren't full of unnecessary ingredients and/or chemicals or packaged in single use plastic. All Lisa's products are created in-house, working in small batches maximises freshness and the performance of the ingredients.
Rosie has always been drawn to the details and intricacies of loved items and things found in the natural world. She has always wanted to take a closer look - whether that was the necklace on her mothers neck or the various ornaments belonging to her grandparents. Growing up in the countryside Rosie spent her childhood in nature, building dens and hideaways, collecting shells, leaf skeletons and seeds, adding to and growing Rosie’s love for all things small, beautiful and intricate.
Meet Sally who makes contemporary jewellery in her home studio in Bristol UK. The main ethos behind myBearHands and Sally is that her creations are kind to the planet and have as low a negative environmental impact as possible.
Functional tableware and homeware inspired by the natural colours and texture of earth. Naked clay ceramics is a celebration of quiet, tactile and minimal pieces that are both functional and incredibly beautiful to touch and use.
Faith Mortan started making natural remedies, ointments and creams for her first born around 16 years ago, she really enjoyed the process, learning and perfected her craft as she went. Faith’s background in herbal medicine combined with her love of health, nature and blending ingredients inspired the launch of Faith & Betty at the start of 2014.
Cocoon was started in 2020 by designer/maker Rachael Smith as a response to the outbreak of Covid 19 which affected her industry dramatically. As a trained set and costume designer she has a lot of experience but has long been frustrated with how wasteful the theatre industry can be, starting fresh Rachael knew she wanted to work in a more eco-conscious way and with a process that had less negative environmental impact.
Leonara Manyangadze is the maker behind and founder of TANAKA soaps. Tanaka (n.) [tah-nah-kah] is a Zimbabwean Shona name, it means we are good and it is this sentiment that guides Leonara and where her mission stems and originates from. Tanaka soaps are made to benefit the health and feel of our skin, they boost wellbeing and lower our plastic use. Leonara first started making soaps for herself as a hobby, she was becoming more mindful of herself, her health, her body and what she was putting in/on it!
Slow Made Goods is born from a love of functional design keeping quality and utility at the core of everything they do. Founded on a belief of a circular economy, meaning resources are kept in use for as long as possible, designing waste out of production methods wherever possible and recycling what little waste is unavoidably created.
Vicky has always been creative and has been making things as long as she can remember, she takes a lot of inspiration from her gran who was still taking leather work and water colour classes into her eighties and became a bit of a role model for Vicky.