Here is our second instalment of the best presents and inspirational gifts to buy. Keep those memories and love of Cornwall alive - until your next visit!
Jo Downs Glass Design
Jo Downs is one of the world’s most respected fused glass designers.
Working from her Cornwall studio, Jo’s work draws inspiration from the beautiful coastal landscape while her advanced fusion techniques allow for the creation of abstract designs of great individuality and depth. The two-floored Launceston Gallery is housed at her working studio where all the creative magic happens.
Jo Downs handmade glass can be seen at her three galleries found at St Ives, Padstow, Fowey and at her Launceston studio, all based in Cornwall. You will surely be inspired by Joʼs beautiful art and giftware ranges. Her range of gorgeous glassware includes jewellery, coasters, bowls, hangings and inspirational gifts, alongside her much sought-after statement interior pieces.
The Launceston studio and gallery are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, and the gallery only on Saturdays 10am – 5pm. For more information see Jo’s website
Clotted cream – rich, unctuous and wickedly good, clotted cream is the pride of the West Country.
How is clotted cream made? Traditionally, milk was heated gently on top of the range, the cream rose to the top and was taken off with a paddle; the skimmed milk left behind was used to feed the pigs and turkeys. Today, a separator is used, and the cream is pasteurised, then baked, so that it forms a crust, then chilled until it’s set.
In Cornwall, the jam goes on the scone first, but, in Devon, it’s cream!
Here is how Nick Rodda, the fifth generation of makers from Redruth describes his cream –There’s the ‘little bit of texture to the crust, the initial silky smooth mouth-feel, the cool, fine, slightly nutty flavour’ that comes through as it ‘delicately coats the roof of your mouth.’ Nick is the current managing director of the business started by his great-great grandmother, Eliza Jane, in 1890.
Seasalt Cornwall – probably the most well-known Cornish fashion company.
Selling Women’s clothing, footwear and accessories, and more recently some menswear too.
All inspired by the creative and maritime heritage of Cornwall.
This is the story of their beginning:
On a wet August day in 1981, the Chadwick family went into a little shop in Adelaide Street, Penzance, called General Clothing Stores. They only went in to buy some waterproof coats but ended up buying the shop as well!
The shop sold traditional workwear, like fishermen’s smocks, Guernsey pullovers and striped tops, and within a few months they had moved down from the Midlands and were living in St Ives. Customers in those days were the sailors, farmers and fishermen of the area, and quite a few of the St Ives artists came in as well.
The three Chadwick brothers worked in the family shop and when their dad, Don, passed away in 2001, the brothers decided to create a clothing brand inspired by all the things they love about Cornwall…and Seasalt was born.
They are now very proud to be one of Cornwall’s biggest employers, and they were the first company in Great Britain to be accredited with Soil Association approval, their sustainable credentials remain important to them.
Top tip: Their factory sale store is based in the business park at Penryn, near Falmouth (easy parking just outside). Lovely clothes at extra special prices!
For a gift with character visit The Bearhouse Gallery in Launceston, we can promise you will never have been anywhere quite like this!
The Bearhouse Gallery opened in the summer of 2016, and is a beary-special place for collectors and stockists to step into the secret world of Charlie Bears… a truly enchanting place It has evolved from Charlie’s original design room, which she developed into a magical world and opened up to the public.
In her words, the gallery is here to ‘wow and educate’ visitors about Charlie Bears. It is a multi-sensory space and many visitors become avid Charlie Bears collectors, going on to search for available bears through their network of stockists.
Charlie bears are affordable, collectable bears and characters designed by Charlie.
All Charlie Bears are limited in production, and their special collections often have very low editions.
Made by hand, each bear has their own unique characteristics and that is why only Charlie Bears are known as the bears with personalities.
Founded by Charlotte and William Morris in late 2005, Charlie Bears began its journey on 1st February 2006 with the launch of its first collection of just 12 bears. Today they have created over 2500 different designs and Charlie Bears are available to adopt from over 500 retail stores and online shops worldwide. https://www.charliebears.com/about-charlie-bears/
The Cornish Scene Photography Prints
Emily is a lover of Cornwall, photography student and blogger. Without doubt, Cornwall is her favourite place in the world and she loves to capture everything it has to offer with her camera and sells prints online.
We suggest you look at Emily’s prints, her photography captures the awesome beauty of this county. Do look you will not be disappointed, her prints define the very essence of this landscape.