Our Local Artists
What makes our PHC shop special are the strong relationships we have built up with local artists over the years. We provide them with an outlet for their works and we support many local artists, whether they are well established, or just starting out. The benefit to our customers and visitors is that they can buy art, jewellery, scarves and amazing objects that can’t be seen anywhere else. As you will see from these profiles of our artists, they work in many media and cater to a wide range of tastes. Please browse the artists behind the artworks
Hi, my name is Ally, with a design degree from Liverpool Polytechnic, I’ve spent over 30 years working as a computer artist.
Green Man Ceramics
The Green Man peers at us from the corners of simple churches and gazes majestically from the great cathedrals of Europe. We find him in medieval text and country folk dance, an integral theme of our past and an icon still today.
Born as I was under the shadow of Pendle Hill, landscape has always 'loomed large' in my imagination and spoken to my soul. Inspired by landscape or memories of landscape, my paintings are at the same time 'innerscapes'. The artist in me seeks out connections between the changing moods of the outer world and my inner stirrings of emotion and spirit.
More recently, I have been experimenting with 'moodscapes' and 'happenings', where I turn up at the canvas or paper and see what wants to come through.
I have always enjoyed sharing my experience with other aspiring artists and taught Art and Design at Nelson and Colne College for 12 years before moving on to run workshops in my own studios
Sanders & Wallace
Andrew and David first met at North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke on Trent in 1974. Having previously studied ceramics; Andrew at Rotherham College of Art and David at Hartlepool College of Art, they were studying for an honours degree in Multi-Disciplinary Design. This course allowed them to explore a variety of media including textiles, photography, graphics, jewellery, glass and ceramics. After experimenting in the glass department they soon found a common interest in working with hot glass and blown glass in particular. Under the guidance of James Roddis and David Reekie, Course Tutors and Stan Gill, Master-glassmaker, they started to develop a close working relationship.
My jewellery-making journey began way back, when I first started wearing earrings. I wanted to wear something different and be able to create my own bespoke pieces. Over the years, my ability and knowledge have developed. I’m mainly self-taught, but also added to my skills by studying silversmithing part-time at college for 5 years.
I have specialised in an unusual monoprint method of hand painting which I experimented with at college and have spent over 30 years developing. Each piece is painted by me but, unlike other methods of hand painting, this technique allows me the freedom to achieve a paint-brush mark. This, I think, typifies all of my designs which are controlled yet painterly and, I hope, retain the joy and spontaneity I feel when I am painting them.
Born in Whitefield, Lancashire, in 1952, I have been fascinated with photography since childhood.
A retired Art teacher with 33 years experience, I have always loved landscape and the natural environment and the way these can lift the spirit.
Brighten up your home or business with our selection of bespoke, decorative glass items. At Glassmonkey Studio, our experienced glass makers produce bespoke items handcrafted from attractive glass. Comprising many strong, bright colours and eye-catching designs, our glass items are a fun, funky, and unique addition to your interior. We work closely with each customer to ensure that their piece is crafted in line with their style and design requirements. Glassmonkey Studio is proud to be a member of Visit Lancashire and work with Pendle Heritage Centre.
Donald Holden is a local artist having lived in Nelson all his life, and worked throughout his teaching career in local secondary schools as a teacher of Art.
Now well established in retirement, he continues to experiment with both ideas and materials, working towards an even more personal response to Landscape. Most of the subject matter is to be found in the local area as Donald continues to find new angles to familiar places; to be surprised, to see and record places in an individual way, these forming a source from which paintings can be developed.
His practice is to record subject information in sketch books, keeping these for future reference, hardly ever making an instant response, preferring to return to a subject after thought. Experiments with materials, forms an important aspect of his work, attempting to create more vibrant surfaces, surfaces which reflect the nature of the landscape.
The whole process is "ongoing", part of a continuum which is never ending; there is no final result, only a stage along the way.
Lloyd George Higgins
Born 1912 in Mossley near Manchester, Lloyd George Higgins was the first local person to win a prestigious scholarship to the Royal College of Art at Salford and in his late teens won many newspaper and magazine prizes. In 1931 he was awarded the first prize in a Royal Society of Arts Exhibition for poster design. Following his training in Salford he received a First Class Diploma from the Royal Society for Industrial Design which effectively launched his career as a textile designer.In the late 1940s, along with a partner, he established a printing works renowned for hand silk screen printing of furnishing fabrics, utilizing his own designs but the business failed to flourish due to the increasing prevalence of man-made fibres.Following the family's move to Todmorden in 1956, he achieved another ambition in teaching which he continued for twenty years. During which time his creative style diversified using a wide variety of mediums and techniques. There followed a period of work which harnessed his design skills and produced strikingly original paintings reflecting his fascination in linking the past with the present and occasionally the future. The decline of the mills encouraged him to return to one of his 1940's archetypal styles to satisfy his wish to record the spirited life of the Northern people; whence he began to produce his expressive figure drawings of the Northern Scene which were to attract such widespread recognition.