Meet our artists, makers and creatives

We proudly present to you our artists, makers and creatives. They are the life blood of Shoreline, exhibiting, selling and teaching in Westgate Galleria and The Eclectic Art Gallery, Margate, and some participate in Margate Made’s pop-up events too. They are a diverse group, working in a very wide range of disciplines and mediums, but all share a passion for their art and a commitment to creating high quality, well-made, artisan products that will give much pleasure to their new owners.

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Jacky Silcox

Jacky Silcox

I have been painting wildlife, birds and landscapes on slate for over 40 years. Cornish slate from old tin mine workings is split and left rough and irregular in shape. I fit the subject to the shape of the slate. The most sought after slate is called rustic and is orange colour from the tin ore. I sign my slate work with my maiden name Jacky Jones. Born in London, I attended The South London Art School, Camberwell and London College of Printing before moving to Kent. I also enjoy worki...
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Jan Cooper

Jan Cooper

Jan is an artist based in Sandwich, Kent, UK.  She studied graphics at Canterbury Art College, then went on to creating handmade 3D greetings cards. This inspired her to move onto making jewellery, which she does with various textiles. She loves to use gold, velvet and mixing fabrics with textured and rigid materials. Jan’s passion for icons has led her to develop a range of brooches and cards featuring artist Frida Kahlo. Her personal and professional development has derived from her love of...
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Jane Martin

Jane Martin

Hello, I’m Jane I design and make jewellery and am based in Birchington-on-Sea. I took up silversmithing on stepping back from working as a geologist. My love and fascination in rocks and fossils lead me into the world of gems and other natural stones and I wanted to create and share that in jewellery. I have developed my knowledge, ideas and designs over the last few years and have been creating earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets in silver, many of which include using the sea-gla...
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Janis Volckman

Janis Volckman

I have been working with clay for some 30 years and I now work from my Oast house just outside Canterbury. Sometimes pieces are thrown on the wheel and sometimes they are hand built, or a combination of the two. I’d describe my work as rustic, colourful, quirky, contemporary and playful....
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Jayne Wright

Jayne Wright

I have been potting for 22 years. I was taught by Romilly Graham in her London studio. I mostly hand build and work with moulds in stoneware and porcelain. I am concerned about how disposable our society has become, we have so much unnecessary packaging and most of us guilt-cycle. I use my ceramic making to raise awareness and challenge these habits by making pieces that I hope people will want to reuse and keep. I use disposable plastic packaging and bric-a-brac from charity shops to pres...
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Jessica Newby

Jessica Newby

Hi, I started making jewellery a few years ago after taking a short silversmithing course and discovered a real passion for creating bespoke jewellery. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted in my garden studio in Ramsgate. The silver seashells are all moulded from real shells that I have found on local Thanet beaches then cast in fine silver clay. The sea glass used in my designs is all genuine UK sea glass. This beautifully patinated glass has been aged in the sea for a minimum of 60 years a...
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Jill Young

Jill Young

My name is Jill Young. My grandchildren call me mad nanny! My work is eclectic, quirky, one off using many and varied recycled materials where possible. As a self- taught artist/maker my work is varied, individual and one-off. From a young age I re-invented clothes to make them different, to fit my small, short frame and achieve the quirky style I craved. In latter years I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to create and deliver art projects and workshops for adults with a lea...
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Jo Weeks

Jo Weeks

My Millinery journey began when I was 4! My Grandmother was a Milliner and taught me the art of making hats and headpieces in my younger years. Although nowadays the fabric choice for most occasion hats is sinamay, the techniques for hat making has not changed so much. I make hats and headpieces for occasions such as weddings, parties, christenings and also horse racing events such as Royal Ascot. These pieces can be one-off designs or can be made bespoke to match any particular outfit. ...
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John Wiltshire

John Wiltshire

Hello, I am 76 and I write children’s books. I moved to Westgate from Dartford 40 years ago. Before I retired I worked in St. Crispin’s Infant School as the caretaker for 16 years. It was while working there that I had this idea for a series of children’s stories set in an infant school. This idea then grew into what I now call The Mystery Door stories but it wasn’t until I retired that I really considered writing them. Then like most people, I needed something to do during the recent lock...
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Jovanka Ristich

Jovanka Ristich

I reimagine unworn, outdated or unwanted jewellery, refashioning it into new, one-off necklaces that can’t be bought anywhere else. I’m particularly drawn to brooches, earrings and beads of every shape, size and hue, especially ones that are deemed dated or dull. I love matching and mismatching a whole host of disparate items into something totally different and it’s this challenge that inspires me to create. Everything I work with has had a previous life, which means, on occasion, surface...
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Julian Kent

Julian Kent

Apart from a few art classes at school, my first attempt at making any art didnt happen until my early fifties, when I attended a free painting class. Encouraged by the tutor, I signed up for adult education classes in Gravesend and then Tonbridge. I sold a few paintings which was very encouraging. I then signed up for a pottery class and fell in love with the hands on process and the magic of turning a lump of clay into a cup or bowl or anything you could imagine. I was determined to master ...
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