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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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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Johanne Perry

Johanne Perry

My name is Jo.  I live in Ramsgate and I have been teaching textiles for the last fifteen years.  I have a passion for all things textiles and I specialise in Needle Felting Sculptures and 2D artwork.  I enjoy creating bespoke portraits, sculptures of people's perfect pets, and different types of wildlife.  My inspiration is the natural world and sometimes the fantasy. I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I love making them. I run workshops occasionally at Westgate Galleria....
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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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