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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Maddy Grout

Maddy Grout

| studied Fine Art at UCA Canterbury and Goldsmiths College, London. My love of the sea and beach has influenced my artistic creations, none more so than the sea glass jewellery I create. Each piece of glass used has been collected personally from local Kent beaches over thirty years and is selected for its colour and shape. I do not tumble or polish each piece of glass but prefer to leave it just as the sea has created it. Each piece is unique and has its own hidden history, creating intr...
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Martin Gomme

Martin Gomme

I’m a woodturner producing plain and decorated bowls, platters and hollow forms. Although I was born in Kent, I lived in Hertfordshire for many years and started woodturning in 2004. I retired and moved to Whitstable in 2017 where I have a well-appointed workshop (although of course no woodturner ever has enough wood or enough tools!) and I’m now a member of Garden of England Woodturners. I like clean simple forms and I prefer to work with native/European timbers such as ash, oak, yew, ...
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Max Sheppard

Max Sheppard

I work with wood, predominantly found on local beaches and marshland.  I use other materials such as plastics and metal. My wall-based reliefs are abstract in appearance and often boxy and angular in design.  They are loosely based around my architecturally-inspired drawings.  I like the shape and condition when it comes to composition..  Other characteristics of the materials play a significant part in my direction. Though there is an architectural link with my methodical working technique, ...
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Melanie Tong

Melanie Tong

I use my own photographs of the East Kent Coastline as the starting point for my paintings. I work mostly with acrylics, but I have recently been adding ink and collage elements too. The layers produce a range of colours, found in the natural seascapes, that reveal themselves through the final surface. The paintings show an abstracted view from the photographs, occasionally including recognisable landmarks or forms of particular areas, but focussing on the forms that the tides and the coas...
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