Visit Bath Online – Bath’s Independents Part One
3 May 2020
While visiting Bath at the moment is impossible due to the coronavirus lockdown, visiting Bath’s independents online, and supporting its local artisan community, is absolutely still something we can do.
We hope that by supporting local businesses we can help Bath to still be the creative and diverse city which we know and love when lockdown ends.
First in our independents special is the news Bath Artisan Market, which takes place in Queen Square on the first Saturday of each month, is continuing during the lockdown. Of course, it can’t be the open-air market which we love exploring, but instead they’ve come up with a clever way to take the market online.
The makers come together each market day via Zoom, Instagram, and Facebook. Only instead of being in Queen Square, you can visit them via Zoom at their workshops and homes. Links to each ‘stall’, along with information about the wares and the makers, are listed on the Bath Artisan Market website, so from 10am until 2pm you can visit each maker and talk with them about their craft just as you would when visiting the normal market. Then from 2pm until 6pm the market takes to Instagram.
Throughout the day (from 10am until 6pm) new products are posted in their Facebook virtual market. Also on Facebook, from 10am until 2pm, are posted Meet The Maker films - so you can get to know the artist better and learn how they make their products and how they came to do what they do.
A few of the independent makers who take part in the virtual Bath Artisan Market are:
Ginger and Tweed are Rob and Jo who handcraft charming country-style homeware. They make all sorts such as doorstops and bookends, but their storage ottomans made from repurposed wine boxes are perhaps what they’re best known for.
Simon Webb makes beautiful turned-wood (and occasionally antler!) pens and cufflinks. The boxed fountain pens are especially lovely gifts. Commissions using wood that’s special to the customer are welcomed.
Claire makes silver and gold jewellery that’s ideal for fans of board games (among other things!). If you like playing Dungeons and Dragons, or know what a Meeple is, then her jewellery is a must-see.
Previously known at The Silver Shed, Gemma Atwell makes jewellery based on folklore, literature, and the natural world. She makes all of her jewellery in her studio in Bath.
The next virtual market date is June 6th – so perhaps a date to put in your diary.
As ever, we hope to see you soon, and thank you for visiting our website and helping to support Dukes Hotel.