Symondsbury Estate is offering a unique selection of Christmas gifts from local artists this festive season.

The estate has built a gallery-style display that is featuring 10 artists and crafts people from the south west, including some Dorset-based creators.

‘A Gift Less Ordinary’ will run every day until Tuesday, January 2 from 10am to 4pm, except bank holidays, with visitors able to purchase the original and unique designs as Christmas presents.

Peter Cooper, creative director at Symondsbury Estate, said: “The south west is increasingly becoming a hot bed for creative talent, and we are delighted to be showcasing the work of some of the best designer-makes in the region.

“Symondsbury Estate is a popular destination for Christmas shopping as we always work hard to offer stylish gifts that are a bit different – so we hope to bring a whole new audience to their work and give our visitors the chance to pick up something unique while they’re here.”

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Of the artists featured in the gallery, there will be a few from Dorset.

Claire Cameron’s quirky hanging pots are created in a 19th century barn situated in Dorset’s rolling hills. They are made with a palette of vibrant natural colours, inspired by her surroundings.

Kate Osman’s sculptures are inspired by transforming things people might otherwise discard. Her most recent work makes use of the driftwood and fishing industry debris found on beach cleans along the Jurassic Coast.

Sou’-Sou-West Gallery & Shop, also based at Symondsbury Estate, will be showcasing the work of some of their exhibiting artists, including handmade scarves from dead stock yarn by Sharon Campbell and contemporary hand turned bowls made from native British hardwoods by Liz Kent.

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Peaceable Kingdom Cushions, set up by well-known local artist, Hugh Dunford Wood, offers luxury cushions with the animals and birds inspired by Hugh’s walks along the Undercliff at Lyme or beside the River Axe.

Other designers include printmaker Naomi Handy’s bespoke prints, exclusively available at Symondsbury Estate, prize-winning master jeweller, Sue Gregor MA's floral recycled plastic jewellery, Sam Isaacs’s lamp sculptures created using a variety of found objects, including classic car parts, vintage bicycle bits, and old scooter lamps, ceramicist Tessa Margrie’s jugs, pots and bowls, and basket ware made by Jessica Geach, founder of Ruby Cubes.

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