Meet the makers
The Water Lane Christmas Market will showcase a diverse and eclectic range of items for the house and garden that are original, handmade or vintage. Visitors will be able to browse and buy from stalls offering ceramics, clothing, artisan food and wine and vintage homeware.
Norse Vintage ● Rae Lifestyle ● Thorsten van Elten ● Jumping Mouse Goods ● Bloom & Burn ● Sughanda ● Melanie Ostler ● Bear and Born ● Phoebe Connolly ● Josephine Doolan ● Running Stitches ● Glass House ● Havelock Studios ● Common Clay ● Sussex Willow ● Crafty Basketry ● Kit and Clogs ● Evie May Adams ● Tillingham ● Blackwood Cheese ● Indie Farmer (Sunday only) ● L.A.M ● To the Rise Bakery ● Rowdy and Fancy Chocolate ● Effie Gibson ● Olivia Horley
Read on to find out more about some of the stall holders.
Artist and illustrator Phoebe Connolly joins us once again at the Christmas Market. Phoebe’s distinctive black and white wood-engravings of flowers, birds and wildlife will be one of the highlights of the Market.
Bloom & Burn
Inspired by his location in the Garden of England, Graham Corbett from floral studio Bloom & Burn uses seasonal, locally grown flowers for styling, workshops, and event design. He grows his own flowers and works with other small growers and sustainable design practices, including Water Lane’s own cutting garden, to create arrangements celebrating natural beauty with minimal impact on the planet. Gee will at the Market selling snips, bowls and pin frogs.
Thorsten van Elten
Thorsten van Elten is an eclectic collection of fun and upbeat gifting products made by independent designers and small family-run businesses or found on flea markets, in Germany and central Europe. We specially love the wooden toys, Christmas tree decorations, tea towels and bird boxes.
Kit and Clogs
Kit and Clogs is an independent footwear and lifestyle brand selling handmade Swedish clogs, clothing and accessories. The all-female team is based in Hastings, with combined backgrounds in fashion and textiles, design, illustration and photography. After meeting a family in Sweden who have been handcrafting traditional träskor since the 1950s, founder Sacha fell in love with the clogs and decided to bring them to the UK. As she embarked on this adventure, serendipity brought together a team of women who together began transforming the Swedish träskor into the ever-evolving collection that it is today.
Tillingham Vineyard is set amongst 70 acres of rolling hills and woodlands with far reaching views along the Tillingham River valley and across to Rye, to the sea and the Romney salt marshes beyond. Their wines are made through a combination of championing ancient tradition, best practice learnt from millennia of farming and winemaking and progressive innovation. The team will be selling some of their new releases.
Rae Lifestyle is a bricks and mortar store in our favourite town of Rye. Alexa has curated a beautiful collection of homewares sourced in the UK and Europe, for the home and daily life. At the heart of Rae’s collection are rustic vintage interior pieces, complemented by a selection of modern independent maker collections, as well as Rae's own in-house label. All brands are carefully selected with Rae’s focus on ethical and sustainable products as well as loving what they do.
LAM Food & Fibre
LAM Food & Fibre will be bringing their eggs, meat and sheep skin rugs to the Market. LAM is a project established by a farmer and fashion designer to create a regenerative food, fibre and fashion system on their small-scale, mixed farm in the AONB North Downs of Kent, rearing native breeds of cows, sheep, pigs and chickens. They are making the link between farming and fashion, utilising the whole animal to produce meat and eggs, as well as wool fibre for that is yarn dyed with flower pigments.
To the Rise Bakery
To the Rise Bakery is an artisan and European style bakery in Eastbourne. Founded by three sisters they specialise in 100% sourdough bread using carefully sourced, organic and local ingredients. Get to the market early because these baked goods, such as sourdough loaves, sausage rolls, focaccia, almond croissants, stollen and pear and frangipane tarts, will sell out fast!
Rowdy and Fancy
Rowdy and Fancy handmade chocolates are our new favourite treat. Based in their Forest Row workshop, the team are passionate about top quality ingredients, unique and delicious flavours – and keeping our planet green. The chocolates are hand-tempered and hand-wrapped in Rowdy and Fancy’s unique Adam and Eve packaging.
Jumping Mouse Goods
Jumping Mouse Goods is a maker of bespoke leather goods and will be coming all the way from Devon to the Market. Designed and made by Adam Keslake these everyday use leather goods, such as satchels and day bags, are simple yet beautiful.
One of our favourite stalls of curated finds to French brocantes. Rune has beautiful taste so expect vintage French linens, ceramics, bistro glassware and olive oil soaps.
Sughanda is a fragrance studio based in nearby Goudhurst making roll on perfume oils and hand rolled incense. With a feminine, masculine and unisex range, the Sughanda range are alcohol and paraben free, cruelty free and vegan. Scents include Pink Pepper, Tuberose and Coconut and Oud, Cardamom and Amber.
We’re excited to welcome Sussex based ceramicist Effie Gibson to Water Lane. Having trained as a painter, Effie came to ceramics as a way of exploring mark making, colour and texture. Her pieces have a worn and weathered nature, inspired by lichens, rock formations and wintry landscapes. She seeks to express a beauty that dwells in imperfection, rawness and simplicity.
Running Stitches sell an extensive range of vintage kantha quilts and homewares. Based in mid-Wales, Tanya’s love of fabric started with training in textiles, before travel to India ignited a life-long love affair with Kantha. Each item is unique and responsibly and sustainably sourced, offering the very best in quality and craftsmanship.
Melanie Ostler is a Sussex based
jewellery designer. After a career in commercial jewellery buying, Melanie is now settled in the South Downs, where she designs and makes her own pieces. Drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of ancient jewellery, and textures found in nature and everyday objects, Melanie loves to work with silver and gold, often combining the two in the same piece along with precious and semi-precious stones to create simple yet beautiful jewellery.
Havelock Studios is the design practice in Kent of Jack Havelock Bailey, specialising in high quality furniture, products and objects rooted in concept and purpose. Jack believes that the enjoyment of life can be improved with simple, beautiful and functional design and uses both traditional and modern manufacturing techniques, embracing and developing manual crafts as well as digital. He will be bringing turned wooden pieces, such as bowls, plates, chopping and serving boards to the Market.
Common Clay is a ceramics studio based in Bexhill-on-sea, making small batch handmade ceramics and offering artist membership, community workshops, residencies, classes, social events and exhibitions. The team will be bringing their handpainted and glazed pots, vases and mugs to the Market.
Blackwood Cheese produce raw, unpasteurised, cow's milk cheeses at their dairy at Commonwork Organic Farm in Kent, a regenerative dairy farm with a single herd of 240 mixed breed milking cows who are pastured fed. Blackwood’s signature cheese is Graceburn, a marinated feta style cheese with peppercorns, herbs and rapeseed oil. Delicious!
Evie May Adams
Evie May Adams (Saturday only) is an illustrator, designer and ceramicist. Known for her charming ceramic work and great colours, we love Evie’s eyecatching and witty work with sharp colours, themes and character designs.