The Branch - Creative Studios

Creativity stirs at Gibside

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Oakwood Soaperie

Ceri creates beautiful handmade soaps and luxurious skincare products in a little workshop upstairs at our Stables. Made with natural ingredients like pure plant oils, butters, Northumbrian honey and beeswax, they're a real treat. Pop in to see for yourself upstairs in the Stables Studios or buy them at Gibside Farmers' Market or online.

Rinkidoo Costume & Prop Design

Naomi Daley brings her bespoke costume design and prop making to a workshop upstairs at the Stables. Her custom made work features in TV, theatre and dance productions as well as museum exhibitions and tours, including Seven Stories and the V&A. Naomi is based in a Studio upstairs at the Stables.

Solographic Art

Born out of an obsession for traditional print techniques, Helen Oswald combines old and modern styles. Come and see some fabulous examples of letterpress dating back to the 1800s and watch the craft of setting metaltype. Helen is based in a Studio upstairs at the Stables.

Ferndene Rustic Home & Garden

Garden planter made of recycled wood

 Judith and Anthony recycle wood to create a range of rustic home and garden accessories.  Items can be stained in colourful hues, or enhanced with hooks or old horse shoes.  Ferndene can be found in the old Tack Room at the Stables, downstairs off the courtyard.

Cone 10 Ceramics

Rob from Cone 10 Contemporary Ceramics throwing pots on the wheel

Rob Winter and Katherine Butler have been making ceramics for years.  Based in the woodland Bothy up the track from the Stables, find them throwing pots and making other unique items from clay.  

Their work is contemporary and includes pots, tea light holders and mugs.  

Emily Faulkner Photography

One of Emily Faulkners woodland photos

Emily is inspired by the landscapes of northeast England and Scotland.  She takes wonderful photos that capture atmosphere and beauty in woodlands and with wildlife.  Her images are then used on cards, pictures or unusually, printed on to wood. Emily is located upstairs in the Stables Studios.