Tucked away along the cobbles of Newcastle’s High Bridge Street, chances are you’ll smell The Glamorous Owl before you see it. Burning a range of locally made scented candles (creme brûlée is my favourite), The Glamorous Owl is the vision of Claire Chapman a local silversmith) who opened the shop as a celebration of the incredible talent across the arts and crafts scene in the North East.
With over 60 local artists showcasing their work in The Glamorous Owl gift shop and gallery, the shop even has an open workshop where Claire creates her beautiful silver and gemstone jewellery. From lampshades for your living room and upcycled champagne bottle chopping boards for your kitchen, to luxurious handmade leather iPad cases that can be embossed with your initials – there’s something different to discover every time you visit which is why I love it!
Claire has recently launched a series of events at The Glamorous Owl and Prosecco and Pie was invited to come along to their first artist talk and live demonstration. With wine and nibbles on offer, live acoustic music in the background and a chance to watch artist Sherene from MOTH Studios create a beautiful piece of artwork with butterflies.
Whether you’re a fan of art, or love little knick-knacks like scented candles, handmade soap, one-off pieces of jewellery or gorgeous notebooks and journals to jot your to-do lists down, The Glamorous Owl is the place to go for gifts for family, friends or yourself – I fell in love with this locally-made “Spring Bloom” candle – £5 but worth three times more! Although papped looking scarily like my mother (above) – I had a brilliant evening trying something new. Claire is hosting a ring making workshop later in the year which I’d love to try, and maybe even go along to their Tarot Card event?
I’m always on the lookout for things to do nearby that get me out of the house (we all know how tempting it is to hibernate when the cold, dark nights set in) and I’m glad I discovered The Glamorous Owl to inspire me!