After twenty years away from North Northumberland, husband and wife John and Lorna Speight have returned to their roots and are operating their individual businesses from the old Drying Kiln at Heatherslaw Mill, on the Ford & Etal Estates, with a little bit of help from Billy their dog.
John’s Orginal Papercut Art continues a family tradition that began in 1921. A third generation papercut artist, he has an extensive range of designs including local scenes, sports and leisure, cars, animals, and trees. Each silhouette is individually hand-cut using a scalpel, with small differences ensuring that each papercut is a unique original.
Lorna has been making jewellery since she was a child and says “I’ve always been fascinated by the many and various shapes and colours of stones and beads, and try to reflect this in the jewellery I make”. Using semi-precious stones her vast array of beautiful, hand-crafted jewellery includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets at prices to suit all pockets.
Both the papercuts and jewellery combine traditional methods with contemporary design. The shop is John’s open studio and has been set up so that visitors can watch the papercuts being made, and Lorna will also hold occasional jewellery-making demonstrations too. The couple welcome visitors – and their dogs – to browse the shop and watch them at work.
Open daily April-October, see websites for winter hours.