Arts

Cuero Give a unique and bespoke present (or treat yourself!) from one of the many galleries and artists that are based in the Scottish Borders.
 
Browse at your leisure in relaxing surroundings away from the crowds; find out how your purchase has been made through speaking to the artist and the inspiration behind it.  With price ranges to suit all budgets, supporting your local artistic community has never been so affordable or easy!  
 
It is advisable to give artists a call before you visit to check their opening times throughout the year.

Harestanes, Ancrum:  
BuyDesign Gallery - Award winning showcase space for Scottish contemporary craft and design.  Representing over 100 designers, makers and artists from within the Scottish Borders and beyond, the gallery is the perfect place to find special gifts for all occassions.
 
Cuero Handbags, Caroline Marr - A range of unusual hand-crafted leather bags, combining soft leather with tapestries and other trims.


Hunter Art and Tile studio, Douglas Hunter - A small country workshop using traditional pottery techniques to create ceramic tiles and murals of original quality for fireplaces, kitchens and bathrooms. All tiles are handpainted.

Ancrum:

Mainhill Gallery, Di Bruce - Quality paintings, watercolours and ceremics from circa 1850 to the present day, including Scottish contemporary artisits. By appointment only.

Real Wood Studios, Monteviot Nurseries - A co-operative of furniture designer-makers based near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. We specialise in the creative use of native Scottish hardwoods and have our own on-site sawmill. 
 
Broughton:

Broughton Gallery, G Buchanan-Dunlop
- A changing selection of work by local and British artists and craftsmen. Crafts include hand-made glass, ceramics, turned and carved wood, traditional toys and jewellery.  A picture framing service also available.
 
Douglas Davies Gallery -Paintings of Scotland, France and Spain on paper in acrylic, inks and pencil using shape, pattern and colour almost to abstraction.

 
Coldstream:

The Hirsel Homestead Centre for Arts and Crafts - Offers an array of workshops where visitors can see and purchase items being hand-made by skilled craftspeople.  A well established Art Gallery, a recently refurbished Cottage Tearoom, a gem showroom and museum displays also on offer.
 
Abbey Ceramics, Peter Lochhead - Offering a colourful range of domestic pottery and wall-plaques as well as watercolours and cards.
 
Beyond Trees, John Davidson - John at the Beyond Trees studio uses a range of different woods to carve individual pieces.  Inspiration for the carvings derive predominantly from the human figure in motion, but it is the wood itself that dictates the form of any finished article. Each carving is therefore unique. Visitors to the studio are welcome throughout the year
 
Briget of Edinburgh - Having recently moved to the Hirsel Craft Centre, Briget of Edinburgh has been making jewellery for celebrities and locals alike for the past 30 years.  Visit the workshop and see the jewellery being made.
 
The Craft House Gallery, Wilma Bannink -The Gallery offers a wide variety of quality work made mainly by Border artists.  Established for over 16 years, commissions on Pat Young Jewellery are also accepted.
 
Julia Linstead Glass, Julia Linstead - A range of delicately decorated lead crystal bowls in beautiful pure colours.  Each piece is hand blown and has a unique pattern based on the flora and fauna of the Scottish Borders etched onto the surface.
 
Marjoribanks Gallery - Offering an extensive range of contemporary and traditional art, bronzes and sculpture.
 
Morphie Leathers, Joe Pilgrim - Manufacturing original hand-made leather goods from chosen full-grain leathers.  Traditional craftsmanship is applied on contemporary and classic designs with a range of fashion accessories and interior home articles produced.
 
JB Treasures - Jan Reay’s handmade jewellery uses well known structures and unusual stones to create simple but strong images.
 

Duns:

Abbey Artifacts, Karen Parkinson - A
shop and gallery situated in The Riverside with meals served all day.  Local artists work is on display along with a local woodturner as well as walking and dressed sticks. 
 
Pauline Burbidge - Produces one-off quilted textile wallhangings inspired by the countryside around her. By appointment only.

Dun Studio, John Bathgate -Paintings in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media collage.  Mainly based on the Scottish landscape and natural forms.  Prints and cards also available.
 
Graham Muir Hot Glass - Specialises in design led studio glass.  Products include hand-blown tableware, perfume bottles, vases and bowls.  All work is make from 24% lead crystal glass. By appointment only.
 

Earlston:

Tom Davidson Gallery - Specialises in producing full colour, limited edition, lino-cut prints featuring the Borders landscape.  Each design is produced from a single block of linoleum.  Artist can be viewed at work in the gallery.
 

Eyemouth:

The Smokehouse Gallery - A warm, friendly gallery close to the beach and harbour offering a wide choice of visual art and crafts.
 
Galashiels:

Glass Age, Mark Cowie - A huge range of traditional and contemporary mirrors, lamps, clocks, window dazzlers and wall sconces.
 

Hawick:

Johnnie Armstrong Gallery - A family run business specialising in the design, manufacture and direct sale of high quality gold and silver jewellery in Scottish, Celtic and Viking design, displayed alongside historic Scottish artefacts.
 

Scottish Borders Art Glass, Peter Holmes - Makers of glass paperweights, bowls and vases, the origins of which go back to 2000BC.
 
Wiltonburn Country Cashmeres Art Gallery, Sheila Shell -The Gallery stocks designer cashmere knitwear and other clothing, jewellery and country gifts.  The gallery features work by local artist Rose Hughes and prints by Sandy Milligan plus books and cards. Appointment only.
 

Innerleithen:

Chapel Street Gallery - Ongoing exhibitions and original artwork work.
 
Traquair House - Scotland’s oldest inhabited house and most romantic; with craft workshops, an 18th century working brewery, maze and extensive grounds to explore.
 
Centaur Design at Traquair, Terry Plommer and Deborah Green - From original design to finished article, Centaur Design handcraft and manufacture to a very high standard.  They cast and etch in gold, silver, bronze, brass, nickel silver, pewter, silver and gold plate.
 

Jedburgh:

Thomas Hawson Designer/Maker - Furniture and sculpture designed and made to order.  All enquiries welcome.  By appointment only.
 

Kelso:

The Art House - offers an extensive range of local, national and internationally acclaimed artists. From original paintings and sculptures to high quality, limited edition sculptures and prints.
 
Border Gallery, Sarah Blackwood - Regular exhibitions of paintings in oil, watercolours and mixed media; textiles, wallhangings, rugs and embroidered pictures; glass, jewellery, ceramics and sculpture.
 
Engineering in Wood, Adrian Locke - Producing quality hardwood furniture, traditional wooden toys, wood-turned items such as bowls, lamps, carved bowls and sculptures to a high standard.  Specialist garden furniture and accessories are also manufactured.
 
Gifted, John and Sarah Murrell - Original watercolours inspired by the local landscape.  View the artist at work.  Also a changing range of locally produced gifts.
 
The Horseshoe Gallery - An ever-changing selection of affordable 19th and 20th century oils, watercolours, limited edition signed artist’s proofs, etchings and prints is always on display.
 
The Kelso Pottery Studio and Shop, Ian and Liz Hurd - Producing a range of domestic stoneware pottery including mugs, jugs and piggy banks.  Ian specialises in unique pit-kiln fired pieces and Elizabeth ‘s work combines throwing and hand-building techniques to create animals, birds and figures.
 
Orca Gallery - A choice selection of original craft and artwork including paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, aromatics, handmade greetings cards, clocks and wildlife photography.
 

Lauder:

Bank House, Christian Hepburne-Scott and April Strang-Steel - Full of original gifts including a range of china, cushions, candles, baskets, mats and a host of other gifts for all pockets.
 
Flat Cat Gallery and Coffee Shop, Angela Mercer/Annette Knight - The Gallery offers exhibitions of contemporary art, ceramics, sculptures, jewellery and a wide selection of books.  The popular coffee shop offers tasty soup, filling baguettes, excellent refreshments and wicked cakes.
 

Lilliesleaf:

Linthill Studio, Ian Hunter - Unique pieces of sculpture and furniture are produced from figured native woods including sycamore, ash, elm and yew.  Ian Hunter is also a fine oil painter.  By appointment only.
 

Melrose:

The Crafters, Marianne Finlayson -A  retail co-operative offers a wide range of gifts for all occasions.  From pottery, knitwear, turned wood, children's clothes, jewellery, silk and velvet scarves, personalised artwork for kids, bags, hats, and soaps to prints and cards, including flower paintings, animal paintings and landscapes.

 
Peebles:

McHardy’s Art and Framing,Toby Watts - One of Scotland’s highest quality bespoke picture framers and an ever changing display of work by local and Scottish artists.  The Gallery also sells a wide range of ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewellery and crafts all handmade by Scottish craftspeople.
 
Dunnydeer StudioPorcelain, Duncan Hood - Creating individual and innovative works in porcelain inspired from land and seascape.  A wide range of ceramic jewellery for all ages to  dimensional sculptural forms available.
 
Lynn Tindale Designer Jewellery - Specialises in one-off pieces for clients and a range of stock items including earrings, pendants and brooches.  The jewellery varies in design utilising silver and gold, platinum, high quality freshwater pearl and precious and semi-precious stones.
 
Joanna Thomson Jewellery - Joanna’s jewellery is instantly recognisable as her own unique blend of art nouveau flowing lines and Celtic romance.  As a fellow of the Gemmological Association, Joanna’s in-depth knowledge enables you to be guided to the right stones for your piece of jewellery.  By appointment only.
 
Silkworm Gallery, Hilary Forbes - Specialising in hand-painted silk pictures.  Also, scarves, boxes, brooches, cards, suncatchers and much more.
 
Woodworks, Bruce Frost -Producing a range of individual hand-carved and turned items of the highest quality.  He works to his own designs producing small batch runs, one-offs or to customers’ requirements.
 

Selkirk:

Ettrick Valley (at Ettrick Forest Interiors), Sue and Peter Kemp - High quality screen-printed cotton tea towels, PVC coated aprons and bags.  Original designs include tartan, Scottish, country, animal and humorous themes and all products are made in Scotland.
 
Rob Elliot Furniture/ Sue Elliot, Creative Silks and Velvets -ffers a wide ranging portfolio of flowing organic pieces in local elm.  Creative Silks and Velvets has a great range of accessories and gifts such as scarves, bags and cushions.
 
John Nelson Studio Gallery - Displays demanding, strong colourful paintings which are mainly abstract with figurative elements.  Prints of his work can also be purchased.  By appointment only.
 
Lindean Mill Glass, David Kaplan and Annica Sandström -Well known for creating contemporary, handblown glassware.  A range of tableware is on display and the gallery exhibits a collection of unique work, including vessels and fused glass panels.
 
Twist Glass Studio, Sue Hunter - Award winning studio specialises in traditional and contemporary fine art glass in 24% lead crystal.
 

Smailholm:

Kinsman Blake Ceramics & Gallery, Rankin and Linda Kinsman-Blake - A pottery and gallery where a wide range of handmade, decorated ceramics can be viewed along side paintings, hand-carved wooden spoons and furniture by other local artists.
 

 St Abbs:

Kittiwake Gallery and Artists Workshop, Derek Watson/Barbara Davies - Constantly changing exhibition of paintings, prints and greeting cards of local scenes and wildlife by Frederick J Watson.
 
Number Four Gallery - Established in 2006 by artist Jenny Brook Martin, to support, exhibit and promote all that is best in original and inspiring contemporary artwork produced today.
 

Stobo

Adrian Hope - An artist silversmith producing functional and decorative silverwares.  Corporate, private and public commissions undertaken. By appointment only.
 
Linda Lewin -Specialises in the design and production of jewellery using gold, silver and coloured stones.  The range includes rings and earrings, chaplets, necklaces and more.  By appointment only.

 
Stow:

Cloudhouse Café Gallery -The recently refurbished gallery provides a perfect backdrop for exhibitions which feature local artists.
 
Marianne Finlayson - Offers a wide range of hand-thrown stoneware decorated in an original appliqué style.  She also produces distinctive hand-painted tile panels.  By appointment only.
 

Walkerburn

Ballantynes of Walkerburn Ltd, Neil Ballantyne - Ballantynes are designers and manufacturers of a wide collection of military, equestrian, historical and interest figurines.
 
For more information on other local artists, visit Crossing Borders.  You can also arrange a visit to some of the artists; details are available on their contact pages.

 

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Whether you are searching for the finest food, unique fashion or quality crafts - you will be spoilt for choice and find excellent value for money, with a genuine warm welcome and helpful, friendly advice.

 

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