Media release: Perthshire Artisans marks first anniversary with further boost in numbers

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PERTHSHIRE Artisans, the curated platform for the region’s creative talent, is marking its first anniversary with the addition of a further ten new members joining the site.

Developed by specialist rural enterprise agency, GrowBiz, Perthshire Artisans promotes the region’s diverse range of creative talent, enabling local artists and creatives to find new markets as well as getting business support and providing a community amongst the artists themselves.

Originally launched with nine artisans in July 2020, the site now features 28 diverse, carefully-curated creatives from across the region, ranging from classical painters, photographers and textile designers to glass artists, illustrators, contemporary artists, candlemakers and jewellers.

Jackie Brierton, CEO at GrowBiz, said: “Our vision for Perthshire Artisans was to bring together the region’s diverse range of creative talent, help to tell their stories and provide a route to market.

“We are delighted to be adding a further ten artisans to the site, which provides a focus for the creative process and the wealth of talent which is here in the very heart of Scotland. At a time when we need to shop local and focus on sustainability, Perthshire Artisans is an unique resource for anyone looking to enjoy a bit of creative Perthshire, wherever they are in the world.”

New creatives to have just joined Perthshire Artisans include Perth-based jeweller, Diana Law, from Diana King Jewellery. She said: “I am so happy to be a part of this new, growing community, and to have a chance to share my new designs and contemporary jewellery with a wider audience. Making soothes my soul, sharing makes me happy!”

With the ten new artisans having joined Perthshire Artisans, the site now offers over 260 unique products, crafted by hand in one of the most stunning corners of Scotland.

Caron Ironside, Perthshire Artisans Enterprise facilitator, concluded: “Perthshire Artisans is an unique platform for creatives, with equal value placed on the artisan and their practice, their incredible and original creations and the stunning place in which they choose to live and work.

“Having a dedicated online destination like this enables consumers to access ‘off the beaten track’ creativity, connect with the values of the artist, their inspirations and process, in one online marketplace.”

To explore the work of the creatives on Perthshire Artisans, visit

All artisans are individually selected for their exceptional skills and all prices shown include UK P&P.

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For further information about Perthshire Artisans and GrowBiz, please contact Gaynor Simpson at Vibrant Communications on 07790 104073 or email

Notes for editors:

  • GrowBiz is an independent, community-based organisation, founded in 2007 by local people in Perthshire to support rural enterprises. GrowBiz provides support to anyone starting or growing a business in rural Scotland.
  • GrowBiz is part-funded by Perth and Kinross Council, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Government.
  • Since October 2016, GrowBiz has supported more 2,000 rural enterprises across all sectors.
  • Nearly 25 per cent of adults in rural Scotland are self-employed (more than twice the rate of urban areas)
  • Perthshire Artisans is a curated platform of creative talent from across the region, providing both a marketplace as well as a community for the artists themselves.
  • Perthshire Artisans will be at the Perthshire Creates Summer Design Market, Mill Plaza, Perth on July 10.

Perthshire Artisans 2021

Andrea Gardiner – Jeweller

Kate McLaughlin – Contemporary jewellery maker

Andrew Hunter – Artist

Katy Galbraith – Mosaic artist

Anna Malyon – Artist and printmaker

Laura Grace Caldwell – Polymer clay jewellery designer

Annie McLean – Artist

Laura Woods – Wire sculptor

Charles Harris – Classical painter

Louise Nowell – Felt and fibre artist

Claire Brownbridge – Artist and printmaker

Nicola McCabe – Ceramic artist

Cornelia Weinmann – Textile designer and printmaker

Dave Hunt – Photographic artist

Rachel Hendry – Candlemaker

Derek Allan – Jewellery maker

Roberta Pederzoli – Jeweller

Diana Law – Jeweller

Sheila Roberts – Artist and printmaker

Gill Houlsby – Artist

Suzie Eggins – Artist

Gillian Hunt – Photographic artist

Izzy Gretton – Fabric designer

Jane Drysdale – Glass artist

Jenny Charles – Ceramic artist

Jon Bishop – Illustrator

Julie Godfrey – Artisan bodycare products

Karenina Johnson – Artist

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