Give The Gift of Art: Glasgow's indie makers & studios

As Christmas kicks into gear, our Art editor rounds up some of Glasgow's finest independent art shops, makers and studios

Article by Adam Benmakhlouf | 02 Dec 2021
  • Wild Gorse Pottery

It’s true artists don’t really have to make ‘stuff’ anymore, and you can thank Lucy Lippard for The Dematerialisation of the Art Object. But there are still beautiful art objects out there for your pal or family member that loves art but doesn’t really want a non-fungible-token under the Christmas tree. Here are some recs.

Burning House Books is a bookshop with a focus on art, photography, experimental writing and counterculture based in Glasgow. In stock there, you can find gems like Faster than an Erection by Reba Maybury, with a poem by Cassandra Troyan, which lays out Maybury’s methodology as an Artist and Dominatrix whose medium is men. See also Good Press in Glasgow for artists’ books and zines.

Also in stock at Burning House Books, but with her own shop with much on Instagram, Isobel Neviazsky is an artist who makes paintings and drawings of life around, full of the confusion, terror and occasional joy of being alive. In the Instagram Shop category, there’s also @whatlydiamade for garments, and @mysillylittlerings for jewellery made by Nancy Haslam-Chance, one of the winners of last year’s Trinity Wharf Drawing Prize.

Back IRL and into the city, there’s Welcome Home, located inside the CCA in Glasgow. The stock comes from local artists and designers, and includes prints, ornaments, jewellery, bags, purses and candles that are – just they promise themselves – “handmade, well designed, useful, beautiful or all of the above.” Next door to CCA's side door, find Paint and Mortar, an independent art supplies shop.

The last three shouts are for all the ceramics lovers out there. If you’re looking for some gorgeous and one-of-a-kind homeware, Wild Gorse Pottery is the one, run by local potter Jen Smith. For classes to learn to make your own, or some left-field psychedelic wares (yes please, always), check out Studio Mama and FireWorks Studio.