2021 Here we come....................At Last


A moment to say thank you to all those who kept in contact, continued to remember their loved ones and treat them to little surprises and it has to be some big surprises through lockdown after lockdown. Also to those who just sent words of encouragment and wisdom when the days got a little darker.  There were times when my studio looked a little sad as there was little noise or activity in it.  

The good news is that the shows, particularly the outdoor ones are getting in gear and that normal service will resume one way or another.

Below is a list of shows that I am booked into and these are being added to all the time.  Some are "in the flesh" ones and some are digital ones and some are still to be confirmed (TBC). 

If there is something that I have learnt over the past year is that "vitual" does not mean second best.  Facetime or Zoom meetings are easy to arrange and make buying more fun than just looking at a photograph.

So for the shows - follow the links for advanced tickets and more info

June 10 -13th, 9.30am - 5.00pm daily (TBC)

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair - Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire 

Trentham Gardens


June 17th - 20th

Royal Highland Show - Edinburgh, Scotland

Advanced booking only for this show 

Royal Highland show


July 1st - 4th, 9.30am - 5.30pm daily

Spring Homes & Garden Open-Air Fair at Sudeley Castle,Winchcombe, Glos.

Pre registration needed before the event

Sudeley Castle


July 16th - 18th (TBC)

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online


September 2nd - 5th

Burghley Horse Trials - Stamford, Lincs

Burghley Horse Trials


October 8th - 10th (TBC)

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester


October 27th - 30th, 9.30am - 5.00pm daily 

Christmas Gift & Fashion Fair - Cheltenham Racecourse, Glos

Christmas Gift Fair


November 20th - 21st (TBC)

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online Christmas edition 


November 25th - 28th

Burghley Christmas Fair, Stamford, Lincs


Hope to see you soon



How different things look now in 2020

Dear All

After so much planning, applicaitons, acceptances and a few rejections my show plan for 202 was looking healthy and exciting. Sadly things can change in a flash but I am certainly not down and out.

The shows that have been booked up to September have been cancelled or moved to another date.  Those after September are expecting to run but with caution of things changing later in the summer.

I shall of course keep you all updated of any changes.

Meanwhile the website is up and fully working with some new collections being added all the time.  The mail has not been affected so please keep looking and if you want to have a chat then please do not hesitate to email or phone.

Keep well and safe and I hope to see you you later in the year or in 2021.




Out and about in 2020

Dear Customers

Please find below a list of shows that I shall be exhibiting at during 2020.  

Applying for exhibitions is a very time consuming occupation and of course is no guarantee of me being accepted.  The application process involves my products, skill and ethos undergoing close scrutiny from a panel of experts in my field.  It is tough but you know when you have been accepted into a show that you amongst the great and the good in the UK. I feel both proud and satisfied when that acceptance letter or email pops up knowing that I have done my best and it has been recognised. 

This is list is being updated all the time so please keep a look out for those emails informing you of exhibitions in your area in more detail.




Desire - Chelsea Old Town Hall - 27th Feb to 1st March

Badminton Horse Trials -  6th to 10th May

Craft In Focus at Trentham Gardens - 11th to 14th June

Royal Highland Games nr Edinburgh - 19th - 21st June

Burghley Horse Trials - 2nd to 6th September

Cheltenham Christmas Gift Fair - 28th to 31st September

At Home with Friends at my house - 20th to 23rd November

Burghley Christmas Fair & Angel Fair - 26th to 29th November


2017 Out and About


11th - 12th Shrewsbury Flower Show - https://shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk

17th - 20th Southport Flower Show - www.southportflowershow.co.uk


31st August - 3rd September Burghley Horse Trails - www.burghley-horse.co.uk

29th - 30th Harrogate Gift & Fashion Fair - http://www.ukgrandsales.co.uk


12th - 15th Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester  - www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk

19th - 22nd Christmas Gift & Fashion Fair Cheltenham - http://www.ukgrandsales.co.uk

26th - 29th Handmade Edinburgh - http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/shows/edinburgh

30th - Marie Curie Charity Event - Derby - www.charityfairsassociation.co.uk


9th - British Red Cross Christmas Fair - Shrewsbury - www.charityfairsassociation.co.uk

TBC -  At Home with friends

28th - 30th Angel Fair - Peterborough - www.charityfairsassociation.co.uk


9th - 10th Shrewsbury Winter Fair - www.shrewsburychristmas.co.uk


Shows for 2015

My diary for 2015 is filling up fast and I thought you would like to know where I shall be, so........


Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Sunday 27th April 2014 at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Opening times: 10am-5pm Entrance fee: £3 on door.

Over 40 artists, designers and makers will be selling a range of beautiful high quality work including ceramics, jewellery, glass, interior textiles and fashion accessories, wood, print-making etc.

To know more follow the link Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Facebook: Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Twitter: @GNCCF

Tumblr: lnccf


Simply Cheshire Fair

Annakin is exhibiting at the  fabulous new Spring shopping fair, Simply Cheshire is taking place on Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd 2015 at the magnificent Arley Hall and Gardens near Northwich.

Simply Cheshire will be showcasing Cheshire’s most talented, independent designers, artists and producers who are either from or whose business is based within the County.  Each of the 80 or so exhibitors, including me, Annakin Silver,  have been handpicked and selected not only because of their Cheshire connection but because they produce or sell something totally original and absolutely gorgeous.

To find out more follow the link Simply Cheshire

Facebook : Simply Cheshire.

Twitter : @simplycheshire                

Instagram: simplycheshire


Manchester Fashion Week

A new event for Manchester at The Place Aparthotel, Manchester M1 every evening from 5.00pm 26th May to 28th May

From the award winning team behind The Childsplay Clothing Liverpool Fashion Week, bring you the long anticipated Childsplay Clothing Manchester Fashion Week.  Annakin Silver is involved in the thisladyloves exhibition.

for more information follow the link  Manchester Fashion Week

Twitter : @manchesterfw


An arts trail set in an AONB on the Cumbrian coast, Silverdale and Arnside host this prestigious event showcasing 80 artists in 32 venues. 

Friday 26th June 1pm – 8pm
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 10:30am – 5:30pm

I shall be in Venue 10, Silverdale Hotel, LA5 0TP and for further information please follow the link

Silverdale Arts Trail  come and have a lovely day out, have a great walk while shopping for beautiful jewellery...... need any more convincing?

Facebook: Silverdale Arts Trail

Twitter: @SAAC_Trail


CLA Game Fair -  Harewood House 31st July - 2nd August

Set in the stunning landscape of Yorkshire, join the celebration of the great British countryside and with the help of Rural Crafts I shall be exhibiting and showcasing some new collections including the  -  Leaf Circlet.

Facebook: CLA Game Fair

Twitter: @TheGameFair


Shrewsbury Flower Show - 14th & 15th August

A lovely family day out and a show I just love and that's not just because it is local!  To find out more follow the link Shrewsbury Flower Show

Facebook: Shrewsbury Flower Show

Twitter: @shrewflowershw

Pintrest: shrewsbury flower show


These are my shows for Autumn and Winter - details to follow 


Burghley Horse Trials 3rd - 6th September


Cheltenham Christmas Fair 29th - 31st October


Desire in Winchester 6th - 8th November




There is something about doing a show that is exciting but scary all at the same time and it doesn't matter if it is the first time or the tenth time you have done it.

The shows are often booked nine months ahead and the planning can start well before, even 6 months ahead. Questions such as what type of look do I want and do I need any new exhibition display to create that look? Do I have enough stock and if I don’t – well don’t just sit around, get a move on a make it. How do I get there and where do I stay if it is far from home? Have I filled in all the forms for Health and Safety, electricity supply, drop off and build up times, broadband supply and last but not least do I want lunches supplied?

The travel with early starts, long miles on the road and then the building of the stand which can mean painting, drilling, hammering, ladder work, crawling work and all round huffing and puffing.

The stress of all of this is then completely forgotten when I am on the stand busy chatting to other exhibitors exchanging news and hints on where to exhibit next year but more importantly chatting to customers about my work and looking at someone wearing something that I have created and that they “get it” - why I design what I design and why I am passionate about what I do.

Bring on 2015

Reticulation or to you and me textured silver


A technique using the combination of applying heat and quenching in cold to produce wrinkles, folds and creases on the surface of metal, almost like you have been in the bath too long and your fingers have gone prunie.  The metal catches the light and twinkles as though covered in crystals. A sophisticated but simple look that suits both men and women.

A bit more about me - part 2

Please read part 1

Sadly I discovered that to be involved in horticulture one needed to be fit and have a back that could withstand digging, hefting stone and slab and turning large quantities of manure. Unfortunately my back protested and that was that.

An evening course in silversmithing opened up the door that would lead to jewellery.

Watching a group of retired gentlemen hammer with such precision sheet of metal until they became beautiful jugs or bowls was awe inspiring. Could I do this, have the patience and learn the skill? Well, first of all I had to go through basic training, the ceremonial burnt fingers, cut hands, loss of a finger nail and watch countless ounces, (grams for you youngsters reading this) of silver turning from something with potential into a blob that was put into scrap!

Thankfully, with some great teaching and some patience and encouragement from the elderly men I started to learn the art
A bit more about me

What got me into working with gold and silver?

I always new I was more creative than academic although it took some time to get there.

A couple of years at John Lewis on their management programme gave me a great background in selling, display and general merchandising. A course at secretarial college, (all the rage in the 70's) gave me computer skills. You may not think this would be an obvious skill in jewellery making but believe me, the paperwork, book-keeping and general correspondence is enormous.

A qualification in horticulture made me realise that creating beautiful spaces for others was satisfying, fun and above all using the part of my brain that lit the rest up. All good basics for the next step.
So why Annakin Silver?

When thinking up a name for my then hobby back in 2002, I never thought that the name I picked would be so important and still be with me in 2013.

A name is the beginning and the end of any company. It has to be easily remembered, not to be confused with anything else. It needs to be easily identifiable with ideally a logo that can be extracted from it.  It has to tell the story.

“Annakin” came from a pet name my father had for me when I was small, he even made up a poem which went:-

“Annakin Panakin,

Lost her Hanikin,

Poor little Annakin,

She’ll get a spanakin.” (don’t worry folks, I never did)


The name does get confused with the Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker, (please note there is only a single “n”) but this only starts a conversation which is always my first step in building a relationship with my customers.

The logo, a golden triangle makes is simple to see and one which I want to develop more in the coming years.

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