Lustre's on: Date for annual premier craft makers market announced

A UNIQUE opportunity to browse and buy the work of the country's most exciting contemporary craft designers has been unveiled this autumn.

Lustre will take place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November at Lakeside, the University of Nottingham's public arts facility based in the picturesque surroundings of Highfields Park and its boating lake. It will offer a unique chance to meet the makers, browse the exhibits and buy their work.

Now in its ninth year, Lustre is one of the largest and most sophisticated events of its kind, attracting over 4,000 visitors in 2007.

With its recent expansion into the stylish Djanogly Art Gallery, Lustre 2008 is set to be bigger and better. It's already on the map as one of the UK's leading craft retail showcases, and people flock to Nottingham from all over the country to it.

Featuring top quality work by 55 UK designers, this is a key diary date for anyone interested in discovering original pieces of jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass, wood, leather, furniture and metalwork. It's the perfect purchasing opportunity for festive shoppers and serious collectors alike.

LustreLustre's designers' backgrounds are as diverse as their art. In previous years they've included Nottingham's Donya Cowardd, whose witty fabric dog portraits now sell in the stores of the city's fashion legend Paul Smith; and traditional book-binder Katherine O'Connell, whose gorgeous notebooks use 100% recycled paper from an English mill. And this year sees the debut of cabinet maker Steve Handley, who makes cupboards from reclaimed timber pieces and old kitchen utensils.

Young Meteors showcases stunning creations by the best of the emerging graduate talent from universities in the East Midlands – and offers a chance to own an original piece by one of tomorrow's big names.

This year's event is, as usual, expected to attract people from all over the country, tourists and national journalists. A special preview and VIP night will be held on 7 November.

Shona Powell, director at Lakeside, said: “Lustre has become a nationally renowned and eagerly anticipated event in the national crafts calendar.  Over 4,000 people attended last year, and in 2008 we promise another opportunity to discover a wealth of original design from talented makers across the United Kingdom.  We firmly believe that you'll find something that you like, need, or would really love to give, and look forward to welcoming you to Lakeside this November.”