Workshop and shop: stable block, off The Town Mill courtyard
Open: every day 10am to 4.30pm
You can see the potters at work in what was the old stable building. Berey works in stoneware, Don earthenware: both masters of their craft, and both happy to demonstrate and talk about the processes involved. It's quite a thing to see in action: a lump of wet clay being shaped on a wheel, a process older than the Mill itself.
It's the finish that sets their work apart – Don decorates with coloured slips before glazing and Berey colours by dipping into glazes. For Berey the colours gently overlap and bleed into one another producing a blue, aquamarine and sandy yellow seascape. "Well, wouldn't you be inspired by the sea here?" asks Berey. They both live here in Lyme, by the sea... For how long? "Oh, for ever!" smiles Don.
Since the summer of 2017, Don and Berey have welcomed a dynamic young addition to the team, potter Harry Anderson: a new face to look out over the stable door, bringing new ideas and re-establishing 'throw a pot' sessions where visitors can try their hand at the potter's wheel.
Why not take home one of their mugs to remind you, every day, of Lyme and the sea?
Stonemason Archie Faiers can be found carving and sculpting in the Miller's Garage.
Tel: 07541 349458
Silversmith and Jeweller
Lucy Campbell can be found making her Jurassic Coast inspired jewellery in The Miller's Parlour. Her beautiful designs and other handmade gifts are available to buy as keepsakes or presents.
Workshop: upper stable block, above the pottery
Open: most days, see Caroline's website
After a career in London working as a designer for high street fashion and later the bespoke market, Caroline moved to Lyme Regis where she opened a successful boutique. Here she designed and made vintage-inspired wedding dresses. Her success allowed her to move to a bigger boutique where she stocked vintage frocks alongside her own work.
Inspired by the beautiful shapes and femininity of the past, Caroline realised that she could mix elements of retro shapes and fashion a range of frocks for today's fashionistas! Whatever their size or age, at last girls could buy made-to-measure vintage-inspired clothing.
Caroline was also teaching in a village hall and the classes were filling up fast. So when the opportunity arose to move into the Upper Stable Block at The Town Mill, Caroline saw her chance to design, make and teach under one roof.
Whilst teaching she discovered that commercial pattern sizing was way out of sync with the fashion industry. So she made a decision to design a range of vintage-inspired simple, classic dress patterns. In fact she had the chance to trial one design at the V&A in London.
Home-grown glamour at your fingertips
Book a workshop or a weekly sewing class – come and make a frock in a weekend or a skirt in a day!
Caroline's enthusiasm and patience will inspire beginners and the more experienced alike – still leaving time for a stroll on the beach, of course.