ILMINSTER Arts Centre is supporting six new local craft makers by displaying their products in the art centre's gift shop, which has recently been refreshed.

It follows an open day when crafters were invited to showcase their wares before being selected to join the roster of more than 90 West Country craft makers whose products are on sale in Ilminster Arts Centre.

The new craft makers include Michelle Joy and her husband Andy, from Yeovil, trading as Shelden Glass. They make attractive gifts, such as earrings, tea lights, and glass boats, out of fused and recycled glass.

Potter Rob Ellis, of High Ham, and his wife Sarah, produce an eye-catching range of pottery such as mugs, jugs, bowls, and lamp bases.

Chard & Ilminster News: Works from potter Rob EllisWorks from potter Rob Ellis (Image: Contributed)

Painter Sue Allen supplies greeting cards for all occasions, using mixed media techniques with Indian ink.

Melanie Lucas, from Martock, is a jeweller offering a dazzling array of sterling silver and bronze earrings and pendants.

Chard & Ilminster News: A work from jeweller Melanie LucasA work from jeweller Melanie Lucas (Image: Contributed)

Glinting stained glass is the forté of Sharan James, who learned the techniques of lead work and copper foiling at Strode College, Street.

Also on display in the gift shop are her hanging decorations, using vintage and antique maps and music manuscripts.

Chard & Ilminster News: A stained glass creation by Sharan JamesA stained glass creation by Sharan James (Image: Contributed)

And Ella Gardiner, of Gardiner & Gilbody Creations, has a selection of scented candles on display, handmade in North Somerset from natural soy wax.

All items are for sale and, as a charity, the arts centre receives a commission on each product purchased. The gift shop is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9.30am to 3pm.