Community Showcase: Christmas

Providing an additional platform to showcase your handcrafted work.

Every month, we share a theme. Makers from all over the country are invited to create new work or share photos of existing work that relates to the chosen theme of the month.

A member of our team will select their favourite piece and the story behind it. The maker of the chosen piece will win a £25.00 Turners Retreat voucher! Your work will also be the ‘Featured Piece of the Month’ that will be shared with our Mailing List subscribers by email and on our social media pages.

Want to feature your work on our website?

The theme for October is 'Christmas'.

This theme is for you to interpret in any way you like! You can use this month to create something new or submit something you've already made. Here's some suggestions to get your ideas flowing:

  • A piece showcasing Christmas colours (warm reds, greens and golds or colder blues and silvers etc)
  • Old-fashioned Christmas traditions, i.e. the nativity, oranges in stockings, kissing under mistletoe, tree decorations
  • Something inspired by Christmas food, i.e. turkey, mince pies, milk and cookies, Christmas pudding, gingerbread
  • Festive characters, such as Santa, elves, reindeer, Scrooge etc.

Your piece could be turned, burned, carved... there's lots of possibilities!

Stuck for ideas? Here's some projects that may inspire you...

Wooden ChestWooden Chest

Top Hat OrnamentTop Hat Ornament
from £6.96
Star OrnamentStar Ornament
from £5.94

from £0.90

Christmas Bauble MouldChristmas Bauble Mould
Was £24.00 Now £12.00

To submit a piece of your work, please send us the following information by email:

  • Your name
  • Your small business name (where applicable)
  • Your small business social media links (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • A link to your website or online shop (where applicable)
  • A few words explaining what inspired your piece (up to 50 words)
  • What tools/materials were used to make your piece (up to 50 words - at least one tool or material must be a Turners Retreat product, please specify this in your email submission)
  • 3 photos of your work from different angles (please ensure your work is well lit and photographed against a plain background for the best results)

Please send your submission by email to with the theme, month and year as the subject line, for example 'Christmas - October 2022 Entry.’ The deadline for submissions based on the theme 'Christmas' is the last day of the month, Monday 31st October 2022.

Terms & Conditions

  • You may only submit one piece of work per month.
  • The work you submit must be your own. No copyright pieces please.
  • Photographs that include people will not be used, please submit photos of your work in a well-lit area against a plain background.
  • Submissions sent to us one month will be made live on the website the following month, for example, if you submit work in October, it will be live on our website in November.
  • If you change your mind and would like the photo of your work to be removed from our website, please get in touch to let us know.
  • Any vouchers won are not redeemable for cash.

By sending us a submission, you agree for Turners Retreat to reproduce your photo and prose and edit it as we deem appropriate. This may be for another purpose later down the line where full credit will be given.

Enjoy and happy making! We look forward to seeing your work soon.

'Autumn' - Featured Piece of the Month

The winner of the prize draw and featured piece of the month is Glynn Harrington. Congratulations, Glynn! A £25 Turners Retreat voucher is on its way to you by email, and your work will be featured on our social media feeds and in our e-newsletters during the month of October.

Click here to read more about Glynn's inspiration and show your support by following him on social media.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece of work in September. We look forward to seeing what you share with us for the 'Christmas' theme this month; there are so many possibilites! 

Happy making!

3rd October 2022

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