Community Showcase: New Beginnings

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 December is 'New Beginnings'.

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:

  • The start of something new, i.e. first attempt at a new hobby, the start of a brand new project
  • Showcase a piece with a new technique that you've learned
  • A piece that failed but a second attempt was a success that shows your growth/progession as a maker
  • New mindset and challenging yourself

The pieces you submit this month will inspire those next month. New year, new challenges, new opportunities!

Your piece can be made using any craft you like, so long as one of the tools/materials you used were purchased from Turners Retreat. 

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

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Submit your work here


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Alternatively, please send your submission by email to with the theme, month and year as the subject line, for example 'New Beginnings - December 2022 Entry.’ The deadline for submissions based on the theme 'New Beginnings' is a little earlier than usual and will be Thursday 22nd December 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 November, it will be live on our website in December.
  • 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.


'Winter' - Featured Piece of the Month

The winner of the prize draw and featured piece of the month is David Gibbs. Congratulations, David! 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 December.

Click here to read more about David's penguin piece.

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

Happy making!

1st December 2022

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