Two Bedfordshire artists shortlisted in craft competition final

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Cosy Owl whittled down entries down from across the East of England to 15 talented craft makers

And Rachel Heady and Marie King are in the running for the top prize from our county.

Rachel Heady entered a Winter's Wreath in stained glass, hand-cut glass pieces which have been etched and painted then kiln fired.

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The pieces were then leaded and soldered together and fitted into a frame.

Gathering of deer on a frosty winter morning by Marie KingGathering of deer on a frosty winter morning by Marie King
Gathering of deer on a frosty winter morning by Marie King | freelance

Marie King (of company Cing Design) entered a painting of a gathering of deer on a frosty winter morning which gives the feeling of the season

Richard Fewings, director of Cosy Owl said: “We have been truly inspired by all entries from artists and crafters across the East of England.

"We are pleased we have been able to give artists and crafters a platform to showcase their work and the feedback from local communities and artists has been very welcoming.

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“We hope anyone considering taking up a new craft or art feels inspired to do so from the creations entered into our competition. Best of luck to all shortlisted entries and a thank you to everyone who entered.”

All shortlisted entries can be viewed hereThe overall winner will be announced on Monday, February 10, and will be decided by an industry judge.