If you go down to the Walker today you may be in for a surprise! The new autumn ceramics ranges, Beasties and Forest Friends have finally arrived in the gift shop. As part of the merchandising team I go to trade fairs every year to look for new and exciting products for the gift shops in all our museums and galleries. In February this year we found the Beasties and Forest friends ranges and I instantly adored Beasties with it’s contemporary yet nostalgic, tweedy animals. We were told the ceramics would be available for us buy in September. At the time this seemed like a long way off, however, time flies and suddenly autumn is here and so are these lovely ceramics! I was very excited opening all the boxes when they arrived at our warehouse. Beasties features textile animals designed by artist Carola Van Dyke including Mr Stag, Mr Fox, Mr Hare and Mr Badger on plates, mugs, egg cups and espresso sets. My favourite item is the Mr Stag mug with his tweed antlers and regal stare. While Forest Friends has a cute, woodland animal theme featuring a squirrel, deer, rabbit and owl surrounded by autumnal leaves. So if you are looking for something new to do this autumn why not visit the Walker Art Gallery where you can see our New Works exhibition showing artworks acquired by the gallery over recent years, then pop down to the gift shop and browse our new ceramics and perhaps treat yourself or friend to a seasonal gift. Beasties and Forest friends are also available to buy from our online shop.