Staff at the Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside are busy getting shipshape for their first Christmas Craft Fair, which will take place inside the vast, glass-roofed Linthouse building on Harbour Road, Irvine, between 10am – 4pm on Saturday, December 4.

Visitors will enjoy free entry to the Christmas Craft Market and an exciting and varied range of arts, crafts and goods.

Goods on sale will include home décor, glass art, handmade bags, Christmas decorations, art and photographs, children’s clothes, hampers, jewellery, hand crafted personalised gifts, silk scarves, soaps, candles, Christmas cards, honey and much more.

On the day, visitors will also enjoy glass-blowing demonstrations with Robert McLeod, Chair of the British Society of Scientific Glassblowers and Glass Ships in Bottle artist Ayako Tani. Robert will create sparkling Christmas decorations which will also be on sale at the Christmas Market.

Children will enjoy getting crafty, creating their own festive snow globes in free ‘Make and Take’ workshops.

Dr Ayako Tani will also chat to everyone about the fascinating but endangered traditional craft of glassblowing. Interested visitors can also view Dr Tani’s exhibition Glass Ships in Bottles, which is on display in the Museum until January 9.

Also on display will be Clear Creations: Maritime Inspired Glass Art, an exhibition of City of Glasgow College HND Art Glass Students work inspired by Tani’s work and the Museum’s permanent collection.