Founders and owners of Bils & Rye Kate and Nick Bentley live for art. It is their passion, along with two daughters and an errant dog.


Kate spent the last 10 years working as an artist, recently taking a break to spend more time in the gallery alongside home schooling her young daughters. Her work covered figurative through to seascapes and much in between and her last body of work was a series showing the diversity of Highland Cattle! She has a love of dogs, horses, chocolate and entertaining (not necessarily in that order). Her greatest influence has been her incredibly arty family. Kate has subsequently retrained and works part-time managing a piano restoration workshop whilst continuing to paint commissions and also working in the gallery!


Nick spent many years in a variety of careers including air traffic control, building, event management, catering and sales. Never has he been happier than running the gallery. Many years of travel have instilled in him the power of aesthetics and quality finishes, in conjunction with well applied theory. Outside of art and ceramics in particular, Nick loves motor racing, cricket, reading and eating out! Wine is also quite important.