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The Contemporary Craft Festival 2018… Risk Makers (Part 2)

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This was the beautiful yurt from Yurts for Life that framed the early stages of our Risk Makers project so perfectly at the Contemporary Craft Festival last weekend. It was such an eye-catching structure, all handmade in Devon. The steam bent woodwork created a curved roof shape with fabulous light and headroom, and we were […]

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The Contemporary Craft Festival 2018…Best in Show of shows! (Part 1)

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It seems unbelievable that a week has already passed since the opening night of this year’s Contemporary Craft Festival here in our hometown of Bovey Tracey in Devon. As with every year, we were excited to catch up with all our maker friends, we were in awe of their incredible work, the town was buzzing […]

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What is Precious? An interview with jeweller Amy Stringer

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Amy Stringer studied Jewellery & Metalwork at Sheffield Hallam University where she became inspired by the city’s combination of modern, industrial architecture and large green spaces. This led her to create an exciting range of jewellery that combines cement with striking silver work and elements from nature. We caught up with Amy to find out […]

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The Risk Makers are coming to The Contemporary Craft Festival!

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In just over 2 weeks it’ll be time for the fantastic Contemporary Craft Festival here in our hometown of Bovey Tracey in Devon. It’ll be the fifteenth year of the show! We’re really proud to be sponsors of this event and our director Katie will be joining the judging panel again for a very privileged […]

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Paperwork: An interview with Hannah Lobley

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We loved hearing how Hannah Lobley became a paper artist by accident! Hannah originally specialised in wood working during her degree, but when she accidentally left a favourite book in the rain and was reluctant to part with it, she started to investigate how she could preserve the papers and celebrate their qualities. This led […]

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Risk Makers…the beginnings of something new.

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In September 2017 we brought together an amazing group of contemporary craft makers from our community on madebyhandonline to explore different approaches to sharing contemporary craft and skills with the public. We had a day of exploration and nourishment in order to discuss ideas for a new model of workshop and to analyse current challenges […]

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Preparing for her next show…a guest post by ceramicist Katie Lowe.

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Lots of our makers will be exhibiting at a new craft and design show in Cheltenham next month, including ceramicist Katie Lowe. Katie uses slip casting to make miniature vessels with a focus on creating subtle gradients of colour. Her stands are always very attractive as she displays her vessels in ‘waves’ of colour, from […]

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Renewal…A discussion with jeweller Sue Gregor about environmental impact.

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The new year often inspires changes, but jeweller Sue Gregor has been working on a significant change to her practice for some months now. Sue is based in Bristol and she’s been making contemporary jewellery using acrylic, silver and real plants since 2005. This year is a kind of renewal. Her process of embossing remains […]

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Applying for The Contemporary Craft Festival: An interview with Festival director Sarah James

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Are you a maker of contemporary craft based here in the UK? Applications are open for the multi award winning The Contemporary Craft Festival June 2018 and the deadline is fast approaching! This event in Devon is one of the UK’s largest and much loved craft events, and the friendly, festival feel makes it a popular choice […]

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Coming soon… Made By Hand Wales 2017

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In just over 2 weeks’ time Cardiff’s prestigious City Hall will be hosting Made By Hand Wales for the 4th year. Organised by the team behind The Contemporary Craft Festival and formerly at Tredegar House near Newport, this contemporary craft event just keeps getting better and better. 135 selected makers will be exhibiting their work, […]

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